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Articles from No. 354, March

All Change at King's Cross
Change continues apace at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, as it renamed itself in December. After 25 years, Jane Rapley is retiring as head of college in July and being replaced by Jeremy Till, currently dean of the School of Architecture...
A Plea for Tenderness
Seventeen Gallery London 17 January to 25 February At first blush, this exhibition, curated by artist David Raymond Conroy, appears to be all about the soft touch. One enters the gallery to newly pink lighting - an intervention of coloured gels...
Artwork Liabilities
The marked deterioration of Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991 - the tiger shark in a vitrine of formaldehyde - was the subject of a prescient article by contemporary art conservation research expert...
Check out My Wall Drawing, Ladies
Why make art? According to evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller it is for much the same reason that boys start bands. To quote 'Status and Mating Success Amongst Visual Artists', a recently published research paper, the explanation is that 'producing...
Elizabeth Price
Baltic Gateshead 3 February to 27 May In December 2002 a cargo vessel sank in West Hinder, part of the English Channel that is effectively a no-man's-land, while carrying nearly 3,000 BMWs, Volvos and Saabs. The ship was raised the following year,...
Exhibitions
LONDON The London code is 020 Acme Project Space 44 Bonner Rd E2 8981 6811 Vishwa Shroff to 11 Mar The Agency 66 Evelyn St SE8 3239 7240 Alicia Paz, Marisol Malatesta & Lizi Sanchez, Doris Day to 24 Mar Alan Cristea Gallery 31 Cork...
Galleries
The new Jerwood Gallery opens on 17 March in the Stade area of the Hastings seafront, adding to the list of high-profile contemporary art galleries and events running along the UK's south-east coast. The striking [pounds sterling]4m building designed...
Jarek Piotrowski: Soft Machine
Galerie8 London 20 January to 11 March Like John Cage, William Burroughs's generative methodologies for creating work have become a pervasive, enduring and, some might say, over-referenced influence on contemporary artists. But while following Cage...
Laura Buckley: Fata Morgana
Cell Project Space London 20 January to 26 February. When fishermen off the coast of Inishowen saw a glorious castle atop a hill above the sea in July 1866, few of them had heard of a fata morgana. Witnesses described the magical turrets and towers...
Location Location
Like Marley's ghost, 'captive, bound and double-ironed', dragging his chains behind him - with 'cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel' attached - so contemporary art today brings in its train all the trappings...
Material Conditions
It's not often you have to make your own book before reviewing it. In this case, there are eight short artists' books which involve a complex procedure of folding, pinching, cutting and swearing to achieve an A6 booklet - otherwise known as Proboscis's...
Mike Kelley 1954-2012
Mike Kelley committed suicide on the night of 31 January. A copy of Catholic Tastes sits on the desk now. Another copy used to sit on a shelf in the bathroom of the studio where I worked as an assistant in New York when Kelley's 'mid-career' retrospective...
Nice Style
Henry Moore Institute Leeds 14 December to 12 February The prospect was not promising: a group of performing sculptors who had caused something of a stir in London almost 40 years ago was about to re-form for a one-off rerun of what was considered...
No Lone Zone
Tate Modern London 27 January to 13 May In Roberto Bolafio's novel 2666, posthumously translated into English in 2008, the author details the murders of over 300 impoverished migrant Mexican women in northern Mexico. His prose is as relentless,...
Private Moments: Morgan Quaintance Makes the Case for Imaginative Engagement as a Form of Participation
The development of participation as a key element in contemporary art of the 20th century - accelerating rapidly from the 1960s onwards - has ultimately led to three approaches to engagement in the 21st. These approaches can be categorised as: interactivity,...
Prizes
Leo Fitzmaurice has won the Northern Art Prize, collecting [pounds sterling]16,500. The other shortlisted artists, Liadin Cooke, James Hugonin and Richard Rigg, each pick up [pounds sterling]1,500. In the public poll, Richard Rigg won what is described...
Reply to Peter Schin and Sarah Gillam
It is an inevitable outcome of a certain editorial design process that people, including Peter Suchin and Sarah Gillam, referring to my text have reduced it to an essay about outsider art. It is not nor was intended to be any such thing. Rather, in...
Richard Grayson: The Magpie Index
Matt's Gallery London 18 January to 12 February Discussing his role as a psychotherapist in the HBO television series 'In Treatment', Gabriel Byrne described the show as a 'three-character play: the doctor, the patient and the audience'. The Magpie...
Rosalind E Krauss: Under Blue Cup
Under Blue Cup is an extraordinary exercise in art critical writing. As well as being a polemic against the forgetting of the medium in Postmodernism and the installation art much beloved of contemporary art institutions, the book demonstrates art...
Simon Fujiwara: Since 1982
Tate St Ives 18 January to 7 May At the exhibition's entrance, bathed in the soft, diffused light streaming through Patrick Heron's stained-glass window, stands an architectural model of Tate St Ives. Half-buried in sand from nearby Porthmeor Beach,...
Structural Slips
Maria Walsh: Your film Light Music, 1975, was exhibited in the oil tanks at Tate Modern as part of its Expanded Cinema event in 2009, but mostly your work has been seen at film festivals and programmed screenings. How did the idea for a solo show in...
The Curator's Egg, Altera Pars
Anthony Reynolds gallery London 2 February to 2 March 'The Curator's Egg, Altera Pars' at Anthony Reynolds Gallery is a reprisal of a show mounted by the gallery in 1994, when 120 London art world 'stalwarts' were given four days to select a work...
The Ethics of Discomfort: John Douglas Millar on Art and Politics According to Simon Critchley
When I don't say anything about my practice I have found that its interpretations become even narrower, because they most often simply subscribe to contemporary intellectual fashion ... If you don't write your own history, someone else will, and this...
West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America 1965-1977
West of Center is a collection of essays that proceeds on many fronts to argue for the renewed contemporary importance of the counterculture to both art practices and the way we read art history. Certainly, it seems hard to think of the era without...
Who Loves Yer? Remembering Helen Frankenthaler
In the recent obituaries of the abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler, almost every writer has taken pains to record the artist's own disavowal of any connection to feminism and her disowning of the notion of being a woman painter. Of...
Zarina Bhimji
Whitechapel Gallery London 19 January to 9 March The first major exhibition of Zarina Bhimji's work in a UK gallery opens with two minor works: two black-and-white medium-format photographs of the sea. Shot in 1998 and printed for the first time...
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