Mignon Nixon reflects on the Manchester Arena bombing, London Bridge and Borough Market attack, and Grenfell Tower fire in London, as well as the 2017 Venice Biennial, via J-B Pontalis's writings on the psychoanalytic notion of death-work. Nixon argues that the defining problem of Christina Macel's exhibition Viva Art Viva in Venice, an exhibition so insistently art- and artist-positive—“designed with artists, by artists, and for artists” as the press release notes—is that its aesthetics of redemption is predicated on a negation of life, and thereby a negation of art.

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