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Issue 477 June 2024

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Gavin Jantjes, Freedom Hunters, 1977


The Colouring Book

Gavin Jantjes interviewed by Virginia Whiles

The Colouring Book was already published and when I showed it at the Hamburg Art Academy German secret police tried to arrest me and extradite me on the orders of the South African secret police. I only managed to avoid it because of being active in the student protest movement.

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From the Back Catalogue
The Main Complaint
Eddie Chambers on the career of William Kentridge. First published in 1999, now free online.

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Michael Snow, La Région Centrale, 1970, production photo


Production Protocols

Mark Prince argues that digitalisation adds another dimension to debates about the gap between intention and processes involved in the production of art

The amenability of digital images to modification does not appear to have fundamentally weakened our belief in their veracity, at least not yet; it has only made us seem more credulous of what was always an illusion, and is now only more likely to be one.

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Teorema, 1968, film, dir Pier Paolo Pasolini


Sacred and Profane

Andrew Key considers the continuing influence of the radical Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini with those of the Arte Povera movement and beyond

By turning to what he interpreted as an internal ‘third world’ in Italy, which highlighted the uneven development of that society, Pasolini sought to interrogate the anti-modern remnants of Italian culture, which refused integration in the country’s new vision of itself.

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Rory Pilgrim, RAFTS, 2020–22


Rory Pilgrim

Maria Walsh

In relation to the carceral and environmental trauma, Rory Pilgrim’s reparative interventions can only be provisional, but his insistence that activism can come from a space of joy is a necessary correlate to the punitive and discriminatory laws and empty promises made by government leaders of futures yet to come.

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A Bad Smell

The often misattributed quote ‘the test of a civilisation is the way it cares for its most helpless members’ is useful to keep in mind when considering the full-spectrum ‘hostile environment’ that so many people face today.

These headlines are in reference to the Crime and Justice Bill which, in a further stigmatisation of homeless people, included the provision that rough sleepers causing ‘smells’ could be considered a nuisance and therefore ordered to move on (where to, one might ask).

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Paris Disquiet

A wealthy backer withdraws support from the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, causing a debate over Gaza, interference and philanthropy; UK art students join on-campus demonstrations calling for a ceasefire in Gaza; Arnolfini apologises for cancelling events featuring Palestinian artists; Russian art archives are raided by secret police; museums and galleries continue to be targeted for vandalism by activists; research shows strong public support for state funding of museums; plus the latest on galleries, people, awards and more.


Frank Stella 1936–2024
Mark Prince
Alison Lloyd 1957–2024
Linsey Young
Marina Vishmidt 1976–2024
Larne Abse Gogarty

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Thao Nguyen Phan, Becoming Alluvium, 2019, ‘Klima Biennale Wien’, Vienna


Samia Henni: Performing Colonial Toxicity

Amna Malik

After Mallarmé: Part One – the page ... the place ...

Deborah Schultz

Matthew Krishanu: The Bough Breaks

Edwin Coomasaru

Klima Biennale Wien

Tom Jeffreys

Studio K.O.S.: Where we have gone

Chris Townsend

Adham Faramawy: In the Simmering Air and the Flows of the Undercurrent

Hati Gibson

Sukaina Kubba: Turn Me Into a Flower

Sarah Messerschmidt

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spread from Proceedings of the Remediators

Artists’ Books

Paul Buck: In the Bag

Proceedings of the Remediators

Michael Hampton

Paul Buck’s bag is a metaphor implying that however solid one’s career, every artefact is a fungible token, the stuff of life just passing through.

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Culture is Not an Industry cover


Justin O’Connor: Culture is Not an Industry – Reclaiming art and culture for the common good

Laura Harris

Justin O’Connor suggests that art and culture should sit in the pantheon of fundamental social goods such as housing and healthcare, without being made reducible to them (as they often are in the ‘social prescribing’ speak, for example).

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Chantal Akerman, The Eighties, 1983, contact sheet


Chantal Akerman: Travelling

Ellen Mara De Wachter

Chantal Akerman muses on the importance of writing when making a film, of persevering, even when one doesn’t know what the film is about, only to discover that ‘in the end’, her work is always about the same thing: her own inescapable ‘primal scene’, which she describes as ‘images of evacuation, of walking in the snow with packages toward an unknown place, of faces and bodies placed next to one another’.

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Keith Piper, Viva Voce, 2024


Keith Piper at Tate Britain

Naomi Siderfin

I am having a conversation with two women I barely know; the conversation that Keith Piper wants us to have in front of his new commission for Tate Britain’s restaurant, which has been closed since 2020 in response to an unresolved controversy surrounding its site-specific mural by Rex Whistler.

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David Hammons, Pissed Off!, 1981


Pissed Off: Homelessness, sanitation and public art

Henry Broome

There is definitely a link between notions of ‘cleanliness’ and ‘racial purity’ in right-wing discourse around public space and public art.

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Nil Yalter, Exile is a Hard Job, 1983–


Letter from Venice

Chris McCormack

An emphasis on decolonial narratives pulsed through the Biennale, however it was also evident that in Europe, at least, we are living in a prewar era (not least an ideological one).

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Brice Marden, Event, 2004–07, estimate $30m, withdrawn from sale


NY Spring Sales

Colin Gleadell

Brice Marden’s diptych, Event, 2004–07, was guaranteed by Christie’s with an estimate of $30m, but was withdrawn moments before the sale. Its owner, former Phaidon publisher Richard Schlagman, would not have cared because he had already accepted Christie’s guarantee, meaning Christie’s now owns the painting.

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Damien Hirst, Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded, dated 1993–99


When I Paint My Masterpiece

Henry Lydiate

Artists’ moral rights were introduced almost a century ago reflecting artists’ absolute right to determine authorship of their original works – including assigning their completion date. Legal rights are usually accompanied by tacit ethical responsibilities: to act with professional honour and integrity.

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Ariel Orah of Sōy Division
performance by Ariel Orah, 6.30pm Sat 14 June, Nottingham Contemporary

Selected Events

Selected Exhibition Openings

  • Holly Birtles, Charly Blackburn
    APT Gallery, London, opens Thu 30 May | PV 30 May
  • Yi To
    Alice Amati, London, opens Fri 31 May | PV 30 May
  • Adam Rouhana
    TJ Boulting, London, opens Fri 31 May | PV 30 May
  • Searching Minds
    Sid Motion Gallery, London, opens Fri 31 May | PV 1 Jun
  • Intension
    Copperfield, London, opens Sat 1 Jun | PV 1 Jun
  • George Rouy
    Hannah Barry Gallery, London, opens Mon 3 Jun | PV 2 Jun
  • Sofia Mitsola
    Pilar Corrias, London, opens Wed 5 Jun | PV 4 Jun
  • Michaël Borremans
    David Zwirner, London, opens Thu 6 Jun | PV 6 Jun
  • Resonating Women of the Paris Commune
    MayDay Rooms, London, opens Thu 6 Jun | PV 6 Jun
  • The Garden of Delights on Earth
    Gallery 46, London, opens Fri 7 Jun | PV 6 Jun
  • Patricia Leite
    Thomas Dane 3 Duke St, London, opens Fri 7 Jun | PV 6 Jun
  • Delaine Le Bas
    Tramway, Glasgow, opens Fri 7 Jun | PV 7 Jun
  • Practising Bodies
    Cubitt, London, opens Sat 8 Jun | PV 7 Jun
  • Imagining Otherwise
    Primary, Nottingham, opens Sat 8 Jun | PV 7 Jun
  • Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
    Eastside Projects, Birmingham, opens Sat 8 Jun | PV 7 Jun
  • Eric Bainbridge
    TG, Nottingham, opens Sat 8 Jun | PV 7 Jun
  • Anne-Marie Copestake
    LUX, London, opens Sat 8 Jun | PV 8 Jun
  • Nathan Cash Davidson
    The Grey Gallery, London, opens Sat 8 Jun | PV 8 Jun
  • chantal x.w.
    Soho Revue, London, opens Wed 12 Jun | PV 12 Jun
  • Rahima Gambo
    Gasworks, London, opens Thu 13 Jun | PV 12 Jun
  • Don’t Worry I Won’t Forget You
    Forma, London, opens Fri 14 Jun | PV 13 Jun
  • Yumi Katayama
    White Conduit Projects, London, opens Thu 20 Jun | PV 20 Jun
  • Cole Denter
    Classwaroom, London, opens Fri 21 Jun | PV 21 Jun
  • Helen Robertson
    Danielle Arnaud, London, opens Sat 22 Jun | PV 21 Jun
  • Heemin Chung
    Thaddaeus Ropac, London, opens Thu 27 Jun | PV 27 Jun
  • Isabella Ducrot
    Sadie Coles HQ, London, opens Fri 28 Jun | PV 28 Jun

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  • May: Tom Hastings, Sam Keogh and Luisa Lorenzo Corna discuss the attempts to suppress political protest and artists’ voices in the light of the current war in Gaza.
  • Apr: Bob Dickinson surveys the rise of authoritarian rule and charts feminist art practices that resist such forces.
  • Mar: Laura Harris on the Levelling Up sham and Morgan Quaintance on Chris Ofili’s compromised ‘Requiem’ for the victims of Grenfell Tower.

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Gallery and Sales Assistant

Atlas Gallery, UK Wide | 31 May

Collections and Exhibitions Manager (Maternity Cover)

Rotherham Museum, Yorkshire | 2 Jun

Collections Assistant

National Trust, West Midlands | 2 Jun

Exhibitions Officer

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, North East | 2 Jun

Freelance Project Manager

Community Focus Inclusive Arts, London | 2 Jun

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Studentship

The National Gallery and Goldsmiths University, London | 3 Jun

Assistant Librarian

The Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds | 3 Jun

Exhibitions Manager

Autograph, London | 3 Jun

Junior Registrar

White Cube, London | 3 Jun

Paintings Conservator

Tate, London | 3 Jun

Development Operations Assistant

The National Gallery, London | 5 Jun

Korean Editor

Frieze Seoul 2024, London | 7 Jun

Curator of Public Programmes

Culture&, Remote | 10 Jun

Freelance Early Career Researchers Network Convenor

Paul Mellon Centre, UK Wide | 11 Jun

Freelance Doctoral Researchers Network Co-convenor

Paul Mellon Centre, UK Wide | 11 Jun

Communications and Research Assistant

Art South Asia Project, UK Wide | 14 Jun

Head of Collections Operations Transformation

Bodleian Libraries and Ashmolean Museum, Oxford | 17 Jun

Producer, Early Years & Families (Maternity Cover)

Modern Art Oxford | 17 Jun

Producer, Young People & Schools (Maternity Cover)

Modern Art Oxford | 17 Jun

Operations Coordinator

Gasworks, London | 23 Jun

Ten.8 Research and Curatorial Fellowship

International Curators Forum, London | 23 Jun

Executive Director

Newcastle Contemporary Art | 24 Jun

Gallery Assistant

Bluerider Art, London | 30 Jun

Artisan Metalworker

Jolene Farmer Studio, London | 31 Jul


Stanley Picker Fellowships in Design and Fine Art

2 x £16,000 plus access to workshops and resources at Kingston School of Art to support a practice-based, innovative research project and resulting exhibition.
Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University | 1 Jul 5pm


Bridges Artist in Residence

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge | 13 Jun

Artist in Residence

Tenderground, London | 17 Jun

Barham Park Studios Residency

ACAVA | 24 Jun

Palazzo Monti Residency

Brescia, Italy | Rolling


Creative Commission, Undercurrent

Revolution Arts, Lea Marsh | 2 Jun

Eco Sculpture Public Commission

Beam, Bradford | 3 Jun

Public Art Commission

University Hospitals, Dorset | 3 Jun

Public Art Commission

Stony Stratford Town Council | 3 Jun

Hebburn Public Art Commission

The Cultural Spring, South Tyneside | 6 Jun

Public Art Commission

Caerbladon, Wiltshire | 7 Jun

Artist Commission Call Out

Alison Turnbull Associates, Harlington | 7 Jun

Public Art Commission

Artelier, Manchester | 10 Jun

Public Art Opportunity, Whitstable Harbour

Canterbury City Council | 10 Jun

Open Call: Image, Scrape, Synthesise, Collapse

The Photographers’ Gallery, London | 16 Jun

Artist Commission for Cancer Support Centre

Ashford and St Peter’s Charity Trust, London | 21 Jun

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize

Burlington Contemporary | 15 Jul

Climate Prize for Young Designers

The World Around | 31 Jul


The FLAMIN Fellowship for Artist Filmmakers

Film London and Arts Council England | 17 Jun

Studio Prize

Artists’ Collecting Society | 30 Jun

Black Artists Grant

Creative Debuts | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling

National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England | Rolling

Grant Programme

ARTCRY | Rolling

The Digital Artists Grant

The Moniker Foundation, Creative Debuts | Rolling

Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants

Art Fund | Rolling

Research Grants

Alserkal Arts Foundation | 1 Sep


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Rejects Exhibition

Art Friend, London | 1 Jun

Artists and Designers Biennial

Make Southwest | 25 Jun


Counter Culture Writing Workshops

Lakeside Arts | 1 - 22 Jun

Life Art Workshop with Yaa Yeboah-Newton

Cell Project Space, London | 6 Jun

Family Workshops for Children with SEND

Autograph, London | 8 Jun

Cool Company Dance and Movement Workshop

Nottingham Contemporary | 10 Jun

Canvas Stretching Workshop

Tate Liverpool | 16 Jun

Adult Portrait Club

Arnolfini, Bristol | 23 Jun

Transformative Futures

Camden Art Centre | to 29 Jun

Birth Rites Collection Summer School

University of Kent, Canterbury | 1 - 4 July

Interfaces Monthly

Barbican & The Trampery | Rolling

Artquest One-to-One

Artquest | Rolling

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