September 2015

In this issue: Pablo Bronstein on Conservatism, Paul McCarthy, Amalia Ulman and the fourth of our annual focuses on Brazil - with Tamar Guimarães, Poema/Processo poetry movement, Mônica Nador, Ivan Grilo and an artist project by Gustavo Speridião


In Art Previewed

Ten September exhibitions you won’t want to miss, in Lyon, New York, London, Basel, Los Angeles, Malmö, Vienna, San Francisco, Berlin and Glasgow, by Martin Herbert:

Lyon Biennial
Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 at MoMA, New York
William Kentridge at Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Maryam Jafri at Kunsthalle Basel
Alex Hubbard at Maccarone, Los Angeles
Joan Jonas at Malmö Konsthall
Charlemagne Palestine at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Nicholas Nixon at Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Berlin Art Week
I Hope to God You’re Not As Dumb As You Make Out at Mary Mary, Glasgow

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

Mike Watson on how the Italian artworld is responding to issues of migration, race and identity; Laura Oldfield Ford’s psychogeographic walk through London's financial district; Maria Lind on Renate Lorenz and Pauline Boudry’s futuristic film about sexual difference; Sam Jacob on David Blandy’s Hercules on the Underground and London’s Crossrail project; Jonathan Grossmalerman on the millennial beauty flowering in the dirt of Bushwick borough; Jonathan T.D. Neil in favour of a better redistribution of money in US museums’ budgets; Lucas Ospina on the growing pains of an artist; and Bill Clarke on Toronto off-space 8-11.

Great Critics and Their Ideas: Friedrich Engels, the great founder of Marxism, on great women artists, interviewed by Matthew Collings

Other People and Their Ideas No 23: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, curator of this year’s Istanbul Biennial, on traversing the city as a political act, topologies and her readings of Lacan. Interview by Oliver Basciano

In Art Featured


Tamar Guimarães
The Brazilian born, Copenhagen-based artist who uses video and installation to explore her interest in the perception of history. By Stephanie Hessler

How Brazil’s forgotten poetry movement fought a military dictatorship by combining politics, protest and the visual arts. By Tobi Maier

Mônica Nador
A profile of the pioneering artist, who abandoned the market and took art to the streets, bringing the residents of a down-at-heel São Paulo district with her for the ride. By Claire Rigby

Ivan Grilo
By taking some of the less-travelled routes through the story of Latin America, resisting its certainties while accepting its confusions, the São Paulo-based artist is reconstructing history as something useful rather than oppressive. By Oliver Basciano.

Gustavo Speridião
A specially commissioned artist’s project by painter Gustavo Speridião. Interview by Oliver Basciano.

In other Features

Artist Pablo Bronstein meditates on the house in general (and the stately home Chatsworth House in particular) as a site for the spatialisation of power, the forces of conservatism and the relationship between art and architecture.

Paul McCarthy
The artist discusses a new body of works – ‘spin-offs’ – that continue a process of mirroring the products of the entertainment industry while also reflecting on his own production process and his search for the perfect, uncontrived and unconstrained gesture. Interview by Mark Rappolt

Amalia Ulman
Utilising a vest array of media and disciplines, the Spanish artist seeks to track down and interrogate ideas of the self in an era of rampant global capitalism. By Erik Morse

In Art Reviewed

Reviews from around the world

The Family Tree of Russian Contemporary Art; Field Research: A Progress Report and Rikrit Tiravanija: Tomorrow is the question at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Julien Prévieux, Francisco Sobrino, Raphaël Zarka at Jousse Entreprise, Paris
Antje Majewski: E.F.A. im Garten at neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Oscar Tuazon: Break the Glass at Kastro, Antiparos, Cyclades
Rochelle Goldberg: The Cannibal Actif at Vava, Milan
Mark Bradford: Sea Monsters at Gemeentemuseum den Haag, The Hague
Momentum 8: The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art: Tunnel Vision, various venues, Moss
After Babel / Poetry will be made by all / 89plus at Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Giorgio Griffa: A Retrosptective, 1968–2014 at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
Eloise Hawser: Lives on Wire at ICA, London
Thomas Hirschhorn: In-Between at South London Gallery
Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions at Tate Liverpool
Radames ‘Juni’ Figueroa at Edel Assanti, London
Not with nothing but. With nothing. at Project Native Informant, London
Luke Fowler and Mark Fell: To the Editor of Amateur Photographer at the Modern Institute, Glasgow
Frances Stark: Intimism at the Art Institute of Chicago
Jennifer Boysen at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Sarah Cain: Bow Down at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles
Flat World at David Kordansky, Los Angeles
Daniel Rushton: Mazed at Dutton, New York
Andra Ursuta at Ramiken Crucible, New York
Susan Cianciolo: if gods COMes to visit You, HOW will you know? (the great tetrahedral kite) at Bridget Donahue, New York
Figure 8 at Clifton Benevento, New York
Omar Badsha: Seedtime at Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town


Making Biennials in Contemporary Times: Essays from the World Biennial Forum No 2, edited by Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Charles Esche et al
Limits to Culture: Urban Regeneration vs. Dissident Art, by Malcom Miles
Cosmonauts of the Future: Texts From The Situationist Movement in Scandinavia and Elsewhere, edited by Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen and Jakob Jakobsen
Who Cares? Dance in the Gallery & Museum, by Sara Wookey


The Strip: A new work from Marcello Quintanilha, introduced by Paul Gravett

Off the Record: Gallery Girl and the seeds of change