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Artists get with the band in Venice

 

An essential and iconoclastic event at the Venice Biennale, The Venetian Blinds invites rock groups founded by artists to perform on stage from 7 to 9 May.

Sponsored by the Palazzo Grassi, the Consortium in Dijon and Silencio in Paris, “The Venetian Blinds. Artist-run Bands” is taking place at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale from 7 to 9 May. 

 

This festival is the first ever entirely dedicated to rock groups founded by contemporary artists. The concerts will take place in the majestic Teatrino, which reopened two years ago after being completely reconfigured by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

I Apologize,Jean-Luc Verna's band.

Vue d'un concert du groupe de l'artiste canadien Martin Creed.

On Saturday 9 May, at 10.30 pm, Martin Creed (the 2001 Turner Prize winner) and his band will share their alternative-rock sound with a Venetian audience. The group’s most recent album, Love To You, produced by Johnny Marr and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, was released in 2012.

“I was born in the 1960s,” declares Verna, “so I’m 25 years old. It’s the perfect moment for slipping into a pair of high heels and shouting your head off and having a little croon.”​

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 7 May, at 10.30 pm, the group led by Canadian photographer and video artist Rodney Graham will play their psychedelic folk-rock set. “Graham has always kept the question open: am I a musician trapped in an artist’s mind or an artist trapped in a musician’s body?”, says Kim Gordon, the singer and bassist of Sonic Youth.

Jean-Luc Verna.

On Saturday 9 May at 9.30 pm, I Apologize, a group formed by Jean-Luc Verna, Gautier Tassart and Julien Tiberi, will reprise the songs and attitudes of their idols Siouxsie and the Banshees, T. Rex and Janis Joplin. “I was born in the 1960s,” declares Verna, “so I’m 25 years old. It’s the perfect moment for slipping into a pair of high heels and shouting your head off and having a little croon.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Venetian Blinds, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, from 7 to 9 May. To see the entire programme with Emily Sundblad & Matt Sweenery, The Rodney Graham Band, The Cornichons, Bob Carol Ted, I Apologize and Martin Creed and his band, visit www.thevenetianblinds.com/en/lineup

A rare drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat is estimated at 10 million dollars
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A rare drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat is estimated at 10 million dollars

Art On Thursday July 2nd, the auction house Philips is organising a sale of works by some of the biggest artists of the 20th century. Among this impressive collection is a drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat created a year before his death and now worth an estimated 10 million dollars. Part of the proceeds made from its sale will go to The Art of Justice Fund, fighting mass incarceration. On Thursday July 2nd, the auction house Philips is organising a sale of works by some of the biggest artists of the 20th century. Among this impressive collection is a drawing by Jean-Michel Basquiat created a year before his death and now worth an estimated 10 million dollars. Part of the proceeds made from its sale will go to The Art of Justice Fund, fighting mass incarceration.

Who is Mahmood, the Italian pop star who conquered the world?
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Who is Mahmood, the Italian pop star who conquered the world?

Art From his collaboration with Lady Gaga to his trailer for a film that doesn’t exist, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli has made a career of subverting pop culture and the star system. For Numéro Art, he provocatively styled Italian pop icon Mahmood in the manner of french dandy Robert de Montesquiou. From his collaboration with Lady Gaga to his trailer for a film that doesn’t exist, Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli has made a career of subverting pop culture and the star system. For Numéro Art, he provocatively styled Italian pop icon Mahmood in the manner of french dandy Robert de Montesquiou.

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Cindy Sherman on the cover of Numéro art #6
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Cindy Sherman on the cover of Numéro art #6

Art Discover the summary and the three covers for this summer's issue: Cindy Sherman, cult musician Dev Hynes by Jacolby Satterwhite and Italian pop star Mahmood by Francesco Vezzoli. But also Virgil Abloh, Hito Steyerl… available on news-stands from June 19th. Discover the summary and the three covers for this summer's issue: Cindy Sherman, cult musician Dev Hynes by Jacolby Satterwhite and Italian pop star Mahmood by Francesco Vezzoli. But also Virgil Abloh, Hito Steyerl… available on news-stands from June 19th.

A stolen work by Banksy resurfaces in an Italian loft
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A stolen work by Banksy resurfaces in an Italian loft

Art In January 2019, following a commando operation worthy of a bank robbery including grinders and balaclavas, a work by Banksy painted on a door at the Bataclan in tribute to the victims of the 2015 attacks, was stolen. After a year and a half of searching, the painting has finally been uncovered by police in the attic of an Italian house. In January 2019, following a commando operation worthy of a bank robbery including grinders and balaclavas, a work by Banksy painted on a door at the Bataclan in tribute to the victims of the 2015 attacks, was stolen. After a year and a half of searching, the painting has finally been uncovered by police in the attic of an Italian house.

Allen Jones’s provocative women
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Art In the 1970s, his provocatively erotic sculptures of women caused uproar, but that didn’t stop Allen Jones, a major figure in British Pop Art, from pursuing his favourite subject in fascinating works that mix painting and sculpture. In the 1970s, his provocatively erotic sculptures of women caused uproar, but that didn’t stop Allen Jones, a major figure in British Pop Art, from pursuing his favourite subject in fascinating works that mix painting and sculpture.