Minnesota Biennial features 38 state artists at Soap Factory in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Mary Abbe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 12, 2013 - 3:08 PM

Art biennials are coveted career launching pads. Decades after winning a spot in the Whitney Museum’s New York biennial, artists will proudly tout it on their résumés. Ditto the biennials of Venice, Seoul, São Paulo, Istanbul and other chichi venues. That’s because biennials traditionally are places at which savvy curators spot talent, collectors snap up new art and other artists eye potential trends.

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foxynineSep. 12, 13 8:14 PM

This review, like most of Mary Abbe's others, makes broad and odd generalizations(s.a. her random comparison of big time biennials to the Soap Factory's local show). Her slamming the curators based on a single unreferenced quote comes off to me as a simply lazy take on this show. We know that Mary likes what she likes and can make some easy and obvious precedents for that she does not. I'm not sure I'll find this show "wan and empty gesture" but this review fills the bill.

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suekerrSep. 13, 13 7:00 AM

Ty and Andy--I love your meditation hut--awesome, can't wait to see it in person!

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rcexpertSep. 13, 1312:42 PM

I couldn't agree more with this. If your trying to feel good and you want to get it all in one place, you can't have people doing stuff like this, especially in a museum like this with so many people around of different ages to go to. It's a problem when I can't figure that out, or when they can't at the very minimum.

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