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Update: Venice Biennale

In an update to our Venice news, you must visit Barbican International Enterprises’ fabulous website of contemporary Venice as seen by international photographers. As we all know, Venice is an artistic gem, and is an endangered one at that. Barbican has enlisted such artists as Nan Goldin, Pierre Gonnord, Robert Walker, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and more to provide their interpretation of this most favorite art lovers’ haunt. The results are stunning!

To catch the show in person, be at the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore (on the Island of San Giorgio) on June 4th, where it will open as an official Biennale event. After that, you’ll need to be in London, in November.

Pritzker Prize Winner Announced Early!

It’s out already — wasn’t supposed to happen for another week, but Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has been named the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Prize. A Spanish news group couldn’t keep it to themselves, and it is exciting! Souto de Moura has an impressive body of public and private work, though none of it considered “blockbuster” — including an ARTExpress favorite, the Paula Rego Museum, though he is probably best known for his stadium in Braga, Portugal. For you trivia buffs, the 58-year-old architect is the second Portuguese architect to win the award (Alvaro Siza, who won in 1992, was first), and the winning design is for a private residence (lucky residents!).