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Articles from No. 323, February

Art & Philosophy: Or How Philosophers Got Curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE TRADITIONAL ANTAGONISM BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND ART, which goes back to Plato's infamous eviction of artists from his ideal state for distracting citizens from the higher truths of philosophy, is offset by a mutual fascination...
Art School Action
The Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London was stormed by student protestors last month. Angry at the fact that the gallery was being used by the MoD for its 'We Were There' exhibition, celebrating the contribution...
Bargains Galore
London's first contemporary art sales of the post 'art bubble' era are happening this month, and they have shrunk dramatically. The number of lots on offer have halved in a year and their total value, as might be expected with prices falling, has dropped...
Brion Gysin
Brion Gysin October Gallery London December 11 to February 7 Brion Gysin (1916-86) joined the French surrealist movement in 1934 shortly after arriving at the Sorbonne as an undergraduate. The following year he was expelled from the group and...
Calling the Tune
It did not need official confirmation by economic experts to convince most people that the now notorious sub-prime disaster, which led to the so-called credit crunch, has matured into a full-blown recession. Most people, including those in the arts...
Christiane Baumgartner: Solaris
Christiane Baumgartner: Solaris Spacex Exeter December 13 to February 21 A blurry stream of hedgerows, meadows and woodland rush past with considerable celerity; smallholdings and farm buildings are glimpsed briefly in the distance before disappearing...
Coalesce: Happenstance
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Coalesce: Happenstance Smart Project Space Amsterdam January 10 to February 22 'Coalesce: Happenstance' is the fourth instalment of an exhibition project initiated in 2003 by curator Paul O'Neill. After its first...
Commissions
Following December's Mutual Release project by Carey Young, commissioning agency Electra has launched the second in its 'Offer & Exchange: Sites of Negotiation in Contemporary Art' series of site-specific projects that involve the use of legal...
Darcy Lange
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Darcy Lange Ikon Birmingham November 26 to January 25 Darcy Lange's vastly ambitious documentary video series, 'Work Studies in Schools', 1976-77, which is the subject of this exhibition, oozes laudable ideals. Born...
Dogtooth and Tessellate
Dogtooth and Tessellate The Approach London November 27 to February 1 'Dogtooth and Tessellate' is a group show about pattern that might seem more suited to the V&A than a modestly proportioned East End gallery above a pub. There are delicate...
European Culture News
Silvio Berlusconi continued to prove his talent for keeping Italian intellectuals frothing by announcing a new post to oversee the country's museums in an attempt to increase profitability, and then by promptly filling that new post with Mario Resca--former...
Gallery Manoeuvres
Raven Row is a new non-profit exhibition centre in Spitalfields, East London, which will open its doors on February 28 with a major show by American pioneer of mail art Ray Johnson, and will include previously unseen works discovered at the time of...
Getting Even: Oppositions + Dialogues in Contemporary Art
Getting Even: Oppositions + Dialogues in Contemporary Art Lewis Glucksman Gallery Cork November 14 to March 1 'Getting Even' is curated by Matt Packer and Rene Zechlin at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, a purpose-built art space on the campus...
Indian Highway
Indian Highway Serpentine Gallery London December 10 to February 22 We see an aerial shot of Bombay at dusk: incandescent streams blaze down the city's two main highways and recede into darkness. Dayanita Singh, known for her black and white...
Keith Arnatt 1930-2008
Keith Arnatt trained in drawing and painting at the Royal Academy School in London in the late 1950s and began teaching in Liverpool and Manchester during the 60s, at a time when his practice was emerging alongside other leading conceptual artists...
Michael Snow
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Michael Snow BFI Southbank Gallery London December 5 to February 1 It is well known that the gallery goer approaches the moving image differently from the cinemagoer and that this ambulatory factor has always been...
Museum News
Tabakalera Culture Factory in San Sebastian, Spain, has announced the results of its international competition for the architectural renovation of the gallery. The winners are Spanish architects Jon Montero and Naiara Montero, who teamed up to propose...
Nathan Coley
Nathan Coley 46 Brooklands Gardens Jaywick November 11 to February 1 'I want the moment of looking to place you in the centre of the world.' To realise this intention, which Nathan Coley described in a 2004 conversation with Claire Doherty...
Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story Site Gallery Sheffield November 22 to January 31 'I want the man with the Exchange & Mart to come in from the right', says the plainspoken voice, and, as if on cue, the magazine-toting...
NY Art Book Fair
Just in its third year, Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair has already established itself as one of the best places in the world to look at, and buy, independent artists' publications. Having relocated this year from its previous venue at the Dia...
Prizes and Residencies
Paul Rooney has won the second Northern Art Prize (see AM322), which is hosted by Leeds Art Gallery. Anne Bean and Tim Etchells have won the Live Art Development Agency and Tate Research's Legacy: Thinker in Residence award. Both artists will receive...
Recovering Radicalism: Dave Beech on Critical Art after Postmodernism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WE ARE LIVING IN A PROTRACTED PERIOD OF REASSESSMENT FOR RADICAL POLITICS AND CRITICAL ART. Postmodernists leapt ahead of the process by baldly pronouncing the end of history and the death of the Avant Garde. Now, with postmodern...
Revolution I Love You
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Revolution I Love You International Project Space Birmingham November 13 to December 19 Curated by Maja and Reuben Fowkes, 'Revolution I Love You' debuted at the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki in spring 2008...
Star Wars and Sculpture
The 1977 movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was the subject of a recent lengthy trial at the High Court in London, at the heart of which lay the fiendishly difficult question of what--in English copyright law--is an artwork. For the past three...
Walking the Line
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ANNA DEZEUZE: THE PIECE YOU PRESENTED AT YOUR FIRST SOLO SHOW IN THE UK IN 1999, 61 out of 60, was related to the Zapatista movement in the Chiapas. How was it displayed? Francis Alys: It was simply presented on a table....