Sunday, January 20, 2008

Francesco Vezzoli’s Guggenheim Performance

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Francesco Vezzoli’s restaging of Luigi Pirandello’s 1917 play Right You Are (If You Think You Are) took place on October 27, 2007 at the Guggenheim.

Sarah Douglas, and David Grosz of Art Info wrote in their review of the performance:

The play is a comedy with serious intent, a send-up of small-town nosiness that points to the impossibility of discovering the objective truth about other people. But the audience at the Guggenheim could hardly know this. By the time the combined tediousness of the reading (which was not only barely acted but, given the poor acoustics in the Guggenheim, almost impossible to follow) and the voyeuristic peeking through the binocs had hit a fever pitch—Was Salman Rushdie sleeping? Did Jerry Saltz look bored? If I move to the other side will I get a better look at David Byrne? Why did Klaus Biesenbach leave his seat? Isn’t that him right behind me? Weird!

And NYMag wrote of Francesco Vezzoli, "Vezzoli has, over the past decade, become art-world famous for a flashy body of work that reinvents kitsch with the invaluable assistance of celebrities. He’s done needlework studies of Scavullo portraits, sent up Caligula, and produced a video dating game starring Jeanne Moreau and Catherine Deneuve as the lucky bachelorettes. These are often lavish productions—think YouTube footage as financed by the Medicis—and Vezzoli has found generous patronage in the fashion world, largely through Miuccia Prada. "

(Photo by Paula Court, courtesy PERFOMA, the Guggehneim Museum, and Gagosian)

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