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September 2019


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Kathrin Bohm, I don’t want to make another project, 2019



Kathrin Bohm interviewed by Ellen Mara De Wachter

The German-born, London-based artist who founded her own drinks company discusses developing a practice independent of institutions and the market, and the art of subverting the everyday.

I often choose formats that are recognisable as everyday structures, whether that is a drinks company or a school or a shop. That has to do with placing my work as a cultural practitioner on the same level as everybody else’s cultural production, but it also means that by practising those everyday models it becomes obvious, through practice, how you can subvert and change them.

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From the Back Catalogue
A-Z Andrea Zittel interviewed by Alex Coles

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Vipin Dhanurdharan’s community kitchen project, Kochi-Muziris Biennial, 2019


Decolonising the Canon

Virginia Whiles advocates an interdisciplinary approach to deconstructing the racist canon underlying western art-historical curricula

The evidence for the prosecution of a colonialist mindset lies in two charges: first, ‘attainment gaps affecting international students and students of colour’ and, second, ‘the under recruitment of students and staff of colour and the discrimination faced by those who enter the institution’.
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Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Haus, 1987


Home Truths

Mark Prince explores the fictive nature of nationalist concepts about home and the sense of place

If critical distance is geographical, it may correspond to that between an individual’s sense of home – a viewpoint shaped by a past to which the individual has only memory’s partial access – and the nativist myth of a ‘homeland’, a transferable ideal. Both are fictions, whether of subjectivity transcending culture or vice-versa.
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Carolyn Lazard, Support System (for Park, Tina and Bob), 2016


Carolyn Lazard

Giulia Smith discusses the Philadelphia-based artist’s political agenda, which centres on changing the institutional treatment of disability rather than merely representing it.

Traditionally, the art world understands illness through a romantic lens, with the struggling mind-body often seen as the ideal host for the tortured spirit of the genius. Lazard seeks to replace this tired mystique with a more politicised approach.



1976 and All That

The September issue unveils a redesign for the magazine, the logo and layout bringing new ideas about readability and flow to the pages while nodding to the history of the magazine.

With the rise of the right and the erosion of freedoms, including freedom of speech, it is even more important to preserve such a space. The new layout provides an appropriate template, literally removing rules and opening up the spaces of the magazine to allow for the free flow of ideas.

Karsten Schubert Remembered

Karsten Schubert worked closely with Art Monthly, his Ridinghouse press publishing both volumes of Talking Art: Interviews with Artists.

What was so striking about working with Karsten was that once he had committed to a project, he saw it through. Such commitment is rare. He will be much missed.


Creativity! Culture!

ACE has published its draft strategy for 2020-30, dropping the word ‘art’ and focusing instead on creativity and culture; chancellor Sajid Javid has triggered a Spending Review examining government departmental spending this month, raising the spectre of cuts to ACE’s budget; the DCMS has a new culture secretary, Nicky Morgan; Birmingham City Council is implementing yet more cuts to its arts budget; artists withdraw from the Aichi Triennale in Japan in a row over censorship; arms manufacturer Warren Kanders finally resigns from the Whitney Museum board after months of protests; the National Portrait Gallery and the British Museum come under more pressure over their links with BP; accessibility campaigners condemn projects by Jeremy Deller and Olafur Eliasson; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.


Ian Gardner 1944–2019

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Peter Hujar, John Heys with Orange Breasts, 1983
on show at the Whitney Biennial


Ljubljana Biennial: Crack Up – Crack Down

Jamie Sutcliffe

Kiss My Genders

Kathryn Lloyd

The Aerodrome

Neil Zakiewicz

Monika Sosnowska

Adam Heardman

Image Bank

Martin Herbert

New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976–1995

BANK: Summa

Jonathan P Watts

All His Ghosts Must Do My Bidding

Henry Broome

Aaron Williamson

Eleanor Roberts

Liam Fallon: Supersymmetry

Tom Emery

Nicky Hirst: Algorithms

Martin Holman

Patrick Staff: The Prince of Homburg

Conal McStravick

Jef Cornelis: TV Works 1960–80s

Louisa Lee

Yorkshire Sculpture International

Paul Carey-Kent

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Nicholas Brown: Anatomy – The Social Ontology of Art Under Capitalism

Alexandra Hull

The most compelling and convincing argument is in his final chapter, ‘Modernism on TV’, in which Brown explores how the aestheticisation of genre is another strategy necessary for close interpretive analysis of the work of art.


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‘Bicycle Thieves’ installation view at Para Site, Hong Kong

Letter from Hong Kong

Be A Free Radical

Stephanie Bailey

A neon light installed in one room of ‘Bicycle Thieves’ by Yunyu ‘Ayo’ Shih, in which the phrase ‘I’ll take care of you’ is written in English on one side and Chinese on the other, is fitting. Each script is based on the handwriting of Deng Xiaopeng and Margaret Thatcher – architects of the Basic Law, designed to safeguard Hong Kong’s ‘capitalist system and way of life’ in the 50 years following the 1997 handover.



Art + Museum Transparency

Laura Harris

While union-busting is endemic to management in general, the tactic sits particularly uncomfortably in institutions that reap cultural capital from front-facing progressive politics.


Artist’s Resale Right

Sale or Resale?

Henry Lydiate

When is a sale a resale? The distinction and difference can be significant, because artists are not legally entitled to receive resale royalty payments when their works are sold for the first time in the professional art market.




This month's highlights include:

  • Wysing Polyphonic Wysing Arts Centre 1.00pm Sat 7 Sep
  • George Barber talk and screening TACO! 7.30pm Fri 13 Sep
  • Yorkshire Sculpture International Symposium Leeds Beckett University 9.30am Fri 20 Sep

The updated events and exhibitions calendar can be viewed online.


Exhibition Listings

Art Monthly's exhibition listings can be viewed online.


The Producers Part II

New Positions on Curating

Tuesday 29 October 5.15pm
Katerina Gregos, curator of the inaugural Riga Biennale
Mirjam Varinidis, curator at Zurich Kunsthalle

This series of public discussions devised by Newcastle University and Art Monthly brings together curators, writers and artists to examine how current exhibition-making strategies have responded to significant changes in the art world. The talks will address issues such as: the fallout of an increasingly globalised art world; the growing significance of the role of collectors; the reshaping of public-sector art economies and the ways in which the development of new technologies has redefined how artworks are made, understood and disseminated.

Venue: Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University
Price: Free entry


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Next broadcast: 8pm Monday 9 September

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Audio recordings are available in the Events section of the Art Monthly website:

Recent additions:




Senior Technician

Battersea Arts Centre, London | 3 Sep


Afterall Journal | 5 Sep

Exhibitions Assistant

Barbican, London | 9 Sep

Grants Assistant

Paul Hamlyn Foundation, London | 11 Sep

Production Manager

Liverpool Biennial | 11 Sep

Head of Development

Project Art Works, Hastings | 11 Sep

Artistic Director

Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, Hasselt, Belgium | 13 Sep


ACAVA, London | 13 Sep


Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts | 15 Sep

Artist Development Coordinator

London Creative Network, SPACE, London | 16 Sep

Learning and Engagement Manager

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham | 27 Sep


Artist Commission for a Scheduled Ancient Monument in Dover

Expressions of interest are invited: West Wing Battery, Fort Burgoyne, Dover. Part of Pioneering Places: East Kent project. Budget £17K
Dover Arts Development (DAD) | 6 Sep


The Coal Prize

COAL, Paris | 9 Sep

Call for Entries

International Awards for Art Criticism | 15 Sep

VIA Arts Prize

The Embassy of Brazil to the UK | 30 Sep

The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize | 12 Nov

Culture Seeds

Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar 2020

Write for Art Worlds

Art Quest | Rolling


Live/Work Studios in Romney Marsh for Sale

Two barns in secure yard, plus land/orchard (2.4 acres) and outbuildings for sale. Artist owner moving south.
Enquiries: [email protected]



Curatorial Fellowship

Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada | 4 Sep

Peer Forums

Camden Arts Centre, Horniman Museum, London | 30 Sep, 7 Oct

The Other MA (TOMA)

Southend-on-Sea | 30 Sep

Fire Station Residency 2020–25

ACME, London | 30 Sep

Artist in Residence

Kavli Institute for Nanosciences, Delft, Netherlands | 30 Sep

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


Jerwood Bursaries

Jerwood Arts | 9 Sep

Small Grants Scheme: In the Making

Mayor of London, Old Oak & Park Royal | 1 Dec 2020

Step Beyond Travel Grants

European Cultural Foundation | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling


Sculpture in the City

City of London | 22 Sep

Manifesta 13

Marseille, France | 25 Sep

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]


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