(May – June 2008)
Flash Art International # 260
May – June Issue
Hosting the 7th edition of the international biennial Manifesta, which will take place in Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy represents one of the most appealing world destinations, thanks to its art history and its landscape. But what about contemporary art?
Focus Italy seeks to answer this question through a survey on contemporary Italian art.
Hans Ulrich Obrist and Carla Accardi “dig deep” into the past, from the Art Academy years in Sicily to the late ’50s in Rome and her relationship with Luciano Fabro, Giulio Paolini and Lucio Fontana. As one of the most representative Italian artists from the last generation, the work of Gino De Dominicis is mapped out in a text by Laura Cherubini, who gives an enlightening overview of the artist’s work.
As an introduction to contemporary Italian art, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio’s text follows the main protagonists of the ’90s on a journey that starts from Rome and Turin and arrives in Milan. “Do you know why Italy is shaped like a boot?” Barbara Casavecchia discusses a selection of the most promising and talented artists from the younger generation who have been affected by a ‘nostalgic’ attitude towards their country.
The Artists Dictionary is a new survey on Italian contemporary art that presents a selection of 80 artists ranging from the established to the up-and-coming. Directors of Italian museums and foundations —and the most influential Italian collectors— share with Flash Art International their insights into the Italian contemporary art system.
For Flash Art International, Norman Rosenthal interviews the London-based artist Matthew Stone, who tells us how religion, symbols and the Zeitgeist are mixed together in his work.
In his essay, Raimar Stange examines the relationship between climate change and the work of a few contemporary artists: Santiago Sierra, Rachel Whiteread, Roni Horn, Gustav Metzger, Tue Greenfort, Olafur Eliasson and Marjetica Potrc among others. How do artists address global warming?
Sonia Campagnola visits the latest shows and the newest galleries in LA, as well as the gala launch of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum. This issue’s Live from Los Angeles witnesses city lights and ghostly apparitions through the work of Michael Asher, Peter Coffin, Gardar Eide Einarsson and
Global Art presents Kris Martin’s What’s The Time? After his participation in the 5th Berlin Biennial, Ouverture explores Melvin Moti’s paranormal phenomena and Spotlight takes you on a tour of Maurizio Cattelan’s latest show at Kunsthaus Bregenz.
Group show reviews include: “ Low Life Slow Life: Part 1” at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco; “Not to Play with Dead Things” at Villa Arson in Nice; “Women in The City” in Los Angeles; and “Double Agent” at London’s ICA.
Solo show reviews include: Andro Wekua, Mai-Thu Perret, Adrian Piper, Xu Zhen, Sterling Ruby, Mark Flores, Derek Jarman, Yuri Masnyj, Peter Doig, Cornelia Parker, Dean Sameshima, Paul Thek, Loris Gréaud, Adel Abdessemed, Matthias Weischer, Diango Hernández, Luigi Ontani, Iran do Espírito Santo, Qiu Xiaofei, Tadashi Kawamata, Ling Jian.
Flash reviews include: Jeppe Hein, Jim Hodges, Florian Süssmayr, Jen DeNike, Tobias Buche, Klara Liden, Mindy Shapero, Robert Pruitt, Rivane Neuenschwander, Haegue Yang, Philip Akkerman, Maaike Schoorel, Clément Rodzielski, Manfred Kuttner, Maria Antelman, Petros Chrisostomou, Ivan Chuikov, Wim Delvoye, Rubén Torres Llorca, Marcius Galan.
For Fresh Start Gea Politi explains why without ReturnOfNights (the most important modder on the scene together with eXPerience) there would be no digital art.
The COVER ARTISTS for this issue are Carla Accardi and Gino De Dominicis.
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