September 2014

The third of our annual focuses on the South American city, including: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Art, Urbanism, Modernism, Power…, Arto Lindsay, Cultures and Vultures, Artist Project: Felipe Ehrenberg, Fi Fa Fo Fum, Artist Project: Daniel Lima. Plus: Yevgenia Belorusets, Graham Harman: Art Without Relations, Artist Project: Meriç Algün Ringborg, A Work of Fiction

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In Art Previewed


Ten exhibitions on through September you want to miss: Taipei Biennial; Gwangju Biennale; From All Sides: Tansaekhwa on Abstraction at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Nel Aerts at Carl Freedman, London; Cildo Meireles at Luisa Strina, São Paulo; Here and Elsewhere at New Museum, New York; Broomberg & Chanarin at Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Marine Hugonnier at Baltic, Newcastle; Daniel Buren at Baltic, Newcastle; ABC: Art Berlin Contemporary; Cally Spooner at GB Agency, Paris. By Martin Herbert

Points of View: Our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond: Jonathan T.D. Neil on whether art is good, or just valuable; David Claerbout on the performed video; J.J. Charlesworth on cultural boycotts; Maria Lind on the contemporary need for depth, continuity and pleasure; Mark Sladen on information flow in the work of Aaron Flint Jamison; Oliver Basciano on the moral panic surrounding the proposed recreation of Kongolandsbyen; Hettie Judah on ancient cheese networks and monasteries for the modern age; Jonathan Grossmalerman on how to put out a fire in the studio; Karen Archey on off-space the Suburban, in Oak Park, Illinois.

Great Critics and Their Ideas

P.D. Ouspensky discusses Theosophy, Suprematism, Futurism, Constructivism and Productionism. Interview by Matthew Collings

Other People and Their Ideas

Philosopher Graham Harman discusses his thinking around ‘object-oriented ontology’ and speculative realism. Interview by J.J. Charlesworth

Great Curators and Their Ideas

Charles Esche, curator of the São Paulo Bienal, tells ArtReview how he and his team plan to fill the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion. Interview by Oliver Basciano

The Law and Its Ideas

In the eighth in our series of legal issues that shed light on the often-opaque relationships that underpin the art market, Daniel McClean discusses the case of Damien Hirst’s removed spot painting, Bombay Mix.

In Art Featured

Brazil

The third of our annual focuses on the South American city, including:

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

We profile the Brazil-based artist whose diverse body of work brings together radical anthropology, warped reweavings of the modernist grid and a fascination with the stick-insect family. By Chris Sharp

Art, Urbanism, Modernism, Power…

Claire Rigby discusses how the successes and failures, myths and realities of Brazilian urbanism have come to shape the discourse of so much of its contemporary art.

Arto Lindsay

The American musician and artist discusses how he was drawn into the world of blocos afros, carnavalescos and Bahaian carnival in general, and into a collaboration with Matthew Barney along the way. Interview by Tobi Maier

Cultures and Vultures

Oliver Basciano takes a trip to the northeast of Brazil, to meet artists Berna Reale, Armando Queiroz, Alexandre Sequeira, Thiago Martins de Melo and Éder Oliveira, and discovers that they do things differently there.

Artist Project: Felipe Ehrenberg, Fi Fa Fo Fum

Mail art pioneer Felipe Ehrenberg responds to ArtReview’s request to create a World Cup diary. With an interview by Oliver Basciano

Artist Project: Daniel Lima

The São Paulo-based artist and member of the collectives Frente 3 de Fevereiro, Política do Impossível and CoLaboratório mediates on art, race, politics and cultural institutions.

PLUS:

Yevgenia Belorusets

Despite a focus on difficult and complex situations, the Ukrainian artist’s photographs are devoid of voyeurism or ‘misery tourism’. By Raimar Stange

Graham Harman: Art Without Relations

The philosopher posits what it is about speculative realism that artists are finding so irresistible at the moment.

Artist Project: Meriç Algün Ringborg, A Work of Fiction

The Turkish-born artist creates a text for ArtReview that is composed entirely from word-usage sentences appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Things to do with ArtReview!

In the first in an occasional series, ArtReview selects the shows to see in Copenhagen and beyond during CHART art fair (29–31 August).

In Art Reviewed

Reviews from the UK, USA, Europe and the Rest of the World

UK

The Shape of a Right Statement at Cubitt Gallery, London; Pablo Bronstein: Recent History at Herald St, London; Play What’s Not There at Raven Row, London; Adriana Varejão: Carnivorous at Victoria Miro Mayfair, London; Enantiodromia at Fold Gallery, London; A.R. Hopwood: False Memory Archive at Freud Museum and Carroll/Fletcher Project Space, London; Melanie Smith at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Corin Sworn at Inverleith House, Edinburgh.

USA

Larry Clark: they thought i were but i aren’t anymore… at Luhring Augustine, New York; Chatbots, Tongues, Denial, and Various Other Abstractions at Bortolami, New York; Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tara Donovan at Pace, New York; Made in L.A. 2014 at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jon Rafman: Hope Springs Eternal at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran / Projects Libralato, Toronto; Tony Greene: Room of Advances at MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; David Hendren: Echo’s Drift at 5 Car Garage and Anna Meliksetian/MJBriggs, Los Angeles.

Europe

Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Venice Architecture Biennale; Enchanted: The Poetics of Wonder at Furini Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo; Susan Philipsz: The Distant Sound at various venues, Norway, Sweden and Denmark; Andreas Angelidakis: Every End Is a Beginning at EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Festival International d’Art de Toulouse at various venues, Toulouse; Liam Gillick: From 199C to 199D at Le Magasin, Grenoble; Manifesta 10 at State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; Michael Krebber: Systemic Relevance at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin; Vito Acconci: Now and Then at Grieder Contemporary, Zürich.

Rest of the world

Bayrol Jiménez: El Peso Muerto de los Días Perdidos at Luis Adelantado, Mexico City; A Room Not of One’s Own at Space Station, Beijing.

Books

The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Omni, edited by Jeremy Frommer and Rick Schwartz; Mapping It Out: An Alternative History of Contemporary Cartographies, edited by Hans Ulrich Obrist; #ACCELERATE: The Accelerationist Reader, edited by Robin Mackay & Arman Avanessian; You Are Here: Art After the Internet, edited by Omar Kholeif.

The Strip: A new work from Matilda Tristram, introduced by Paul Gravett.

Off the Record: Gallery Girl – in Brazil