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Articles from No. 319, September

ACE Update
'According to the McIntosh Review published in July, the fallout from Arts Council England's last funding round, carried out under the aegis of its outgoing chief executive Peter Hewitt (see editorial AM313), resulted in the 'most damaging publicity...
Chantal Akerman
Chantal Akerman Camden Arts Centre London July 11 to September 14 Chantal Akerman's gallery installations have, with greater or lesser degrees of success, addressed the distracted, random, viewing conditions of the gallery. Installations such...
Embedded
Embedded Gimpel Fils London July 4 to August 23 Baghdad/Space Cog/Analyst Frith Street Gallery London July 4 to August 15 While many London galleries still use the quiet midsummer months to ventilate unsold works by their contracted artists,...
Far West
Far West Arnolfini Bristol June 28 to August 31 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Places you can be--sort of--within a five-minute perambulation through the three big rooms occupied by 'Far West': a market, a boutique, a factory, a Japanese village,...
Folkestone Triennial
Folkestone Triennial Various venues June 14 to September 14 Tatton Park Biennial Tatton Park Cheshire May 3 to September 28 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Two coeval events this summer--Tatton Park Biennial and Folkestone Triennial--forward...
Games & Theory
Games & Theory South London Gallery July 11 to September 7 The numbered dance steps are printed on vinyl mats so that you can casually waltz your way along them. It's a pleasant experience to have in a gallery; a peculiar shift in mental...
Glasgow
Good news from an art school. Yes, good news from an art school. The Scottish Funding Council, which distributes over 1.6bn [pounds sterling] of public funds to colleges and universities on behalf of the Scottish government, 'is prepared to commit...
Huang Yong Ping
Huang Yong Ping Barbican Curve Gallery London June 25 to September 21 Armed conflict is the first impression one has upon entering Huang Yong Ping's new work Frolic. Large metal spears with ornamental carvings line the walls and huge mushroom-shaped...
Jordan Arts Festival
'Let tomorrow start today' read the slogan on the side of the hoarding surrounding the latest foreign investment development being built in downtown Amman. Known as Philadelphia to the Greeks, Amman is no stranger to foreign invasion--military,...
London's New Fizz
Saatchi Gallery reopens at the beginning of October with the exhibition 'The Revolution Continues: New Chinese Art' on October 9. Architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris have redesigned the cavernous 70,000sqft building, located at the former army...
Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art Various venues Trentino and South Tyrol July 19 to November 2 The organisers of this year's Manifesta can breathe a collective sigh of relief that the seventh edition of the European biennial...
Mary Ellen Bute
The UK premiere exhibition of forgotten American experimental animator Mary Ellen Bute's abstract films from the 1930s and 1950s is a rare chance to experience her pioneering exploration of visual music and early electronic art. s This re-presentation...
Nan Hoover 1931-2008
Nan Hoover used to tell how she came to Amsterdam in 1969 to buy a pair of shoes and fell in love with the city's light, making the city her home for the next 30 years or so. She started out as a painter, having studied from 1949 till 1954 at the Corcoran...
Orphan Works
'Orphan works' are copyright works that have no identifiable or traceable owner under international and national copyright laws, and are therefore allowed to be freely copied and merchandised. These sensible arrangements were developed through international...
Susan Hiller: The Last Silent Movie
Susan Hiller: The Last Silent Movie Matt's Gallery London July 12 to 27 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Susan Hiller's The Last Silent Movie, 2007, is a two-part work comprising a 22-minute video and a series of 24 related etchings. In a pitch-black...
Sydney Biennale: Revolutions-Forms That Turn
Sydney Biennale: Revolutions--Forms That Turn Various venues June 18 to September 7 Reviewers of major international biennales have a tendency to adopt one of three approaches: to lavishly overpraise, virtually overlook, or summarily dismiss...
Tatiana Trouve
IN THE LATE 90S, THE PARIS-BASED ARTIST TATIANA TROUVE began working on the series of drawings and installations that would later become her breakthrough project, the Bureau d'Activites Implicites (Office of Implicit Activities). The BAI immersed viewers...
The Self-Effacing Object: Mark Prince on the Paradox of Sculpture without Content
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'WHAT YOU SEE, WHAT YOU READ, IS WHAT YOU GET,' (1) LAWRENCE WEINER PRONOUNCED IN 1994, as though the words he uses in his text works were as self-contained and self-referential as the base materials such as copper, lead,...
To Become like Music: Late Modernist Painting, Performance and the Musical Avant-Garde 1945-1965
To become like music: late modernist painting, performance and the musical avant-garde 1945-1965 Mummery + Schnelle Gallery London July 15 to August 16 Music and the visual arts have a long and intertwined relationship that goes back even...
Total Enlightenment: Moscow Conceptual Art
Total Enlightenment: Moscow Conceptual Art Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt June 21 to September 14 It's 1968. In Paris, students are occupying the Sorbonne, calling for a united front with the working class and the overthrow of de Gaulle, capitalism...
Tsang Kin-Wah: What Are You Looking At?
Tsang Kin-Wah: What Are You Looking At? Chinese Arts Centre Manchester June 27 to September 28 The Chinese-born artist Tsang Kin-Wah's text-based works combine violence and beauty, calligraphy and wallpaper. His work has been seen in Paris and...
Up and Down Market
Since my last saleroom report there have been two major series of contemporary art sales, both of which reached new record levels thanks to the spending of the world's super rich. The New York sales in May brought the highest total ever for a series...