Articles by Lily Simonson

Looking at Los Angeles

The Last Days of Pompeii in LA

Looking at Los Angeles

The Last Days of Pompeii in LA

The Los Angeles art world still has a lot of the laissez-faire approachability that endeared it back in the ’60s, which is why so many artists migrate to L.A. and …

Krzysztof Wodiczko, "Goście / Guests," 2008-2009, video projection, project visualisation. Photos: courtesy of the artist and Zachęta National Gallery of Art.

Wodiczko Perforates Polish Pavilion with “Guests”

Wodiczko Perforates Polish Pavilion with “Guests”

Entitled Goście / Guests, Krzysztof Wodiczko’s exhibition greets visitors to the Venice Biennale’s Polish Pavilion with the words of political theorist Hannah Arendt: “Refugees driven from country to country represent …

AIDS-3D and Helga Wretman, "Spread Love," Performance Still, June 3 2009.  Courtesy AIDS-3D.

Biennale Breaks New Ground: Inaugurating the Internet Pavilion

Biennale Breaks New Ground: Inaugurating the Internet Pavilion

There is no question that the Internet is transforming the way we experience art. A few weeks ago, Art21 tweeted that data released by the NEA indicates that visits to …

Paul Chan, "Sade for Sade’s Sake," 2009. Three channel shadow projection. Courtesy VVORK (www.vvork.com)

Nathalie Djurberg and Paul Chan: Making Weird Worlds at Birnbaum’s Biennale

Nathalie Djurberg and Paul Chan: Making Weird Worlds at Birnbaum’s Biennale

Daniel Birnbaum’s poetic theme of the 53rd Venice Biennale, Making Worlds, is, in some sense, an anti-theme, emphasizing the plurality of art today. Birnbaum’s explanation that “we now live in …

Installation shot of Bruce Nauman, "Pink and Yellow Light Corridor (Variable Lights)," 1972. Pink and yellow fluorescent lights.  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Panza Collection, 1991. 91.3828 © 2009 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo credit: Michele Lamanna, courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Pride: Golden Lion Awarded to Bruce Nauman’s “Topological Gardens”

Pride: Golden Lion Awarded to Bruce Nauman’s “Topological Gardens”

I have never thought of myself as susceptible to patriotism, but for the second time this year, I’ve felt proud to be an American.  The first incident of pride stemmed …

Aleksandra Mir, VENEZIA (all places contain all others)," 1 million postcards for free distribution, 2009. Photography: Medioimages, Photodisc Getty Images, Courtesy of the artist.

Notes from a Novice in Venice

Notes from a Novice in Venice

Exclusive to the blog this week are the chronicles of artist Lily Simonson’s visit to the 53rd annual Venice Biennale, which opened to the public this past Sunday. Stay tuned …