ArtReview October issue out now

Sixty years of the Situationist International, Tal R on superficiality, the future China of Cixin Liu, Lucas Arruda’s landscapes, reviews, previews and opinion

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Inside

Martin Herbert's pick of ten exhibitions to see in October - in London, Zürich, Amsterdam, Lyon, Berlin, Los Angeles, Rome and New York

On the cover: The Situationist International at 60 - Sixty years after Guy Debord, joined by a group of artists, thinkers and revolutionaries, established the Situationist International, what is their legacy today? McKenzie Wark weighs things up

Tal R - While the marketing of desire, seduction and sexual gratification is the ostensible subject of Tal R's latest depictions of sexshop facades, Mark Rappolt talks to the artist about how painting can make the superficial substantial

Zhongguo 2185 - As a new exhibition takes its inspiration from the future China imagined in Cixin Liu's first (unpublished) novel, Mingwei Song looks at the significance of Liu's novel and the role of science fiction in contemporary art

Lucas Arruda - Oliver Basciano looks at the São Paulo-based artist's representations of landscapes, seascapes and the atmosphere itself. Is romanticism in painting more than simply a thing of the past?

Our columnists have their say...

Jonathan T.D. Neil finds it hard to shed a tear for the hardships of mid-tier galleries, Maria Lind thinks that the skilled work of the human hand is making a comeback in the postdigital age, while J.J. Charlesworth asks whether the growing interest in cryptocurrencies and the blockchain presages the dematerialisation of the art market

Reviews from around the world including Arthur Jafa at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, Steps to Aeration at Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Ungestalt at Kunsthalle Basel, Soul of a Nation at Tate Modern, London, by Jeremy Atherton Lin, Elaine, Let's Get the Hell Out of Here at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York

Plus...

A new strip by German artist Birgit Weyhe offers a childhood memory of death, African dictators and chameleons, while in the latest instalment of A Curator Writes, I. Kurator gets a testy response from fellow curators when he announces his new Large International Exhbition

Not forgetting... book reviews of After Kathy Acker, by Chris Kraus, Perfect Wave: More Essays on Art and Democracy, by Dave Hickey, UFO Drawings from the National Archives, by David Clarke and The Origin of Others, by Toni Morrison