ArtReview May issue

Venice Biennale special – national pavilion previews, Isuma at the Canadian Pavilion, the biennale since 1950; plus Christoph Schlingensief, Franz West, William Eggleston and more


At the Canadian Pavilion, the Inuit collective disputes the ideas of nationhood and representation on which the Venice Biennale was founded. By Mark Rappolt

Christoph Schlingensief
Carl Hegemann recalls his days working with the late German provocateur and wonders whether his unapologetic brand of art-as-activism would still exist today

Franz West
With the late Austrian artist’s retrospective landing at Tate Modern, London, Rosanna Mclaughlin considers what made his sculpture so appealing to the public

Merchants of Venice
ArtReview dives into its archive to pick out the best, most insightful reviews of the Venice Biennale in its 70-year history. Texts by Bernard Denvir, J.P. Hodin, Michael Shepherd, Charles Spencer

Looking at Pictures with William Eggleston
Fi Churchman meets the pioneering American photographer

Matias Faldbakken
The Norwegian artist and writer talks to Ross Simonini about the relationship of the verbal and the aesthetic and ideas of labour in art-making


What to see this month – Ben Eastham’s guide to the many national pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, plus Martin Herbert pick of must-see exhibitions, in Olso, New York, London, Paris, Basel, Brussels, Lisbon, Berlin and Puerto Escondido

Exhibitions from around the world including
Arahmaiani at Museum MACAN, by Mark Rappolt
Metamorphosis. Art in Europe Now at Fondation Cartier, Paris, by Ben Eastham
Jacqueline de Jong at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, by Martin Herbert
David Salle at Skarstedt, London, by David Terrien
Rose English at Richard Saltoun, London, by Louise Darblay
Jews, Money, Myth at The Jewish Museum, London, by J.J. Charlesworth
New Media and Conceptualism in the 1970s at Galeria Superície, São Paulo, by Oliver Basciano

And books including

Ben Tufnell’s In Land: Writings around Land Art and its Legacies; Katie Paterson’s A place that exists only in moonlight; The Old is Dying and the New Cannot Be Born by Nancy Fraser; and Heather Phillipson’s latest collection of poetry, Whip-hot & Grippy

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