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Venetian Interiors with Zefrey Throwell Pt.1

The world is exploding with art fairs, biennials, festivals, concurrent events, off-fairs, international symposiums on globalization, large scale happenings and a multitude of other art based events. Shanghai to Sao Paulo to Athens to Venice to London and even Milwaukee, the art-town phenomena is spreading like chicken pox in a kindergarten class. From gallerists to curators to mayors to artists to city council members to collectors and even to people walking down the street, almost everyone agrees that art, and the art market, is in full swing and booming. While many claim this is the golden ticket to pull a struggling town out of an economic tailspin or the perfect way to make an average city an international destination, few seem to consider the side effects that this has on the preexisting culture of a city.

Venetian Interiors was a program designed to explore the biennial system and its side effects, in the granddad of them all, the Venice Biennale. Collaborating with the artists who live and work in Venice, WPS1 set about attempting to explore the relationship between the community of Venice and the Biennale. Zefrey Throwell met with a large group of Venetian artists at a local artist salon in Venice that gathers at artist Maria Morganti's studio every Wednesday, called Il Mercoledi Degli Artisti. Together with these artists, Throwell formulated questions to investigate the underpinnings and correlations as well as conflicts and abrasions that link the Biennale to its people. Then both the artists and Throwell hit the pavement and interviewed hundreds of people, ranging from shop owners to waitresses to local curators to dock workers to Venetian radio collectives to tourists and even some British soldiers who happened to be in town.

The goal was to truly examine the opinion of Venice in regards to the Biennale and the results were staggering. Listen along to 6 days worth of interviews that make you privy to the inside world of Venice and hear the true dirt on the oldest art event in the world, the Venice Biennale. (1 hour)


01. British Soldiers

02. Diego Paccagnella (Venetian Artist)

03. Livia Senic Matuglia (Venetian Archeologist)

04. Maria Morganti (Venetian Artist)

05. Alice Daneluzzo (Venetian Artist)

06. Giulia Palombinio (Venetian Artist)

07. Amy Worther (Venetian Artist)

08. Silvano Rubino (Venetian Artist)

09. Elisabetta Di Maggio (Venetian Artist)

10. Public of Venice

11. David Dalla Venezia (Venetian Artist)

12. Public of Venice


Frank Prattle with Zefrey Throwell


Frank Prattle is an interview-style radio show run by artist Zefrey Throwell. Throwell brings two people together (curators, gallerists, critics, collectors, artists, etc....) and they tackle everything under the sun. Frank Prattle is geared primarily towards community education. Its goal is to help people understand and enjoy the art world through the words of the art-stars, professionals, and enthusiasts who live it everyday.