Chicken, Canals: Darren Bader, Calder Prize Winner, Stages Sculptures in Venice [Updated]


Darren Bader, who just received the Calder Foundation’s 2013 Calder Prize at a dinner at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, didn’t spend the days leading up to the ceremony idly. As part of the Calder Prize events, the artist has been presenting a number of works throughout the city, many of which could be easily missed by the unsuspecting passerby, such as person wearing sunglasses (“there will be a person wearing sunglasses”) or digital image (“an image on screen somewhere”). Mr. Bader also appears to be revisiting a favorite medium—live cats—for two of the pieces to be staged in Venice: cat stuffed with dirty laundry (“a cat that lives in I Giardini”) and cat with invisible hands (“another cat that lives in I Giardini”). The Calder Foundation was kind enough to send some documentation of Mr. Bader’s interventions; take a look.

Update, June 8: Happy to report that the foundation sent over a few more images of Bader works in Venice, which we’ve added to the slide show above.

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