The Value of Nothing: the Selling of Sehgal

03.06.2013
Venice Mayor Giorgio Orsoni, Venice Art Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni, British-German artist Tino Sehgal and Biennale President Paolo Baratta pose during the award ceremony at the 55th International Art Exhibition garden in Venice (photo: dpa)
Venice Mayor Giorgio Orsoni, Venice Art Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni, British-German artist Tino Sehgal and Biennale President Paolo Baratta pose during the award ceremony at the 55th International Art Exhibition garden in Venice (photo: dpa)

The Golden Lion has roared a silent growl in the name of the winning artist, Tino Sehgal, an artist that sells thin air to people full of wind.

"The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more." This is a 1970 quote by Douglas Huebler, not the rallying cry of the poster people for relational aesthetics, who condemn the overload of things in the world and attempt to sell only non-documented, un-photographed, oral agreements as art. Though it could be. Tino Sehgal, a student of dance and economics, launched the 13th Unilever installation in the Turbine Hall of the Tate in London. The work, entitled, “These Associations” consists of 200 performers or “interpreters” as he refers to them that cluster in groups, file past visitors, and engage them in conversation or recount personal anecdotes, the first such undertaking of performance as art at the museum.  ... weiterlesen

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