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Distance Up Close:

The Asian Biennials

by Gregory Burke

MICHAEL JOO, Bodhi Obfuscatus, 2005, installation. Photo by Iris Moon, Courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation.

It already is something of a platitude to describe 2006 as the year of the Asian biennials, preceding the once-in-a-decade alignment in 2007 of the European granddaddies— the Venice Biennale in Venice, documenta in Kassel and Sculpture Projects Muenster in Muenster. In truth, at least as many biennials will be presented in Europe this year as in Asia. As I write, for example, the Berlin Biennial is drawing to a close…

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