‘Walead Beshty’ 2019 installation view, MAMCO Geneva
Walead Beshty interviewed by John Parton
The Los Angeles-based artist discusses destruction that doesn’t destroy, not concealing rather than revealing, and the importance of collectivism, misusing systems and disobeying instructions.
There is an agency and a power that individuals have in relation to these organisations. They can cheat, lie and improvise! They can misuse the systems.
‘Philippe Parreno’ 2018, VR exhibition view, Gropius Bau, Berlin
Exhibition as Medium
It is not only works but exhibitions that can be site-specific argues Marcus Verhagen
The work of artists like Philippe Parreno, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pierre Huygue and Rirkrit Tiravanija does not critique the institution so much as embrace it.
While works in ordinary exhibitions are conceived separately and brought together in the curating, the exhibition as medium is more intimately embedded in its setting inasmuch as it must adapt and respond to it as a unified entity. It is site-specific by definition, at least in a relatively weak sense: it pushes up against the institution – its programming, architectural configuration and so on – directly, with little curatorial mediation.
Peace for our Time
When President Donald Trump claimed that protests against his state visit to the UK were fake news, he was continuing a long tradition of politicians attempting to ignore massed ranks of protesters marching through Trafalgar Square. But whether the arguments are about war with Germany, Iraq, Iran or climate change, those speaking truth to power have usually been proved right.
Whereas Donald Trump’s attempt at concealment was unwittingly rendered transparent, Neville Chamberlain’s attempt at transparency effectively concealed the truth, not only from himself, perhaps, but also, and more importantly, from the population at large.
BP Portrait Award private view guests being helped over a wall after protesters blocked the National Portrait Gallery’s entrances
photo Mark Kerrison
BP or not BP NPG?
The National Portrait Gallery comes under sustained pressure from artists and activists over its links with BP; Yana Peel resigns as CEO of the Serpentine Galleries following protests after the Guardian reports that she is an indirect co-owner of Israeli spyware company NSO Group; funds raised for good causes by the National Lottery drop after Camelot spends £39m of good causes money on marketing; activists protest against Instagram’s censorship of nudity in artworks; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.
Ima-Abasi Capture Mechanism Bypass for Surplus — aChoreographic-Logic-Complex Dub (anticipatory talk back) 2018
Maria Walsh discusses exhibition-making as the creation of an atmosphere in the work of the London-based artist.
For Ima-Abasi Okon, exhibition-making method is a syntactical form akin to language, a process mirrored in the exuberant typographic wordplay of her titles.
Kota Ezawa National Anthem (Denver Broncos) 2018
on show at the Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Cell Project Space, London
Lis Rhodes: Dissident Lines
Amalia Pica: While inside
Herald St, London
Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford
Navine G Khan-Dossos: There Is No Alternative
The Showroom, London
Kembra Pfahler: Rebel Without a Cock
Simone Kenyan Into the Mountain 2019
Simone Kenyan: Into the Mountain
Spread over four days, the event staged in Glenfeshie on the Spey side of the Cairngorms National Park consisted of three discrete yet complementary strands: guided walks; a choreographic work for five dancers performed on the slopes of Glenfeshie at an altitude of over 600 metres; and a vocal score composed by Hanna Tuulikki and sung by a 22-member choir.
Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen
It illustrates the elements of discourse and media hybridity (exhibition-making, filmmaking, photography, painting and moving image) that have become common among the artists and curators influenced by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen.
65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
Many of the treasures of the festival assume modest forms, away from the smoke and mirrors.
Jackie Wang: Carceral Capitalism
Although the book is rooted in the US prison and policing system, there are many parallels with the UK, where cuts have led to an uptake in similar technologies that can perpetuate inherent racial biases.
Richard Grayson Possessions_inc. 2016-19
Richard Grayson: Possessions_inc.
Richard Grayson makes for an endearingly jocular narrator, and it is appropriate that his on-screen proxy takes the archetypal form of Asmodeus, a demon prince of Judeo-Islamic lore.
Ralph Dunn Public Toilets 2004
Archives, Queerness and Gentrification
In sum, we learn from these histories that in fact the archive and counter-archive of queer experience is a powerful site of learning and activism.
From the Back Catalogue
Art & Gentrification Larne Abse Gogarty on the uses and abuses of social practice
Tanya El Khoury The Search for Power 2018
Fast Forward Festival
What We Have in Common
The different registers that FF6 engaged in, from a private dinner and ticketed theatre play to free exhibition and public assembly, speaks to the commons in its current complexity.
UuDam Tran Nguyen ‘Serpents’ Tails’ 2019 at Galerie Quynh
Letter from Vietnam
Jonathan P Watts
It is the so-called sojourners who are the most well known on a global art stage and who produce – who have the privilege to produce – interrogative work about a country where the state cultural police still show up at exhibitions to cover works with brown paper bags.
James Richards Phrasing 2018
Letter from Copenhagen/Malmö
If only we could be more like Denmark, she mused ...
Art After Death
There has been significant recent growth in representation by art-market professionals of the estates of artists who died in recent times, and such activity is fast becoming an established business specialism within the contemporary art ecosystem.
This month's highlights include:
- John Akomfrah in conversation Baltic 1.00pm Sat 6 Jul
- Club night produced by Camara Taylor in response to Morgan Quaintance David Dale Gallery 8.00pm Sat 27 Jul
- Patrick Staff, Isabel Waidner and Eoin Dara in conversation DCA 6.00pm Thu 29 Aug
The updated events and exhibitions calendar can be viewed online.
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
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Somerset House Trust, London | 3 Jul
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Anthony Gormley Studio | 14 Jul
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Levy Gorvy Gallery, London | 19 Jul
New Open Call Commission
A part-time £70,000 commission for artists to respond to the Science Museum Group’s ambitious project to transform public access to the National Collections Centre.
Science Museum Group | 4 Aug
Moho Art Prize
Moho Art Prize | 12 Jul
Chaiya Art Awards
Chaiya Art Awards, London | 18 Jul
Moth Art Prize
The Moth Retreat, Ireland | 30 Aug
Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar 2020
Write for Art Worlds
Art Quest | Rolling
Guildhall Artist in Residence
The City of London | Jul 8
London Creative Network
Space Studios, London | Jul 14
Cultural Institute at Swansea University | Jul 30
12ø Curation Residency
12ø Collective, London | Aug 10
The Creative Knowledge Project
Bow Arts, Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead, London | Aug 27
Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling
ICA, London | 25 Jul
Small Grants Scheme: In the Making
Mayor of London, Old Oak & Park Royal | 1 Dec 2020
Step Beyond Travel Grants
European Cultural Foundation | Rolling
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Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling
ING Discerning Eye
Mall Galleries, London | 27 Aug
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