June 4, 2013
Janie Paul’s work is included in the Small Works Project, a collaboration between The Library Street Collective Gallery in Detroit and Bennetton. This project will be included in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Library Street Collective is proud to announce an exciting partnership with the Luciano Benetton Foundation based in Treviso, Italy. A few months ago, Library Street Collective had the honor of giving Luciano Benetton an extensive tour of our great city. Luciano, founder of the global fashion brand United Colors of Benetton and Benetton Group S.p.A, has since taken an interest in the work of several Detroit artists. It was during his visit that the Benetton’s asked Library Street Collective to curate a social project and exhibition titled the Small Canvas Project. We were given the task of selecting over 100 artists throughout the United States to participate in this exhibit. The artists were encouraged to use their vision to explore themes ranging from complete abstraction to photorealism in whatever medium they felt represented them best. Through this communicative process the artists would introduce themselves to a broader audience and remind us what characteristics make them unique. We are happy to say that many of the artists selected have roots in the City of Detroit.
We are also exited to announce that the collection of small works will be exhibited at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Coinciding with the exhibition, the photographs of all the works as well as the biographies of the artists will be compiled into a book. There have been books published based on similar artist exhibitions sponsored by the Benetton Foundation in Eastern Europe (Looking Eastward) and Latin America (Ojo Latino). The book will also include a two-part Introduction written by gallery co-owners Matthew Eaton and Anthony Curis. The gallery will have copies of the published book in the coming months.