1999 Biennale Internazionale dellArte Contemporanea II
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On the threshold of the third Millenium, over 500 artists from more than thirty countries around the world met in Florence for the greatest international exhibition of contemporary art ever. This grandiose celebration of art was held from 3-12 December 1999 at the historic Fortezza da Basso, a stone's throw from the Santa Maria Novella railway station.
Art historian John Spike was Director of the International Jury made prestigious by the illustrious and internationally recognised members including Dr Spike, Dr Veronica Birke, Dr Guy Cogeval, Prof. Stefano Francolini, Prof. Francis Naumann, and Prof. Teresa Ortega Coca. This Jury was charged with awarding prizes including the newly established Premio Lorenzo il Magnifico medallions.
Artists participating were invited by a larger international committee of fifty art critics, scholars, and administrators. Exhibitors are limited to three pieces each, and expenses of this spectacular show are borne by the artists themselves with the aid of their supporters and patrons.
Visitors were alternately challenged, comforted, appalled, and thrilled by the discoveries they made among this unprecedented presentation of hundreds of unbiased, compellingly personal statements. A beautiful catalog of the works with information about each artist in their own language, a black and white reproduction and one full color reproductions was published, and various conferences, personalities (including poet Mario Luzi), and events were associated with the Biennale. More than 50,000 visitors paid to view this diverse collection. http://www.artestudio.net or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florence hosted the artists of America (55), Argentina (10), Australia (2), Austria (14), Belgium (4), Brazil (3), Canada (4), Chile (3), Cyprus (1), France (3), Germany (16), Great Britain (12), Greece (4), Hungary (1), Ireland (14), Israel (1), Italy (181), Malta (3), Mexico (69), New Zealand (1), Netherlands (3), Norway (4), Portugal (4), Russia (3), Serbia (1), South Korea (1), Spain (59), Sweden (1), Switzerland (2), Taiwan (1), and Venezuela (19)
FLORENCE BIENNALE? I've heard of that! In VENICE, isn't it?
"There is an urgent need of consequential international exhibitions for qualified artists, since until now there has been only one, Venice. And by now it is obvious to all that Venice cannot accommodate the available talent.
It simply doesn't work any longer to tell artists to be good and stay home until they get the call. For 99% of them, the call will never come. The Florence Biennale has taken off because of the enthusiastic response of artists to an invitation to take matters into their own hands. After all, that's what it means to pay your own way. 514 artists from 32 countries responded.
This year's theme of the Venice Biennale is "new faces", of whom it shows 164, so what's the difference except that Florence is showing 3 times as many? And with a crucial difference. Walking through the pavilions at Venice is like leafing through a Christie's catalogue of contemporary art...the differences in medium don't matter, every single work expresses either existential despair or ironic absurdity.
Frankly, we've been looking at this for forty years. In the meantime, artists all over the world have moved on to work on themes as various as the human condition. Florence has these artists, Venice has not." --- Spike
Results from the AWARDS CEREMONY December 12, 1999.
|Premio di Lorenzo il Magnifico PITTURA
Premio: ROCCA, Giuseppe
Premio Lorenzo il Magnifico GRAFICA Works on Paper
CITTA DI FIRENZE: Inestimable Contributions to Life of Biennale
Premio di Lorenzo il Magnifico SCULTURA
Premio: VIRGILIUS, Moldovan
Americans participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Austin, David Orlando,
Bachner, Barbara New York, NY 212-675-4323 BLBachner@aol.com
Bowar, Sharon PA 717-824-2482 email@example.com
Bradford, Mark Inglewood, CA
Bradley, Virginia MN 412-241-4948
Buins, Bruce San Francisco, CA
Callwood, Dennis Los Angeles CA
Campay, Dennis Jacksonville FL 904-398-5236
Chiarito, Robert CA 831-427-0340
Christ, Ronald Wichita, KS 316-978-3555 firstname.lastname@example.org
Consuegra, Rafael Miami, FL
Duhigg, Thad TX 817-922-9725
Duranovic, Branislava NY
Evanisko-Long, Sonya WV 304-876-1725
Grassi-SanPaolesi, Christina New York, NY 212-879-0255
Gustin, Dan IL 312-427-7573
Henderson, Lynette NM 505-873-4706
Hohlwein, A.E. Laura Alexandria, VA 703-823-1126
Hornyak, Gregory New York, NY 212-620-9940
Klionsky, Nadia New York, NY 212-289-6290
Kondos, Gregory CA 916-444-3168
Krauss, Anthony NY 914-679-6360
Krehbiel, Yaz IN 812-331-2540
Langston, James Crystal River, FL 352-795-4108
Lawson-Bell, Susan VA 703-892-8622
Lemeh, Dori PA 814-865-0444 email@example.com
Loarca, Carlos San Francisco, CA 415-282-5594
Lou, Liza CA
Mann, Frank New York, NY 212-689-9003
Martell, Maxine Washington 360-678-5698
McDaniel, Glenn FL
Miller, Paton Southampton NY 631-287-2379 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mirek, Robert MI 248-557-6659
Moss, Stanley OR 503-223-4299
Muhlert, Soraya Inglewood
Mullen, Denise Jersey City, NJ 201-200-3245
Muller-Stach, Dieter CA 562-429-3130
Nadler Sturges, Helen Riverton 401-624-9974
Nobel, Lindsey New York, NY 212-962-3856
Orensanz, Angel NY
Plattner, Phyllis Ann Bethesda, MD 301-229-6518
Pierleoni, Gina MD 410-836-2546
Pinhanez, Claudio Cambridge, MA
Rabinovitch, Celia San Francisco, CA 415-252-5233
Ricker, Donald R Anchorage, AK 907-277-7446
Sands, Patricia VA 703-534-6107
Savini, Tinna Turlock, CA 209-667-6159
Scheinman, Nancy MD 410-377-4726
Schmidt, George New Orleans, LA 504-524-8137
Swanson, Mary CA 949-725-0643
Thayer, Nancy Lathrup Village, MI 248-569-2178
Waring, Tina CT 203-245-9038
Woodson, James TX 817-924-6376
Woznicki, Jered Chicago, IL 630-620-7846 email@example.com
Australians participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Cooper, Craig Tasmania firstname.lastname@example.org
Austrians participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Witzani, Friedrich, Graz
Argentinans participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Alio, Guillermo , Buenos Aires
MAZÓ DIODORO, Arnaldo
Brasilians participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Padovez, JC, Sao Paulo
Canadians participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Doucet, Guéganne, New Brunswick Guéganne's reports on the Biennale are in English et en Français.
Revington, Dereck Toronto Ontario
French participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Irish participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
McKane, Eon Dublin,Ireland email@example.com
Italians participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Chiapinni, Allesandra, Piacenza, Tuscany
Juliano, Antonello Calabria
Mexicans participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Celia Sitton, Tecamachalco Edo.de Mex
Espinosa, Celia Saltillo Coah
Milano, Mayra Saltillo Coah
Stolarski-Assael, Raquel México D.F.
South Koreans participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Mo Jee Sun, Seoul
Swiss participating in the 1999 Florence Biennial include the following:
Sclumpf Portmann, Margrit, Aathal-Seegräben
The Director of the Firenze Biennale 1999 is an excellent author and scholar. Find out for yourself about John T Spike.
For more on funding and details of expenses view FIRENZ2 page...
D R Ricker, PO Box 103554, Anchorage, AK 99510-3554 907-277-7446 Donald R Ricker ArtSceneAK.com