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Issue 443, February 2021

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Jill Magid, Tender, 2020


The Other Woman

Jill Magid interviewed by Gilda Williams

Like all my projects, in Tender I subverted one element within a larger system. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, a coin shortage developed in the US so the US Mint began overproducing coins. The coin shortage, like the Tender coins, became an artefact of Covid.

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Forensic Architecture, The Killing of Zak Kostopoulos, 2018


Art as Evidence as Art

Stephanie Bailey asks whether Forensic Architecture’s artworks raise further questions about the continuing violence of colonial democracies

What is notable about Forensic Architecture’s contribution to the cases of Pavlos Fyssas and Zak Kostopoulos is the intent to uncover, beyond the causal relationship between perpetrator and victim, ‘longer histories of oppression and injustice’.

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From the Back Catalogue
Fascinating Fascism?
Barbara Pollack finds she is still not ready to forgive and forget for art’s sake
First published 2002 – now free online

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Fugitive Images, final event of ‘Real Estates’, 2015
Peer, London


Looking Back in Anger: Part Two

Morgan Quaintance on the art world’s scramble to co-opt marginalised voices without addressing structural inequalities

The entire philanthropic exercise sets up a relational dynamic of social inequality, between the munificent (sovereign) and the needy (supplicant). Such a fundamental imbalance at the sector’s core fosters an attitude of unflinching reverence for hierarchy and exclusivity.

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Jamie Crewe, Ashley, 2020


Jamie Crewe

Conal McStravick celebrates the Glasgow artist’s critique of heterosexism that goes beyond art as identity

Spanning almost a decade, Jamie Crewe’s work is one of building communities which share an archive of images, feelings and gestures, and which share these as tools for radical or even pastoral and collaborative care.

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The ‘F’ word

The horrors of the mid 20th century left many historians hesitant to describe more recent political turns as fascism, but that dam has now burst. To understand these latest travesties, however, we must finally face bitter foundational histories on both sides of the Atlantic.

The impact of the 1772 London High Court ruling reverberated in America among slave-owners in the southern states and it was chiefly in order to preserve the institution of slavery, which they now perceived as being under threat from Britain, that they threw their weight behind the revolutionaries.

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Art and Resistance

Hannah Collins and Paul Goodwin argue for a new approach to presenting work from marginalised cultures

While British black artists today continue to be faced with false and partial truths about past histories, the job of showing 20th-century art has yet to give agency to the artists and cultures that produced these abstract truths.

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Lockdown Redux

Galleries open then close again as the third UK lockdown follows hot on the heels of the second; the Conservative government reveals its priorities by drafting new laws to protect monuments; political artist Tania Bruguera is placed under house arrest in Cuba; the curator of a cancelled Forensic Architecture exhibition in Miami cries censorship at the university gallery; the German art world calls for the country’s parliament to reverse its ban on the BDS movement; more UK Covid-19 emergency arts funding is announced; Tate declares that it will axe a further 8% of its workforce; plus the latest on galleries, people, prizes and more.

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Abbas Zahedi, ‘Ouranophobia SW3’,
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Anne Tallentire: As happens

Tom Denman

Abbas Zahedi: Ouranophobia SW3

Chloe Carroll

Nick Hornby: Zygotes and Confessions

Alexander Massouras

Yuri Pattison: the engine

John Graham

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Artists’ Books

Candice Purwin: Idle Women on the Water

Sarah Perks

It’s a real highlight to find out about academic Silvia Federici’s visit to the project, where she shared her groundbreaking work on renewed witch-hunting as a direct consequence of capitalism – all while mashing potatoes ‘like a boss’.

Ascendants: Bauhaus Handprints Collected by László Moholy-Nagy

Sam Dolbear

These Bauhaus handprints reflect a tradition of indexing a relation between the hand and work, just as August Sander constructed an index of body and class in Face of our Time, 1929.

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Gustav Metzger, Liquid Crystal Environment, 1965


Gustav Metzger Writings (1953–2016)

Andrew Wilson

The book shines a light not only by its structure but also through a number of self-examining texts by Gustav Metzger on moments within his life where he effectively fell from sight and then reappeared, renewed – and perhaps each time as a contemporary artist focused on the urgent issues of that time.

David Levi Strauss: Photography and Belief
Jörg Colberg: Photography’s Neoliberal Realism

Stephanie Schwartz

Evidence of fakery is something of a red herring. The problem is not that we might believe what we see on the pages of fashion magazines or in the museum, it is that we believe that we are seeing nothing – that there is no message to be seen, to be read or channelled.

Dan Hicks: The Brutish Museums – The Benin Bronzes, Colonial Violence and Cultural Restitution

George Vasey

Dan Hicks suggests that knowledge formed through the museum is a type of necrology, or death history. In this sense, objects become ‘unfinished events’ and the necrographer (curator) must trace how objects came into collections. In other words, we need to care for people more than objects, and excavate the histories of death and destruction that accompany the acquisition of these artefacts.

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James Ravinet, Thames Estuary, 2020


Collaboration over Competition

Emma Edmondson and Warren Harper argue that smaller arts organisations might work together to survive

Our collaborative model is lichen-like, an experiment with the natural order of business as usual. Lichen is a specialist at surviving in harsh conditions through collaboration, a role model for small arts organisations like ours.

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Tori Kudo, Archive, 2020
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Adapting to the Pandemic

Lauren Velvick reports on how three organisations that support experimental and cross-discplinary work have developed new ways of programming in response to the Covid-19 crisis

While it isn’t helpful to pit different types of artist or organisation against one another in a competition over who has had it toughest, it is notable that these organisations’ pre-pandemic programmes were dominated by the kind of public events that have been rendered impossible since the pandemic hit the UK in March 2020.

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Valerio Nicolai, Captain Strawberry, 2020

Letter from Rome

Memory Game

Agnieszka Gratza

Eschewing an overarching thematic approach, despite the presence of some loose and not entirely convincing thematic strands, this edition of the Quadriennale privileged feminist as well as queer voices, and put both well-known and lesser-known female artists centre stage.

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Julie Curtiss, Witch, 2017
estimated at £50,000, sold for £162,500


A Pandemic Chronology

Colin Gleadell

The perception that internet sales could not breach the high-end million-dollars-plus barrier was still there, but the online auction floodgates had opened.


Brexit Begins

Henry Lydiate

As UK-based artists, art businesses and art institutions grapple with the complex post-Brexit landscape, initial beneficiaries dealing with what currently appear to be mountains of new ‘red tape’ are likely to be specialist art import/export agents, transporters, consultants, accountants and lawyers paid to advise and assist.

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Michael O’Pray Prize

New writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image

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Lutz Mommartz, Selbstschüsse, 1967

2020 Winner

Lutz Mommartz’s Own Private Idyll
Mimi Howard finds that there are oblique ways to engage with tumultuous times

Runners up

Alberta Whittle: Reset
Harvey Dimond explores the historical resonances of this slavery-referencing artwork made during a suffocating pandemic

Together, Alone: Watching Sandra Lahire in Lockdown
Rachel Pronger discovers in earlier experimental films a familiar tension between the social being and the individual body

The winner receives £500
Each runner up receives £250

The Michael O’Pray Prize is a Film and Video Umbrella initiative in partnership with Art Monthly, supported by University of East London and Arts Council England.

Art Monthly Calendar

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Ben Rivers, Things, 2014
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Selected Digital Resources

Many venues are focusing on digital programming during the Covid-19 pandemic. So instead of the usual list of events, here are links to some of these online artworks and resources.

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  • Dec: Morgan Quaintance, Izabella Scott & Gwen Burlington on the ever-widening gap in the UK art world between social, cultural and political realities; artists’ responses to the US’s denial of its colonial history; and the recent work of Irish artist Eimear Walshe.
  • Nov: Tom Denman and Sophie J Williamson discuss artists who counteract paradigms of racial representation, and also those who reveal unspoken taboos in art through the intimacy of being with someone dying.
  • Oct: Mark Wilsher & Adan Heardman consider the notion of presence in art during a pandemic and discuss Elizabeth Price’s Artangel video installation ‘Slow Dans’.



Relationship Manager

Arts Council England, London | 31 Jan

Development Officer

Whitechapel Gallery, London | 31 Jan

Senior Performance Programmer

Southbank Centre, London | 1 Feb

Artist Filmmaker and Spoken Word/Poet Artist

National Portrait Gallery, London | 3 Feb

Engagement and Participation Manager, Estuary 2021

Cement Fields, University of Kent | 5 Feb

Fundraising Manager

Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham | 5 Feb

Project Coordinator

Hollybush Gardens, London | 6 Feb
Lisa Panting

Engagement Curator

Yorkshire Sculpture International | 8 Feb

Press and Public Relations Officer

Goethe-Institut, London | 12 Feb

Learning Producer

FACT, Liverpool | 12 Feb
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Creative Producer (Community Engagement)

artsdepot, London | 15 Feb

Chair & Trustees

NN Contemporary Art, Northampton | 26 Feb
John Nicholls


Artsadmin, London | Rolling


‘Brilliant’ Commissioning Scheme

Lumiere 2021 | 11 Feb

Dover Prize

County Durham Community Foundation | 14 Feb

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Standpoint, London | 31 Mar


Research Fellowships

Holt/Smithson Foundation, Santa Fe | 1 Feb

Decolonising Natural History

Horniman Museum & Delfina Foundation, London | 5 Feb

Solo Residency

Unit 1 Gallery, London | 27 Feb

Inverlonan Artists’ Retreats

Inverlonan | Rolling

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


Artist Bursaries

Liverpool Biennial, a-n & Open Culture | 12 Feb

Developing your Creative Practice

Arts Council England | 18 Feb

Re:Create 2021

Creative United, Wandsworth, London | 28 Feb

National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England | 30 Apr 2021

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme

Jerwood Arts | 1 Mar 2022

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling

Black Artists Grant

Creative Debuts | Rolling



TACO, London | 1 Feb


Chapter, Cardiff | 1 Feb


apexart, New York | 1 Mar

New Contemporaries

Rich Mix, London | 1 Mar

Open Submission

Belfast Photo Festival | 5 Mar

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