Art Monthly 399: September 2016

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Foreign Bodies

Francis Frascina


Amna Malik

Kitty Clark

Profile by Jamie Sutcliffe

Liverpool Biennial

Dave Beech

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Lars Laumann Kari & Knut 2010 video


Foreign Bodies

Francis Frascina on Brexit, the body and the workings of the state

Fallout from the EU referendum casts work by Mona Hatoum, Lars Laumann and Trevor Paglen in a new light.

Plague metaphors to demonise otherness as a transforming foreign body, a cancerous 'enemy within' or invasive 'enemy without' have been mobilised by leaders of nation states keen to obscure their own agendas.
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Moniek Toebosch And this ladies and gentlemen was the destruction of six Thonet-chairs tied with a rope into a circle and several eggs 1984 performance



Amna Malik on viewing the past through the eyes of the present

A challenging exhibition offers an opportunity to re-examine the origins of globalisation and the myth of inclusion which has been shattered by the result of the EU referendum.

If the mantra of inclusion is the myth perpetuated by globalisation then this myth has been shattered by the results of the EU referendum, exposing tensions that have long been in existence but predictably only capitalised by the far right. The needs of capitalism have forced this mantra to become a branding of modernity, whereby the historic tensions of difference are conveniently elided rather than thought through and fought through.



Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Former tax manager for corporate giant KPMG, Karen Bradley, is the latest culture secretary in a long undistiguished line. In Conservative governments it seems to be a prerequisite for the job that the incumbent should have no interest or experience of working in the arts.

The phrase 'here today gone tomorrow' comes forcibly to mind as the art world comes to terms with yet another obscure culture secretary with no background or declared interest in the arts.

From the Back Catalogue
Art Capital Simon Ford and Anthony Davies explain the surge to merge culture with the economy


Austerity Double Plus

The EU referendum result throws government and EU arts budgets into doubt; post-Brexit, the DCMS tries to gee-up the creative industries; the schools minister gets creative with statistics in Parliament's EBacc debate; Theresa May shuffles the DCMS ministerial pack; artist Gordon Shrigley is barred from the Labour Party; Peter Doig is dragged into court by a prison officer; Orlan's lawsuit against Lady Gaga is thrown out of court; an elderly visitor reworks a German museum's Fluxus artwork; Space's vision for a production corridor between London and Essex takes shape; ACE hands out dozens of grants to support arts philanthropy; the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.

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Kitty Clark My Love (The Idol Woman) 2016 detail


Kitty Clark

Jamie Sutcliffe on the London-based artist who explores our relationship with sentient and sensual bots.

Kitty Clark's early work betrayed her concern with an artificiality striving for similitude with its range of wishful objects: a plastic fern spritzed with 'real fern scent', for example, or an almost too perfect lettuce sandwich fashioned in corrugated PVC.
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Ragnar Kjartansson Take me here by the Dishwasher: Memorial for a Marriage 2011-14 at the Barbican


If All Relations Were to Reach Equilibrium, Then This Building Would Dissolve

Paul Usherwood

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America

Gabriela Salgado

Edinburgh Art Festival

Rosie Lesso

Liverpool Biennial 2016

Dave Beech

Bloomberg New Contemporaries

Martin Herbert

David Hammons: Give Me a Moment

David Gleeson

Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Bruno Pélassy: Tears Shared

Tim Steer


Julie Hrischeva

In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and You Were Full of Joy

David Lillington

Yorkshire Round-up

Tom Emery

London Round-up

Kathryn Lloyd

Paris Round-up

Anna Dezeuze



Documentary Across Disciplines

Alex Fletcher on heterogeneity in documentary practices

John Grierson, credited with coining the term in 1926, famously defined documentary as the 'creative treatment of actuality', consequently signalling an ambivalent tension between non-fiction and its shaping.



Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen: Beyond the Scorched Earth of Counter-Cinema

Alex Fletcher revisits the film theorists' own films

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's third and fourth films, Amy!, 1980, and Crystal Gazing, 1981, are, as Esther Leslie noted, marked by a period of defeat, with Margaret Thatcher coming to power in 1979 and the radical film tradition coming to an end.


Letter from Chicago

North and South Sides

Omar Kholeif finds purchase on the US Third Coast

For all of its visceral visuals, Chicago is perhaps unusual among many US cities for its social and civic consciousness.

Letter from Moscow

Hidden Histories

Chris McCormack on art and Russian capital

If the flurry of recent headlines has jolted the west into reliving Cold War anxieties, cultural organisations inside Russia have responded largely by pitting allegory and dissimulation against these ever-shifting realities.

Letter from Los Angeles

In Search of the Real

Lee Foley on the tensions around an expansionist art scene

The message from local organisers was clear: though they are not anti-art, they are staunchly anti-gallery.


Public Policy

The Code of Art

Henry Lydiate on an Australian experiment in art-dealer regulation

In the primary-sales market place, dealers and collectors are vastly fewer than the thousands of artists and millions of available artworks ripe for 'development' and, some might say, manipulation.




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