Zoe Pilger

Zoe Pilger is an art critic for The Independent and winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writers Prize. Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out, will be published by Serpent's Tail in February 2014. She is also researching a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, on the subject of romantic love and sadomasochism in the work of contemporary female artists. She has appeared on BBC's The Review Show and Sky News

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Stunningly repugnant: Elpida Hadzi Vasileva's installation for the Republic of Macedonia at Venice Biennale is made from albino rat skins, butterfly cocoons and 4 live rats

Art review: 55th Venice Biennale, Various venues outside the Giardini, Venice

Artist Alfredo Jaar makes the point that while 28 countries own national pavilions inside the Giardini, the remaining 60 are kept outside. Chile, his own country, has to rent its pavilion.

A general view during the press preview of 'Gas Giant' by Jacob Hashimoto, an installation composed of 7500 kites as part of the 55th International Art Exhibition on May 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy.

Review: 55th Venice Biennale Giardini, Venice

While the pavilions at this year’s Biennale attempt to outdo one another in terms of architectural grandeur and artistic wackiness, to wander through them is a joy. And if the colossal range of art isn’t enough, the people-watching is fantastic.

A Good Day for Cyclists, Jeremy Deller, English Magic,
British Pavilion 2013

Venice Biennale review: Jeremy Deller's English Magic is eccentric rather than trailblazing

The British Pavilion, 55 Venice Biennale, Venice

A view of an installation as part of the 'S.A.C.R.E.D' exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei during the 55th La Biennale of Venice, in the church of Sant'Antonin in Venice May 28, 2013. The exhibition, which runs till September 15, is made up of installations depicting dissident artist Weiwei's 81-day detention in 2011.

Art review: Subodh Gupta, What does the vessel contain, that the river does not, Hauser & Wirth, London

I recently returned from the Keralan coast, South India, where the storms and power-cuts at night made the sea and sky appear as black as each other, and the lights of the fishing boats floated on the horizon like a distant city. The monsoon months are coming.

Art review: Dieter Roth, Diaries, Camden Arts Centre, London

In the early 1980s, German-Swiss artist Dieter Roth was close to death due to his excessive drinking and eating. He spent time in a health clinic in Switzerland, and emerged 30 kilos lighter. His life was saved but he had another problem: his exquisitely tailored Viennese suits no longer fitted him.

Richard Patterson, Christina with green necklace, 2000
Oil on canvas, 36 3/4 x 36 3/4 in. / 93.2 x 93.2 cm

Art review: Richard Patterson, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

This survey of YBA Richard Patterson’s career so far is bold, sensuous, and feels fresh rather than old hat recycled from the Freeze/Sensation years.

Exhibition of the week: Bernadette Corporation: 2000 Wasted Years, ICA, London SW1

Founded in 1994, their oeuvre spanning fashion, literature, film, and installation, the New York artists' collective Bernadette Corporation plays with ideas of commerce and subversion.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, The Happiest Man (****) and Two Mountains (**)

Ambika P3, London/ Sprovieri Gallery, London

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