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Articles from No. 345, April

Art Criticism: Mark Prince on the Slippage between the Boundaries of Art and Criticism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Art criticism is a discipline distinguished by the permeability of its boundaries. It is always straying into--or being strayed into by--the surrounding fields of art history, philosophy, literature and visual art itself....
Beatrice Gibson
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Beatrice Gibson is one of those rare contemporary artists either working at the fringes of the art market or negotiating other, interstitial, cultural locations, whose practice engages with Modernism's...
Close to the Top
This time last year, the contemporary art revival was led by a storm of bidding for postwar European artists who had never really featured in the art boom, specifically Dutch and German artists from the Zero group--Gunther Uecker, Heinz Mack and Jan...
Cory Arcangel: Beat the Champ
Cory Arcangel: Beat the Champ Barbican London 10 February to 22 March For his show at the Barbican, the Brooklyn-based media artist Cory Arcangel has created a virtual bowling alley by showing i4 bowling video games on the wall of the Curve Gallery...
Douglas Gordon: K.364
Douglas Gordon: k.364 Gagosian Gallery London 9 February to 26 March There are many possible spectators of Douglas Gordon's exhibition 'k.364', the title deriving from Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major which is also known as Kochel...
General Idea: Haute Culture
General Idea: Haute Culture Musee d'art de la Ville de Paris 11 February to 30 April High up on the left-hand wall of the grand lobby of the Musee d'art de la Ville de Paris hang a number of large, brightly coloured heraldic shields. This impressive...
Guggenheim Boycott
The pressure group Human Rights Watch (HRW) continues to highlight the exploitation of foreign migrant workers at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi construction site on Saadiyat Island in the UAE. In a further attempt to ensure the Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation...
Lies, Damn Lies and Spin
When the BBC caves in to government pressure and starts referring to the cuts as 'savings', it is obvious who is winning the media war. After all, it is not for nothing that the present prime minister is a former TV public relations executive. At least...
Lindsay Seers: It Has to Be This [Way.Sup.2]
Lindsay Seers: It has to be this [way.sup.2] Baltic Gateshead 21 February to 12 June Lindsay Seers's new exhibition reflecting on her stepsister Christine's mysterious disappearance ten years ago doesn't feel as though it has to be this way....
Lydia Gifford: Its Hurtling Gold
Lydia Gifford: Its Hurtling Gold Laura Bartlett Gallery London 12 February to 26 March Lydia Gifford has referred to what she calls, without clear explanation, 'halfway objects' as points of departure for her works, but the expression fits well...
Manfred Pernice: dejaVu
Manfred Pernice: dejaVu Dundee Contemporary Arts 5 March to 8 May When the Berlin wall came down in 1989, Manfred Pernice was still studying at the city's Universitat der Kunst. No surprise then that his art practice is temporal, transitory and...
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc: Foreword to Guns for Banta
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc: Foreword to Guns for Banta Gasworks London 26 February to 17 April The archive has become an all too sexy constituent of contemporary visual art practice. The process of constructing a personal archive or re-authoring...
Melanie Counsell: Lutecia
Melanie Counsell: Lutecia Works/Projects Bristol 19 February to 2 April Intersecting the main exhibition space at Works/Projects is a large beam of jet-black wood. Positioned at eye level and stretching from one end of the room to the other,...
Michael Fortune
Michael Fortune PEER London 9 February to 2 April This exhibition of single- and multi-channel video works patches together images and myths from Michael Fortune's home in rural County Wexford, south-east Ireland. Through the presentation of...
Millions, Billions and Trillions
ACE's 30% cut over four years (see Editorial) will see its funding drop from /450m last year to 350m [pounds sterling] by 2014-15: a reduction of 100m [pounds sterling]. The DCMS as a whole is losing 25%, meaning its entire budget is reduced to 1bn...
Nancy Spero
Nancy Spero Serpentine Gallery London 3 March to 2 May The ferocious feminist energy associated with Nancy Spero's art and political activism throughout a long career of creative production and protest bounces off the gallery walls like a raucous...
Rebel without a Course: Peter Suchin on the Academicisation of Art Education
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The press release for The Emaciated Spectator, an exhibition at London's Apiary Gallery earlier this year, displayed a number of intriguing features. The rather brief description of the show was flanked by not only a quotation...
Robert Orchardson: Endless Facade
Robert Orchardson: Endless Facade Ikon Gallery Birmingham 23 February to 25 April Combining a retrospective interest in utopian 20th-century architecture and design with a taste for science fiction, Robert Orchardson's first major European solo...
Say What?
Just before Christmas, our Secretary of State for Culture, Jeremy Hunt, announced that 'Philanthropy is not about replacing state funding with private support ... nothing could be further from the truth'. But we have recently heard that the already...
Sculpture Competitions
Some interesting and important issues arise around the enduringly popular artists' competition format. Many sculpture 'competitions' contain this word in their title, but some are promoted as 'prizes' or 'awards' or 'contests'. What exactly has an...
Susan Hiller
Susan Hiller Tate Britain London 1 February to 15 May Timothy Taylor Gallery London 3 February to 5 March Looking at the catalogue of the Susan Hiller exhibition at Tate Britain, it is a surprise to discover that this is the first proper survey...
Taryn Simon: Contraband
Over five days in November 2009, Taryn Simon photographed over i,000 impounded items at the US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the US Postal Service International Mail Facility at John F Kennedy International Airport, New...
Time Capsule: Roman Ondak
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Martin Herbert: You have made two new works for Modern Art Oxford, your first major UK solo show. The first, Time Capsule, references the Chilean mining incident of 2010. You have installed in the darkened gallery a precise...