The Venice Biennale is the art worlds UN faintly out of date yet still containing the naïve possibility of hope for the future. You can slam Biennales for falling prey to logistical or political pressures, but youd been missing the most interesting point, namely that this extra large format is bound to disappoint. Chrissie Iles, Tirdad Zolghadr and Ralph Rugoff discuss their highlights of this years Venice Biennale in the September issue of frieze.
With a major retrospective opening at Museum Ludwig this October, Joerg Heiser examines the slippery connections between sexual identity and the image in the work of Rosemarie Trockel. Alex Farquharson visits the multi-venued exhibition Populism, Tom Morton considers the struggle between colonizing and abandoning space central to Christoph Büchels work and Jan Verwoert explores the immaterial art of Trisha Donnelly. This months City Report comes from Singapore, which has recently established a National Art Council and will be hosting its first biennial in 2006. Also featured: Varda Caivano by Jennifer Higgie, Wade Guyton by Kirsty Bell, Jon Mikel Euba by Lars Bang Larsen and Nicole Wermers by Dominic Eichler.