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Artists in Prison in 2023
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Coco Fusco and Loid Der

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Issue 472, Dec–Jan 2023–24

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Pope.L, Eating the Wall Street Journal (3rd Version), 2000


Grasping Colour

Pope.L interviewed by Judith Wilkinson

colour’s elusiveness in a way proves its utility – colour is one of those funny, amazing things, very much a part of the material world yet discursively a ph-PH-PH-PH-PHantom – maybe colour ain’t the problem, maybe it’s us – of course it’s us, it’s always us.

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Ann Veronica Janssens, ‘Grand Bal’, 2023



Bob Dickinson on artists who have shown that transient phenomena can have lasting effects

Anne Veronica Janssens has been noted for her use of artificial fog, removing the visual reminders of walls, floor or roof and suspending the visitor in an unfathomable realm in which one’s own bodily weight provides the only proof of the limits of space.

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David Blackmore, Rage Pen, 2017–18


Auto-Destructive Art: Antecedents and Descendants

Michael Hampton argues that auto-destruction is the default condition of all visual art

As theorist Jared Pappas-Kelley demonstrated in Solvent Form, the art object is always a foreclosed thing, irrespective of its genre, achieving ‘solvency’ at the expense of its inevitable, entropic demise.

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Enam Gbewonyo, Dellu, 2023


Enam Gbewonyo

Paul Carey-Kent

One of Enam Gbewonyo’s earliest memories is of being taken on a trip to a weaving village in Ghana as a child and being overcome by the magnificence of the dyed textiles hanging out to dry.

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The violent disorder that Suella Braverman provoked on Armistice Day could not overshadow the nation’s remembrance of frontline soldiers and commemoration of ceasefire – but how do we remember the disappeared civilian victims of war?

While all such abuse is heinous, the example of the Madres and others has shown that concerted but targeted action can be more effective, both in raising awareness and forcing change, than generalised campaigns.

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From the Back Catalogue
Unreliable Evidence
Francis Frascina on countering histories. First published in 2014, now free online.

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Portrait in Oil

The National Portrait Gallery once again associates itself with the fossil fuel industry; Just Stop Oil protesters target art galleries while some of its activists are held in jail; UK museum leaders respond to the climate emergency just as a museum is flooded; the art world continues to debate the Israel–Hamas war: Artforum sacks its editor over a call for ceasefire and is boycotted in return, and Documenta’s selection panel resigns en masse as discussion in Germany over Palestinian human rights is quashed; Russia jails an artist for her anti-Ukraine invasion protest; the UK’s culture department has been drawing up a blacklist of people who have criticised the government; plus the latest on galleries, people, awards and more.


Robert Irwin 1928–2023
Morgan Falconer

Luca Maria Patella 1934–2023
Martin Holman

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Esteban Jefferson, November 11, 2020, 2022, Goldsmiths CCA


Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970–1990

Maria Walsh

Re/Sisters: A Lens on Gender and Ecology

Lucia Farinati

Lutz Bacher: AYE!

Adam Hines-Green

Hélio Oiticica: Waiting for the internal sun

Matthew Cheale

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A Fine Toothed Comb

Lauren Velvick

Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniatures and Britain 1600 to Now

Virginia Whiles

Esteban Jefferson: May 25, 2020

Tom Denman

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James Lee Byars

Dominic Johnson

The Assault of the Present on the Rest of Time: Artistic Testimonies of War and Repression

Gabriela Acha

Stéphane Mandelbaum

Richard A Kaye

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Patrick Lowry, Metro: Red River Line, 2023


Flamm Contemporary Art Festival

Martin Holman

Just off Redruth’s quiet high street, partially obscured from the town’s principal sightlines, Patrick Lowry planted what looked convincingly like the construction works of an urban mass transit station.

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Ghislaine Leung, Bosses, spread

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Ghislaine Leung: Bosses

Jonathan P Watts

Ghislaine Leung makes clear that the seemingly ‘non-productive’ is as important to a work as that of distribution, exchange and consumption – an extended process of learning when to say ‘no’.

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Peter Hujar, David Lighting Up, Manhattan Night (I), 1985, from the cover of Bohemia


Russell Ferguson: Bohemia – History of an Idea 1950–2000

Morgan Falconer

Maybe it is convenient for Russell Ferguson to declare that Bohemia is dead, for if it were not, we could race out there tonight and verify his claims; alas, like the existence of the dodo, we shall have to take it on trust that it once walked the earth.

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Nicole Eisenman, Selfie, 2014


Radical Jewishness

Caspar Heinemann

The framing at Whitechapel Gallery not only depoliticises Nicole Eisenman’s family history, but also reduces her own engagement with the artistic styles mentioned to one of passive nostalgia.

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Thomas Bayrle, ‘Form Form Superform’, Pinacoteca Agnelli


Letter from Turin

Giovanna Manzotti

Turin’s growing artistic scene is indicative of an increasing momentum towards it becoming the centre of contemporary art in north Italy.

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Barkley L Hendricks, Yocks, 1975, estimate $900,000–1.2m, sold for $8.4m


New York Uplift

Colin Gleadell

In the build-up to the sales, a high volume of work was either guaranteed to sell by the auctioneers or by anonymous third parties who are paid a fee for ensuring a sale. The guarantee system is especially popular when results are thought to be unpredictable. ArtTactic calculates that some 80% or $1.25bn of the value of last month’s evening sales in New York was under guarantee.

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Banksy, Valentine’s Day Mascara, 2023, installed at the unauthorised ‘The Art of Banksy’


To Have and Not To Hold

Henry Lydiate

The same day the artwork appeared, the house owner contacted London-based Red Eight Gallery asking for professional help to deal with the Banksy installed on the side wall of the house.

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Michael O’Pray Award

New writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image

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Judah Attille, Dreaming Rivers, 1988

2023 Winner

Dreaming Rivers
Leena Habiballa considers the physical reworking of a pioneering film’s 16mm print

Additional Awardees

Queer Territories/Lesbian Lenses
Aislinn Evans on coming out as a filmmaker

Excavating the Body
Natasha Thembiso Ruwona explores Ashanti Harris’s Black Gold

The Michael O’Pray Award is a Film and Video Umbrella initiative in partnership with Art Monthly, supported by University of East London and Arts Council England. The awardees were commissioned on the strength of proposed texts; the winner received £750 and the additional awardees each received £350.

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Coco Fusco and Loid Der
Artists in Prison in 2023
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Art Monthly Calendar

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artist talk, The Common Guild, Glasgow

Selected Events

  • Emma Hart Talk
    G39, Cardiff, Wed 29 Nov 6.00pm
  • The Conch
    South London Gallery, London, Wed 29 Nov 7.00pm
  • Publication Launch: Anywhere in the Universe
    The Common Guild, Glasgow, Thu 30 Nov 6.00pm
  • Conference – Resist, Persist: Gender, Climate and Colonialism
    Barbican, London, Thu 7 Dec 1.30pm
  • Meet the Artists: Manifest: Art & Policy
    Bloc Projects, Sheffield, Thu 7 Dec 4.00pm
  • Corin Sworn Artist Talk
    The Common Guild, Glasgow, Thu 7 Dec 6.00pm
  • Saturday Talks: Tamsin Hong on Georg Baselitz: Sculptures 2011-2015
    Serpentine Gallery, London, Sat 9 Dec 3.00pm
  • Being Present
    Primary, Nottingham, Thu 14 Dec 2.15pm
  • Re/Sisters Tour with Charlotte Flint
    Barbican, London, Thu 14 Dec 7.00pm
  • Dreamcycles
    Project Arts Centre, Dublin , Fri 15 Dec 7.30pm
  • Uncanny Christmas
    Primary, Nottingham, Sat 16 Dec 7.00pm
  • Footnotes on a Timeline: Feminist Duration Reading Group X Karrabing Film Collective
    Goldsmiths CCA, London , Sat 13 Jan 2.00pm
  • Beyond the Page Conference
    MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, Fri 19 Jan 10.00am
  • Artist Talk with Marc Wilson
    Impressions, Bradford, Sat 27 Jan 2.00pm

Selected Exhibition Openings

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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  • Oct: Matthew Bowman on lost experience in immersive art, Bob Dickinson argues that citizen artists can intervene to halt gentrification.
  • Sep: Sophie J Williamson on art, food and fermentation, and Bob Dickinson on attachment in art as a corrective to individualism.
  • Jul: Susan Jones analyses the way funding models exploit artists’ labour and Stephanie Bailey profiles Beijing-based artist Wang Tuo.




Programming and Participation Manager

Milton Keynes Arts Centre | 1 Dec

Photo Oxford Director

Photo Oxford | 1 Dec

Assistant Curator

Mimosa House, London | 4 Dec

Assistant Curator (Studios and Residencies)

Studio Voltaire | 5 Dec

Community Engagement Producer

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham | 5 Dec

Art Technician

Marlborough Fine Art London | 8 Dec

Studios & Gallery Trustee

APT Studios & Gallery, London | 15 Dec

Art Technical Assistant

Science (UK) Ltd, London | 31 Dec

Curator (Professional Development)

ACAVA, London | 8 Jan

Director and Tenure-Track Faculty Member in Painting and Printmaking

Yale University | Rolling


At HOME with Jerwood 2024

HOME, Manchester | 4 Dec

The Bridget Riley Fellowship

British School at Rome | 11 Dec

Artist at Soane

Sir John Soane’s Museum | 15 Dec

Open Call: Bricking It: An Urgent Situation 2024

Praksis, Oslo | 4 Jan

The Muir Trust Artist in Residence 2024

The Muir Trust | 5 Jan

Abbey Fellowships and Scholarship in Painting

The Muir Trust | 14 Jan

Palazzo Monti Residency

Brescia, Italy | Rolling


IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund Commission

The Box, Plymouth | 6 Dec

Trellis 5

UCL East | 8 Dec

Heritage-Inspired Artist Commission

Touchstones Rochdale | 13 Dec

Public Art Commission: Welcome Building

Temple Quarter, Bristol | 5 Jan


Sainsbury Scholarship

British School at Room | 11 Dec

The Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust | 21 Jan

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


Big Screen Southend

Focal Point Gallery | 18 Dec


Open call for artists to join alternative art education programme TOMA in 2024!

TOMA is looking for a new cohort of 15 artists to join in 2024 in Southend, Essex. We are artist-run and shaped by our participants. The new programme runs over 18 months from May 2024.
The Other MA (TOMA) | 12 Jan 6pm


Artquest One-to-One

Artquest | Rolling



Interfaces Monthly

Barbican & The Trampery | Rolling

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