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February 2012


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Regina José Galindo False Lion 2011

Feature

False Lion

Can art and audiences resist biennialisation asks Francis Frascina

Elite members of the international art world use wealth (and yachts) to buffer themselves against local contexts, but some artists – and some audiences – utilise the jet-set nature of biennials to critique the exhibition context.

'Audiences are not, necessarily, uncritical and passive consumers slavishly following celebrity interests or duped by the culture industries.'

 

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scale model of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi being studied by architect Jean Nouvel and HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan photographed by Galen Clarke 2009

Feature

Arabic Agendas

Omar Kholeif on western appropriation of art from the Arab world

Could the west's recent embrace of the Arab Spring become a suffocating bear hug?

'The overt politicisation of Basiony's work within the nationalistic context of the Venice Biennale mirrors, in some respects, the image appropriation that took place during the Egyptian revolt.'

 

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Ryan Trecartin The Re‘Search (Re‘Search Wait‘S) 2009-10

Feature

Out of this World

Paul O'Kane redefines outsider art

If contemporary art's dependency upon context – which relational aesthetics simply extended – has resulted in an impasse, couldn't outsider art offer a glimpse at a way out?

'Outsider art is not a promotion of context at the expense of objects and artists; quite the reverse, it is an art that is all object and no context. The outsider object is not so much displaced à la Duchamp, Surrealism, Haim Steinbach etc, as de-placed.'

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Comment

Editorial

PMQs

While David Cameron blithely claims that he abolished university funding and raised student fees in order to ensure that 'universities were properly funded', shouldn't the UK be learning from the US, where student debt is predicted to surpass credit card debt and hit $1trn this year, economically crippling a generation of jobless graduates?

'Anyone who still thought the loan system in the US was set up for the benefit of the student can now clearly see that it is the other way around. Since student debt is treated as consumer debt it could be said that the university sector has expanded to supply the financial sector with easy marks. It is no wonder that a student lobby group in the US has called for a "debt strike". How long before escalating student debt in the UK leads to similar calls?'

Letters

JJ Charlesworth wades into the debate surrounding fine art PhDs.

Artnotes

Lacoste censors its own prize because some of the shortlisted work is too political; Austrian commissions are dropped under political pressure; the health of UK arts is monitored; Tate drops BP sponsorship – not; UK museums lose funding for international projects; the EC sets about developing the world's largest programme of cultural funding; all the latest news on galleries, prizes, online resources and more.

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Bea McMahon Signature 2011

Profile

Bea McMahon

Chris Fite-Wassilak on the video artist

Bea McMahon's background in mathematical physics informs the editing styles and narratives of her video works, which test the limits of our scientific, linguistic and cultural methods for understanding the world.

'McMahon's combination of the mathematical and the emotional seems to set them both as equal partners in our attempts to grasp what is around us. Her work is a look at our necessary inability to grasp beyond the human interior, and the more implicit and imaginative systems for understanding we create in attempting to mediate that inability.'

Reviews

Exhibitions

Performa 2011

Kathy Battista

Performance Matters: Trashing Performance

Morgan Quaintance

Catherine Opie

Eliza Williams

Kai Althoff: Kaiki

Kathy Noble

The Indiscipline of Painting

Mark Harris

Terry Smith

Jennifer Thatcher

Paul Caffell

Christopher Townsend

Republic of the Moon

Bob Dickinson

Museum Show Part 1 & Part 2

Stephen Lee

Reviews

Artists' Books

Bookwork: Medium to Object to Concept to Art

Stephen Bury on Garrett Stewart's analysis of the book in art

'The theme of the book is the recent upsurge in the exhibition of largely sculptural book or book-like structures/installations in the white spaces of galleries.'

Reviews

Books

Steven Shaviro: Post-Cinematic Affect

Maria Walsh on artwork's ability to expose the working of capital

'Shaviro, referencing Benjamin Noys, suggests that while accelerationism has been shown to be a dubious political strategy, its value as an aesthetics is that it enables us to map the terrain in which we are immersed so that we may generate affects and imagine futures not predicted by industry.'

Mark Amerika: remixthebook

Morgan Quaintance dives into a theory mashup

'In the book's more conventionally written introduction, Amerika states that it is his intention to "mash up the jargon of academic writing" by setting the book somewhere between an "improvised keynote address" and "a stand-up comedy routine".'

Reviews

Film

Zagreb International Film Labs Meeting

Maxa Zoller meets the makers

'Pragmatic problems seemed to be overemphasised in the face of the complete lack of theoretical discourse which made the how more important than the why. I found that this lack of self-criticality coupled with, in some cases, a clear resistance to tackling more fragile and existential questions that touch the very raison d'être of filmmaking, could swiftly turn the most grassrooted analogue filmmaker into the bourgeoisie of the analogue class.'

Tony Morgan

Christopher Townsend on the best and worst of neo-avant-garde filmmakers

To describe Morgan as a British artist is problematic, even if he was born here and even if he had his first major exhibition at Indica Gallery in 1966 – just about the hippest gallery that could have shown him that year. Morgan was a perpetual expatriate: his work escapes the easy tags of national identity.'

Report

Korea

Seoul Searching

Paul O'Kane on the Korean art scene

'This ramshackle undergrad's heaven, conflating the trendy virtues of Brixton Village, Camden Town and Soho, nevertheless feels fragile amid the current drive to rejuvenate (read "obliterate") organically evolved parts of Seoul and replace entire neighbourhoods with "desirable" (for developers) 32-storey apartment blocks replete with cod-communitarian names like "Happy Ville". '

Salerooms

New York

Outgunned

Colin Gleadell on a sale that defied the crisis

'Contemporary art once again outgunned the Impressionists and moderns in the last round of sales in New York in November. The scoreline read an impressive $769m to the contemporaries, with a string of record prices that seemed oblivious to the growing economic crisis engulfing the euro zone, against $400m for the moderns.'

Artlaw

Artist's Resale Right

Bought and Sold

Henry Lydiate on the UK's adoption of EU legislation

'Evidently ARR has operated successfully in the UK since 2006: there is no credible evidence that ARR has damaged the secondary market for modern and contemporary sales in the UK, or the businesses of the art market professionals (dealers and auction houses) responsible for its collection and payment to artists' collecting societies; DACS recently reports having paid artists nearly £14m in royalties over the past six years.'

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Exhibitions

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Opportunities

Jobs

Head of School of Arts

The University of Manchester | 31 Jan
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Lecturer in Art History & Visual Studies

The University of Manchester | 9 Feb
www.jobtrain.co.uk

Researcher in Print

University of the West of England, Bristol | 19 Feb
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Curator of Exhibitions

Arnolfini, Bristol | 8 Feb
www.arnolfini.org.uk

Producer

Site Gallery, Sheffield | 13 Feb
www.sitegallery.org

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Art & Design

Liverpool John Moores Univeristy | 14 Feb
www.ljmu.ac.uk

General Director

Manchester International Festival | 5 Feb
http://mif.co.uk

Gallery Manager

Barbican Art Gallery, London | 6 Feb
www.barbican.org.uk

Animateur

Aspex, Portsmouth | 31 Jan
www.aspex.org.uk

Curator, Exhibitions Co-ordinator & Programme Assistant

Baltic, Gateshead | 30 jan
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Sales Person

Alan Cristea Gallery, London | 3 Feb
www.alancristea.com

Lecturer 4D, Fine Art

Central Saint Martins, London | 3 Feb
http://jobs.arts.ac.uk

Curator

KW, Berlin, Germany | 31 Jan
www.kw-berlin.de

Lecturer in the History of Art & Material Studies

UCL, London | 6 Feb
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Competitions/Commissions

Artists Wanted : 2nd Annual Year in Review Competition

Awarding an Exclusive Booth at SCOPE Art Show in NYC this March, an NYC Loft for one Month, $20,000 in cash grants and more.
Artists Wanted | 31 Jan
www.artistswanted.org/yearinreview

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ALFF Film Commission

FLAMIN, London | 1 Feb
http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk

Where For Art Now Prize

Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds | 4 Feb
www.woolgatherartprize.com

Contemporary Art Commission

Fabric, Bradford | 10 Feb
www.fabricculture.co.uk

The Portrait Award

The National Portrait Gallery, London | 13 Feb
www.npg.org.uk

Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

Parker Harris, London | 18 Feb
www.parkerharris.co.uk

Lively Cities Project Commission

Brighton & Hove City Council | 29 Feb
www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Residencies/Fellowships

Call for Applications

Wysing Arts Centre announces new residency and studio opportunities for 2012.
Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge | 6 & 17 Feb
www.wysingartscentre.org

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De Velling Fellowships

University of Sheffield | 17 Feb
https://jobs.shef.ac.uk

Curatorial Residency

221A, Vancouver, Canada | 6 Feb
www.221a.ca

Mellon/Newton Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

CRASSH, University of Cambridge | 2 Mar
www.crassh.cam.ac.uk

Artist-in-Residence Programme

Kunstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany | 31 Jan
www.kh-do.de

Painting Fellowships

Jerwood Visual Arts, London | 30 Jan
www.jerwoodvisualarts.org

Residency Exchange

N/V Projects, London & Embassy, Edinburgh | 5 Feb
www.nvprojects.co.uk

Residency Programme

De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 1 Feb
www.de-ateliers.nl

Wetland Project Residency & Commission

Cheng Long Wetlands International Art Projects, Taiwan | 8 Feb
http://artproject4wetland.wordpress.com

International Fellowships

Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria | 8 Feb
www.buchsenhausen.at

Residency in Colombia

National University of Colombia, Bogota, Columbia | 15 Feb
www.local.unal.edu.co

Air Celeia Residency Open Call

Centre for Contemporary Art, Celje, Slovenia | 1 Mar
www.celeia.info

Scholarships/Grants

Curatorial Bursary

Cubitt, London | 29 Feb
www.cubittartists.org.uk

AHRC Doctoral Studentship PhD in Fine Art

Newcastle University | 1 Mar
www.ncl.ac.uk

Studentship for Research in Arts

University of Reading | 10 Feb
www.reading.ac.uk

Studentships & Scholarships for MPhil & PhD programmes

UEA, Norwich | 17 Feb
www.uea.ac.uk

Exhibiting

Call for Proposals

Eva International, Limerick , Ireland | 31 Jan
www.eva.ie

Festival of Digital Arts

Bains Numériques, Enghuen-les-Bains, France | 1 Feb
www.cda95.fr

Call for Artists

Islington Arts Factory, London | 10 Feb
www.mixed-other-art.net

One Night Contemporary Events

Prism Sheffield | 29 Feb
www.prismsheffield.co.uk

Call out for Artists

Fringe Arts Bath | 17 Feb
www.fringeartsbath.co.uk

3rd Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition

Hong-Gah Museum, Tapei, Taiwan | 29 Feb
www.twvideoart.org

Unsolicited Proposal Program

Apexart, New York, USA | 17 Feb
www.apexart.org

Magmart International Video Festival

CAM, Napoli, Italy | 29 Feb
www.magmart.it

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