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Articles from No. 343, February

AI Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds
Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds Tate Modern London 12 October to 2 May When Chairman Mao initiated the Hundred Flowers Campaign calling for competing political philosophies to be aired, he presumed the socialist model would win out and bind the country...
All about Andy
After the summer and early autumn when the main international contemporary art sales were held in London, the scene shifted back to New York in November. The summer had seen a setback in the market's recovery with sellers anticipating a price growth...
Anja Kirschner & David Panos: The Empty Plan
Anja Kirschner & David Panos: The Empty Plan Focal Point Gallery Southend 22 November to 4 January [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In their previous film The Last Days of Jack Shepherd, 2009, (included in the current British Art Show) Anja Kirschner...
A-Z: Andrea Zittel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alex Coles: I know that at A-Z West--35 acres of land in the Californian high desert next to Joshua Tree National Park--you have a number of shipping containers currently being used in lieu of a studio....
Carey Young: Memento Park
Carey Young: Memento Park Eastside Projects Birmingham 27 November to 29 January 'Memento Park' is a touring show surveying a decade of Carey Young's practice and presenting an eponymous new video work, shot in a 'statue park' near Budapest....
Correspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and Her Circle
Correspondence Course is many things: it is a book that encompasses an impressive amount of historical data that is of immense use to any researcher of late 20th-century art. It is also an archive of an extraordinary life during a time of tremendous...
Dan Holdsworth: Blackout
Dan Holdsworth: Blackout Baltic Gateshead 20 November to 20 February At first, Dan Holdsworth's untitled monochrome c-prints of what appears to be a scene of snowy mountains under a night sky seem too all-of-a-piece to be entirely convincing....
Flavin's Fittings
In 1928 a US Customs Court in New York ruled that Brancusi's sculpture Bird in Space, 1923, was a work of art, not an 'article of utility', which US Customs had decided it was. US photographer Edward Steichen had bought the work in France and imported...
Leaving Art: Writing on Performance, Politics and Publics 1974-2007
Suzanne Lacy publishes her telephone number as well as her email address on her website--unusual in an era of deferral to digital text, as the voice is considered too personal, too instantaneous and therefore too vulnerable. This is indicative of an...
Len Lye: The Body Electric
Len Lye: The Body Electric Ikon Birmingham 24 November to 13 February The vivacious rhythms of Don Baretto's Cuban rumba 'La Belle Creole' entice us in to this absorbing exhibition, the most comprehensive retrospective of Len Lye's work ever...
Manon De Boer: Framed in an Open Window
Manon de Boer: Framed in an open Window South London Gallery London 3 December to 23 January Suggested trajectories through an exhibition are often interesting to ignore, but taking the errant route through Manon de Boer's first UK solo show...
Mark Dean
Mark Dean Beaconsfield London 27 November to 27 February Beaconsfield's dank, voluminous lower gallery space, housed beneath a railway arch, proves the perfect setting for Christian Disco (Terminator), 2010, a new video installation by Mark Dean....
MOCA Censorship
MOCA LA's new director Jeffrey Deitch is feeling the pressure of running a public institution. As part of the forthcoming 'Art in the Streets' exhibition he invited Blu, an Italian street artist, to paint a vast mural on the north wall of the gallery's...
Nam June Paik
Nam June Paik Tate Liverpool and FACT Liverpool 17 December to 13 March The name of Korean-born Nam June Paik (1932-2006) is most likely these days to be found within histories of technology-based visual art. But entries about him can be found...
On Becoming a Gallery: Part Three
On Becoming a Gallery: Part Three Angus-Hughes London 15 January to 6 February A long time ago, Kurt Vonnegut wrote an essay about literary tastes among US college students entitled 'Why They Read Hesse'. A similar analysis could surely be undertaken...
Performing Feminism: Kathy Battista on Feminist Performance Art in 1970s London
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the 1970s, the medium of performance, which shunned the traditional hierarchy of the plastic arts, became an increasingly important presence in the debates on gender. For many feminist artists in the UK, live art was an...
Performing the Self: Omar Kholeif on the Blurring of Fact and Fiction in the Age of YouTube
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A man sitting in full make-up, sporting a beehive and large hoop earrings, is performing to a thumping riff that haphazardly stops and starts. His lipstick and eye shadow are dark, and meticulously applied. The US flag hangs...
Philippe Parreno
Philippe Parreno Serpentine Gallery London 25 November to 13 February Like treacly Hollywood blockbusters, Philippe Parreno's cinematic art projects seek to tap into objects of broad public consciousness in order to mine their sentimental...
Protest. Occupy. Transform
Our second unofficial gallery teach-in took place on 9 December, the evening of the fourth and final demo coinciding with the parliamentary vote on tuition fees--inevitably passed, though with a smaller majority than predicted. I had arrived, together...
School Days: The Look of Learning
School Days: The Look of Learning Lewis Glucksman Gallery Cork 1 December to 20 March 'School Days: The Look of Learning' is framed as an exploration of the 'experiences and environments of school, college and university', focusing on school...
Smithsonian Censorship
The Smithsonian Institute's National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC has caused a storm by putting on a provocative exhibition and then making some catastrophic decisions when the inevitable protests came. The exhibition 'Hide/Seek: Difference and...
The Cut Direct
Somerset County Council set a dubious precedent when it became the first council to cut all direct grants to arts organisations in response to the announcement last year of the government spending review's 28% cut in local government funding. Other...
Yvonne Rainer: The Yvonne Rainer Project
Yvonne Rainer: The Yvonne Rainer Project BFI Gallery London 26 November to 23 January I never expected that a visit to Yvonne Rainer's BFI retrospective would find me sliding around on a wheeled chair trying to negotiate a clear view of an orbiting...

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