ArtReview April 2017

Featuring Nil Yalter, Peter Friedl, Pravdoliub Ivanov, a survey of Athens ahead of Documenta, an artist project by Tyler Coburn on speculative evolution and more

Issue


In this issue

Martin Herbert’s pick of ten must-see April exhibitions – in Kassel, Basel, Stockholm, New York, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow and Milan

Nil YalterMark Rappolt finds a nexus of political, economic, feminist and migrant issues – and an inherent empathy – in the work of the Turkish-French artist

Athenian PanopticonIason 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

Great Critics and Their Ideas  Socrates talks to Matthew Collings about spatial ideas in painting and Nick Serota’s magnetism

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

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 Preston 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…

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…