October 2016

Featuring Siobhán Hapaska, Wael Shawky, robertlongo, Shadi Habib Allah, art in the Thai city of Chiang Mai and more


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.