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Issue 475, April 2024

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Tim Head, Transient Spaces 3, 1982


Hostile Spaces

Tim Head interviewed by Patricia Bickers

After lockdown I still had a sense that there was no uncontaminated space out there and that there was little space left for expansive or imaginative thinking – it was being ground down into a blatantly disreputable and dull mush, especially by those in power. I see a connection between these recent drawings of closed-off spaces and those I photographed in the 1980s.

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John Akomfrah, Four Nocturnes, 2019


Deep Listening

John Akomfrah interviewed by Chris McCormack

One thing that has become increasingly apparent is that the minute you agree to showing at the British Pavilion in Venice you also take on the brute fact of the history of the building, as well as agreeing to be populated, inhabited almost, by all these phantoms from previous exhibitions.

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Linder, Untitled, 1977


Radical Care

Louise O’Hare on art and motherhood in times of war, political oppression and social inequality

ANGA pointed to the fact that Israel’s national presentation is dubbed a ‘Fertility Pavilion’, an investigation of ‘contemporary motherhood’ with ‘immersive environments that recreate “the home, the clinic, the museum, and an archaeological site” [...] while in Gaza, these places have been bombed to rubble’.

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From the Back Catalogue
Mother and Child Divided
Jennifer Thatcher on women in the arts. First published in 2015, now free online.

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Lia Perjovschi, Annulment, 1989


Watching the Dictators

Bob Dickinson surveys the rise of authoritarian rule and charts feminist art practices that resist such forces

The rising number of authoritarian governments around the world bodes ill, not least for the future of human rights, democratic institutions and environmental preservation. Yet such regimes also see it as vital to regulate culture.

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Jordan Strafer, NO SPANK, 2024


Jordan Strafer

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

At first, the doll self-portrait might be mistaken for a joke, a self-reflexive, meta-narratological statement that nods to the role toys, mannequins and prosthetics play, often disturbingly, in many of Jordan Strafer’s films.

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It was Oliver Cromwell who first confronted MPs in Parliament with the immortal phrase: ‘In the name of God, go.’ The accusation, repeated twice more over the years by Tory MPs directed at their own prime ministers, signals a lack of leadership. When the current PM dithers over calling out racist death threats by his own party’s biggest donor, maybe the time has come to repeat it once more.

The leaders may change but the political culture remains the same: sleaze, rampant cronyism and corruption, unprecedented – in peacetime – levels of censorship introduced in the guise of ‘anti-wokeness’ and the government’s continuing culture wars. Now it is proposing swingeing new ‘anti-extremist’ measures targeting public bodies including charities, universities, museums and funding bodies like ACE.

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Israel in Venice

Protest group ANGA calls for the Venice Biennale to cancel Israel’s participation; a portait of Lord Balfour is destroyed by pro-Palestinian activists; campaigners occupy the Barbican Centre with a guerrilla festival of Palestinian culture; against government ‘retain and explain’ policy, Bristol’s statue of slaver Edward Colston is to go on permanent display in a local museum rather than returned to its original plinth; the University of Houston cancels an artist talk under threat of protest by anti-abortion fundamentalists; Russian contemporary artists are raided in the run-up to the presidential ‘election’; the DCMS budget is reduced; Levelling Up funds are allocated to a handful of regional museum projects; a quarter of regional heritage organisations are forced to reduce their programmes for lack of funding; Birmingham and Nottingham cut all arts funding; Wales makes arts cuts; strikes close the Walker Art Gallery; plus the latest on galleries, people, awards and more.

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Issam Kourbaj, Another Day Lost, 2019, Kettle’s Yard and Hoeng Gallery, Cambridge


Poetics of Encryption

Martin Herbert

Linked Out: Logged In

Jamie Sutcliffe

Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind

Peter Suchin

Issam Kourbaj: Urgent Archive • You are not you and home is not home

Nick Thurston

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Pia Arke: Silences and Stories

Paul Carey-Kent

Clara Jo: Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood

Maria Walsh

Jane Jin Kaisen: Halmang

Elizabeth Fullerton

Stuart Middleton: The Human Model

Sam Moore

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Dimitris Athiridis, exergue – on documenta 14, 2024


Dimitris Athiridis: exergue – on documenta 14

George Macbeth

The film’s title refers to the inscription on the obverse side of a coin, often indicating the place and date in which a given currency was minted. It’s a well-chosen rubric for a film that bids us not only to follow the money, but also to study it in great detail.

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Shu Lea Cheang, Fresh Kill, 1994


Shu Lea Cheang: Scifi New Queer Cinema, 1994–2023

Michael Kurtz

Shu Lea Cheang brings to queer culture a lesson learnt from sci-fi: technology is as apocalyptic as it is messianic, it augments rather than weakens mechanisms of domination.

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Resolve, You Get a Car [Everybody Gets a Car], 2024


Resolve: You Get a Car [Everybody Gets a Car]

Mike Pinnington

Rather than simply clear the old building and syphon off what it could to existing networks, it was decided instead to work with Resolve to consider meaningful alternatives.

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Catherine Opie, LA Uprising, Catalina Rooftop, 1992


Letter from Los Angeles

Dominic Johnson

Los Angeles is wildly gentrified, and though the mayor seeks to sanitise it the city still retains some of its transgressiveness. A current major form of this is the daring intervention by hordes of artists who have claimed an unfinished skyscraper in DTLA.

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‘Re-enchantment’, Thaddeus Ropac


Letter from Paris

Ned McConnell

The cultural shift to mainland Europe is mirrored by economic turmoil in the UK, where new taxes and tariffs that have been applied to goods and services have forced businesses – including galleries and artists – to, if not leave UK shores, then certainly to open shop on the continent.

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Jordan Wolfson, Untitled, 2018, estimate £80,000–120,000, sold for £196,850


Fair Warning

Colin Gleadell

In the less choreographed lower-value day sale, there was evidence, if you looked, that heavy losses were being suffered.

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Yto Barrada, Untitled (cosmos yellow), Untitled (indigo grey), 2021, withdrawn by the artist from ‘Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art’ at Barbican


Political Statements

Henry Lydiate

Censorship of artists and/or their works is typically imposed, by holders of levers of power and influence, to curb or cancel public expressions they judge to be unacceptable.

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Art Monthly Calendar

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Barbara Walker in conversation with Craig Ashley
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Selected Events

  • Architecture on Stage Talk
    Barbican, London, Thu 4 Apr 7.00pm
  • Artist Talk by Rosalind Nashashibi
    The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Fri 5 Apr 6.30pm
  • Cyanotype Workshop
    Forma, London, Sat 6 Apr 10.00am
  • Deirdre O’Mahony in Conversation with Georgina Jackson
    Douglas Hyde, Dublin, Sat 6 Apr 12.00pm
  • Barbara Walker in Conversation with Craig Ashley
    Towner Eastbourne, Sat 6 Apr 3.00pm
  • Lisa McKenzie: A Working-Class Woman is Something To Be
    Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, Tue 9 Apr 1.00pm
  • Paint Skills with Gwennan Thomas
    Open School East, Margate, Wed 10 Apr 2.00pm
  • Creative Wellbeing Studio Sessions
    Two Queens, Leicester, Thu 11 Apr 1.00pm
  • Sargent and Fashion Exhibition Talk
    Gasworks, London, Fri 12 Apr 7.00pm
  • Performative Lectures
    Forma, London, Sat 13 Apr 2.00pm
  • David Hoyle: An Artist at Work
    Factory International, Manchester , Sat 13 Apr 12.00pm
  • Portrait Drawing
    MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, Tue 16 Apr 3.00pm
  • Transnational Solidarity Workshop
    Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Wed 17 Apr 6.30pm
  • Alternative Stories: Women, Allegory and Painting Panel Discussion
    Chisenhale Gallery, London, Thu 18 Apr 6.00pm
  • Artist Talk by Siân Davey
    The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Fri 19 Apr 6.30pm
  • Markiscrycrycry
    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Fri 19 Apr 6.30pm
  • Pasquarosa: Dominic Blake and Kate Wilson in Conversation
    Estorick Collection, London, Mon 22 Apr 6.30pm
  • MAO Late, Imagined Futures
    Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, Thu 25 Apr 6.30pm
  • Climate Justice: Artistic and Educational Responses Panel
    Fact, Liverpool, Thu 25 Apr 6.30pm
  • Symposium on Art, Colonialism and Change
    Royal Academy of Arts, London, Fri 26 Apr 10.00am
  • Symposium on the Work of Constantin Brancusi
    Courtauld Institute, London, Fri 26 Apr 11.00am
  • Preemptive Listening Symposium
    Tate Modern, London, Sat 27 Apr 11.00am

Selected Exhibition Openings

  • Lizzy Rose
    Limbo, Margate, opens Sun 31 Mar | PV 31 Mar
  • Where Does Hate Come From
    Sprovieri, London, opens Fri 5 Apr | PV 4 Apr
  • Theodore Ereira-Guyer
    Cedric Bardawil, London, opens Fri 5 Apr | PV 4 Apr
  • Shizuko Yoshikawa
    Marlborough, London, opens Fri 5 Apr | PV 4 Apr
  • Tom Pope, Matthew Benington
    Forma, London, opens Sat 6 Apr | PV 5 Apr
  • Fathi Hassan
    Richard Saltoun, London, opens Tue 9 Apr | PV 9 Apr
  • Richard Serra
    David Zwirner, London, opens Tue 9 Apr | PV 9 Apr
  • David Hoyle
    Cecilia Brunson Projects, London, opens Thu 11 Apr | PV 11 Apr
  • Sam Windett
    The Approach, London, opens Fri 12 Apr | PV 11 Apr
  • Like the Light at the Beginning of the World
    Sprüth Magers, London, opens Fri 12 Apr | PV 11 Apr
  • Marilyn Lerner
    Elizabeth Xi Bauer, London, opens Fri 12 Apr | PV 11 Apr
  • Tawfik Naas
    San Mei, London, opens Fri 12 Apr | PV 11 Apr
  • Nic Sanderson
    Coleman Projects, London, opens Sat 13 Apr | PV 12 Apr
  • Without Horizon Without Shore
    CCA Derry, Derry , opens Tue 16 Apr | PV 13 Apr
  • Piet Raemdonck
    Cromwell Place, London , opens Tue 16 Apr | PV 16 Apr
  • Time Has Burned
    Willesden Gallery, London, opens Thu 16 Apr | PV 18 Apr
  • Sofía Salazar Rosales
    October Gallery, London, opens Thu 18 Apr | PV 24 Apr
  • Cedric Christie
    Rocket, London, opens Thu 27 Apr | PV 25 Apr

Selected Digital Resources

Xylophobia: Online
22 Apr 2023 – 22 Apr 2024
An exhibition of digitally based work that takes its name from the fear of wooden objects, forests, or wooded areas. Commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.


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  • Mar: Laura Harris on the Levelling Up sham and Morgan Quaintance on Chris Ofili’s compromised ‘Requiem’ for the victims of Grenfell Tower.
  • Feb: Sarah E James discusses cultural censorship of pro-Palestinian voices in the arts and beyond, with the artists Jumana Manna and Larissa Sansour.
  • Dec: Michael Hampton argues that auto-destruction is the default condition of all visual art.
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Gallery Manager

Greengrassi, London | 5 Apr

Collections Assistant

National Trust, Saltash | 7 Apr

Community Artist

Creative Minds, UK-wide | 7 Apr

Lead Art Technician

Hospital Rooms, Hellesdon | 7 Apr

Art Technician

Hospital Rooms, Hellesdon | 7 Apr

Lecturer in the Arts of Africa

University of East Anglia | 8 Apr

Head of Communications

Dulwich Picture Gallery | 8 Apr

Art and Object Handler

Royal Museums Greenwich | 10 Apr


New Art West Midlands | 10 Apr


DASH | 10 Apr

Senior Teaching Fellow in Fine Art

Coventry University | 10 Apr

Picture Framing Consultant

Fletcher Gallery Services, London | 12 Apr

Programme Coordinator

Future Ritual, London | 12 Apr

Studio Assistant

Studio Star Holden, London | 15 Apr


Städelschule, Frankfurt | 17 Apr

Human History Curator

Tullie House Museum, Carlisle | 19 Apr


Imperial War Museum, London | 22 Apr

Islamic Art Internship

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford | 25 Apr

Production and Office Manager

Film and Video Umbrella, Nottingham | 29 Apr

Senior Art Technician

HENI, London | 8 May

Artisan Metalworker

Jolene Farmer Studio, London | 31 Jul


Portrait Artist in Residence

Regen Art Lab, Exeter | 21 Apr

Emerging Artist Open Call

Apollo Painting School | 22 Apr

Palazzo Monti Residency

Brescia, Italy | Rolling


Frieze New Writers Programme

Glasgow International | 14 Apr

Taoyuan International Art Award

Taoyuan Museum of Fine Arts | 26 Apr

Children and Young People’s Portrait Competition

The Box, Plymouth | 12 May

The Lumen Prize

Lumen Studios | 25 May


Asian Culture Grants

Bagri Foundation | 15 Apr

Food Action Awards

Royal College of Arts | 21 Apr

Documentary Film Grant

Aesthetica Film Festival | 21 Apr

MFA Bursary

Newcastle University | 7 May

Prizes for Researchers in Visual and Performing Arts

Leverhulme Trust | 16 May

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


Solo Performance Commissions

Volcano Theatre, Swansea | 5 Apr

Curatorial Proposal Open Call

Peckham24 Photography Festival, London | 8 Apr

This Homeland: Exhibit Your Art in London Hospitals

The Responsa Foundation, London | 13 Apr

Emerging Artists Programme

Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham | 14 Apr

Call for Artists

Aperiodic Festival, Bristol | 14 Apr

Drawing Biennial Auction

Drawing Room | 3 May - 3 July


Pathways In and Out of Photography Through Art, Performance and Sound

The Photographers' Gallery | 9 Apr - 7 May

Artquest One-to-One

Artquest | Rolling


3D Collage

Modern Art Oxford | 11 Apr

Pinhole Photography and Alternative Processes

The Photographers' Gallery | 27 Apr

Weaving with Christabel Balfour

Barbican | to 5 May

Art Book Making

Lakeside Arts | 5 May

Transformative Futures

Camden Art Centre | to 29 Jun

Interfaces Monthly

Barbican & The Trampery | Rolling

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