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Venice Biennale showcases contemporary art; nearby Damien Hirst show draws controversy

MiamiHerald / If you find “conceptual art” mystifying, you aren’t alone. The trends that have dominated art for the better part of a century are often so complicated – sometimes obtuse – that they require decoding. Sometimes, traditional values of talent, technique and sheer beauty seem to have dripped off the canvas.

But “conceptual art” is nothing new. Visual arts have never been merely about the picture before you. Even behind centuries-old images lurk messages that aren’t always obvious. Mercantile influence, religious majesty, royal power, rebellious intent and flattery are often conveyed in symbols and conventions widely familiar in their day but sometimes lost in our own.

Along Venice’s famed canals, 2017.

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