Francis Alys interviewed by Anna Dezeuze
Born in Belgium Francis Alys has lived in Mexico since 1990. Anna Dezeuze flew to Mexico City to talk to him about making work inspired by his adoptive home and about art and the spirit of 'conviviality'.
Dave Beech on critical art after Postmodernism
'We are living in a protracted period of reassessment for radical politics and critical art. Postmodernists leapt ahead of the process by baldly pronouncing the end of history and the death of the Avant Garde. Now, with postmodern theory and postmodern art a declining force, the reassessment of radicalism is showing signs of recovery.'
Maja and Reuben Fowkes
'The traditional antagonism between philosophy and art, which goes back to Plato's infamous eviction of artists from his ideal state for distracting citizens from the higher truths of philosophy, is offset by a mutual fascination that is becoming ever more noticeable. That we are going through a phase of intense attraction and interaction between the old rivals is affirmed by the Map of Friendship between Art and Philosophy, which was produced jointly by artist Thomas Hirschhorn and philosopher Marcus Steinweg as a centre spread for Le Monde Diplomatique in 2007.'
Despite the recession there appears to be a lot of money sloshing about in the system, so what's the catch? The government and its agencies continue to look for ways of harnessing the arts in the service of the wider economy.
Daniel Miller believes that Ekow Eshun made a 'serious strategic mistake' in closing the ICA's new media department.
DACS is outraged at the government's decision to delay extending artists' resale rights to families and heirs. Some major players make radical changes by upping sticks and leaving their jobs for pastures new. And all the latest museum news, art school action, gallery moves, prizes, commissions, residencies, developments and re-developments.
Keith Arnatt 1930-2008 and Henning Christiansen 1932-2008.
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork
BFI Southbank Gallery, London
Site Gallery, Sheffield
International Project Space, Birmingham
Smart Project Space, Amsterdam
46 Brooklands Gardens, Jaywick
October Gallery, London
Serpentine Gallery, London
The Approach, London
'Just in its third year, Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair has already established itself as one of the best places in the world to look at, and buy, independent artists' publications.'
'There is a saying in Africa', reports Marc Auge, 'an old person dying is like a library on fire.' In tribal societies human bodies and cultural memory were not easily separated - hence the loss of some wise individual represented a real set-back for knowledge. In today's the global information society, human mortality no longer presents the same burning issue. After six thousand years of writing, the vital records are now safely filed away in subterranean mainframes. The thesis of the book is relatively simple: 'I view early-twentieth century modernism', Spieker writes in his introduction, 'as a reaction formation to the storage-crises that came in the wake of [mass bureaucracy], a giant paper jam based on the exponential increase in stored data, both in the realm of public administration and in large companies whose archives were bursting at the seams.'
Colin Gleadell reports from recent auctions in London and New York
'London's first contemporary art sales of the post 'art bubble' era are happening this month, and they have shrunk dramatically. The market is still there, but it is now a buyers' not a sellers' market and experts are struggling to adjust to the new, uncertain levels of demand.'
How an argument over the design of the stormtrooper's helmets tells us about UK copyright and the legal definition of an 'artistic work'.