The roster of 120 international artists participating in “Viva Arte Viva,” curated by Christine Macel, for the 2017 Venice Biennale has been announced. The invited artists hail from 51 countries, with 103 of the 120 artists participating for the first time. In the exhibition statement, Macel describes the mutli-generational approach of this 57th biennale: “VIVA ARTE VIVA [also] seeks to convey a positive and prospective energy, which whilst focusing on young artists, rediscovers those passed away too soon or those who are still largely unknown despite the importance of their work. These discoveries and recoveries give way, in each pavilion, to a communion of artists from several generations, offering perspectives on questions that were often broached as early as the 1960s and specially the 1970s.”
Individual artist participants from the United States include: Charles Atlas, McArthur Binion, Juan Downey, Sam Gilliam, Anna Halprin, Sheila Hicks, Dawn Kasper, Sam Lewis, Dan Miller, Peter Miller, Senga Nengudi, Eileen Quinlan, Rachel Rose, Judith Scott, Nancy Shaver, Frances Stark, Michelle Stuart, and John Waters. In addition, 85 national participations are to be featured in the historic pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale, and in the city center of Venice. Representing the USA among the National Pavilions is the exhibition “Tomorrow is Another Day,” curated by Christopher Bedford and Katy Siegel from the Baltimore Museum of Art, featuring renowned mixed-media artist Mark Bradford.
A full list of artists, pavilions and related activities can be found at: http://www.labiennale.org/en/art/exhibition/