ArtReview May 2017

As the Venice Biennale opens, we consider the work of Mark Bradford, Geoffrey Farmer and Samson Young, three artists who in different ways reflect on sociability and social engagement as tools in art


In this issue...

Martin Herbert’s pick of ten must-see May exhibitions – in London, Dublin, Rome, Brussels, Paris, Los Angeles, Berlin, New York and Venice

Mark BradfordJonathan Griffin hears from the LA-based artist why his first instinct was to decline the invitation to represent the US at Venice this year

Geoffrey FarmerCraig Burnett looks for the source of the artist’s fountain for the Canadian Pavilion, and finds Allen Ginsberg and a violent collision

Marion BaruchMartin Herbert writes of the artist’s fortuitous encounter with a sack of fabric remnants, and her subsequent discovery of the rich potential to be found in the void

Samson YoungMark Rappolt listens to the seeming innocence, romanticism and sinister expressions of power in the Hong Kong artist’s sound, performance and video works

Great Critics and Their Ideas – Mary the Mother of God talks to Matthew Collings about free speech, LD50 Gallery and Damien Hirst

Our columnists have their say…

J.J. Charlesworth argues that Documenta’s engagement with Athens echoes the crisis of democracy in Greece and the EU, while Maria Lind discovers an artist whose use of metals and minerals bring the digital and the virtual back into touch with materiality

Reviews

Richard Mosse at the Barbican Centre, London, by Ben Eastham

Jesse Darling at Galerie Sultana, Paris, by Violaine Boutet de Monvel

Michael Sailstorfer at König Galerie, Berlin, by John Quin

Ned Vena at Société, Berlin, by Mark Prince

Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani at Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome, by Mike Watson

Colori: Emotions of Color in Art at GAM, Turin, and Castello di Rivoli, by Hettie Judah

BOCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts at various venues, Lisbon and Porto, by Justin Jaeckle

Mihai Olos at MNAC Central, Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, by Phoebe Blatton

Andrea Büttner with David Raymond Conroy at Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, by Aoife Rosenmeyer

These Rotten Words at Chapter, Cardiff, by Lizzie Lloyd

Franki Raffles at Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, by Susannah Thompson

Maeve Brennan at Chisenhale Gallery, London, by Louise Darblay

Knut Henrik Henriksen at Hollybush Gardens, London, by Chris Fite-Wassilak

Jaki Irvine at Frith Street Gallery, London, by Alice Hattrick

Irma Blank at Alison Jacques Gallery, London, by Gabriel Coxhead

Ewa Axelrad at The Ryder Projects, London, by Fi Churchman

Would You Rather... at BBQLA, Los Angeles, by Lindsay Preston Zappas

Derya Akay at Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles, by Andrew Berardini

Juan Antonio Olivares at Off Vendome, New York, by Oliver Basciano

Dara Friedman at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, by Brienne Walsh

Sue Williams at 303 Gallery, New York, by Ashton Cooper

Korakrit Arunanondchai at Clearing, New York, by Jeppe Ugelvig

Wong Kit Yi at P!, New York, by Owen Duffy

Jennie Jieun Lee at The Pit, Los Angeles, by Jennifer S. Li

Alexandre da Cunha at Pivô, São Paulo, by Nathalia Lavigne

Art Life - In our regular city round-up, Sam Korman considers art showing across New York, where the controversies of the current Whitney Biennial continue to reverberate

Books…

Flows and Counterflows: Globalisation in Contemporary Art, by Marcus Verhagen

The Debutante and Other Stories, by Leonora Carrington

Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life, by Nato Thompson

One and Five Ideas: On Conceptual Art and Conceptualism, by Terry Smith

Plus…

A new strip by Olivier Kugler draws on the artist’s reportage-style observation of the lives of Syrian refugees; and in the latest instalment of A Curator Writes, I. Kurator speeds from Berlin to Athens on the back of a motorcycle possibly driven by Greece’s former finance minister…

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