In 2004 I was invited to exhibit at the 2005 Florence Biennale of contemporary art.
Over 770 individuals exhibited at the 2005 Biennale.
The exhibition was housed in the Fortezza da Basso. The massive hall was sub-divided by screens arranged to give excellent viewing distances virtually throughout.
Walking around the exhibition was a joy - every turn of a corner revealing new delights.
To see the output of over 700 talented people, working with an enormous range of styles and techniques was genuinely inspiring.
In these 3 files are examples of work by some of my fellow exhibitors at the 2005 Florence Biennale.
Each of the three files above contain the work of 23 selected artists
I have been able to contact all but 8 of the featured artists
If you are one of those 8 please contact me with web site/e-mail details. If you are unwilling to have your work featured I will of course remove it
(2017 note - these pages were constructed shortly after the exhibition. I have transferred them to this site from my main site this year. Apart from the page to page links no changes have been made to these pages, nor have I checked whether the contact details / external links still work.)
Elsewhere (www.cliff-colman.net/FAQs.htm) I have been scathing about the dismal garbage that is so often offered up to us as modern/contemporary art.
Yes, at the Biennale there were a handful of posturing ninnies from the passing freak show of dreary attention seekers who, stripped of their pretentious trappings had nothing of worth or substance to offer, just an infantile demand - "Look at me!", "Look at me!", "Look at me!".
A 'plentiful waste of time'.
But these were a tiny minority, and for the most part easily avoidable.
But against this, over 700 of the exhibitors demonstrated by their work that there are very many more who understand the nature of Art. An invigorating breath of fresh air!