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Articles from No. 296, May

4th Berlin Biennial
4th Berlin Biennial Various venues March 25 to May 28 An exhibition without a theme but with many stories, some terrible choices, some wonderful works; a museum show in the disguise of a biennale, too many loose ends, precise installations, lots...
AK Dolven
AK Dolven Wilkinson Gallery London March 22 to April 30 AK Dolven's fixed camera film projections Madonna with Man--London, 2005, and Madonna with Man--Oslo, 2005, present top-ranking international female business professionals seated in their offices...
Allan Kaprow 1927-2006
Allan Kaprow, the pioneer of Happenings, a painter and sculptor who worked with found objects as much as with found events and was fond of calling himself an 'un-artist', died on April 5 in San Diego where he had lived for many years. In 1958, while...
Allen Ruppersberg
Allen Ruppersberg Dundee Contemporary Arts April 8 to May 28 By near coincidence I visited this show the day after helping a friend move home from a spacious two-bedroom flat in one city to a place a third the size in another. She had an awful lot...
Anthony McCall
Anthony McCall Peer London March 23 to April 23 The new work by Anthony McCall presented by Peer at the Round Chapel, Hackney, is another in his series of works known as 'Solid Light Films'. The principle of their operation is that a two-dimensional...
Barn
On March 28, at an event at Tate Britain organised by the Littoral arts trust, Richard Hamilton announced plans to save Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn site on the Cylinders Estate at Elterwater near Ambleside in the Lake District, over 40 years after he...
Ceal Floyer
Ceal Floyer Lisson Gallery London April 7 to May 6 On the wall of the ground floor gallery of the Lisson facing straight onto the street, Ceal Floyer has installed what she calls an 'assisted readymade': an altered sign of the kind seen in high...
Crisis? What Crisis?
The debate about the supposed terminal decline of art criticism is beginning to resemble that concerning the even more protracted demise of painting. In both cases, while the stricken patient lies stretched out on the operating table, surrounded by...
Ellsworth Kelly
Ellsworth Kelly Serpentine Gallery London March 18 to May 21 On entering the Serpentine Gallery the viewer is immediately flanked by two paintings consisting of arcs on rectangular or trapezoid grounds, each creating a subtle echo of the other....
Everything Must Go
Everything Must Go VTO London March 25 to April 29 If it didn't exist you'd have to invent it: a partial Showroom history The Showroom London April 5 to May 14 Two small East End galleries are having everyone-we've-ever-shown exhibitions. VTO,...
Forget Elitism: It Does Not Provide a Critique of the Link between Art and Power Argues Dave Beech but Deprives Us of One
'IF THE ARTS WERE REALLY DEMOCRATIZED', WROTE IAN BURN IN 1975, 'WE AS PRODUCERS OF AN ELITE ART WOULD NO LONGER HAVE ANY MEANS OF FUNCTIONING--wanting to abolish elitism in modern art is tantamount to wanting to abolish modern art itself.' The argument...
Freedom of Information
Commission fees paid to artists by public sector organisations in the UK must be disclosed to anyone requesting such information, according to a recent decision made by the Information Tribunal operating under the provisions of the UK's Freedom of...
Ian Hamilton Finlay 1925-2006
Ian Hamilton Finlay, the poet, publisher, sculptor and gardener died on March 27. He attended Glasgow College of Art before being called up for war service, after the war he worked as a shepherd on the Orkneys where he dreamed of a 'visionary happiness...
Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock
Jeffrey Charles and Henry Peacock sound like characters from a Victorian novel. Originally the names of two quite separate exhibition spaces, they connote the formulaic prestige conveyed by the kind of authoritative nomenclature usually employed by...
Los Angeles 1955-1985
Los Angeles 1955-1985 Centre Pompidou Paris March 8 to July 17 It felt disorientating seeing three decades of Los Angeles art history expertly reconstructed at the Pompidou by in-house curator Catherine Grenier. Despite my long relationship with...
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis FACT Liverpool March 31 to May 28 Though it repeats the same basic plots over and again, in materialist terms mainstream cinema is unswervingly teleological. Once audiences wise up, in the wake of a technological advance, to one of the...
On Criticism: A Matter of Opinion or What? Sally O'Reilly Provides Some Statistics
ONE OF THE DEEPEST INSULTS MOST FREQUENTLY LEVELLED AT ART CRITICS IS THAT THEIR WRITING IS 'MERELY DESCRIPTIVE'. This generally implies that the writer either lacks critical insight or is toeing the line, perhaps through cowardice or maybe because...
Prizes
Finnish film and video maker Eija-Liisa Ahtila picked up the Artes Mundi Prize last month--the largest UK arts prize of 40,000 [pounds sterling]. Paolo Colombo, Thelma Golden, Cai Guo-Qiang, Gerardo Mosquera and Jenni Spencer-Davies judged the prize...
Tate Triennial
Tate Triennial Tate Britain London March 1 to May 14 The Tate Triennial is a peculiar project. Its broad scope requires curators to choose their own thematic boundaries but its institutional specificity ensures that it doesn't really have the room...
The Impossible Theatre
Exhibitions of the documentary residue and physical remains of live art events have to face the inevitable shortcomings of such projects--how can such an exhibition represent the unrepeatable character of a happening, action, or even a piece of visual...
Valentin Carron
Valentin Carron Mai-Thu Perret Chisenhale Gallery London March 29 to May 14 This is at first sight a disappointing show. The layout seems bitty and cramped, and many of the pieces struggle to stand out or look naked and unimposing under the gallery's...
Whitney Biennial 2006
Whitney Biennial 2006 Whitney Museum of American Art New York March 2 to May 28 Critics are sometimes cruel rather than critical. Cruelty is just an easy way to make a name for yourself. Tradition dictates that critics take potshots at the Whitney...
Writing in Strobe
Writing in Strobe Dicksmith Gallery London March 30 to May 6 What is the right speed for looking at art? What is the right speed for thinking about it? Curator Andrew Hunt has lifted a passage from Gilles Deleuze's 1972 essay on Helene Cixous, in...
Yang Fudong
Yang Fudong Parasol unit London April 7 to June 9 In China's New Order: Society, Politics and Economy in Transition, 2003, the sociologist Wang Hui described the deep psychological scars left in the psyche of Chinese intellectuals by the failure...
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