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Summer 2013

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COURTESY OF EXHIBITION A Bill Powers (right) with Julian Schnabel TAKE NOTE The Corderie in Venice Bill Powers, the dealer with an irreverent eye, shares what he is most looking forward to at this year's Venice Biennale. BY TALI JAFFE In his new book published by Gagosian Gallery, The Central Pavilion at the 2011 Biennale. "Image Coming Soon: Interviews with Artists," Bill Powers—who founded Exhibition A, an online gallery offering exclusive limited editions of work by established artists—presents a collection of Q&As with artists including Ed Ruscha, George Condo, Jeff Koons, Nate Lowman, Rashid Johnson and Adam McEwen. We asked the art insider to share his thoughts on the Venice Biennale and a few of his most memorable experiences there. Have you been to Venice for the biennale before? If so, when? We went two biennales ago when Richard Prince put up fake posters of a pavilion that didn't exist. I believe Felix Gonzales-Torres was actually representing the U.S. then. What's your overall expectation of Massimiliano Gioni's direction of the Biennale? I imagine hints of humor hidden throughout. Are any of the artists you work with through Hlaf Gallery or Exhibition A represented at the Biennale? Not this year, but we did a print with Josh Smith at the same time he tagged the Italian pavilion with one of his famous name paintings in 2011. Whose work are you especially looking forward to? Sarah Sze will no doubt do an epic, elegant installation. I'm also looking forward to seeing what Andra Ursuta and Ellen Altfest do. Do you have a Venice routine? I remember everyone winding up on back patio at The Bauer Hotel after all the other after-parties were over. 112 CULTURED The Italian Pavilion at the 2011 Biennale.

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