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Articles from No. 353, February

Arabic Agendas
In 2007, the Gaza-born writer Hassan Khader, commenting on the Palestinians' 'tortured relationship with time and place', noted that Palestine had become a 'metaphor' appropriated by the international community. Likewise, I would argue that artists...
Bea McMahon
The development of quantum mechanics had reached an intriguing point in 1935 when, to illustrate certain paradoxical tendencies in its theories, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger proposed a thought experiment. Imagine a cat in a sealed, opaque container;...
Bought and Sold
On 1 January 2012 UK artists' estates became entitled to receive payment of a percentage of the purchase price of their works whenever an EU art market professional is involved in the resale of their works for [euro]1,000 or more, on or after that...
Catherine Opie
Stephen Friedman Gallery London 23 November to 21 January Catherine Opie's latest exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery feels like two separate shows that have been shoehorned into one. In the front gallery space there is a series of early black-and-white...
Editorial
PMQs Imagine a scenario in which public figures, including from the arts, are allowed unprecedented freedom to ask the prime minister hard-hitting questions on the public's behalf. Moreover, he not only agrees to answer these, but also allows both...
Exhibitions
Performa 2011 various venues New York 1 to 21 November In its heyday in the 1960s and 70s, performance art was an alternative to the institutionalised, commercial art world; today, it plays an important role in both these realms. Major museums...
False Lion
In early June 2011, Luna - a 377ft super yacht - headed for a prime location in the Venice lagoon and moored unannounced alongside the Giardini, one of the two main sites for the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. A reason for...
Galleries
Salsali Private Museum in Dubai, founded by collector Ramin Salsali has opened with an exhibition of works from the founder's collection called, appropriately, 'Show Off!'. The overt references to the narcissism of private wealth are deliberate; the...
Kai Althoff: Kaiki
Focal Point Gallery Southend-On Sea 7 November to 28 January Kai Althoff's work has rarely been exhibited in the UK (his first and only solo show was in 1997), so in many ways, given his status, it seems surprising that his second exhibition here...
Museum Show Part 1 & Part 2
Arnolfi ni Bristol 24 September to 19 November & 9 December to 19 February A phantasmagoria of 40 micro to macro artist museums is presented inside and outside the Arnolfini, itself acting as a mother museum, housing and linking together the...
Outgunned
Contemporary art once again outgunned the Impressionists and moderns in the last round of sales in New York in November. The scoreline read an impressive $769m to the contemporaries, with a string of record prices that seemed oblivious to the growing...
Out of This World
Art today can be as eclectic in its production of contexts as in its choice of objects. The recent rise in quantity, status and visibility of curators and their 'curations' offers not only a greater abundance of objects but an equally abundant range...
Paul Caffell
Mummery & Schnelle London 16 November to 23 December Paul Caffell is a British painter, an abstractionist who first exhibited in the 1960s when he was a protege of Roland Penrose, that great supporter of Modernism in Britain after the Second...
Performance Matters: Trashing Performance
Toynbee Studios, Tate Modern and Bethnal Green Working Men's Club London 25 to 30 October In the late 1990s/early 2000s scramble towards new institutionalism--that vague notion espousing the value of a reflexive, publicly aware and self-critical...
Republic of the Moon
FACT Liverpool 16 December to 26 February For millennia we could only stare at it in wonder but then, just 50 years ago, we knew we could touch the Moon. In 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space and by 1969 American Apollo 11 astronauts...
Seoul Searching
Sprawling out from Hongik University's aspirational towers you find a warren of bohemian backstreets stuffed with quirky cafes, cool clubs, small designer outlets and galleries. This ramshackle undergrad's heaven, confl ating the trendy virtues of...
Terry Smith
John Hansard Gallery Southampton 22 November to 21 January On an editing table in the middle gallery, strewn with contact sheets and colour printouts from dozens of projects, lies a telling document: a draft exhibition flyer for John Hansard Gallery...
The Four Horsemen
At the Tate Members AGM last December, Nicholas Serota was presented with an open letter signed by more than 8,000 Tate members and visitors calling for Tate to end its relationship with sponsor BP. Serota successfully poured oil on the AGM's choppy...
The Indiscipline of Painting
Tate St Ives 8 October to 3 January Working with Tate St Ives artistic director Martin Clark and University of Warwick curator Sarah Shalgosky, artist Daniel Sturgis has curated a project 'The Indiscipline of Painting' which draws together 49 painters...
Tony Morgan
If there is something for which the structural film movement of the 1960s should be blessed, along with its parallel manifestations in post-minimalism, it is its refusal of the preening narcissism that elsewhere characterises much activity within the...
Too Political for Lacoste
Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour was delighted to be one of the eight photographers nominated for the second Lacoste Elysee Prize, hosted by the Musee de l'Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. Nominees were given [euro] 4,000 each to develop proposals...
Wearing Thin
Gillian Wearing has been commissioned to produce a new sculpture for Birmingham's Centenary Square. The work, A Real Birmingham Family, will be realised next year and consist of a bronze representation of a local family, the selection of which is currently...
Zagreb International Film Labs Meeting
Under the provocative title 'Film Anarchy', this year's international film labs meeting took place in Zagreb, where the new Croatian film lab Klubvizija hosted four days of discussions, workshops and screenings at the city's student centre. Film labs...