James Franco to represent the US at the Venice Biennale 2011
“The Museum of Modern Art is pleased to announce the selection of James Franco (b. 1978, Palo Alto, CA) as the artist to represent the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selected Franco following a split and reportedly contentious recommendation of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE) that reviewed proposals received through an open competition.
Franco is regarded as one of the most innovative actors, film directors, screenwriters, film producers, and painters of his generation, often cited as a catalyst for the recent shift in much international artistic practice toward conceptual and performative uses of language and the body. In work encompassing film, theater, video, installation, body sculpture, nudity, and make-up, Franco continually engages mundane situations and inter-personal communication only to subvert them through paradoxical visual and linguistic manipulation. The exhibition will explore recurrent themes that figure in Franco’s oeuvre across the many mediums he employs and will represent the United States in the American Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.”
This guy is the most successful fucking troll in the world.
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