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City Slickers Cleveland’s Very First Front International Triennial Explores American Metropolises—Without a Local Perspective

City Slickers Cleveland’s Very First Front International Triennial Explores American Metropolises—Without a Local Perspective

Alex Greenberger

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Senior Editor, ARTnews

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A n international art triennial in Cleveland how about that for the oxymoron? It’s an understatement to express that Cleveland does not have the glamour of other festival-hosting cities Venice’s sun-dappled canals, Berlin’s world-class gallery scene, the all-around intrigue of São Paulo, Sharjah, Shanghai, Sydney, Dakar, Istanbul. An element of the excitement of these occasions for international visitors gets immersed into the town and considering how the event rubs against it, exposing certain aspects of the locale.

But recent governmental activities have made Cleveland—and other US cities that aren’t New York, L.A., Chicago, or Miami—an place that is illuminating learn, plus the inaugural version of Front International had much to tell about its host metropolis.