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Articles from No. 347, June

Artists and the Recession
a-n The Artists Information Company has published a new research paper titled 'The Changing Face of Artists' Employment', which analyses how artists are funded and what impact the recession and government austerity measures have had on artists. The...
Arts Funding Inquiry
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport's Commons Select Committee finally published the results of its Funding of the Arts and Heritage inquiry (Artnotes AM342), revealing little of real surprise other than perhaps a show of support for the arts...
China on Top
Phillips de Pury & Co held its second BRIC sale (art from emerging economy countries--Brazil, Russia, India and China) in April, and it followed a similar pattern to the first (Salerooms AM337). China came out on top, with 62.3% of lots selling...
Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation
Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation Haunch of Venison London 15 April to 14 May Like her best-known film-based works, the latest project from Eve Sussman, aka Rufus Corporation when working in collaboration, currently on view at Haunch of Venison,...
Gareth Jones
Gareth Jones MK Gallery Milton Keynes 15 April to 26 June Gareth Jones's approach to the archive as a source for contemporary art hints at the anecdotal, but in a way that is cool and detached, amused enough by his own hoarding impulse to select...
Huang Yong Ping
Huang Yong Ping Nottingham Contemporary 15 April to 26 June When, in 2001, a US EP-3 spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet, not only did the incident spark an international diplomatic crisis but it also planted the seed for one of Huang...
Into the Vortex: Christopher Townsend on the Virtues of Misanthropy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We are ugly, but we have the music, or, the virtues of Vorticism Few art movements, not even the faux-movement that was yBa, are likely to have contained among their prime-movers individuals so irascible, so downright unpleasant,...
John McCracken 1934-2011
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Tall and lean, tanned and handsome, John McCracken might have walked straight out of a Hollywood Western, an impression enhanced by slow, deliberate speech and his old-style courtesy--he never minded having to explain over...
Marjolijn Dijkman
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The work of Marjolijn Dijkman has the potential to induce in viewers a serious case of brow-wrinkled guilt, paranoia or millennial fantasy. Her subjects, which include ecological meltdown, neoliberal brutalisation and speculative...
Narcissus Reflected
Narcissus Reflected The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh 22 April to 26 June The single theme weaving its way through this exhibition is the Narcissus myth--the story of the beautiful youth who was seduced by the power of his reflection. As the...
National Portfolio
Below is a list of all visual arts organisations selected for the replacement National Portfolio--144 compared with 190 that received RFO funding. The table shows the amount each organisation will receive and the percentage change in real terms as...
New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK
New Cartographies: Algeria-France-UK Cornerhouse Manchester 8 April to 5 June 'New Cartographies' maps out changes in cultural perception of boundaries inside and outside Algeria. The exhibition is arranged over three floors using these themes:...
Paradigm Shift: Thomas Struth
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Mark Prince: In the 1970s, you were taught by Gerhard Richter then, later, by Bernd Becher. In your early photographs of Dusseldorf, the serialism of the compositions relates to the work of the Bechers, while the generic subject...
Paul Graham
Paul Graham Whitechapel Gallery London 20 April to 19 June Anthony Reynolds Gallery London 21 April to 4 June Paul Graham's photographs are ambivalent about their capacity to provide us with information about the world. His themes are often...
Photography as Work: Stephanie Schwartz Questions the Utopian Potential of Digital Photography
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The recent wave of protests in the Middle East has markedly reinvigorated long-held debates about photography's utopian promise. Across the mainstream press and on a slew of new websites dedicated to citizen journalism, amateur...
Postmodern Art Law
Just like the proverbial long wait at the bus stop when eventually three buses come along at once, recently there has been a bumper crop of illuminating copyright lawsuits involving works by artists as diverse as Richard Prince, Chapman Kelley and...
Provisional Painting
Provisional Painting Modern Art London 15 April to 21 May Richard Aldrich: Museo Corvi-Mora London 5 May to 18 June Two years ago, in an issue of Art in America, critic Raphael Rubenstein highlighted a tendency in contemporary painting...
Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens
Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens Turner Contemporary Margate 16 April to 4 September By train, Folkestone to London takes 55 minutes, while Folkestone to Margate is 1 hour and 14 minutes. Even by car, Folkestone-Margate takes an hour (sadly,...
Say What?
The Black Arch has been created through a profound collaboration between artist Shadia and writer Raja Alem. It is very much about a meeting point of the two artists; of two visions of the world; from darkness to light, and of two cities--Mecca and...
Selling off the Family Silver (and Bronze)
As local councils across the UK prepare to sell off their--our--assets for short-term gain, it brings to mind former prime minister Harold Macmillan's famous remarks about 'selling off the family silver'. For Macmillan it was merely a metaphor for...
Wael Shawky
Wael Shawky Nottingham Contemporary 15 April to 26 June Based in Alexandria, Egypt, Wael Shawky's creative practice seems to be subject to many different forms of interpretation. At an artist talk at Nottingham Contemporary my suspicions were...
Young British Art
Young British Art Limoncello London 29 April to 4 June The terse but assertive statement accompanying this show declares that: 'The young artists chosen for this exhibition are all exceptionally talented individuals, who are British or who live...

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