December 2015

In this issue: Tania Bruguera; Melanie Smith; JR; Reading the Air: atmosphere in art; Technology, feedback and exile in art and politics in Santiago de Chile; The Fall of the House of Daros


In Art Previewed

Ten December exhibitions you won’t want to miss, in Southend, Milan, New York, Istanbul, Berlin, Paris, Oxford, Guangzhou and Zurich, by Martin Herbert:

Duh? Art and Stupidity at Focal Point Gallery, Southend
Recto Verso at Fondazione Prada, Milan
Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum
John Hilliard at Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
John Giorno at Almine Rech Gallery, Paris
Donald Baechler at Cheim & Read, New York
Anne Hardy at Modern Art Oxford
1st Asia Biennial / Guangzhou Triennial
Šejla Kamerić at Arter, Istanbul
They Printed It! at Kunsthalle Zürich

Points of View – our writers on what’s happening in the artworld and beyond:

Jonathan T.D. Neil on contemporary stagnation; J.J. Charlesworth on why we can’t relax about the big spending at art auctions; Andrew Berardini on the Broad Museum and the mixed blessings of philanthropy in Los Angeles; Oliver Basciano on rewriting history and reinventing the past in contemporary Warsaw; Laura Oldfield Ford’s autumnal psychogeographic walk takes her from Caning Town to Barking; and Jonathan Grossmalerman discovers the risks of internet journalism and a bad signal.

Great Critics and Their Ideas: Baudelaire on the duty of art critics, interview by Matthew Collings.

Other People and Their Ideas: Lorenzo Fiaschi, co-director of Galleria Continua, talks about opening a new space in Havana, interview by Mark Rappolt.

In Art Featured

Tania Bruguera
Her performances and actions have made her one of the most influential Cuban artists of her generation. Here, she talks about the role of art in society, her recent detention and her longterm project to create a ‘useful’ art. Interview by Tom Eccles.

Technology, feedback and exile in art and politics in Santiago de Chile
Stefanie Hessler
looks back at the origins and forward to the legacies of Chile’s ‘lost generation’ of artists, whose activities were badly curtailed during Pinochet’s rule

Melanie Smith
The British artist who takes her adoptive Mexico City as a source of inspiration for her artwork, which often chases the legacies of Modernism and Postmodernism in Latin America and the themes of spectacle, entropy, destruction and reconstruction. By Chris Sharp

The Fall of the House of Daros
How the closure of the Rio base of one of the premier collections of and meeting places for Latin American contemporary art provides an opportunity to rethink what ‘Latin America’ means. By Lucas Ospina

The French street artist talks about graffiti, art and activism, operating illegally and how to stage a ballet in the Paris suburbs. Interview by Christopher Mooney

Reading the Air: atmosphere in art
Through the work of Anicka Yi, Michael E. Smith and Anne Imhof, Naomi Pearce describes the intangible responses to being in the presence of art.

An artist project by Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski

In Art Reviewed

Reviews from around the world

Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York, by Jonathan T.D. Neil
13th Lyon Biennale, by Oliver Basciano
Imran Qureshi, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, by Violaine Boutet de Monvel
Sofia Hultén, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, by Mark PrinceHito Steyerl, KOW, Berlin, by Raimar Stange
Chris Martin, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, by Sherman Sam
Fredrik Værslev, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, by Sara Cluggish
Susan Philipsz, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, and other venues, Genoa, by Barbara Casavecchia
XII Baltic Triennial, CAC, Vilnius, by Michelangelo Corsaro
6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Pavilion No.1, VDNKh, Moscow, by Sam Steverlynck
Merlin Carpenter, Kunsthalle Bern, by Aoife Rosenmeyer

Liquid Architecture 2015, various venues, Australia, by Stefanie Hessler
Gianni Colombo, Robilant + Voena, London, by Mark Rappolt
Kara Walker, Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London, by Louise Darblay
Willem Weismann, The Nunnery, London, by Charlie Fox
William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, by Chris Fite-Wassilak
Ai Weiwei, Royal Academy of Arts, London, by Helen Sumpter
Last Year’s Snow: The Hungarian Neo-Avant-Garde in the 1970s & 80s, Austin / Desmond Fine Art, London, by Gabriel Coxhead
Voces: Latin American Photography 1980–2015, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, by Kiki Mazzucchelli
Zhang Ding, ICA, London by Robert Barry

The Gap: Selected Abstract Art from Belgium, Parasol Unit, London, by J.J. Charlesworth
Ian Law, Rodeo, London, by Sean Ashton
Richard Hawkins, Richard Telles Fine Art and Jenny’s, Los Angeles, by Andrew Berardini
Frances Stark, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, by Jonathan Griffin
Ann Hirsch, Smart Objects, Los Angeles, by Dean Kissick
Jessica Stockholder, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, by Stephanie Cristello
Clement Siatous, Simon Preston Gallery, New York, by Joshua Mack
Nari Ward, Lehmann Maupin, New York, by Orit Gat
Justin Adian, Skarstedt, New York, by Iona Whittaker
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, by Gabriela Jauregui
34º Panorama da Arte Brasileira, MAM, São Paulo, by Camila Belchior
Li Wei, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing; Asia Now Paris Asia Art Fair, Paris, & A2Z Art Gallery, Paris, by Aimee Lin


Diary: How to Improve the World (You will Only Make Matters Worse), by John Cage
Nicotine, by Gregor Hens
NSK: From Kapital to Capital: An Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, edited by Zdenka Badovinac, Eda Čufer and Anthony Gardner
The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st Century Art World, by Roger White

The Strip: A new work by Marcel Ruijters, introduced by Paul Gravett

Off the Record: Gallery Girl at Tate Modern