April issue out now

In a month in which the 14th edition of Documenta docks at Athens, an arrangement that seems designed to highlight two poles of the continent’s economic, social and political destiny, ArtReview has been wondering how art contributes to our understanding of and engagement with these kinds of ‘real’ issues. After all, the representation of a problem is always one step removed from the problem itself. So how does art become more than simply an intellectual narcotic that does nothing other than ease consciences in the face of global suffering? This issue is in part dedicated to investigations into how art interacts with real rather than imagined life.

In this issue

Martin Herbert rounds up ten shows to see this month, from Kassel to New York, via Milan and Amsterdam (and points in between)

Nil Yalter – Mark Rappolt looks into how the Turkish-French artist has used formal experimentation in a lifetime’s work to highlight a range of issues surrounding immigration, feminism and social inequality in general

Athenian Panopticon – Iason Athanasiadis wonders whether the traumatised streets of Athens might inspire Documenta to challenge our understanding of the global moment

Pravdoliub Ivanov – Oliver Basciano on the Bulgarian artist whose work suffuses the stuff of everyday life with unresolved geopolitical tensions and anxieties

Peter Friedl – As reality begins to quietly unravel through this artist’s staging, re-staging and de-staging of history, Raimar Stange wonders whether his frustrated narratives point to a way beyond posttruth

Ergonomic Futures – An excerpt from Tyler Coburn’s ongoing multipart project looks through the lens of speculative evolution to investigate alternative scenarios for imagining new types of bodies

Our columnists have their say…

Jonathan T.D. Neil on how the Trump administration will be defunding all that is good in life; Maria Lind on the importance of cultivating the counterintuitive in art in times of political panic; J.J. Charlesworth on the Dana Schutz controversy and whether an artist’s colour should limit the subjects they can represent; and Heather Phillipson on de-zoning in a busy metropolis

Reviews from around the world...

Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern, London, by Matthew McLean
Babette Mangolte at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, by Stefanie Hessler
Moshe Ninio at Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, by Ory Dessau
Sean Snyder at Galerie Neu, Berlin, by Mark Prince
Spencer Sweeney at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, by John Quin
Laure Prouvost at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, by Dominic van den Boogerd
Philippe Parreno at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, by Justin Jaeckle
Michael Krebber at Kunsthalle Bern, by Aoife Rosenmeyer
Klara Kristalova at Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, by Jacquelyn Davis
Roger Ballen at Istanbul Modern, by Sarah Jilani
Sarah Pichlkostner at Josh Lilley, London, by Robert Barry
COUM Transmissions at Humber Street Gallery, Hull, by John Quin
Simon Dybbroe Møller at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, by Laura Smith
The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary, by Ben Eastham
Field Work at Tiwani Contemporary, London, by Gabriel Coxhead
Maria Hupfield at The Power Plant, Toronto, by Bill Clarke
Thomson & Craighead at Young Projects, Los Angeles, by Jonathan T. D. Neil
Judith Bernstein at The Box, Los Angeles, by Jonathan Griffin
Holton Rower at Venus LA Los Angeles, by Lindsay Zappas
Lynn Hershman Leeson at Bridget Donahue, New York, by Jeppe Ugelvig
Jordan Kasey at Nicelle Beauchene, New York, by Owen Duffy
Gladys Nilsson at Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, by Ashton Cooper
Sadie Barnette at Baxter St Camera Club of New York, by Sam Korman
Cynthia Daignault at Flag Art Foundation, New York, by Scott Indrisek
Hellen Ascoli & Jay Sullivan at Concepción 41, Antigua, Guatemala, by Laura A. L. Wellen
Yoshua Okón at Parque Galería, Mexico City, by Laura A. L. Wellen

Books…

Imagine Wanting Only This, by Kristen Radtke
Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D, by David Kushner and Koren Shadmi
South and West: From a Notebook, by Joan Didion
Ren Hang, edited by Dian Hanson

Plus…

Socrates talks to Matthew Collings about spatial ideas in painting and Nick Serota’s magnetism; a new strip inspired by the life and work of Federico García Lorca, by Tobias Tak; and a new episode of A Curator Writes in which I.Kurator fins himself fearing for his life after receiving a ‘special’ note from one of his fans…

Not forgetting... 

Book reviews of Joan Didion’s South and West: From a Notebook, Ren Hang’s monograph edited by Dian Hanson, and more