Paddy Johnson at The Daily: G-L-O-R-I-A! Gloria! U.S. installation at Venice Biennale challenges notions of 'competition'

by Paddy Johnson on May 25, 2011 The Daily

Gymnast Dave Duarte rehearses for "Body in Flight (American)". Photograph Andrew Bordwin

Today at The Daily, I talk to Gymnast Dave Duarte and curator Lisa Freiman about “Gloria”, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla’s installation at The Venice Biennale’s US Pavilion.  A teaser below:

The Venice Biennale only happens once every two years, but it's the closest approximation to an international sporting event the art would has. Next month, countries will once more vie for the honor of Best National Pavilion, the highly sought-after Golden Lion award no one in the field will admit they are actively competing for. Even if it's a rather lofty way of thinking about art, the idea that one artwork should be somehow more transcendent than another is distasteful to many in the profession.

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