‘I Didn’t Want My Art to Come Out While I Was an Actress’: At the Venice Biennale, Rose McGowan Reflects on Her New Life as an Artist
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‘I Didn’t Want My Art to Come Out While I Was an Actress’: At the Venice Biennale, Rose McGowan Reflects on Her New Life as an Artist

Rose McGowan in Venice. Photo by Sarah Cascone. Rose McGowan isn’t sure how, exactly, she’s going to get into the preview day of the Venice Biennale. “Do I need a pass to get in?” she wondered. (You’re supposed to have a printed invitation and a photo ID.) She shrugged: “Whatever. It’ll work out.” No doubt she’s right. Still, the Venice Biennale is different from Art Basel Miami Beach and Frieze New York, where celebrities are routinely spotted walking the aisles. In Venice, the intersection of Hollywood and the art world is less pronounced and a more refined and European sensibility reigns. It’s fitting then, that McGowan, the former actress turned activist, is making her first major outing as a visual artist here, in a feminist group show in the Palazzo Benzon, hosted by London’s HEIST Gallery. Rose McGowan in Venice. Photo by Sarah Cascone. We met up for breakfast on a cloudy morning and set out to take a tour of four of the nine collateral exhibitions hosted around the city by the local cultural nonprofit Zuecca Projects . Among them is the HEIST show, titled “She Persists,” curated by gallery founder Mashael Al-Rushaid and art historian Sona Datta, […]

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