Venice Biennale and 2019 Basel Fair: variations on the same theme
Art Market | International biennials, which traditionally define prospective lines of creation and societal evolutions, are becoming increasingly similar to market places. Conversely, the major fairs, whose primary vocation is trading, navigate cultural waves.
In 2019, the international exhibition curated by Ralph Rugoff May You Live in Interesting Times at the Venice Biennale confirms this very current phenomenon.
The choice of artists by the American curator - director of the Hayward Gallery in London - focuses on young international creation that circulates in fairs, supported by renowned galleries : out of 79 invited artists, a majority are from the 30-50 years old age group (58), 13 are born between 1960 and 1969, 6 are born between 1950 and 1959, and 2 between 1940 and 1949. 38 nationalities are represented with the following breakdown by continent : 32% Europe, 24% Asia, 24% North America, 6% South America, 7% Africa, 6% Middle East and 1 Australian artist.
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