Tim Dixon argues that the only way out of accelerationism is through it
In responding to the increased pace of capitalism, have artists who embrace overstimulation, such as Plastique Fantastique and Suzanne Treister, or slowness, such as David Claerbout and Yelena Popova, found a path to liberation?
Slowness must remain critical and avoid falling into a therapeutics that simply gives the viewer pause in order to return refreshed to the marketplace.
Andrew Hunt proposes an alternative model of the curator
With the tired curator-as-auteur model increasingly producing corporatised zombie exhibitions, is it time to revisit freewheeling curatorial practices that resist the deathly institutional embrace?
In terms of burgeoning fashions that attempt to address the traditional and continuing status of the museum as mausoleum and its exacerbation through corporate interest, a shift has emerged through alternative archives constructed by 'outsider collectors'.
In this post-truth world of alternative facts it seems that life is increasingly imitating art – now is the time for artists to imagine alternative fictions so that reality can be bent into a better shape.
In a case of life imitating art, Trump's cynical populism, hucksterism and bogus 'America first' patriotism – one of his first acts as president was to sign a proclamation for a national day of patriotism – could have been taken straight from the pages of the novel It Couldn't Happen Here.
Artists mobilise in protest against President Trump; Artists Space exhibitors are hospitalised by Trump supporters; protesters campaign against Bangor University's decision to close its Fine Art courses; Kirklees Council threatens to sell its Francis Bacon painting to plug the hole in its finances; the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.
Jean Fisher 1942-2016
Martin Naylor 1944-2016
John Berger 1926-2017
Mark Fisher 1968-2017
Reiner Ruthenbeck 1937-2016
Daan Van Golden 1936-2017
From the Back Catalogue
The Missing Issue
Last Chance: 28 February Deadline
Readers with very long memories may remember – and the sharp-eyed among those who have accessed AM's back catalogue online may have noticed – that something is missing from the year 1978. A quick count would soon reveal that only nine issues were published that year instead of ten.
The missing magazine is for the month of April, which would have been issue 16. Instead, the number was carried over seamlessly to the May issue, which ran a fulsome apology and explanation from Peter Townsend and his co- editor and publisher, Jack Wendler: 'The fact is that we got behind on schedules and despaired and decided that the only way to pick up on schedules was to drop an issue.' The apology concludes with the words, 'We'll try not to let it happen again' – and it didn't.
To celebrate 40 years of continuous publication, AM is inviting readers to help create a virtual issue for April 1978 to complete the set, which will be published online in April next year. Contributors are invited to research or simply to imagine what might have been in the issue (for reference, the May 1978 issue can be viewed online). For further information, specifications and conditions check the AM website: www.artmonthly.co.uk/missing-issue
Tom Emery on a London-based, northern artist who defies expectations in both his life and work.
The Spice Boys are an example of another thread running through the work: that of the tragic, Icarus-like figure, often an athlete, experiencing great success but also failure, apparently due to their own flamboyance.
Art Exchange, Colchester
Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Maureen Paley, London
Power Station of Art
Andrew J Stooke
various venues, Kerala, India
Rob La Frenais
Jonathan P Watts
Serpentine Gallery, London
Frith Street Gallery, London
The Drawing Room, London
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Abrons Art Center • Anthology • Participant Inc • Petzel Gallery
Jennifer Thatcher on a survey of independents
With spaces closing all the time (seven in Dublin alone since the start of the book project), Artist-Run Europe can only hope to provide a snapshot of this highly precarious scene.
Chris Fite-Wassilak experiences the small town's big art scene
Meow Wolf was packed, and touted as a success, marking the public emergence of an audience that wasn't recognised or catered for before, separate from the Native American pottery buffs and the visitors to Canyon Road.
Jamie Sutcliffe finds the art in central Japan
Dawn Chan outlines the ways that a myth of an Asia hard-wired for futurity and underscored by images of 'cities in hyperdrive and sleep-deprived gamers' might filter back into Japanese conceptions of the self.
Sara Jaspan catches the canal boat conference
Where and how do we begin to repair our crumbling society, and is it relevant to be worrying about feminism right now? From the discussions that came out of the weekend, it seems that the separation of these issues is part of what holds both back.
Henry Lydiate bemoans the silence surrounding primary sales
Some collectors agree verbally to a buy-back condition, but refuse to include it in a written contract of sale; this may also be a deal-breaker for artists, because they do not want to risk such collectors reneging on their verbal promise in the future.
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