Art Monthly 411: November 2017

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Emilia Kabakov

Interviewed by Lisa Le Feuvre


Bob Dickinson

Kill or Cure?

Giulia Smith

New North and South

Virginia Whiles

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Ilya & Emilia Kabakov The Appearance of the Collage #10 2012


Telling Stories

Emilia Kabakov interviewed by Lisa Le Feuvre

The Russian-born New York-based artists Ilya & Emilia Kabakov have worked together for nearly 30 years. Here Emilia discusses the failure of utopianism, the importance of memory, and installation as an expanded form of painting.

Installation is a new genre. We have thousands of years of experience with painting, and know exactly how to look at it.
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Heather Dewey-Hagborg Stranger Visions 2012-13



Bob Dickinson on art, life and the algorithm

As algorithms threaten to take over our lives, it is worth comparing the cautionary approach taken by contemporary artists like Heather Dewey-Hagborg with that of pioneers, like Manfred Mohr and self-styled mystic and algorist Roman Verostko, who moved with the 'rithm in the 1960s.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg created a series of life-size 3D-printed colour photographs representing what the people who deposited the detritus might have looked like. The work was intended to point out the dangers of future biological surveillance, a prediction that came true in 2014 when a commercial version of the technology, Parabon Snapshot, was released for police use.
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Patrick Staff Weed Killer 2017


Kill or Cure?

Giulia Smith speculates on the reasons for the upsurge in art about sickness

Judging by the work of artists such as Jenna Bliss, Lucy Beech and Patrick Staff, is the cure sometimes worse than the disease?

The implication is that the medical route out of gender dysphoria comes with its own share of toxicity. Cure and poison appear once again caught in a vicious circle.



Apocalypse Now?

For millennia extraordinary natural phenomena have been interpreted by self-styled visionaries and artists as portents of impending catastrophe for the human race. Today, while advances in scientific knowledge confirm the potential for environmental catastrophe, they also provide evidence of mankind's ability to work together to protect the world and to understand our place in the universe.

The result was 'one of the most powerful explosions of energy we know of in the universe', whose gravitational waves reached earth some 130 million years later, temporarily distorting space and time.


Bronze Age Fair

Lawrence Leaman takes issue with Hauser & Wirth's appropriationist presentation of Bronze Age artefacts at Frieze art fair.



Omer Fast's New York exhibition is occupied by Save Chinatown protesters; LA galleries suffer a boycott by Save Boyle Heights protesters; Guggenheim New York pulls artworks after protests by animal rights campaigners; artists lead a campaign against the recent rise in right-wing attacks on freedom of expression in Brazil; locals raise funds to save a work at Münster Sculpture Project; Art for Grenfell raises almost £2m; ACE launches a consultation on the future of Bristol's visual arts sector; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.


Ed Allington 1951-2017

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Erkan Özgen Wonderland 2016
at the 15th Istanbul Biennial


New North and South

Virginia Whiles

15th Istanbul Biennial: A Good Neighbour

Jamie Sutcliffe

Zach Blas: Contra-Internet

Colin Perry

Miranda July: Interfaith Charity Shop

Mark Wilsher

Sofia Hultén: Here's the Answer, What's the Question?

Mark Prince

We The People Are The Work

Martin Holman

Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)

Sophie J Williamson

Poor Art | Arte Povera

Gianfranco Baruchello: Incidents of Lesser Account

Peter Suchin

Hilary Lloyd: Theatre

Richard Whitby: The Jump Room

Lauren Houlton

London Round-up

Paul Carey-Kent

Nottingham Round-up

Tom Emery

Berlin Round-up

Martin Herbert



Hito Steyerl: Duty Free Art

Lizzie Homersham

Throughout the book, uncommon, uncomfortable focus is placed on the imbrication of art and war.



Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival

Shama Khanna

The Festival was characterised by a stealthy overthrow of the coolly academic theme – 'Ultramarine: the sea' – by a 'bloody hot takeover' by queer, female and non-white identifying artists, hailing mainly from Glasgow.


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Nida Sinnokrot KA (Oslo) 2009/17

Letter from the West Bank


Emily Riddle

One hundred years later, Theresa May declares that the UK government is to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration 'with pride'. Please, prime minister, not in my name.
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Raluca Croitoru To Cast a Shadow 2017

Letter from Timisoara

Why Salt?

Kristian Vistrup Madsen

As is the case in many countries of the former Eastern Bloc, the more inventive efforts of Romania's artistic community during the 1960s and 1970s were profound yet remain unsurveyed.


Abandon Normal Devices

Digital Dark Ages

Rob La Frenais

Described variously as 'artists' skunkworks' and 'cultural fracking', many of these artists deliberately subvert what have now become art-science conventions.


Ways of Working

Fair Deals

Henry Lydiate

Numbers of contemporary art fairs have expanded from three in 1970 to over 250 today, located in major cultural destinations far beyond their origins in Europe and the US.




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