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March 2019


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Carey Young Palais de Justice 2017



Carey Young interviewed by Maria Walsh

The London-based artist talks about law as an artistic medium, asks who has the power to define others, and gives tips on how to avoid security guards.

Could art expose the edges of law or a point where law seems to break down? I’m not a lawbreaker necessarily, but I’m interested in its margins and gaps.
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Bas Jan Ader In search of the miraculous (One night in Los Angeles) 1973


In Between

Mark Prince explores ideas of space and place in art

Citing works by Lawrence Weiner, Bas Jan Ader and Marcel Broodthaers, and by painters Rene Daniëls and Raoul de Keyser, Prince maps the distances between history and geography, language and image, the real and the virtual.

Given the old antagonism between painting and Conceptual Art, it still needs pointing out that – unlike photography, film and the digital arts – they are the two ‘media’ best equipped to hold signs, visual and linguistic, at a critical remove, while keeping them in play.
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Tom James and Alex Hartley The Clearing 2017



Louise Ashcroft celebrates artists taking back control in precarious times

Recent political and economic turmoil has left the art sector straitened, but some artists see this as an opportunity to develop original approaches based on collaboration and support, forming new organisations from alternative art schools to community interest companies – it’s time to do it yourself, do it with others, do it anyway.

Many of today’s artist projects go a step further than the Occupy movement’s deconstruction of traditional politics with achievable, localised goals that respect artists’ responsibility to ‘keep it complex’.

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From the Back Catalogue
Group Practice Paul O’Neill on the collective alternative to the romantic cliché of the lone artist, curator and critic




Issues around access, representation and authority are to the fore today across old, new and social media, as illustrated by Carey Young’s focus on female judges in her recent film Palais de Justice. But while progress on such issues may be more visible in today’s networked world, this same hyperconnectivity also makes it painfully clear just how much further there is to go.

‘And the best thing about Alexa is that unlike my wife she doesn’t answer back.’ A slave bot that echoes her master’s voice, what’s not to like?


Jerwood Impasse

Jerwood Gallery in Hastings has been ordered to return 300 artworks to the Jerwood Foundation after a row over funding; Arnolfini in Bristol is to be a subsidiary of the University of the West of England; Lincoln’s Usher Gallery could lose its artworks and become a wedding venue; Hertfordshire County Council is auctioning 160 paintings from its collection; new research shows that only 3% of artists earn enough from their art to live comfortably and a third earn less than £1,000 per year; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.


Susan Hiller 1940-2019

Richard Grayson

Jonas Mekas 1922-2019

Gilda Williams

Robert Ryman 1930-2019

John Slyce

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Daria Martin Tonight the World 2019
on show at Barbican


We are the people. Who are you?

David Barrett

Patricia L Boyd: Inter-

Jack Smurthwaite

Ghislaine Leung: CONSTITUTION

Joseph Constable

Christopher Kulendran Thomas: New Eelam – Bristol

Lizzie Lloyd

Mark Fell: The Concept of Time is Intrinsically Incoherent

Matthew Bowman

Jack West: Last Man Standing

Martin Holman

Daria Martin: Tonight the World

Amy Budd

The Range

Tom Emery

Snow Crash

Henry Broome

Ravioli Me Away: View from Behind the Futuristic Rose Trellis

Niki Russell

Morag Keil: Moarg Kiel

Larne Abse Gogarty


Paul Carey-Kent

Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-AlienatedLife

Virginia Whiles



Josephine Berry: Art and (Bare) Life – A Biopolitical Inquiry

Daniel Neofetou

Josephine berry ends her book on a resolute, if not quite optimistic, note. She insists that, in the face of its seeming total subsumption, autonomous art’s ‘wish for what is not willed, for errancy’ must still push forward.


Jared Pappas-Kelley: Solvent Form – Art and Destruction

Michael Hampton

Jared pappas-kelley enlists destruction – through fire, theft, disappearance or design – as a critical reagent showing up previously hard-to- discern, internal or ‘solvent’ characteristics of all artworks.


Circa Projects & Giles Bailey: Festival of the Not

Adam Pugh

Truly an exemplar for equable, non-hierarchical models of organising and programming, the star and shadow is proof of the viability of those models in the face of the ‘no alternative’ imposed by dominant structures; the ‘not’ here rather an ‘or’.


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Suzanne Lacy Code 33: Emergency, Clear the Air! 1999

Letter from Houston

Extra-Terrestial Investments

Astrid Korporaal

Houston doesn’t exactly have the contemporary arts pilgrimage kudos of New York or LA, but the pioneer space cowboy metaphor of discovery is a powerful one, if it can be directed towards open and ethical curiosity.



Lauren Velvick

These two instances of bringing the past to bear on current issues emphasised the idea that while technology advances, it is the ways that people relate to and behave towards each other that dominate its application.



Digital Regulation

Henry Lydiate

The new rules will correct longstanding weaknesses and flaws in EU copyright laws and their enforcement – across borders – by ‘content creators’ (including visual artists, film directors, musicians, composers and writers) whose works have been economically exploited by global online platforms without appropriate permission from, or fair payment to, originators.




This month's highlights include:

  • Daria Martin and Laura Mulvey in conversation Barbican 7.00pm Thu 7 Mar
  • Essex Book Festival: A Walk Through Canvey Wick with David Blandy Focal Point Gallery 2.00pm Sat 16 Mar
  • Ravioli Me Away performance Wysing Arts Centre 6.00pm Sat 30 Mar

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 26 March 5.15pm
Katerina Gregos, curator of the inaugural Riga Biennale
Mirjam Varadinis, curator for contemporary art, Kunsthaus Zürich, and Creative Mediator, Manifesta 12

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

Recent additions:




Festival Manager

A senior position at the UK’s leading festival for new cinema and artists’ moving image.
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival | 28 Mar


Programme Director MA in Art Logistics

Sotheby’s, London | 8 Mar
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Director of Public Programmes

Cubitt, London | 10 Mar

Art Publisher

Southbank Centre, London | 10 Mar

Head of Development

Modern Art Oxford | 11 Mar

Gallery Assistant

Hauser & Wirth, London | 15 Mar

Lecturer in Fine Art

De Montfort University, Leicester | 18 Mar

Curator: Talks & Events

Photographer’s Gallery, London | 18 Mar

Lecturer in History of Art

Courtauld Institute of Art, London | 24 Mar

Curatorial Traineeship

Barbican Centre & Iniva, London | 25 Mar


New Creatives – Call for 500 artists aged 18-30

BBC & Arts Council England | 10 Mar

STARTS Prize 2019

Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria | 1 Mar

Elysian Residences: Public Art Competition

Elysian Residences, London | 15 Mar

Public Art Commission

Reading University | 22 Mar

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Standpoint, London | 31 Mar

New Technological Art Award

Ghent, Belgium | 31 Mar

Open Contemporary Young Artist Award

The Biscuit Factory Gallery, Newcastle | 31 Mar

International competition for artists

YICCA, Italy | 3 Apr

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight

Jerwood Arts & FVU Film and Video Umbrella | 8 Apr

The Lumen Prize for art & technology

Lumen Art Projects, Brecon, Wales | 3 May

John Ruskin Prize

The Big Draw, London | 12 May

Write for Art Worlds

Artquest, London | Rolling


Constellations — Artist development programme

UP Projects & Flat Time House, London | 3 Mar

Artists’ Residencies Programme

Elan Valley, Wales | 29 Mar


Nottingham Contemporary | 31 Mar

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling

Black Artists Development Programme

Slate & HOME, Manchester | Rolling


London Borough of Culture Fellowship Funding

Waltham Forest, London | 4 Mar

Jerwood Bursaries

Jerwood Arts, London | 4 Mar

British School at Rome Scholarships

British School at Rome | 8 Mar

Step Beyond Travel Grants

European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA | Rolling


Call for Entries

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival | 5 Apr

Open 21 – Call for submissions

MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales | 4 Mar

Artwork created in response to a disability-centred theme

Shape Arts, Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, London | 15 Apr

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]


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