The man behind the magic

May 13, 2010 at 5:34 am

A few things about David Elliott, the artistic director of this Biennale:

When he is called upon to talk about the Biennale in front of an audience, as he has been several times in the past few days, he tells the assembled crowd that he feels a bit redundant doing so, since the art is all here for us to see now. Then he goes on to say something passionate and brilliant, almost as an aside.

He says that what he liked about his trip to Arizona was the desert, and the Mexican food.

He says that when he is asked to name his favorite work in the Biennale, he is fond of replying “Two Faced Cunt” (a work by London artists Jake and Dinos Chapman).

He’s a snappy dresser, in a not-fussy way. “That’s a smokin’ jacket,” said one man on the ferry as Elliott passed by . “My undertaker’s jacket,” Elliott responded. Suitable for the burial of the Age of Enlightenment.

Below, Elliott being interviewed for television at the MCA, and Elliott reflected on the ferry ride to Cockatoo Island.

– Deborah Sussman Susser

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