Art Monthly 413: February 2018

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Rasheed Araeen

Interviewed by Virginia Whiles

Arab Summer

Omar Kholeif


Brian Hatton

Sophie Jung

Profile by Kathryn Lloyd

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Rasheed Araeen Shamiyaana – Food for Thought: Thought for Change 2017



Rasheed Araeen interviewed by Virginia Whiles

The Karachi-born, London-based artist talks about six decades of art and activism and the importance of people gathering together to effect change.

The violence today, particularly in the Middle East, is the direct result of the UK's imperial worldview and its continuing ambition to maintain its world power, and this cannot be detached from the endemic institutional racism of the British art world, by which it continues to maintain the hegemonic white exclusivity of modern art history.
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'Contemporary Arab Representations: Beirut/Lebanon', 2002
Witte de With, Rotterdam


Arab Summer

What is Arab art asks Omar Kholeif

There have been many major exhibitions featuring artists of Arabic origin at prestigious galleries, including the newly opened mega museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, but who gets to define Arab art?

What is Arab art? Does it hold a particular set of formal aesthetics? A set of concepts? Can one tie the early 20th-century Arab art to the work of contemporary Arab artists who have been exposed to a different kind of arts education, or is the entire construct of Arab art a fabrication by the West?
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Dan Graham Two adjacent pavilions 1978/2001



Brian Hatton muses on modes of attention and the fate of the figure

Taking in the work of writers, architects and artists including Andy Warhol, Mies van der Rohe, Alberto Giacometti and Antony Gormley, he looks at how they have created an 'augmented stillness'.

Perhaps, though, the screens for which Andy Warhol's stars were really being tested were his silkscreens, where Marilyns and Jackies were not so much immortalised as amortised, each print scanning iconic value by slow degrees back to zero.



What a Carillion

The collapse of Carillion shows the dangers of corporations becoming giant black holes which absorb smaller suppliers and authorities that are unable to challenge them. Is this model at work in the art world too, with the dominance of mega galleries and monster art fairs threatening the ecosystem's diversity?

Cynics might say that rising art fair fees are precisely designed to break the smaller galleries, like neophyte gamblers offered a few free spins of the wheel before being sucked in and bled dry.



Anthony D'Offay, Chuck Close and Jens Hoffmann all face accusations of sexual harassment; ministers at the DCMS are shuffled, with Kate Bradley giving up the role of culture secretary after only 18 months and Matt Hancock taking over the hot seat; ACE publishes its annual diversity report; Artists Union England protest against Elizabeth Murdoch's appointment to ACE's National Council; artists protest against German politicians' power grab of Documenta; the EU cancels the UK's right to host the European City of Culture; Exhibitions Tax Relief finally makes it into law; artist Nan Goldin sets up a protest group against art philanthropists the Sackler family; Towner gallery is at risk from council budget cuts; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.


Tim Rollins 1955-2017

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Terre Thaemlitz Lovebomb/Ai No Bakudan 2003-05


Sophie Jung

Kathryn Lloyd on the Luxembourg-born, London-based performance artist who focuses on the interconnectedness of things.

Despite reading from her own pre-written 'scripts', Sophie Jung constantly interrupts herself, introduces doubt, awkwardly reinforces her points, asks the audiences questions that are impossible to answer, reads things incorrectly and ad-libs.
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Jacqueline Martins gallery hosted by König London as part of Condo


From Ear to Ear to Eye: Sounds and Stories from Across the Arab World

Amy Budd


Joanne Laws

Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting

Karen Di Franco

Ulay: so you see me

Dominic Johnson

Wu Tsang: Under Cinema

Ellen Mara De Wachter

Idea Home Show

Lara Eggleton

Scott King: Welcome to Saxnot

Claire Louise Staunton

Jacqueline Donachie: Right Here Among Them

Adam Benmakhlouf

Steven Pippin: Engineered Equanimity

Lizzie Lloyd

A Synchronology: The Contemporaryand Other Times

Catherine Spencer

Andrew Lacon: Fragments

Kate V Robinson: This Mess is Kept Afloat

Tom Emery

Otobong Nkanga: The Breath from Fertile Grounds

Chris Clarke


Paul Carey-Kent



TJ Demos: Against the Anthropocene – Visual Culture and Environment Today

Ashiya Eastwood

TJ Demos accepts that the use of the term 'Anthropocene' helps to create unity in climate science and environmental studies with the arts and humanities against fossil fuel-funded climate change denial, yet he argues that the very name itself promotes the blurring of culpability.



Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

David Briers

The qualities that differentiate 'radio art' specifically from 'sound art' in general are subtle but distinguishable ones.


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Javier Bernascon, Omar Estela, Marcelo Montanari, Marcela Oliva, Luciana Parodi and Margarita Rocha Ideologicos 2009

Letter from Buenos Aires


Bob Dickinson

Like most global cities, Buenos Aires places money and urban regeneration near the top of its concerns, and where regeneration leads, contemporary art and its white spaces have inevitably followed.


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Maha Maamoun Dear Animal 2017

Letter from Cairo

The Way Back

Maxa Zoller

We don’t like to think too much about the revolution these days, let alone commemorate it. It is too painful.



Fair Image Use Fees

Henry Lydiate

Does a photograph of (say) Salvator Mundi (c1500 and recently attributed to Leonardo da Vinci) create a new copyright in the photograph? There is no simple answer.




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