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Articles from No. 298, July-August

15th Biennale of Sydney: Zones of Contact
15th Biennale of Sydney: Zones of Contact Various venues June 8 to August 27 'So, we live off transit passenger meals. The planes are always late, the chicken is always cold, and there are people willing to share.' (Raqs Media Collective, New...
Alison Jackson's Sven
In the media hype immediately before the start of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a new film work by UK artist/director Alison Jackson was broadcast on Channel 4, Sven: The Cash, The Coach and His Lovers. Described by one reviewer as 'an irreverent comedy...
Around the World in Eighty Days
Around the World in Eighty Days ICA and South London Gallery May 24 to July 16 In his classic essay 'The Stranger' from 1908, the German sociologist Georg Simmel noted that 'if wandering is the liberation from every given point in space, and thus...
Biennale Watch
This month the Ligurian Riviera provides the beautiful backdrop to the 3rd Biennale of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, which runs from July 9 to September 10 under the title 'Undisciplined'--a reflection of the biennale's aim to present an 'undisciplined'...
Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman Tate Liverpool May 19 to August 28 It is now commonplace to speak of Bruce Nauman in the same breath as we speak of Marcel Duchamp. It is not just a matter of his acknowledged debt to Duchamp, with whom he and other fellow West Coast...
Chad McCail
Chad McCail Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow May 25 to August 13 The word didactic is often aptly associated with Chad McCail's politically charged exhibitions and this show is no exception. Based on children's book illustrations and education manuals...
Dada's Boys
Dada's Boys The Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh May 27 to July 16 The Fruitmarket Gallery describes 'Dada's Boys' as 'the brainchild of David Hopkins, professor of art history at Glasgow University, an acknowledged authority on Duchamp and Surrealism'....
Deimantas Narkevicius
Deimantas Narkevicius Arnolfini Bristol May 6 to July 2 The camera pans over pencil drawings of a mysterious sylvan setting where an assembly of dethroned totalitarian statues gather snow; now debunked, these once towering colossi of Marx, Lenin...
Ellen Gallagher
Ellen Gallagher Hauser and Wirth London June 7 to July 22 Ellen Gallagher's ouvre has been exemplary in addressing problematics around issues of identity and race with reference to specific histories without letting itself be bound by content. Instead,...
From There
From There Bloomberg Space London June 9 to July 22 The object on the floor is blue. Or is it purple? Now it's red, and now orange. Rock, 2005, by London-based French artist Nicholas Deshayes is a sculpture whose colour shifts as your viewing angle...
Here There and Elsewhere: Recent Exhibitions of 'Middle Eastern' Art Rely on Very Old Generalisations Argues Pryle Behrman
IN LAMIA JOREIGE'S VIDEO HERE AND PERHAPS ELSEWHERE, 2003, THE ARTIST WALKS ALONG THE ROUTE OF THE FORMER GREEN LINE THAT DIVIDED BEIRUT DURING THE LEBANESE CIVIL WAR, separating the predominately Christian east from the Muslim west. Interviewing local...
Holiday Reading
Art Now Vol 2, ed Uta Grosenick, 3 8228 3996 5. Iwona Blazwick, Carter Ratcliff and Robert Storr, Alex Katz, 0 7148 4407 1. Margarita Cappock, Francis Bacon's Studio, 1 85894 276 4. Cinema 16: American Short Films, WF007DVD. Caroline Cros, Marcel...
Mapping the Studio
Mapping the Studio Stedelijk Museum CS Amsterdam May 12 to August 20 In 1971 Daniel Buren declared the private space of the studio to be redundant; henceforth 'my studio is, in fact, the place where I am', which, in Buren's case, usually meant the...
Mel Bochner
Mel Bochner Werner H Kramarsky New York April 25 to June 24 If drawing be the probity of art, then this selective rather than conventionally retrospective exhibition of Mel Bochner's drawings is the probity of a career in art. The 29 works comprising...
Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson Matt's Gallery London June 7 to July 30 Over the last decade or so there has been a critical and curatorial vogue for work which utilises the gallery not as a receptacle for unique and commodifiable objects but as a space of 'conviviality',...
Prize Chest
On May 22, 12 London-based film and video artists received a share of 160,000 [pounds sterling] to produce new work through the sixth London Artists' Film and Video Awards. The lucky dozen, who each received up to 20,000 [pounds sterling] for their...
Self-Institutionalisation: For Good and Ill the Process of Institutionalisation Has Become Internalized
IN THE 90S LONDON WAS A LABORATORY OF INSTITUTIONAL RESTRUCTURING WITHIN THE ART WORLD AND IN SOCIETY IN GENERAL. THE ADOPTION OF THE FREE MARKET IDEOLOGY WENT HAND IN HAND WITH THE WITHDRAWAL OF STATE CONTROL FROM PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. New modes of...
Supply and Demand
There were virtually no detectable weaknesses in the major New York sales in May. The overall total of $437m (compared to $330m last May), the average sell-through rate of 87% for nearly 1,500 works (both figures up since last May) and the 140 plus...
Thin Green Line
Manifesta 6, due to run from September 17 to December 23, has run aground in Nicosia in Cyprus. On June 1, the locks were changed on its temporary office in Nicosia and Michael Zampelas, Nicosia's mayor, terminated the contracts of the three curators...
Thomas Demand
Thomas Demand Serpentine Gallery London June 6 to August 20 The malleable innards of the Serpentine Gallery have been colonised once again, this time by German artist Thomas Demand. While well known for his photographic works of meticulously constructed...
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