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April 1, 2015

April 2015

April 2015 in Artforum

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This month in Artforum:

The smart landscape: Rem Koolhaas on intelligent architecture and the massive impact of smart technologies on our built environment, from sprawling cities to gridded farms:

“For thousands of years, the elements of architecture were deaf and mute—they could be trusted. Now, many of them are listening, thinking, and talking back.” 
–Rem Koolhaas

Women on the verge: Johanna Fateman on art, feminism, and social media:

“Which bodies (or artists) get to be freedom’s icons and emissaries?” 
–Johanna Fateman

Free speech and the war on images: Yve-Alain Bois on Charlie Hebdo:

Charlie Hebdo was the journal of my student years, a banner of the French left.” 
Yve-Alain Bois

Nasser Rabbat on representations of the prophet in the Islamic tradition:

“Figural representation was, in fact, an important and established genre in Islamic art from its earliest manifestations.” 
–Nasser Rabbat

Glenn O’Brien on Jean-Michel Basquiat:

“Basquiat is data-mining the noise that surrounds us all in the city, on the grid.” 
–Glenn O’Brien

1000 Words: Anri Sala discusses his work The Present Moment, 2014, a multichannel installation based on Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht currently on view at Munich’s Haus der Kunst (site of the infamous Third Reich Great German Art exhibition):

“I’m interested in how the idea of the present comes across in a time of boundless acceleration.” 
–Anri Sala

Close Up: Pauline J. YaoonCharles Lim‘s “Sea State,” 2005–:

“In Lim’s work, the sea is more than a backdrop; it is a mitigating force, its volatile surface and dynamic core capable of casting objects and human beings alike into oblivion.” 
–Pauline J. Yao

Openings: Quinn LatimeronOlga Balema:

“At once haptic and sealed off, Balema’s works change over time, the materials shifting, decomposing.” 
–Quinn Latimer

And: Elisabeth Ladenson on Michel Houellebecq‘s new novel,Tim Griffin on Guillaume Nicloux‘s Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq,Sarah K. Richon“Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015″ at theWhitechapel Gallery, London, andTony Pipoloon Ken Jacobs’s The Guests

Plus: Melissa AndersononOlivier Assayas‘s Clouds of Sils Maria, Gary DauphinonNick Broomfield‘s Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Elisabeth Shermanon Trisha Baga‘s The Great Pam, Jens Hoffmannon art in Costa Rica,and artist Lena Henke shares her Top Ten

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