June 11, 2007 - Artforum - SCENE & HERD ON THE GRAND TOUR
June 11, 2007

Left: Venice Biennale curator Robert Storr. (Photo: Sarah Thornton) Center: Artist David Altmejd with dealer Andrea Rosen. (Photo: Ryan McNamara) Right: American Pavilion commissioner Nancy Spector. (Photo: Ryan McNamara)

SCENE & HERD ON THE GRAND TOUR

06.10LINDA YABLONSKY AROUND VENICE

Friday night involved Marina Abramovics surprise birthday party for artist Paolo Canevari on the WPS1 barge and the totally entropic Fantastic Man party in the garden of the Guggenheim. At the same time, François Pinault hosted a dinner for six hundred in two enormous colonnaded courtyards at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, itself a short taxi ride away from the hugely vapid (and very fun) LUomo Vogue party at Palazzo Grassi.
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06.09 — SARAH THORNTON ON THE GIARDINI PAVILIONS

Early-bird shoppers (like François Pinault), wisecracking curators (everyones favorite, Richard Flood), and even the biennale director himself were scattered around the Italian Pavilion. Its not about masterpiece displays. Its about creating texture out of art, Storr told me. Anyway, I figure Im due for a good bruising. Its the way the art world works.
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06.02LINDA YABLONSKY AT RICHARD SERRAS MoMA DINNER

Serra table-hopped between courses at the museums dinner for 550, greeting pals Joan Jonas, Roni Horn, and Robert Ryman, shaking hands, and bussing cheeks like a politician. I asked Brice Marden if he had advice for Serra. Im still processing [my retrospective], he replied, while Joachim Pissarro insisted that Marden was the most easygoing artist he had worked with on a major show. Not that Richard has been difficult, he added quickly. We all laughed.
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COMING NEXT: Linda Yablonsky around Venice, Sarah Thornton and Nicolas Trembley in Basel, and a report from Documenta 12.

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