April 2016

Featuring: Eva Kot’átková, How to act: art and activism in the Czech Republic, Thomas Bayrle, Runo Lagomarsino; an artist project by Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski; plus a new backpage column by I Kurator, books and exhibtion reviews from around the world...


Inside the issue

A guide to the ten must-see exhibitions this month, in London, Berlin, Paris, Essen, Wien Sheffield, São Paulo, New York and Milan, by Martin Herbert.

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

Jonathan T. D. Neil on radical politics and slowing markets; Maria Lind, curator of the next Gwangju Biennale, on Christopher Kulendran Thomas at the Dhaka Art Summit; novelist and Charlie Hebdo columnist Marie Darrieussecq on freedom of speech in the French capital; Mike Watson reflects on processes of nationbuilding through Santiago Sierra’s Black Flag project; J.J. Charlesworth agrees to disagree on the removal of public statues and opinion-shaming; and Jonathan Grossmalerman has a decision-making dilemma.

Great Critics and Their Ideas: Anthony Trollope on hedge-fund art collections, Karl Marx and the ruminations of Merlin Carpenter, interview by Matthew Collings


Mark Rappolt finds surreal perversity and darkly comic humour in the work of Czech artist Eva Kot’átkova.

How to act: in the first of a series of articles looking at art's pretensions to activism, Tomáš Pospiszyl investigates the relationship as it is manifested (or not) in contemporary art in the Czech Republic.

Over the past few decades, German artist Thomas Bayrle has quietly laid the seeds for much of what fascinates us about contemporary art's engagement with the worlds of popular culture, standardisation and global culture today. Martin Herbert learns to appreciate the art of transcendent boredom.

Runo Lagomarsino sharpens his attack on the Eurocentric gaze in works that make the personal highly political. By Oliver Basciano

An ongoing project by artists Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski reflects on the place of the artist in contemporary society.


Exhibitions reviews from around the world

Electronic Superhighway (2016–1966) at Whitechapel Gallery, London, by Helen Sumpter
Steve McQueen at Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, by Christopher Mooney
Rolf Julius at Galerie Thomas Bernard – Cortex Athletico, Paris, by Robert Barry
Tobias Madison at Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, by Raimar Stange
Panos Papadopoulos at Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, by Michelangelo
Erik van Lieshout at Pauluskerk, Rotterdam, by Dominic van den Boogerd
Margrét H. Blöndal at i8 Gallery, Reykyavik, by Markús Þór Andrésson
Judith Hopf at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, by Barbara Casavecchia
Alicja Kwade at TRAFO, Szczecin, by John Quin
Pipilotti Rist at Kunsthaus Zürich, by Aoife Rosenmeyer
Michael Simpson at Spike Island, Bristol, by David Trigg
Katrina Palmer at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, by Susannah Thompson
Michael Joo at Blain|Southern, London, by Mark Prince
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa at Gasworks, London, by Kiki Mazzucchelli
Stan Douglas at Victoria Miro Wharf Road, London, by Chris Fite-Wassilak
Things Fall Apart at Calvert 22, London, by Lara Pawson
SOS at Koppe Astner, Glasgow, by Lauren Dyer Amazeen
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy at Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, by Andrew Berardini
Margo Wolowiec at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, by Jonathan T. D. Neil
Bea Fremderman at Born Nude, Chicago, by Stephanie Cristello
Erin Shirreff at Alrbight-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, by Bill Clarke
Photo-Poetics at Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, by Siona Wilson
Laura Poitras at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, by Dan Udy
David Adamo at Peter Freeman, Inc, New York, by Jonathan T. D. Neil
Amy Sillman at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, by Laura McLean-Ferris
Sandra Cinto at Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, by Claire Rigby
Marrakech Biennale 6 at various venues, by Oliver Basciano

Book reviews

Adjusted Margin: Xerography, Art and Activism in the Late Twentieth Century, by Kate Eichhorn
The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians, by Annebella Pollen
Industry and Intelligence, by Liam Gillick
Drinks, by Dike Blair

The Strip: A New work by Alexander Tucker, introduced by Paul Gravett.

A Curator Writes: The first of a series of adventures by our new backpage columnist and moonlighting curator, I Kurator.