Ahead of Pope.L’s takeover of New York, with three institutions presenting the pioneering artist’s work, Ben Eastham spoke to the man whose business card proclaims him ‘the friendliest black artist in America©’ about race, power and performance. But don’t expect explanations: to explain is to enslave, the artist says.
One of Pope.L’s latest works draws inspiration from composer John Cage, another great advocate of the enigmatic, and a close accomplice of Nam June Paik, the artist and technologist, famed for, among other works, a marathon live global television linkup featuring Cage, Laurie Anderson and Joseph Beuys, among others. Contemporary artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Jae-Eun Choi, Aleksandra Domanović, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Ho Tzu Nyen and Haroon Mirza, and theorist Gregory Zinman, pay tribute to the influence Paik’s work has had on their own.
In another global exchange engineered entirely by ArtReview, Mark Rappolt met American painter Mark Bradford in a sweltering Shanghai to talk black culture, travel, cities and standing out.
Also in this issue
Architect Sam Jacob considers obsolete borders while walking Hadrian’s Wall; Patrick Langley asks whether music has to be enjoyable to be good; Ben Street plays detective in the case of Nicolas Poussin’s heavy fingerprints; and, after Britain and Europe’s Brexit-shaped divorce, Louise Darblay considers whether or not Paris will play comforting friend to a downcast art market.
Exhibition reviews from around the world include the Istanbul Biennial, which has French theorist Nicolas Bourriaud at the helm; Lee Krasner at the Barbican Art Gallery, London; Mick Peter at Baltic, Gateshead; Simon Starling at The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Chris Kraus at Index, Stockholm; Garden of Earthly Delights at Gropius Bau, Berlin; Pippa Garner at O-Town House, Los Angeles; Gina Beavers at MoMA PS1, New York; Paul Mpagi Sepuya at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Aneta Grzeszykowska at Galeria Raster, Warsaw; and many more
Martin Herbert presents his indispensable guide to this month’s must-see exhibitions; ArtReview has breakfast with Gabriel Kuri; and an extended books section features reviews of Don't Look Back in Anger, a look back to culture of 1990s ‘Cool Britannia’ by Daniel Rachel, a roundup of the latest art book releases and the photobook Model City Pyongyang.