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The work and public images of Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle and Isa Genzken conform eerily to national stereotype. Which of these artists will become Miss Venice biennale 2007?

By Ben Lewis   June 2007

At this year’s Venice biennale, which opens on 10th June, the British, French and German pavilions will each be occupied by each country’s leading female artist—Tracey Emin, Sophie Calle and Isa Genzken respectively. There will be much talk of the three beauty queens—or more likely divas—of the biennale. Art critics and journalists will no doubt fall back on national stereotypes and gender clichés, and for once they will have a point. The combination of these artists—perhaps a brilliant coincidence, perhaps the result of devious design—is a reminder that even though we live in a globalised art world full of liberated…

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