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What recession? In Venice, party rolls on

A painted submarine by Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev surfaced in Venice on Thursday. There are few signs of economic distress at the Venice Art Biennale, which officially opens today. A painted submarine by Russian artist Alexander Ponomarev surfaced in Venice on Thursday. There are few signs of economic distress at the Venice Art Biennale, which officially opens today. (Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP/ Getty Images)
By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / June 7, 2009

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VENICE - Who said the party is over? At this year's Venice Biennale, the citywide celebration that is the art world's answer to the Cannes Film Festival, an Italian artist called Elisa Sighicelli has dared to suggest as much with a video of fireworks played in reverse, so instead of exploding, the fireworks seem to implode. (Full article: 824 words)

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