Art’s Biggest Stage


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Collecting the Venice Biennale, 2007–2019

Brian Sholis; With contributions by Sarah Hamerman and Susan Roeper

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A survey of a unique archive of ephemera from one of the art world’s splashiest events

Since 2007, the library of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, has built an unparalleled archival collection related to the Venice Biennale—a global celebration of contemporary art, complete with national pavilions and thematic exhibitions in grand villas. In Art’s Biggest Stage: Collecting the Venice Biennale, 2007–2019, readers can experience these art extravaganzas through related ephemera from the Clark’s holdings: artist editions, books, posters, publicity materials, and miscellany (as diverse as pop-up books, tote bags, and wallpaper), much of it illustrated with new photography. By publishing this fascinating and ever-growing trove of memorabilia for the first time, Art’s Biggest Stage will serve as an on-going companion to the Biennale and a resource on the Clark’s collection. In addition, it uses the objects at the Clark as a lens to explore the same questions of nationhood, identity, and spectacle that are central to the experience of the Biennale itself.

Distributed for the Clark Art Institute

Exhibition Schedule:

Clark Art Institute
(July 4–October 14, 2019)

Brian Sholis is an independent curator, editor, and writer.


Clark Art Institute
(July 4–October 14, 2019)
ISBN: 9780300246896
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Clark Art Institute
104 pages, 6 7/8 x 10 1/2
50 color + b/w illus., including 4 gatefolds
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Brian Sholis; With an essay by John Jeremiah Sullivan

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