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Postcard From Venice: Laure Heriard Dubreuil Reports From The Biennale

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The Webster co-founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and her boyfriend, artist Aaron Young, hit Venice this week for the legendary Biennale di Venezia. For those farther than a vaporetto away from the action, she’s sending back updates on the sights and the sounds (and a few parties, too).

Today, Aaron and I went to the opening at the Palazzo Grassi, the art-filled manse owned by the Pinault family. I met Shala Monroque in front of Joana Vasconcelos’ sculpture Contamination, a patchwork sprawl of brightly colored forms that invades every nook and cranny of the Palazzo (above). Contamination is huge, and it’s growing—Vasconcelos uses materials she either makes or finds, and she adds new elements each time she installs it. It really spreads like a virus, taking over the whole Palazzo. She makes a strong case for so-called “female” crafts like sewing, knitting, and crocheting being valid means of artistic expression—not just artisan craftwork.

Later, I stopped in at the shop of my favorite Venetian jewelry designer, Antonia Miletto, who is doing little cocktail parties every day to offer some festival relief. Couldn’t resist trying a few pieces on. I loved her thick chain ring in sterling silver with a tiny peridot (left), as well as diamond-encrusted bracelets in yellow gold and skull pendants in gold and sapphire—very Venetian.

After dinner with friends—where I discovered a new (but very old in Venice) drink, the Sgroppino, vodka with Prosecco and lemon sorbet!—we headed to the Maurizio Cattelan party for his magazine, Toilet Paper, at the military fortress San Sereolo. Everybody was wondering if Maurizio is going to continue working after his joke that he’d quit—but it doesn’t seem to be true. He installed a series of sculptures called Tourists all around the city—they’re pigeons, just like the real ones that wander all through Venice (below).

I met up with the Art Production Fund girls, Doreen Remen and Yvonne Force Villareal, and we had a blast partying with Amy Sacco, Rob Pruitt, and Olivier Zahm at Bungalow 8 (bottom). Finally, we ended up at the Bauer Hotel, where we ran into Riccardo Tisci, in town to support his friend Marina Abramovic.


Photos: Laure Heriard Dubreuil

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