ArtReview December 2017

Featuring Tomás Saraceno, Kenan Malik on cultural appropriation, Carol Rhodes, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Georgia Sagri, international exhibition reviews and previews, opinion, book reviews, The Strip, I. Kurator and more


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Inside this issue

On the cover: Tomás Saraceno

As artists respond to the possibility of global environmental chaos, Mark Rappolt examines Tomás Saraceno’s Aerocene project, one of the artist’s most ambitious imaginings yet

The Truth about 'Cultural Appropriation'
With controversies over cultural appropriation regularly in the headlines, Kenan Malikargues that trying to control what culture artists can and cannot use is bad news for political interaction and artistic imagination

Power in Black and White
In an America where the dividing line of race is now a cultural and artistic flashpoint, Jonathan T.D. Neil searches for a path beyond both pluralism and white privilege

Carol Rhodes
‘Rhodes’s landscapes are unlocatable because they are fantastical... They are “nowhere places”.’ Mark Prince reflects on the Edinburgh-born, Bengal-raised painter’s works as parables of the limits of information

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Ramírez-Figueroa’s work is queer in the widest possible sense of that word - dissolving binary oppositions while embracing the strange, the odd, the peculiar and the confounding. Linda Taylor looks at the confluence of contradictions in the work of the Guatemala-born artist

Georgia Sagri
Fresh from a demonstration/declaration/breathing chorus plus presentation of sculptures at Documenta in Athens and Kassel simultaneously, in which orgasm was the organising principal, the New York- and Athens-based artist talks to Ross Simonini


Martin Herbert picks ten must-see exhibitions in December – in Paris, New York, London, Brussels, Bamako, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Düsseldorf; Under the Paving Stones - Sam Korman wanders in Chicago; and a new strip by José Luis Pescador

Reviews from around the world including
Torbjørn Rødland at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London; Basquiat at The Barbican, London; Marc Camille Chaimowicz at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover; the 14th Lyon Biennale, various venues; Lucio Fontana at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Power and other things: Indonesia & Art (1835–Now) at Bozar, Brussels; Black + Brown People | White Problems at Samsøñ, Boston; Sheila Hicks at Alison Jacques, London; Allora & Calzadillaat Lisson Gallery, London; Jack Whitten at Hauser & Wirth, London; and more

Rebuffed by his handsome assistant Rodolf, ArtReview’s columnist I. Kurator wonders what Martin Kippenberger would have made of the artworld today