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Articles from No. 302, December

Albert Oehlen
Albert Oehlen Whitechapel Art Gallery London July 7 to September 3 Arnolfini Gallery Bristol September 30 to November 26 Albert Oehlen is the one of the most mischievous of German painters to have emerged during the 80s in Cologne. These twin exhibitions,...
Andy Warhol
Received with vast acclaim when it aired in September 2006 on US public television (scoring a staggering 100% positive rating on www.rottentomatoes. com), Ric Burns' four-hour Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film will stand for a long time as the artist's...
Back in the USSR: Sarah James on the Unwritten Story of Eastern Bloc Conceptualism
IN ROSALIND KRAUSS'S CONSPICUOUS POSTMODERN CRITIQUE OF MODERNISM, FORMULATED IN THE EARLY 80S, SHE LOCATED THE ONE CONSTANT IDEOLOGY OF VANGUARDIST DISCOURSE IN THE DOGMA OF ORIGINALITY. In the story of postmodern art production now associated with...
Blue Noses
In October London gallerist Matthew Bown and Moscow gallerist Marat Gelman both met opposition to their support of the work of the Blue Noses, from a worrying combination of state and non-state actors. Bown, who was exporting works by the group to...
Daniel Buren
Daniel Buren Modern Art Oxford November 4 to January 28 Daniel Buren's works in situ relate precisely to the architecture of the spaces in which they are presented. When he first showed in Oxford in 1973 he used the six tie bars of the roof structure...
Dead Funny: Sally O'Reilly on the Art of Comedy
THE ARTIST GARY STEVENS RECENTLY TOLD ME ABOUT A DISCUSSION HE WENT TO WHERE ONE OF THE PANELLISTS WAS ASKED WHAT THE EPITOME OF LIVENESS WAS. They answered: 'Tommy Cooper dying on stage ... or perhaps just anyone dying on stage.' It is interesting...
Dead Soldiers
Mark McGowan's Dead Soldier performance in November, in which he lay down as though dead in the streets of Birmingham dressed as in British Army fatigues, a red beret and commando boots, started fairly quietly. But when a local news agency story was...
Death Decay and the Everyday: Anna Dezeuze on the Aesthetics of Change and Uncertainty
A VISIT FROM THE TAXMAN LEADS THE PROTAGONIST OF ROBERT WALSER'S 1917 STORY, THE WALK, TO DESCRIBE HIMSELF PROFESSIONALLY AS 'A MAN WHO WALKS'. WHAT FOLLOWS IS A LENGTHY DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THIS INVOLVES. The man who walks, explains Walser, 'must study...
Decibel
The deciBel Awards for Artists for 2006 have been awarded to Bernd Behr, Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Rosalind Nashashibi, Harold Offeh, The Otolith Group and Hiraki Sawa, each of whom receives 30,000 [pounds sterling]. The awards, supported by Arts Council...
Exhibitions
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Felix Gonzalez-Torres Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin October 1 to January 9 Ayse Erkmen Christine Hill Thomas Hirschhorn U2 Alexanderplatz Berlin September 28 to October 29 A glistening field of gold greets visitors to the Hamburger Bahnhof for the...
French Mottershead
YOU ARE CHATTING AWAY TO SOMEONE AND THEY START TO LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER IN SEARCH OF SOMEONE MORE INTERESTING. YOU ARE AT A PARTY AND SOMEONE FORCEFULLY AND PUBLICLY CORRECTS YOUR POINT OF VIEW. A stranger brushes up against you at the bar. These...
Gary Hill
Gary Hill Fondation Cartier Paris October 27 to February 4 When you pursue an art that might, somehow, have some kind of relation to history, perhaps the most frustrating are those works in which the artist misapprehends his (and art's) capacity...
Gormley on the Beach
Antony Gormley's Another Place, 1997, has become the focus of extensive media attention centring on recent decisions made under UK planning law that will require his public artwork to be removed from its current and temporary location on Crosby Beach,...
Graham Fagen
Graham Fagen Doggerfisher Edinburgh October 27 to December 9 The work of Graham Fagen had two significant showings in Scotland this autumn: the ambitious 'Killing Time' at Dundee Contemporary Arts and this small solo show at Doggerfisher, one of...
In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century
In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century Barbican Art Gallery London October 13 to January 28 Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour Victoria & Albert Museum London October 10 to December 17 These two survey shows...
Janice Kerbel
Janice Kerbel's radio play, Nick Silver Can't Sleep, 2006, was aired on the night that the clocks went back. Listening to it live took little more than 15 minutes: just over a quarter of that hour we borrowed back from British Summer Time. Kerbel's...
Jimmie Durham
Jimmie Durham Matt's Gallery London November 1 to December 17 By the time Jimmie Durham's show 'Building a Nation' opened, it was already into its fourth week. On the previous four Saturdays Durham presented the gradual construction of his installation...
Just What Is It about the 60s That Made Them So Different, So Appealing?
Last November saw the opening of 'Rifle-maker becomes INDICA', a homage to the famous 60s gallery named, according to the press release, from 'indications', as in 'somewhere to go' or, as most would rather have it, after cannabis indica, a species...
Michael Craig-Martin
Michael Craig-Martin Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin October 4 to January 14 When and how does a glass of water on a shelf become an oak tree? Michael Craig-Martin has developed his practice and philosophy as an artist around such questions of...
Richard Billingham
Richard Billingham Compton Verney Warwickshire September 30 to December 10 One video shows a bear pacing back and forth. Reaching the borders of the screen, her snout brushes against the frame of the image and she turns and heads in the other direction....
Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson Barbican Curve Gallery London September 27 to January 14 A large screen filled the entrance of the Barbican's gallery space and projected on it was a video of a man in a boiler suit and safety goggles. He was tunnelling into a dark...
Suzanne Treister
Suzanne Treister Chelsea Space London November 4 to December 16 Rosalind Brodsky, of the Institute of Militronics and Advanced Time Interventionality (IMATI), has been researching new military-occult technologies for psychological warfare by examining...
To Miami
An interesting line has been crossed in terms of public support offered to private galleries, even though the sums are not huge. Arts Council England, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, the government institution that supports UK businesses...