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Paul McCarthy’s Santa with Butt Plug (2002-07), sited outside the entrance to "Art Unlimited" at Art 38 Basel
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BIENNIAL CULTURE
by Jerry Saltz



Whether you think of it as a harmonic convergence, a cattle call or a clusterfuck, every ten years the Venice Biennale, Art Basel, Documenta and Sculpture Project Münster open one after the other over the course of a week. This is one of those years. Beginning on June 6, thousands of art-worlders from all over the globe flocked to the start of this season-long blitz, the usual combination of summer camp, convention, carnival and binge. And it has me thinking about biennial culture and who these wingdings are for, how they’re organized, whether they’re good for art and whether they’re outmoded.

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