ArtReview October 2017

Featuring sixty years of the Situationist International, Tal R on superficiality, the future China of Cixin Liu, Lucas Arruda’s landscapes, international exhibition reviews and previews, opinion, book reviews, The Strip, I. Kurator and more

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On the cover: The Situationist International at 60

Sixty years after Guy Debord, joined by a group of artists, thinkers and revolutionaries, established the Situationist International, the forms of advanced capitalism they critiqued - commodity fetishism, social alienation and the replacement of significance by spectacle - have become the bedrock of twenty-first-century society. So what is their legacy today? McKenzie Wark weighs things up.

Tal R

While the marketing of desire, seduction and sexual gratification is the ostensible subject of Tal R's latest depictions of sexshop facades, the Copenhagen-based painter's interest in the shops themselves goes no further than their surface and status as signs. Mark Rappolt talks to the artist about how painting can make the superficial substantial.

Zhongguo 2185

As a new exhibition takes its inspiration from the future China imagined in Cixin Liu's first (unpublished) novel, Mingwei Song looks at the significance of Liu's novel and the role of science fiction in contemporary China generally, and in its art specifically.

Lucas Arruda

Oliver Basciano looks at the São Paulo-based artist's representations of landscapes, seascapes and the atmosphere itself. Is romanticism in painting more than simply a thing of the past?

Our columnists have their say...

Jonathan T.D. Neil finds it hard to shed a tear for the hardships of mid-tier galleries, Maria Lind thinks that the skilled work of the human hand is making a comeback in the postdigital age, while J.J. Charlesworth asks whether the growing interest in the strange technology of blockchain and cryptocurrency presages the dematerialisation of the art market.

Previews

Martin Herbert's pick of ten must-see exhibitions in October - in London, Zürich, Amsterdam, Lyon, Berlin, Los Angeles, Rome and New York

Reviews

Arthur Jafa at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, by J.J. Charlesworth

Krzysztof Wodiczko at National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, by Mark Rappolt

Richard Deacon at Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, by Robert Barry

Michael E. Smith at S.M.A.K., Ghent, by Sam Steverlynck
Steps to Aeration at Tanya Leighton, Berlin, by Martin Herbert
Christopher Wool at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, by Mark Prince
Kara Walker at Deste Project Space Slaughterhouse, Hydra, by Caroline Elbaor
Fade in 2: Ext. Modernist Home - Night at Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković, Belgrade, by Fi Churchman
Malin Gabriella Nordin at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm, by Jacquelyn Davis
Ungestalt at Kunsthalle Basel, by Aoife Rosenmeyer
In Case There's a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes at Raven Row, London, by Gabriel Coxhead
Jennifer Tee at Kunstraum, London, by Ben Eastham
Soul of a Nation at Tate Modern, London, by Jeremy Atherton Lin
True Faith at Manchester Art Gallery, by John Quin
Zarouhie Abdalian at LAXART, Los Angeles, by Jonathan Griffin
Theodora Allen at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, by Andrew Berardini
Sam Davis and Paul Salveson at Awhrhwar, Los Angeles, by Lindsay Preston Zappas
Elaine, Let's Get the Hell Out of Here at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, by Cat Kron
Megan Marrin at David Lewis, New York, by Ashton Cooper
Frestas Trienal at SESC Sorocaba and other venues, by Tobi Maier

Books...

UFO Drawings from the National Archives, by David Clarke
The Origin of Others, by Toni Morrison
After Kathy Acker, by Chris Kraus
Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy, by Dave Hickey

Plus...

A new strip by German artist Birgit Weyhe offers a childhood memory of death, African dictators and chameleons, while in the latest instalment of A Curator Writes, I. Kurator gets a testy response from fellow curators when he announces his new Large International Exhibition, 'Manifester'.