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Articles from No. 336, May

A History of Irritated Material
* A History of Irritated Material Paven Pow London 25 February to 2 May 'A History of Irritated Material' examines the lines where art and politics intersect, as well as the layered meanings of the modern archive. It brings together materials...
All Washed Up
In politics as in comedy timing is everything, especially when it comes to passing unpopular legislation. The week before the long summer recess, when MPs are keen to dash off for their annual 76-day break from parliamentary duties, is always a good...
Angela De la Cruz: After Anna Maria Maiolino: Continuous
* Angela de la Cruz: After Anna Maria Maiolino: Continuous Camden Arts Centre London 1 April to 30 May Camden Arts Centre's simultaneous hosting of solo shows by the Italian-born Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino (bi.942) and the London-based...
Animism
* Animism MuHKA & Extra City Antwerp 22 January to 2 May The relation of people to things, occupants to objects, would seem to be a pertinent concern in any art gallery. Such spaces conflate the aesthetic and the functional, as certain items...
Artists' Publications Online Pt 2
Google's controversial book-scanning operation Google Books continues to draw the ire of copyright holders. Despite the pending lawsuit from the US Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, Google is proceeding with its plans to scan...
Art Sheffield Life: A User's Manual
* Art Sheffield Life: A User's Manual various venues Sheffield 6 March to 1 May Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum is a coalition formed to raise the city's profile as a locus for contemporary art, to build audiences for art and to provide opportunities...
Boris's Wotsit
'If Paris can have the Eiffel Tower, then we thought the Olympic site had to have ... [looks hurriedly at notes] ... something!' So London mayor Boris Johnson unveiled Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower for London's Olympic Park....
Encountering Art: Dave Beech Critiques Jacques Ranciere's Concept of the 'Emancipated Spectator'
Today some of the key debates on what art is, can be, or ought to be centre on the way art is encountered. What kinds of experience, both individual and collective, ought to be developed for art? And what kind of art can be developed to facilitate...
Events
Lucy Lippard, who has just been awarded the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, will be giving the opening keynote address at The Falmouth Convention, an international meeting of artists, curators and writers to 'discuss issues of time and place...
Hannah Sawtell
The baroque-style interior and intimate setting of The Gate cinema provided a fitting frame for Hannah Sawtell's Entroludes 1-6, 2010, six short films whose imagery, mainly culled from the internet, enfolds to create semi-abstract assemblages that...
IRWIN: The Rye of the State
* IRWIN: The Rye of the State The Israel Center for Digital Art Holon 6 February to 10 April Israel and the NSK (Neue Slowenische Kunst), the quasi-fictional Slovenian artist state, running joke, political-historical mythology and branding...
It Was What It Was: Modern Ruins: Gilda Williams on the Politics and Aesthetics of Ruins
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A word close to 'ruin' is 'derelict', yet these two terms prompt opposite reactions--a ruin inspiring poetry, the other calling for demolition. What exactly is the difference between them? London is host to a thriving sub-city...
Jennet Thomas: All Suffering Soon to End!
* Jennet Thomas: All Suffering SOON TO END! Matt's Gallery London 14 April to 6 June It's a bold and curiously confident statement that titles this exhibition; one that encapsulates a message proclaimed by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society...
Jenny Holzer
* Jenny Holzer Baltic Gateshead 5 March to 16 May [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Jenny Holzer has been good for the Baltic. Back in October 2000 examples of her early one-liners appeared on exterior walls of the gallery and prominent buildings in...
Jyll Bradley: Naming Spaces
* Jyll Bradley: Naming Spaces The Exchange Penzance 6 March to 5 June [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The exhibition opens with The Exchange, 2010, a vinyl text, which, as the exhibition's overall title suggests, serves to name the place (the gallery...
Malcolm McLaren 1946-2010
Fourteen years ago Malcolm McLaren was asked if both his shop at 430 King's Road--a purveyor of 'Clothes for Heroes' under its incarnation as Seditionaries--and his corresponding activities as manager of the Sex Pistols constituted the fruits of an...
Mark Francis
* Mark Francis Abbot Hall Kendal 22 March to 3 July The Northern Ireland-born painter Mark Francis established his reputation during the .990s, finding visual inspiration in images of viruses and single-celled organisms captured by electron microscopes....
Martin Honert
* Martin Honert Bloomberg Space London 8 April to 15 May Boris Groys once emphatically concluded a conversation with Martin Honert published in Artforum: 'You're reminding me of a notorious warning that used to be issued in the gulag before a...
Mirza & Butler
For one month last October, a small room behind a Pakistani barbershop on the Bethnal Green Road in East London served as the main site of the Museum of Non-Participation, an art project by London-based artist duo Karen Mirza & Brad Butler. ...
My War
* My War FACT Liverpool 12 March to 30 May Printed on the side of a decaying building in Liverpool's town centre, a mammoth poster asks the city-dweller the simple question, 'What Does War Mean To You?' The responses to this seemingly rhetorical...
PhotoFilm: Stillness and Movement
I signed up for this symposium with a mixture of anticipation and apprehension as the intellectual heavyweights gathered once again to ponder the blurring of boundaries between the still and moving image since digitalisation. This subject has been...
Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters
* Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters Serpentine Gallery London 3 March to 25 April What 'modern' might mean, when applied to pictures, is crucial in Richard Hamilton's work. He always seems to be asking what makes an image contemporary or,...
Robert Morris
* Robert Morris Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach 29 November to 24 May Robert Morris is beginning to be more accurately perceived as an artist who constructed an elaborate practice consisting of many different elements, each one developing...
Street Legal
Bansky's film Exit Through the Gift Shop has just gone on general release in UK cinemas, and opens in the US and other territories later in 20i0. Ostensibly a documentary about Banksy and street art, some reviewers have suggested it is in fact a movie...
The New Transcendentalism: Mark Prince on the Rejection of Relativism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In an interview from 1965, Frank Stella distinguished between the 'surface issues' of his painting and the 'transcendental or metaphysical' content which earlier abstract artists had aspired to: 'it's like what they left us...
What Looms for the Henry Moore Institute?
I should prepend that I am partial in this. For many years, I have been using the facilities of the Henry Moore Institute and following the activities of the Henry Moore Foundation. From 1994 to 1998 I researched my PhD at Manchester University as...
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