September 04, 2005

PUBLICATION | Artforum, September

In Artforum’s September 2005 issue: “Breadth in Venice: The 51st Venice Biennale.” Six distinguished contributors chart the highs and lows in the current installment of the grandest of all “grand exhibitions.” Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Alison M. Gingeras, and Elisabeth Sussman provide surveys of the sprawling exhibitions in the Arsenale and Giardini. For Buchloh, Ed Ruscha’s paintings in the United States pavilion--one of which graces Artforum’s September cover--mark Ruscha’s “definitive ascension to the status of one of the truly great artists of his generation.” Complementing these overviews, Daniel Birnbaum, Anne Pontégnie, and Scott Rothkopf report on three star attractions among this year’s record number of offsite projects: Olafur Eliasson’s sublime installation on the Island of San Lazarro; the first ever Central Asia pavilion; and Karen Kilimnik’s jewel box of an exhibition at the historic Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa.