Inside this issue
Martin Herbert’s pick of ten must-see October exhibitions – in London, New York, Antwerp, Paris, Turin, Bonn, Stockholm, Mexico City, and Montréal
Siobhán Hapaska – Helen Sumpter meets with the London-based sculptor to discuss the value of art that withholds meaning and the power that lies in this resistance.
Wael Shawky – In linking fiction to fact across two sprawling film trilogies and many related works, the Egyptian artist makes his case for history to be treated as a work of art. By Mark Rappolt
Atmospheres of the Image – Jonathan T. D. Neil looks at a new exhibition linking Robert Longo’s post-9/11 work with masterpieces by Goya and Eisenstein.
Shadi Habib Allah – In videos, soundworks and installations that range in subject from conflict and statehood in the Middle East to the workplace of a Miami auto mechanic, Oliver Basciano finds that the artist is consistently unsensational in his empathetic presentation of diverse social ecologies.
Chiang Mai – As Thailand's first high-profile contemporary art museum opens, Adeline Chia takes a look at its colder, wetter, buzzier city than Bangkok, and its grassroots art scene.
Artist project – With lyrics from their band Das Hund and photography from before and after this year’s Glastonbury Festival – during which Britain voted to leave the EU – Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski capture the sweep from summer solstice and a strawberry moon to the widespread despondence and gloom among festivalgoers returning home to Brexit.
Points of View – our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond
J.J. Charlesworth on Berlin’s Volksbühne controversy and the arrogance of the global artistic elite; lawyer Daniel McClean on the Peter Doig trial and proving a negative; Jonathan Grossmalerman on getting higher than he's ever been; and the first in a series of columns by artist Heather Phillipson, on love, havoc and man’s best friend.
David Bowie, discusses his art collection and the inanity of trying to find hidden meanings within works, interview by Matthew Collings
The artistic director of this year’s Gwangju Biennale Maria Lind talks to Mark Rappolt about what makes a good biennial, the importance of indeterminacy, teamwork, and her own methodology for getting all this biennial-organising business done...
Exhibitions from around the world
Mamma Andersson & Tal R at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, by Oliver Basciano
Mario García Torres at TBA21, Vienna, by Kimberly Bradley
Luc Tuymans at Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerp, by Sam Steverlynck
Mika Rottenberg at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, by Violaine Boutet de Monvel
Great Animal Orchestra at Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, by Orit Gat
Thomas Struth at Martin-Gropius-Bau, by Mark Prince
Ryan Gander at Esther Schipper, Berlin, by Louisa Elderton
A World Not Ours at Art Space Pythagorion, Samons, by Louise Darblay
Che il vero possa confutare il falso (That the True Might Refute the False), various venues, Siena, by Mike Watson
Nástio Mosquito at Fondazione Prada, Milan, by Mike Watson
Daniel Gordon at BolteLang, Zürich, by Aoife Rosenmeyer
Wolfgang Tillmans at Maureen Paley, London, by Dan Udy
Joseph Grigely at Marian Goodman, London, by Chris Fite-Wassilak
Hiraki Sawa at Parafin, London, by Dean Kissick
Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern, London, by Gabriel Coxhead
Armen Eloyan at Timothy Tyalor Gallery, London, by Helen Sumpter
Richard Demarco and Joseph Beuys at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, by Susannah Thompson
Theaster Gates at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, by Bill Clarke
Kenneth Tam at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, by Ciara Moloney
Peter Alexander at Parrasch Heijnen, Los Angeles, by Larry Wilcox
Alex Da Corte at Hammer Museum at Art + Practice, Los Angeles, by Andrew Berardini
The Propeller Group at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, by Sara Cluggish
Alma Thomas at The Studio Museum in Harlem, by Joshua Mack
Leslie Thornton at Southfirst, Brooklyn, by Wendy Vogel
Vivian Suter & Elisabeth Wild at Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, by Laura A.L. Wellen
Beyond Lawn and Order at José García, Mexico City, by Kim Córdova
alma: Acervo Gentil at A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, by Claire Rigby
Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Maiiam Museum of Contemporary Art, Chiang Mai, by Adeline Chia
Known and Strange Things, by Teju Cole
Publication, by David Lamelas
How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Art, by David Salle
Gay Semiotics: A Photographic Study of Visual Coding Among Homosexual Men, by Hal Fischer
A new comic strip by Chantal Montellier, introduced by Paul Gravett.
The latest adventure of our backpage columnist and favourite moonlighting curator, I. Kurator, in which he finds himself running a guerrilla seminar with Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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