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Articles from No. 322, December

1968: Art and Politics in Chicago
1968: Art and Politics in Chicago DePaul University Art Museum Chicago September 18 to November 23 Barnett Newman's politically charged Lace Curtain for Mayor Daley, 1968, is the focal point for '1968: Art and Politics in Chicago', which explores...
Battening Down the Hatches
When the history of the recent art boom comes to be written, London's contemporary art sales held during the Frieze Art Fair in October will be cited as the first real evidence that it was all finally coming to an end. The tea leaves had been readable...
Beagles & Ramsay
Beagles & Ramsay Glasgow Sculpture Studios October 30 to February 28 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Thought is not the domain of the calculating machine between our ears--it comes from the body. The practical lessons of Minimalism have demonstrated...
Bread and Circuses: Peter Scott on the Mayor, the Waterfalls and the Art of Neoliberalism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From the start, Olafur Eliasson's Waterfalls was clearly intended to provide New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the second public art blockbuster of his administration. Ushered in by an enthusiastic waterfront news...
Brighton Photo Biennial Memory of Fire: The War of Images and Images of War
The third instalment of the Brighton Photo Biennial, curated by writer and critic Julian Stallabrass, is titled 'Memory of Fire: the War of Images and Images of War'. Ambitiously devised around ten exhibitions, as well as projects, education programmes...
Crunch Time
Since February 2007, when the government--or rather the taxpayer--stumped up 17.5bn [pounds sterling] to rescue the Newcastle-based bank, Northern Rock, the public has become inured to reading headlines about previously unimaginable sums of money spent...
Daria Martin
Daria Martin Maureen Paley London October 28 to December 7 Watching Daria Martin's new film, Harpstrings and Lava, 2007, made me highly aware of the two simultaneous voices I experience in relation to artworks that address subjectivity. One voice...
Digital Archives
Archiving artists' works and related material has been greatly facilitated in recent years by significant advances in digital technology, which has stimulated museums and galleries to consider not only digitally archiving material in their collections,...
Foot, Meet Mouth
Ekow Eshun, the author, TV and radio broadcaster, cultural pundit, governor of the University of the Arts, former editor of Arena magazine and current artistic director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, recently sent a message to his staff...
Gallery Moves
The Photographers' Gallery is currently in limbo somewhere between Leicester Square and Oxford Street. The gallery left its home of 37 years at the end of November and on December 6 it opens its new space in Ramillies Street with two exhibitions. One...
Gerhard Richter: Paintings from Private Collections
Gerhard Richter: Paintings from Private Collections Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh November 8 to January 4 Earlier this year two Richter paintings, one a hazy photorealist portrait, the other a scraped abstraction, hung together in the Scottish...
Gilberto Zorio
Gilberto Zorio Milton Keynes Gallery October 18 to January 18 Though he was one of Arte Povera's key exponents, and has continued to exhibit since the mid 60s, remarkably at the age of 64 this is Gilberto Zorio's first UK solo show. This is not...
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller: The House of Books Has No Windows
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller: The House of Books Has No Windows Modern Art Oxford October 15 to January 18 Franz Kafka, in his book Amerika, published in 1927, describes with startling precision the hypnotic effect of technology and...
John Latham: Distress of a Dictionary
John Latham: Distress of a Dictionary Flat Time House London October 2 to November 2 A large blue and yellow book sculpture extrudes through the glass frontage of the newly opened John Latham Foundation and Archive, the suggestively named 'Flat...
Knowledge as Spectacle: Chris Townsend on Art in the Society of the Secretariat
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This article begins somewhere near the end of history--as it is presently located and imagined--and works backwards through the ruins. Appropriately, since it is much concerned with Walter Benjamin's ideas, it begins with...
Nought to Sixty
Nought to Sixty ICA London May 5 to November 2 Sixty projects in six months: the ICA's 'Nought to Sixty' series was a curiously entropic experiment in programming. The exhibitions and events aimed to 'showcase emerging talent', continuing a commitment...
Pierre Bismuth and Michel Gondry: The All-Seeing Eye (the Hardcore-Techno Version)
Pierre Bismuth and Michel Gondry: The All-Seeing Eye (The Hardcore-Techno Version) BFI Southbank Gallery London September 12 to November 23 A camera sweeps methodically around a large room in an expensively furnished apartment. With each...
Presque Rien II
Presque Rien II Laure Genillard London October 18 to January 10 Curated by artists Gavin Turk and Cedric Christie, 'Presque Rien II' is a group show with an eye-opening retrospective slant. A full year after the inaugural part I (reviewed in...
Prizes, Residencies and Commissions
Art Dubai, held in March 2009, will host the first results of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, which is given to curator/artist teams. The initial recipients are Cristiana Perrella and Kutlug Ataman, Carol Solomon and Zoulikha Boubadellah, and Leyla Fakhr...
Slave City: Daniel Miller Enters Joep Van Lieshout's Nightmare Vision of the Future
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A '21st-century contemporary concentration camp designed only to make profit' is how Joep van Lieshout defines his ongoing project SlaveCity. (1) A speculative city-cum-business park, parts of which went on show this summer...
The Trials of Art
The Trials of Art, ed Daniel McClean, Ridinghouse, London, 2007, 352pp, pb, 25.00 [pounds sterling], 978 1 905464 03 6. The Trials of Art is an interesting but slightly perplexing book. Interesting because the content, together with contributions...
This Is War/Gerda Taro/ on the Subject of War
This is War/Gerda Taro/On the Subject of War Barbican Art Gallery London October 17 to January 25 Although the Barbican's current show is billed as three interlinked exhibitions on war and photography, the overall experience adds up to far more...
Winter Reading
Wrongteous, eds Leo Fitzmaurice and Paul Rooney, Art Editions North, 8.00 [pounds sterling], 978 9557478 2 3. Eiko Grimberg, The Years to Come, The Green Box, 15 [euro], 978 3 908175 18 6. Chris Townsend, Art and Death, IB Taurus, 14.99 [pounds...
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