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Yang Zhenzhongís I Will Die (2007) in the Arsenale at the Venice Biennale 2007
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THE ALCHEMY OF CURATING
by Jerry Saltz



The alchemy of good curating amounts to this: sometimes placing one work of art near another makes one and one equal three. Two artworks arranged alchemically leave each intact, transform both and create a third thing. This third, thing and the two original things then trigger cascades of thought and reaction; you know things you didnít know you needed to know until you know them; then you canít imagine ever not knowing them again. Then these things transform all the other things and thoughts youíve had. This chain-reaction is thrilling and uncanny.

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