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Canadian Art at the 2015 Venice Biennale

Here is a roundup of Canadian Art‘s coverage of the 2015 Venice Biennale, including background materials relating to Canada at the big event.

Coverage Updates

Socially Engaged Art Takes Centre Stage in Okwui Enwezor’s “All the World’s Futures”
Editor Richard Rhodes reviews “All the World’s Futures,” which he deems a worthy successor to Massimiliano Gioni’s “The Encyclopedic Palace.”

Venice Pavilions Take a Lighter Tack
Associate editor David Balzer reports on three humorous exhibitions—Sarah Lucas (Great Britain), Hito Steyerl (Germany) and Simon Denny (New Zealand).

Like Flies to Honey, BGL’s Big Gamble at the Canada Pavilion
Contributing editor Isa Tousignant reports from the the Canada Pavilion, where BGL drew a well-heeled crowd.

Video: BGL’s Installation Unveiled at the Canada Pavilion
BGL’s installation at the Canada Pavilion offers an absurdist take on the idiosyncrasies of local culture and the construction of value.

First Look: BGL at the 2015 Venice Biennale
Editor Richard Rhodes gives readers an initial glimpse at BGL’s work at the Canada Pavilion.

Background Material

Artist Bio: BGL
A brief overview of the careers and training of Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière, who form the Quebec City–collective BGL.

Career Highlights: BGL
This slideshow takes a career-spanning look back at images and videos of some key BGL projects—one for each year of their partnership.

BLG at the Venice Biennale: Depanneurs and Gondolas
In this feature article from the Spring 2015 issue of Canadian Art, contributing editor Isa Tousignant visited BGL’s Quebec City studio ahead of Venice to check in on their preparations.

Newfoundland Selects Artists for 2015 Venice Biennale
This news article profiled the selection of artists Jordan Bennett and Anne Troake for inclusion in Newfoundland and Labrador’s submission to the 2015 Venice Biennale.

BGL Reveals Plans for Venice Biennale and More
In this phone interview with managing editor Bryne McLaughlin, done last year, BGL revealed the title of their Venice project, and its structure.

Quebec Art Trio BGL to Represent Canada at 2015 Venice Biennale
Quebec City artist collective BGL is headed to Venice in 2015. As the trio tells Canadian Art, no one is more surprised than they are.

From the Archives: Shary Boyle at the 2013 Venice Biennale
Toronto artist Shary Boyle opened a much-anticipated show at the Canada Pavilion titled “Music for Silence” in 2013, profiled in this on-the-ground report.

From the Archives: David Altmejd and the 2007 Venice Biennale
Montreal-trained, New York–based artist David Altmejd created one of the most well-received biennale exhibits Canada has produced in recent years. Find out more about it in this article from our Summer 2007 issue.

From the Archives: Rebecca Belmore at the 2005 Venice Biennale
Many regard the waters of Venice as a magical, romantic element. In 2005, First Nations artist Rebecca Belmore turned the tables on this image, transforming ocean waters into a bloody reminder of colonization’s violence in her Venice Biennale video installation. This article from our Summer 2005 issue covers her thoughts leading up to the event.

From the Archives: Cardiff and Miller at the 2001 Venice Biennale
In 2001, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s installation The Paradise Institute at the Venice Biennale was awarded one of the biennale’s special jury prizes. This feature from our Fall 2001 issue reflects on the work and its context.

From the Archives: Tom Dean Prepares for Venice in 1999
Toronto artist Tom Dean has a wide-ranging practice, and this diversity was on view in his 1999 Venice presentation. This article from our Summer 1999 issue addresses his preparations for the exhibition.

From the Archives: Rodney Graham Prepares for the 1997 Venice Biennale
Rodney Graham’s showing at the Canada Pavilion in 1997 helped put our nation firmly on the wider biennale map. This article from that summer’s issue explains the sometimes problematic lead-up to the Canada’s presence at the big show.

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