Is James Franco’s Venice Biennale Debut Still Happening?


Of all the different genres that James Franco has tackled, we’ve always found his art career the hardest to swallow — and considering his love of similes, that’s really saying something. Maybe we were wise to be skeptical; according to a report in The Independent , the actor’s highly-anticipated debut at this year’s Venice Biennale has been “indefinitely delayed” so that he may “realize his vision” for Rebel, a site-specific installation of videos paying homage to James Dean. Franco is said to have collaborated with a number of well-known artists including Ed Ruscha, Paul McCarthy, and Aaron Young, on the project, and just last month he released an interesting short film that he shot with Harmony Korine featuring a mob of bike riding women with machetes. Considering that the Biennale runs until the end of November, he still has plenty of time to schedule a new launch date — unless there’s something else going on here. Click through to check out the preview clip, and let us know in the comments what you think of the work.