Jeremy Deller interviewed: ahead of his opening as Britain’s representative at this year’s Venice Biennale, artist Jeremy Deller – creator of collaborative art projects including Acid Brass (1997), The Battle of Orgreave (2001) and Stonehenge bouncy castle Sacrilege (2012) – talks to Mark Rappolt for ArtReview.
Jeremy Deller’s Great Britons: Jeremy Deller guest-edits a special features section highlighting some of his own favourite creatives, including former coal miner turned flamboyant wrestler Adrian Street, boundary-pushing film director Ken Russell and Britain’s earliest Stone Age artists, plus portraits of bat-fan Deller’s favourite web-winged flying mammals.
Anri Sala’s Venice pavilion swop explored: In the Venice Biennale’s first national pavilion swop, France and Germany switch exhibition venues, with French representative Anri Sala creating an audio-visual installation in the German pavilion. ArtReview explores both Sala’s masterly musical work and the complex history behind the two countries’ transnational exchange. By Christopher Mooney.
Venice Biennale Bahamas’ representative Tavares Strachan interviewed: Nassau-born, New York-based Tavares Strachan is the first artist to show in a national Bahamas pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Strachan talks to ArtReview about his multi-faceted work exploring climate change, frontier exploration and cultural difference via neon sculpture, cloned polar ice chunks and a Nassau school choir performing an ancient Inuit hunting song. By Christian Viveros-Fauné.
City Focus: New York (Part two): In the second of a two-part focus on New York’s contemporary art scene, ArtReview explores Manhattan’s Lower East Side. By Jonathan T.D. Neil. Photography by Frances F. Deny.
In Great Minds, as a selection of work form his collection goes on show at the Hague, US-based, Dutch art collector Bert Kreuk talks to Mark Rappolt about what motivates him and what he thinks a public showing of his work can achieve; the authors of Genesis – the first book of the Bible talk to Matthew Collings on topics including Noah’s Ark and this year’s Turner Prize shortlist. In the Comic Strip Strasbourg School of Decorative Arts educated Marion Fayolle previews new strip ‘The Collector’.
In Reviews, current and recent exhibitions including Laure Prouvost at Whitechapel Gallery; Julia Wachtel at Vilma Gold; Wiliam E. Jones at Modern Institute, Glasgow; Zilia Sánchez at Artists Space, New York; Kaz Oshiro at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; Chris Burden at Magazin 3, Stockholm; Franz West at MUMOK, Vienna, and The Insides Are on the Outside at Casa de Vidro, Sau Paulo, and Books including Bas Jan Ader: Death is Elsewhere, Cornelia Parker and Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet.