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Biennale of Sydney: Way Up North, and Far Down Under

Aerial view of Sydney's Cockatoo Island, one of the sites for the 18th Biennale of Sydney Courtesy Sydney Harbour Foreshore Trust

With the worldwide proliferation of biennial exhibitions now numbering in the hundreds, there have been nagging questions in the art world on the effectiveness of these wide-ranging surveys.

Yet few would would deny that the Biennale of Sydney—one of the art world’s longest-running, cornerstone events—remains a key gauge of contemporary art in local and global terms. Now in its eighteenth edition, this summer’s biennale—titled “all our relations”—is curated by artistic directors Catherine de Zegher, from the Drawing Center in New York, and Gerald McMaster, from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, who gives an in-depth interview in our Summer 2012 issue on the collaborative curatorial thinking behind the exhibition.

This slideshow features images of key installations at the big event. Canadian artists who are down for the show include Cal Lane, Ed Pien, Tanya Tagaq, Iris Häussler, Philip Beesley, Jon Pylypchuk, Nadia Myre, Erin Manning, Khadija Baker, Shuvinai Ashoona and John Noestheden.

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