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Articles from No. 332, December

Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures
Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures German Historical Museum Berlin 3 October to 10 January [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Twenty years ago, on 9 November 1989, following East Germany's relatively modest 'October Revolution', tens of thousands...
Artquest's Artlaw Services
In November 2009 Artquest's online practical information, advice and support service for visual artists and craftspeople was overhauled and improved. It included a major restructuring of the Artlaw Archive of articles published in Art Monthly from...
Beauty
Roger Scruton, Beauty, Oxford University Press, 2009, 176pp, hb, 26 b&w illus, 10.99 [pounds sterling], 978 0 1995595 2 7. Roger Scruton is the UK leading conservative philosopher. There is a strong relationship between his conservatism and...
Boris's Olympic Folly
London mayor Boris Johnson is keen to see a major tourist attraction, also known in some quarters as large-scale public art, constructed at the Olympic Park as a legacy for London's East End. Reports suggest he is keen on some kind of tower, like the...
Changing Spaces: Vito Acconci Interviewed by FREEE
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FREEE: OUR QUESTIONS ARE ABOUT HOW WE ENGAGE WITH YOUR WORK. So if you thought there was an agenda here, there is. VITO ACCONCI: There should be. F: In the early days of your performances you often addressed the public...
Chen Chieh-Jen
Chen Chieh-jen Iniva London 18 September to 21 November [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 2003 Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-jen invited a group of seamstresses to return to the deserted garment factory in which they had worked for over 20 years prior...
Crunch Time: Jennifer Thatcher on the Convergence of Artistic and Entrepreneurial Values
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE FINANCIAL CRISIS OF THE PAST TWO YEARS JUMP-STARTED THE ART WORLD'S INTEREST IN THE ECONOMY. As collectors and sponsors melted away and state grants could no longer be taken for granted, the art world suddenly looked very...
Deimantas Narkevicius
Deimantas Narkevicius BFI Southbank Gallery London 1 October to 29 November A pastoral church spire at dusk, the optimistic East Berlin radio tower, a redemptive MRI tunnel, a brimming bookshop, a dining hall full of jolly geriatrics, an attractive...
Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting
Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting Hayward Gallery London 14 October to 10 January The title of this international touring exhibition, 'Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting', is wilfully misleading: Ruscha has actually spent the last 50 years...
Eva Hesse: Studiowork
Eva Hesse: Studiowork The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh 5 August to 29 October Looking at an artist's work-in-progress can be like reading their diary; it offers a tantalising glimpse into their unconscious mind. The 50 or so incomplete fragments...
Fair Use (Notes from Spam)
Graham Parker, Fair Use (Notes from Spam), Bookworks, 2009, edition of 1000, full colour, five booklets in a slip case, 14.95 [pounds sterling], 978 1 906012 04 5. Where profit is the main priority and wealth the most effective way of inflating...
Faking It
Recent revelations from the art historical rather than the contemporary art world appear at first sight to have given unwitting substance to largely bowdlerised post-modernist theories of the 'truth' of the simulacrum or, at any rate, of the copy and...
Jeremy Millar
Jeremy Millar National Maritime Museum London 28 September to 17 January From my workplace in Southend on a clear winter's night, I can often see Jeremy Millar's hometown of Whitstable flickering far in the distance across the estuary. I share...
Jill Magid: Authority to Remove
Jill Magid: Authority to Remove Tate Modern Level 2 Gallery London 2 September to 3 January In 2005, the Dutch intelligence agency (AIVD) commissioned Jill Magid to produce a piece of work for its new headquarters; its post-9/11 budget increase...
Let's Take Back Our Space
Let's Take Back Our Space Focal Point Gallery Southend 24 October to 14 December Robert Abernethy isn't happy; you can tell by the way he smiles. He's a male model, by the looks of him, and today's gig is an audition for a Kim Wilde video....
Nancy Spero 1926-2009
Nancy Spero once said that her art was about showing 'differences in women, women's rites of passage, rather than men's rites of passage. Woman as protagonist: the woman on stage'. For over 50 years she fought for the rights of women and, like many...
Product Placement: Christopher Townsend on the Link between Modernism and Postmodernity in Design
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] EVEN THE MOST FUTILE OF OBJECTS CAN TURN OUT TO BE SURPRISINGLY UTILITARIAN, EVEN THE MOST UTOPIAN IN CONCEPTION MAY BE WHOLLY PRAGMATIC IN PRACTICE. One aspect of Modernism, as Frederic Jameson points out in The Modernist...
Smaller but Better
The London contemporary art sales held to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair brought in a total of 47.4111 [pounds sterling] (including separate 20th-century Italian art sales), just above the pre-sale estimate of 45.5m [pounds sterling]. Although this...
Sophie Calle
Sophie Calle Whitechapel Gallery London 16 October to 3 January A change in exhibition context can acutely alter the reception of an artwork. This is the case for me vis-a-vis Sophie Calle's Take Care of Yourself and Couldn't Capture Death, both...
Terry Smith: The Foundling
Terry Smith: The Foundling The Foundling Museum London 7 October to 3 January The Foundling Museum in London's Brunswick Square, although open to the public only since 2004, is located on the site of the original Foundling Hospital, established...
The Long Dark
The Long Dark International 3 Manchester September 26 to October 31 The first thought is that it is like going into an art gallery in the past, maybe 30 years ago, like a gallery in a Woody Allen film, or even earlier--a 1950s gallery somewhere...
The Peckham Experiment
The Peckham Experiment Camberwell Space London 28 September to 7 November Curated by Jo David and Rachael House, directors of Space Station Sixty-Five, 'The Peckham Experiment' takes its name and focus from the Pioneer Health Centre. This...
The View from Oz
Bufo marinus might sound like an Italian porn star, yet 'Buffo' is actually a 'New Australian'. Back in 1934, Buffo was introduced from South America in an attempt to eradicate a pesky beetle with a sweet tooth for sugar cane. Unfortunately, the toad...
Winter Reading 09
Christine Sylvester, Art/Museums: International Relations Where We Least Expect It, 978 1 5945146 5 4 Charlotte Klonk, Spaces of Experience: Art Gallery Interiors from 1800 to 2000, 978 0 3001519 6 1 Henry Bond, Lacan at the Scene, 978 0 2620134...