– The 55th Venice Biennial has launched, and the (largely approving) critics have weighed-in on curator Massimiliano Gioni’s lynchpin Encyclopedic Palace: Coline Milliard at ArtInfo; Vincenzo Latronico for Art Agenda; GalleristNY’s Sarah Douglas; Holland Cotter for the New York Times; also Carol Vogel (1 and 2); The Guardian’s Adrian Searle (1, 2 and 3); Massimiliano Gioni for Art in America (which includes interviews from past biennial curators); Jerry Saltz at the Vulture; Freize’s Dan Fox; and interviews by Sotheby’s Ted Loos and Artspace’s Andrew M. Goldstein (among others).

Canadian Art‘s Bryne McLaughlin has interviewed curators Christine Lalonde and Candice Hopkins about their ambitious, trans-national survey of contemporary indigenous art, Sakahàn.

– ‘Barbara Bloom, An Artist-Curator at the Jewish Museum.’ “It’s hard to pinpoint a single reason for the growing chorus of artist-curators, but it’s become common practice inside New York’s historic institutions…” ArtFCity

The Paradox of Speed and Stillness. An interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

OnCurating Issue 17–Design Exhibited–out now.

The Wall Street Journal has profiled MoMA’s photography curator Quentin Bajac: Snapshot of a Curator. Of the digital revolution, he says: “Historians and curators are facing a situation quite different from what John Szarkowski faced in the 1960s. Then, it was about access to images. Today, it’s the opposite problem.”

Hou Hanru on the cultural profile of New Zealand, and curating the Auckland Triennial.

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