April 2015

Features include: Koki Tanaka, Gregor Schneider, Renzo Martens, Renata Lucas, Africa - Art in Context V: Ibrahim El-Salahi


In Art Previewed

Ten April exhibitions you won’t want to miss, by Martin Herbert:

William Pope.L at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Esther Schipper, Berlin

Liz Larner at the Modern Institute, Glasgow

KRIWET at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles

Frances Stark at Greengrassi, London

Richard Prince at Blum & Poe, Tokyo

Peter Land at Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

Cathy Wilkes at Tate Liverpool

Athanasios Argianas at On Stellar Rays, New York

Jan Fabre at MuHKA, Antwerp

Points of View – our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond:

A new column by artist and author of Savage Messiah, Laura Oldfield Ford

J.J. Charlesworth public–private funding partnerships

Maria Lind on ‘cosmism’ and contemporary art

Sam Jacob on the reality TV mashup of the pop-cultural and the Paleolithic

Laura McLean-Ferris on how social media might take some of the horror out of social dance

Mike Watson on whether zombie abstraction is something more than just the product of a vacuous sociopolitical landscape

Lucas Ospina on the Guernica effect

Jonathan Grossmalerman visits the Armory Show

Karen Archey on Berlin off-space New Theater

Great Critics and Their Ideas: Jean Baudrillard on Chinese art depicting Mao ironically, interviewed by Matthew Collings

Other People and Their Ideas: Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation, interviewed by Tom Eccles

In Art Featured

Koki Tanaka

As the Japanese artist prepares to celebrate being named Deutsche Bank’s ‘artist of the year’ with a survey exhibition in Berlin, he discusses the pressures of art history, working with communities, the ‘Fukushima effect’ and how to sell palm fronds. By Hou Hanru

Gregor Schneider

The German artist’s ‘unheimlich’ interventions in the domestic environment have seen him take the rubble of Goebbels’s birthplace to Poland, hide a synagogue in the suburbs and tunnel into the hidden spaces of a museum. By Ory Dessau

Renzo Martens

How the Dutch provocateur launched an independent cultural economy with plantation workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. By J.J. Charlesworth

Renata Lucas

The Rio-based artist makes subtle changes to public space in order to sketch links between the urban fabric and political/economic power. By Oliver Basciano

Africa, Art in Context V: Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Sudan-born artist discusses the role of art in the social and political life of his homeland. Interview by Mark Rappolt

In Art Reviewed

Adventures of the Black Square, at Whitechapel Gallery, London

Koen van den Broek, at Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels

Mathieu Mercier, at Mfc-Michele Didier, Paris

Et in Libertalia Ego: A Project by Mathieu Briand, at La Maison Rouge, Paris

Darren Almond / Carl Blechen at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Ákos Birkás, at Eigen + Art, Leipzig

Angelo Plessas, at the Breeder, Athens

Sanja Iveković, Franco Vaccari, at P420 Arte Contemporanea, Bologna

Ana Prada at Galeria Estrany de la Mota, Barcelona

Chromophobia, at Gagosian Gallery, Geneva

Daniel Silver, at Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square, London

History Is Now: 7 Artists Take On Britain, at Hayward Gallery, London

Nil Yalter, at MOT International, London

Marlie Mul, at Vilma Gold, London

green postcard, at Ibid., London

Luis Camnitzer, at Alexander Gray Associates, New York

Ryan McNamara, at Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Lucy Skaer, at Murray Guy, New York, and Peter Freeman, Inc, New York

Alec Soth, at Sean Kelly, New York

Charles Atlas, at Luhring Augustine, New York

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, at Sculpture Center, New York

Carlos Bunga and Olivier Mosset, at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles

Michael Parker, at Human Resources Los Angeles

Amilcar de Castro, at Galeria Marília Razuk, São Paulo

La Llamada del Dios Extraño, at Diéresis, Guadalajara

Gary Carsley, at Grey Projects, Singapore

Come to [what] end?, at Sàn Art, Ho Chi Minh City


Leonora: A Novel, by Elena Poniatowska; Room 225–6, by Karsten Schubert; The Long March of Pop: Art, Music and Design 1930–1995, by Thomas Crow; Facing the Music, a project by Allan Sekula, edited by Edward Dimendberg

The Strip: A new work from Malcy Duff, introduced by Paul Gravett

Off the Record: Gallery Girl – in Germany