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Articles from No. 335, April

1965-75 Redux: Francis Frascina on an Unevenly Remembered Decade
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to Julia Bryan-Wilson, art history, the institutionalised discipline, still does not know how to treat the decade from 1965 to 1975--particularly how to account for artists' engagements or dialogue with politics...
Art School
Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century), ed Steven Henry Madoff, MIT Press, 2009, 22.95 [pounds sterling], pbb 978 0 2621349 3 4. Imagine if Moses had ascended to the top of the mountain, hoping for the Commandments, and the Lord had said:...
Aura Satz
* Aura Satz Great North Museum: Hancock Newcastle upon Tyne 5 to 14 March Most of the exhibitions in this year's AV Festival of electronic arts in venues all over the North East are easy enough to negotiate. Aura Satz's film and sound installation...
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Artists Talk about Teaching
Ch-ch-ch-changes: Artists Talk About Teaching, eds David Mollin and John Reardon, Ridinghouse, 2009, 384pp, 978 1 9054641 3 5. David Bowie's classic track 'Ch-ch-chchanges', released on the Hunky Dory album in 1971, celebrates the power of each...
Christian Boltanksi
* Christian Boltanksi Grand Palais Paris 13 January to 21 February After two notoriously expansive artists, Anselm Kiefer and Richard Serra, had been swallowed up and spat out by France's green whale of an exhibition space, the Grand Palais in...
Crash
* Crash Gagosian Gallery London 11 February to 1 April * Peeping Tom Vegas Gallery London 18 February to March 28 Georges Bataille pointed out that the rule of law depends upon moments of transgression; that the titillation felt during...
Eija-Liisa Ahtila
* Eija-Liisa Ahtila Parasol unit London 26 February to 25 April How does the spatialisation of narrative alter the cinematic address of the viewer? The narrative of Eija-Liisa Ahtila's latest moving image installation Where is Where?, 2008, is...
From Floor to Sky
* From Floor to Sky P3London 5 March to 4 April This exhibition is a tribute to the legacy of art educationalist Peter Kardia, who taught at St Martin's School of Art in the 1960s and the Royal College of Art in the 1970s and 80s. Kardia's pedagogic...
Ian Breakwell
* Ian Breakwell QUAD Derby 13 February to 18 April Waiting to leave the train at Derby, on the way to see Ian Breakwell's exhibition, I peered over the shoulder of a seated nun to discover that she was reading the problems page of Woman's Own....
ICA Limps On
The sorry saga at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London continues, with every official statement being matched by unofficial leaks and a bucketful of rumours. Concrete news is that from the start of this month the ICA will be closed on Mondays...
John Smith: Solo Show
* John Smith: Solo Show Royal College of Art London 19 March to 13 April How interesting can a toilet window be? If you share John Smith's fascination with architecture and sleight of hand in the editing suite, it can be scintillating. Double...
Journeys with No Return
* Journeys With No Return A Foundation London 18 February to 14 March 'Journeys With No Return' is a travelling exhibition of contemporary art from Turkey, Germany and the UK that aims to reflect on recent Turkish migration and to forge fresh...
Kathy Prendergast
* Kathy Prendergast Peer London 18 February to 10 April At first sight, you'd be forgiven for surmising that Kathy Prendergast's 'Black Maps' are an attempt to chart the outer regions of the galaxy. Large and austere, these inky works on paper...
Magic Show
* Magic Show Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool 13 February to 10 April In an episode extract from Derren Brown's Trick or Treat, viewable on video at the start of this 24-artist show, art critic Adrian Searle stands with a knife poised before one...
Past and Present
Los Angeles has witnessed tumultuous times of late. Without collector Eli Broad's bailout of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), the community could have suffered an inestimable loss (see Editorial AM334). Long considered the sleepier outpost of...
Polaroid: The Gift That Doesn't Keep Giving
Artists have always donated their artworks to worthy recipients: family, friends, fellow practitioners, potential buyers and collectors, or charitable and other good causes. Motives for their doing so vary widely from, say, altruism or love and kindness...
Remakes: Mark Prince on Artists as Curators of the Self
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The centrality of autobiography as a form of contemporary art might be measured by the contradictions that it throws up. its significance to postmodern art and literary fiction suggests artists can only rely on their own experience,...
Star City: The Future under Communism
* Star City: The Future Under Communism Nottingham Contemporary 12 February to 18 April It's half term and hordes of kids are running around Nottingham Contemporary's space-themed exhibition, clambering onto Tobias Putrih's cardboard-tube cinema...
Swedenborg House: Fourteen Interventions
* Swedenborg House: fourteen interventions Swedenborg House London 25 February to 5 March In his 'Preliminary note' to the booklet accompanying the exhibition 'Swedenborg House: fourteen interventions', the show's curator, Stephen McNeilly,...
Those Who Can, Teach
At the risk of reinforcing a peculiarly English negative stereotype by alluding to it, the current exhibition 'From Floor to Sky' at P3 (see review p20), curated by Peter Kardia, gives the lie to the old adage 'those who can, do; those who can't, teach'....
Vendors Return
What a difference a year makes. After the abysmal 42.7111 [pounds sterling] the London salerooms took for contemporary art in February 2009 (see AM325), they bounced back this year with a 124.3m [pounds sterling] series in February. Experts attributed...
Whitney Biennial: 2010
* Whitney Biennial: 2010 Whitney Museum of American Art New York 25 February to 30 May [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] America--as seen through the optic of the 75th Whitney Biennial--has just come around after a nasty operation. Her eyes flutter...
Why Things Are the Way They Are: Phyllida Barlow
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Colin Perry: Since your earliest exhibitions you have quietly avoided the commercial art scene, showing at museums and non-profit spaces such as Cornerhouse, Manchester in 1986, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead...

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