Summer 2015

In this issue: Geta Brătescu, Akram Zaatari, Doug Aitken, Lutz Bacher, Now Wash Your Hands: a short history of dirt and germs in contemporary art; Fashion  and Feminism and more…


In Art Previewed

Ten Summer exhibitions you won’t want to miss, in Chicago, Moss, New York, Hydra, Athens, London, Paris and São Paulo, by Martin Herbert:

Charles Ray, Art Institute of Chicago

Momentum 8, various venues, Moss

Olaf Breuning, Metro Pictures, New York

Paul Chan, Deste Project Space, Slaughterhouse, Hydra

Terrapolis, Neon, Athens (at the French School)

Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Corin Sworn, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Alex Israel, Almine Rech, Paris

Will Benedict, Bortolami, New York

Carlos Bevilacqua, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo

Mona Hatoum, Centre Pompidou, Paris

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

Maria Lind on male melancholia and maximising the minimal, in Venice and Hong Kong; J.J. Charlesworth on the end of human experience; Laura McLean-Ferris on whether comedy can be a form of art; Lucas Ospina on curating and public relations, in 33 theses; Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung on postcolonial legacies at the Belgian Pavilion in Venice; Laura Oldfield Ford on a walk around the North Circular road, triggering memories of London’s past; Jonathan Grossmlaerman on getting things done; and Daniel Elsea on Guangzhou off-space Mirrored Gardens.

Great Critics and Their Ideas: Mehmet II, the Great Conqueror, on the Venice Biennale, interviewed by Matthew Collings

In Art Featured

Geta Bratescu

For over six decades the Romanian artist has produced work, often under testing conditions, that is by turns humble, playful and heroic, but always human. By Helen Sumpter

Now Wash Your Hands

When does cleanliness become sterility, and hygiene inhumanity? A short history of dirt and germs in contemporary art. By Chris Fite-Wassilak

Akram Zaatari

What is a photograph and how does it affect the way we read history? Through his art and archiving activity, the Lebanese artist uses media to make sense of our present circumstances. By Oliver Basciano

Doug Aitken

Exploring definitions of humanity, community and the exhibition, the American artist arrives for a Summer in Europe, with a survey show at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle and Station to Station, a 30-day ‘happening’ at London’s Barbican Centre. By Andrew Berardini

Lutz Bacher

Probing the politics of gender through decades of shape-shifting and self-effacement, the American artist has always been hiding in plain view. By Martin Herbert

Fashion / Feminism

The urge to make women look pleasing and the urge to break them out of the habit of pleasing – just two of the seemingly irreconcilable driving forces of, respectively, fashion and feminism. And yet feminism is fashionable. So is feminism still feminism when it is sexed up? By Clara Young

In Art Reviewed

Reviews from around the world

PULP Festival, at la Ferme du Buisson, Paris

Artists and Poets, at Secession, Vienna

Pierre Bismuth, at Jan Mot, Brussels

For Real, at Kamel Mennour, Paris

The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s, at Hamburger Kunsthalle

Yngve Holen, at Galerie Neu, Berlin

Sequences VII, at various venues, Reyjavík

Martial Raysse, Palazzo Grassi, Venice

Intelligent Machinery, at Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

Sergei Tcherepnin, at Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw

Ali Emir Tapan, at Galerist, Istanbul

Rupert Ackroyd, at Marsden Woo Gallery, London

The Symptom of Art, at Cabinet, London

Five Issues of Studio International, at Raven Row, London

David Douard, at Union Pacific, London

Adam Pendleton, at Pace, London

Kapwani Kiwanga, at South London Gallery

Maud Sulter, at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

Doris Salcedo, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Mark Ruwedel, at Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica

Luis Roldán, at Henrique Faria Fine Art, New York

Elizabeth Orr, at Bodega, New York

Hank Willis Thomas, at Jack Shaimman Gallery, New York

Brian Maguire, at Fergus McCaffrey, New York

Josephine Pryde, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco

Francis Alÿs, at Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City

Cao Guimarães, at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo

Kyle Morland, at Blank Projects, Cape Town


Hollywood Action Films and Spatial Theory, by Nick Jones

Art Workers: Material Conditions and Labour Struggles in Contemporary Art Practice, edited by Erik Krikortz, Airi Triisberg and Minna Henriksson

Headless: A Novel, by K.D.

Works of Game: On the Aesthetics of Games and Art, by John Sharp

The Strip: A new work from Woodrow Phoenix, introduced by Paul Gravett

Off the Record: Gallery Girl – against Art Basel