Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Six Differences Between Venice and New York

by Paddy Johnson on June 8, 2011 The L Magazine

Urs Fischer, The Rape of the Sabine Woman, (detail), wax

This week at The L Magazine: Venice and New York, a comparative study.

Is New York really that different from Venice? I’ve scoured the 2011 Venice Biennale in search of answers and believe I’ve found a few.

When is Brooklyn going to build a church on the water? Venice has the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, a 16th century Benedictine church on the island of the same name. We need one of those.

Let’s get some slow-moving boats in Kings County. You know there’s an artisanal gondola maker somewhere in Brooklyn who’s already got a plan for this, and of course, there’s nothing New Yorkers love more than being close to the stench of our water. And the extra hours added to the Brooklyn-Manhattan commute will be appreciated because New Yorkers are so patient.

Why are so many major art events known for their awful food? Miami and Venice are the worst. The pizza masters from Roberta’s need to re-invigorate the Biennale, just as they did for Miami’s Scope art fair. I don’t think anyone will care if they call their restaurant an art installation again, so long as they’re serving decent food.

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