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May 2019


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Petra Bauer & SCOT-PEP Workers! 2018



Petra Bauer and Molly Smith of Scot-Pep interviewed by Lauren Houlton

The Swedish artist and Scottish collective representative discuss collaboration, sex as work and the impacts of criminalisation.

For SCOT-PEP sex work is work. It is a material matter. It’s what sex workers do to survive. So we decided to make a film that made working conditions central without question. Sex work is work. Let’s begin there.

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Carlos Motta ‘Shapes of Freedom’ installation view
Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia 2017-18


Performance Anxiety

Can performance art still be transgressive asks Bryony White

A range of new studies revisiting the history of performance art seek to define the limits of the art form, but perhaps its lack of definition is its strength.

On Instagram, Catherine Wood, Tate curator of international performance and contemporary art, had her post of Carolee Schneemann deleted from the Facebook-owned network. From heralded feminist icon to a contravention of decency, such a marked difference in reception reminds us of the troubled legibility of performance art’s visibility, and that radicality and extremity are always susceptible to circumstance.
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Frank Bowling South America Squared 1967


Decolonising the Curriculum

Art history lags behind other disciplines in incorporating art by black and ethnic minorities argues Richard Hylton

Museums, curators, critics and theorists have done much to address the imbalance of representation in the art world but this is not yet reflected in the teaching of art history.

Post-colonial discourse in its many forms, though equally important, remains largely marginalised if non-existent across the course offerings of many art history departments in the UK.


Call & Response

Cryptic Obliquity

Morgan Quaintance takes issue with the political claims made in Stephanie Bailey’s article ‘Athens: Future Past’.

From the Other Side

Stephanie Bailey responds

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From the Back Catalogue
The Art Right Larne Abse Gogarty charts the rise of the right in art



Fire and Brimstone

What is it about fundamentalism that gives rise to astonishing double standards, such as Brunei’s recent pleading for the UN’s tolerance over the Asian state’s decision to stone to death those it finds ‘guilty’ of gay or adulterous sex?

Jeremy Hunt met with Erywan Yusof, Brunei’s second minister of foreign affairs, and was assured that prosecutions for gay sex were ‘unlikely’ and would not be made against ‘non-muslims’. So that’s all right then.


Prosperity and Austerity

The arts and culture sector has overtaken agriculture in its contributions to the UK economy, returning more than twice as much to the Treasury than it receives in funding; more major cultural institutions turn their backs on the Sackler Trust over its links with the opiate industry; the British Museum continues to accept funds from the tobacco industry; MoMA PS1 settles with a curator after it withdrew an job offer once it discovered she had had a baby; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.

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Birgit Jurgenssen Shoe Roulade 1977
on show at GAMeC, Bergamo


Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber

John Parton

The Lie of the Land

David Trigg


Adam Heardman

Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers

Richard Grayson

Allan Sekula: Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate Medium

Mark Prince

Barby Asante: Declaration of Independence

Ella S Mills

Haegue Yang: Tracing Movement

Marcus Verhagen

Frith Street Gallery, London

Dominic Johnson

How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s

Alex Bennett

Birgit Jürgenssen: I am

Martin Holman


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Anne Imhof Sex 2019


Anne Imhof: Sex

Larne Abse Gogarty

The problem with Sex and I guess this is what the sugar attempts to acknowledge, is that once inside the Tate, techno, whips, drug paraphernalia and headbanging lose any minute vestige of subversion they may still have.



Danielle Child: Working Aesthetics – Labour, Art and Capitalism

Laura Harris

Danielle Child’s book resonates most compellingly when it moves to analyse the nature of art work (that is, the labour of art) in the contemporary moment.


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Richard Billingham Ray & Liz 2018


Richard Billingham: Ray & Liz

Adam Hines-Green

Wisely, Richard Billingham and cinematographer Daniel Landin have regenerated Billingham’s memories in an entirely different aesthetic to Ray’s a Laugh.


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Ho Rui An Student Bodies 2018

Letter from Singapore

PAP and Feng Shui

Chris McCormack

If Singapore is a country that is vying to be the polished westernised nexus to Southeast Asian arts and culture, it is one that often feels at cross-purposes with the controlling gahmen – Singaporean slang for government.


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Amanda Heng Let’s Chat 2019

Letter from Manila


Carlos Quijon Jr

To think about regions is to invoke a vaster world that unsettles inveterate nationalisms, opening up the national to often errant identifications with the Southeast Asian, the colonial, the modern or postmodern.



Afterlife of Photographs

Henry Lydiate

Beyond the market, photographs can be important resources for artists, publishers, archivists and historians, film and programme makers, website designers and owners, museum and gallery curators and exhibition organisers. Legitimate use of such images can be fraught with difficulties for those who are not owners of copyright in them.




This month's highlights include:

  • Art Curation or Art Censorship: Who chooses what we see and how we see it? The Levinsky Gallery 6.00pm Fri 3 May
  • Lines of Sight: WG Sebald’s East Anglia curator tour Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery 2.30pm Tue 14 May
  • Haegue Yang talk with curator Yung Ma South London Gallery 7.00pm Wed 15 May

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 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
Price: Free entry


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Professorial Fellows

University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Rochester | 3 May

Learning Manager: Schools and Projects

The Hepworth Wakefield | 7 May

Freelance Artist

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead | 7 May

Freelance Gallery Technician

De La Warr Pavilion | 10 May
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Assistant Manager, Development

Contemporary Art Society, London | 10 May


Eden Arts, Penrith | 12 May

Deputy Director

Forma Arts, London | 15 May

Deputy Director

Iniva, London | 19 May

Community Producer

Friction Arts, Birmingham | 31 May


Call for artists: Young Masters Art Prize 2019

Contemporary artists working in any medium and from anywhere in the world are invited to apply for this major international art prize.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery | 31 May


The Lumen Prize for art & technology

Lumen Art Projects, Brecon, Wales | 3 May

John Ruskin Prize

The Big Draw, London | 12 May

WAC Awards

Wells Art Contemporary | 15 May

Sunny Art Prize

Sunny Art Centre, London | 30 Jun

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize

Trinity Buoy Wharf, London | 26 Jun

Culture Seeds

Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar 2020

Write for Art Worlds

Art Quest | Rolling


Peer Forum

Photographer’s Gallery, London | 7 May

City Fellows Artist Fellowship

Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol | 26 May

Pacitti Company Think Tank Residencies

The Think Tank, Pacitti Company, Ipswich | Jul 16 2020

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


Assembly Documentary Development Lab

University College London | 3 May


Artists’ Collecting Society Studio Prize

Artists’ Collecting Society | 3 May


UK-China Connections through Culture

British Council | 5 May

The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize | 21 May

Jerwood New Work Fund

Jerwood Arts | 3 Jun

Development Programme Fund

Jerwood Arts | 3 Jun

Time to Stare Bursary

B&R Productions | 7 Jun

Small Grants Scheme: In the Making

Mayor of London, Old Oak & Park Royal | 1 Dec 2020

Step Beyond Travel Grants

European Cultural Foundation | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling


Open Call for OUTPOST Members’ Show 2019

All OUTPOST members are entitled to submit details and documentation of their practice to the OUTPOST Members’ Archive. This year, to celebrate 15 years of OUTPOST, the Members’ Show selector is past exhibiting artist, Jessica Warboys.
OUTPOST, Norwich | 2 Jun


Open Call for Photography Based Projects

UnderExposed, Brighton | 6 May

Tactical Magic Open Call

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway, Ireland | 6 May

Art Licks Weekend: Interdependence

Art Licks, London | 13 May

Made/Unmade Open Call

Derby Quad | 19 May

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]



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