What was it that former AJ editor Kieran Long once wrote of the 2008 Venice Biennale? ‘Like nerds talking about sex.’
And what has he written about the forthcoming show this year? Pretty much the same thing: ‘Drinks with DC, Ricky Burdett and Richard Sennett tonight as we begin our biennale conversations in earnest’. That’s right, Long has been appointed as David Chipperfield’s – sorry DC’s – assistant for this year’s show.
Long has er, long been a critic of the MIPIM-for-hipsters jolly. In 2010 Kazuo Sejima’s directorship was given a mirthless happyslap: ‘The Arsenale was not good, it was even offensive, and our consensus about it is very dangerous.’ Apparently too many people liked it and weren’t angry enough about what they saw. Critics are like that. But whatever will he say about his own? Congratulations Kieran, from all at the AJ.