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Issue 471, November 2023

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Catherine Opie, Blood grid #4, 2023, detail


Blood Work

Catherine Opie interviewed by Chris McCormack

Homophobia is back. It’s kind of like a 1980s band has come back and regrouped. We don’t need this concert tour again, we really don’t. We did it all before and I mean that was bad music.

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Cady Noland, Percussion and Cartridge Revolvers, 1984



Anna Dezeuze asks whether it is possible for art to turn the tide on ‘alt-right’ conspiracy theories

When Donald Trump was inaugurated as president it seemed that conspiracy, and its particular modes of constructing stories from reality, had officially moved from the margins to the centre.

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protester marching against the funding cuts at Brighton University


The Art of Dissuasion

Francis Frascina shows how the so-called culture wars can be traced back to Margaret Thatcher’s attack on education and the arts

Deliberate right-wing confusions of ‘academic freedom’ and ‘freedom of expression’ are authoritarian strategies to unsettle and dissuade, to deflect attention from what Sarah E James describes as underlying ideological agendas of university underfunding, privatisation and marketisation.

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Ali Cherri, The Watchman, 2023


Ali Cherri

Maria Walsh

‘What would happen to me if I went with you?’, the watchman asks the ghostly soldier towering over him. It is as if he has crossed into a liminal space in which the fear of the other that maintains division is momentarily dissolved.

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From the Back Catalogue
The Look of War
Julian Stallabrass examines political and corporate interests in relation to images of war. First published in 2022, now free online.

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Lines in the Sand

The complex history of Middle Eastern politics has ensured that many cultural commentators have shied away from engaging with the current escalation in violence, but art is well equipped to engage with humanity’s complexities.

War is politics writ large and, while the mode of address may vary, the best art about war engages directly with its subject: think of Francisco Goya’s The Third of May, 1808, commemorating the execution, by firing squad, of Spanish rebels against the occupying French forces of Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Ceasefire Demands

Artists demand a ceasefire in Gaza; the Tory government issues flawed guidance over contested monuments; arts budgets are cut in Scotland and across local councils; a national museum survey paints a concerning picture; the shadow culture secretary launches Labour’s anemic plan for the arts; plus the latest on galleries, people, awards and more.


Brice Marden 1938–2023
Mark Prince

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Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Augustyn Gabor with his daughter Elzbieta, 2022, Frith Street Gallery


In the Shade of the Sun

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

Rirkrit Tiravanija: A Lot of People

Jenny Wu

Prem Sahib: The Lifecycle of a Flea

Marek Sullivan

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Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance

Jade Foster

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas: Siukar Manusia

Ellen Mara De Wachter

Against Apartheid

Dylan Huw

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The Casablanca Art School: Platforms and patterns for a postcolonial avant-garde 1962–1987

Martin Holman

Chester Contemporary: Centred on the Periphery

Laura Harris

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Alex Niven, The North Will Rise Again


Alex Niven: The North Will Rise Again – In Search of the Future in Northern Heartlands

Henry Broome

Grounded in the region’s dissident art and culture as well as its history of industrial innovation and invention, Alex Niven’s book provides the North with an optimistic vision for the future, a collective narrative for which northerners can claim shared ownership.

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Theo Cuthand, The Lost Art of the Future, 2022


BFI London Film Festival: Experimenta

Chris Hayes

In a welcomingly unpretentious monologue that feels as if it was recorded in one go with a minimal script, Theo Cuthand’s vlog-style polemic is heartfelt and daringly sincere.

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Rachel Jones, Hey, Maudie, 2023


Rachel Jones: Hey, Maudie

Tom Hastings

The air is thick with intrigue in St James’s Church on Piccadilly, its pews filled with people waiting for the painter Rachel Jones’s operatic performance.

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Noriyuki Haraguchi, Oil Pool, 1971


Letter from Tehran

Luisa Lorenza Corna

The way the story of Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art is narrated in western media distracts readers from asking how Shah Reza Pahlavi accrued such disproportionate wealth and at what social cost.

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Wolf Vostell, Why did the process between Pilate and Jesus take only two minutes?, 1996


Letter from Extremadura

Duncan Wheeler

Extremadura is in the vanguard of the struggle to find ways in which art might bring nuance to Spain’s current political consensus which, until now, has avoided opening old wounds and battlelines by staying silent on the sins of dictatorship.

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Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980, estimate £1.65m, sold for £3.3m


Riddled with Uncertainty

Colin Gleadell

Going unsold was Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980, with a £1.5m low estimate – surprising given that another Warhol from the series sold for £3m the night before at Sotheby’s. But then those shoes were pink, and these were brown.


Dealers, Agents, Advisers: Beware

Henry Lydiate

Art lawyers explained to journalists that the art industry is mostly unregulated worldwide and is a natural target for fraudsters with high-end transactions commonly executed in secret; as one lawyer put it pithily, ‘money plus trust plus opacity equals trouble’.

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Art Monthly Calendar

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Andrew Black, On Clogger Lane, 2023
artist talk, g39, Cardiff

Selected Events

  • Screening & Conversation: Film London Jarman Award 2023
    Spike Island, Bristol, Thu 2 Nov 6.00pm
  • Beyond Cultures of Ownership: Emerging Strategies for Interdependence
    Somerset House, London, Fri 3 Nov 9.00am
  • Performance Tour of Sonia Boyce exhibition by Rommi Smith
    Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, Sat 4 Nov 4.00pm
  • Egon Altdorf: Dorian Crone and Catherine Croft in Conversation
    The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Wed 8 Nov 6.00pm
  • Digital Commission Launch: Are You Coming To Church?
    Spike Island, Bristol, Thu 9 Nov 6.00pm
  • No Shadow Between the Thighs: Nowhere with The Yo-Yo Gang
    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Thu 9 Nov 6.30pm
  • Andrew Black Talk
    G39, Cardiff, Fri 10 Nov 6.00pm
  • Walk and Talk with Simon Murphy
    Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Sat 11 Nov 2.00pm
  • Poetry reading and discussion: Lisa Robertson & Mia You
    The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Wed 15 Nov 6.00pm
  • Janette Parris Book Launch
    South London Gallery, London, Wed 15 Nov 6.30pm
  • Andrew Black Screening
    LUX Scotland, Glasgow, Sat 18 Nov 3.00pm
  • Writing Queer Autofiction: Introduction to Auto Fiction: Diaries and Letters
    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Sun 19 Nov 5.30pm
  • Rebel Spirits: Soheila Sokhanvari and Hilary Floe in conversation
    The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, Wed 22 Nov 7.00pm
  • Writing Queer Autofiction: Writing on Art as Part of your Personal Life
    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Thu 23 Nov 5.30pm
  • Artists’ Film: Selected 13
    Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Tue 28 Nov 6.30pm
  • Philippa Perry talk on Sarah Lucas
    Tate Britain, London, Tue 28 Nov 6.30pm
  • 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

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.




Artist in Residence at HMP Grendon

Ikon is recruiting an Artist in Residence at HMP Grendon to facilitate weekly workshops and co-curate exhibitions with prison communities.
Ikon | 23 Nov


Board of Trustees

New Art Exchange | 2 Nov


Arts University Bournemouth | 7 Nov

Curator - Photographs

National Portrait Gallery | 13 Nov

Head of Creative Development

HOME, Manchester | 27 Nov
National Portrait Gallery

Programming and Participation Manager

Milton Keynes Arts Centre | 1 Dec

Assistant Curator (Studios and Residencies)

Studio Voltaire | 5 Dec

Director and Tenure-Track Faculty Member in Painting and Printmaking

Yale University | Rolling


Cité internationale des Arts Residency Programme

Art Explora | 7 Nov

Ways of Repair: Loss and Damage

Ways of Repair | 7 Nov

Bridget Riley Fellowship

British School at Rome | 11 Nov

Ampersand Fellowship

British School at Rome | 17 Nov

Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship

Akademie Schloss Solitude | 30 Nov

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


Portrait of Southgate: Public Art Commission

Curate Enfield | 15 Nov

Call for Proposals: Epping Forest Commission

Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Epping Forest Heritage Trust | 27 Nov


Artist Grant: Open Call

Artist Grant | 4 Nov

The Jamie Iddon Award for Emerging Artists

Blast Theory | 6 Nov

Autumn 2023 Fund

Freelands Foundation | 20 Nov

Sainsbury Scholarship

British School at Room | 11 Dec

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


Call for Film Festival Entries

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival | 6 Nov

In Between Gallery Open Call

Fabrica, Spectrum Photographic, Photo Fringe, Jane & Jeremy | 13 Nov

Technical Manager

Tate Gallery | 19 Nov

The Avebury Papers

Alexander Keiller Museum Archive Creative Commission | 20 Nov

PROJECT ROOM 2023 Open Call

Locust Projects | 30 Nov


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


Hotel Generation

Arebyte | 20 Nov

Artquest One-to-One

Artquest | Rolling


Graduate Studio Award Scheme

Lewisham Arthouse | 6 Nov


Interfaces Monthly

Barbican & The Trampery | Rolling

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