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Articles from No. 303, February

.All Hawaii eNtrees/LuNar ReGGae
.all hawaii eNtrees/LuNar ReGGae Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin November 30 to February 18 Proclaimed as 'an experimental group exhibition', curated by the French artist Philippe Parreno and Rachael Thomas, head of exhibitions at IMMA, the title...
Artists' Resale Right: First Year Report
On February 14, 2007, the UK Artists' Resale Right (ARR) will have been operating for a full year, and this piece considers how well it has been implemented, principally in the UK. In September 2006 we reported (AM299) on the first six months after...
Audio Arts
Audio Arts Plymouth Arts Centre November 18 to January 7 Compared with the mountains of archives that the ambitious artist is now expected to amass, a small audio cassette tape or CD feels like a neat documentary medium. William Furlong, who founded...
Christine Borland
Christine Borland Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh December 2 to January 28 The trace of a human spine made with dust, bronze heads cast from unidentified human skulls and jam-making: these are all featured in Christine Borland's 'Preserves', a show...
City Marketing
The public art people aren't too happy. This is the impression I got from 'The City in Transition: Art in the Public Realm and the Creation of a Vibrant Civic Culture', the second annual national public art conference held in Liverpool in December...
Documenta Philosophy
Kassel, a modest town in Hesse, is now starting to receive unusual numbers of hotel bookings, as artists and their camp followers plan their route through Europe's astronomical alignment of Venice, Art Basel, Munster Sculpure Projects and Documenta....
Elizabeth Price
Elizabeth Price Studio Voltaire London November 30 to January 14 Elizabeth Price's video A Public Lecture & Exhumation, 2006, is a mysterious piece of work. Not only is the video lecture structured somewhat as a mystery narrative, but its context...
Eye on Europe: Multiples and Books 1960 to Now
Eye on Europe: Multiples and Books 1960 to Now Museum of Modern Art New York October 15 to January 1 'Eye on Europe' was a thoroughly multiplicitous show. Behind the sober subtitle, a small riot of different art practices over five decades had been...
Fred Sandback
Fred Sandback David Zwirner New York November 22 to December 22 Zwirner & Wirth New York November 22 to January 20 Arriving at non-disclosure is the natural conclusion to experiencing Fred Sandback's art. No amount of reading or research will...
Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie
Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie Gasworks London November 10 to January 14 In the 1970s the League of Socialist Artists traced the historical development of the artwork from the 'auristic' artefact of imperialism to formalist obscurantism to anti-art...
London Migrations
Moving premises is the trend this clement winter, with several London galleries looking to find new pitches to set up on. Alison Jacques Gallery moves from its Mayfair residence after seven years to a larger 3,500 sq foot space at 16 Berners Street,...
Paranoia
Paranoia Freud Museum London January 11 to March 11 Being singled out to review an exhibition called 'Paranoia' at the Freud Museum might make you feel a little anxious. It is almost like being asked to get some therapy by visiting the local shrink....
Pavel Buchler
Pavel Buchler Kunsthalle Bern October 21 to December 3 The approach to the Kunsthalle in Bern takes you across a high bridge over the river Aare, which flows in the gorge some 40 metres below you. The building sits on the edge of this drop and from...
Protest Art: Chris Townsend Asks If Protest Art Can Be Effective
Towards the end of an interview with Hal Foster in October, about the critique of the culture of military spectacle that characterises late capitalism as presented in its book Afflicted Powers, the Retort collective (Iain Boal, TJ Clark, Joseph Matthews,...
Publish and Be Damned
Jacques Derrida has written of the shifting functionality of paper, reflecting on the gradual transformation of its use-value as an industrial commodity, a support or backing for printing (newspaper, book, instruction manual and so forth), to its eventual...
Roller Coaster Ride
Sotheby's and Christie's are both anticipating their best London sales ever this month. Judging by the events of last autumn, the roller coaster should keep rolling on, but there were a few warning signs here and there. The Frieze Art Fair has now...
Sanctuary
When Modernism reigned supreme in all matters aesthetic, museums committed to it were often referred to as 'temples' of art. The term was associated less with paganism than with a broad secularised ecumenism that was nevertheless predicated upon a...
Suchan Kinoshita
Suchan Kinoshita Ikon Gallery Birmingham November 29 to January 21 'The most important participation you can get takes place in the mind of each member of the audience', asserts Suchan Kinoshita in a recent interview. 'I remember once instigating...
Toni del Renzio 1915-2007
Toni del Renzio, writer, surrealist, designer, teacher, artist and enthusiastic contributor to these pages, has died at the age of 91. He was born in Russia, of an aristocratic family that fled the Russian revolution, and his education was in Britain,...
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Celebration or Co-Option? Andrew Wilson Considers Indica at Riflemaker
'When entering an exhibition of our work it is forbidden not to participate. It is a "happening" that goes on happening.' Julio Le Parc's explanation of the collaborative presentations--as elaborate interactive labyrinths--of the work of the Groupe...
You'll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference
You'll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference The New Art Gallery Walsall December 1 to January 7 Despite its title, 'You'll Never Know: Drawing and Random Interference' is not really about drawing at all, at least not in its conventional form....