Today, architect Shigeru Ban will walk away with $100,000 and a bronze medallion—maybe someone will throw in a bouquet of flowers, just for good measure. He will be honored with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, an award granted annually to a living architect for his or her contributions to society.
Patrick Riester as Peter Bishton in the film Computer Chess, shown in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Credit: Kino Lorber
Paddy Johnson uses her platform on artnet to make a call for net art at the Biennial. The headline tells it all: Why is our era’s greatest art movement missing from the Whitney Biennial? [artnet news]
The Guggenheim does not give up. Two years ago, Helsinki officials voted down the museum’s plan to build yet another silver crumple, this time along the Finnish waterfront. But the Gug is still trying—now they’re looking to hire a project coordinator based in New York to help their plans lift off. [NYFA]
Biennials are everywhere, nearly everyone has one. Now all it takes is £100 to join a club for people who run biennials, the International Biennial Association. [e-flux]
MIT has the world’s largest collection of holograms. [MIT]
Megumi Sasaki, the filmmaker behind the Dorothy & Herb documentary, is now the host of Art Time Traveller, a show discussing Japanese art throughout the centuries. The english version airs once a month online. [NHK]
Last week we spent hundreds of hours looking at art at the Venice Biennale. We saw a lot of art. It’s a sprawling affair, that invites hundreds of countries to exhibit their nation’s best artwork.
We have a lot to talk about, so without any further ado, here’s part one of our Giardini slideshow with commentary. It features pavilions by Russia, Great Britain, Switzerland, Venezuela, Greece, Poland, Serbia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, the United States, and Canada. Look for part two later today.