(January – February 2008)
Flash Art International # 258
January – February Issue
For the January – February 2008 issue, Flash Art International lands on planet India. Focus India seeks to map out the contemporary art scene and discover its major protagonists. In his introductory essay to this survey, Paris-based art critic and curator Deepak Ananth addresses the work of 6 established Indian artists: N.S. Harsha, Jitish Kallat, Sharmila Samant, Vivan Sundaram, Sheela Gowda and Subodh Gupta. Pooja Sood’s essay presents us with a survey of young and talented artists, working with performance (Nikhil Chopra) photography (Rohini Devasher) and multimedia (Ashok Sukumuran and Shaina Anand, Ravi Agarwal, Ayisha Abraham and Abishek Hazra). The 31-year-old artist Shilpa Gupta, interviewed by Suman Gopinath, reflects on the use of new media in her latest works. In his interview with Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, filmmaker Amar Kanwar talks about his new work, which deals with military dictatorship
The Artists Dictionary presents the current contemporary Indian art scene, featuring a wide selection of artists whose deep awareness of globalization and urban issues is counterbalanced by their cultural heritage. One of the youngest collectors in his country, Anupam Poddar introduces us to the Devi Art Foundation, a new space dedicated to contemporary art, which aims to display contemporary local artistic and curatorial production, supporting young artists from India and the Subcontinent, as Poddar tells Peter Nagy for Flash Art‘s Focus India.
Among the artists who participated in Performa07, Francesco Vezzoli premiered his live performance Right you are (If you think you are) at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. For Flash Art International, the artist shares the secrets of his (old and new) performances with Helena Kontova in an exclusive interview.
One of the main events of the closing of 2007, the opening of the new New Museum has dominated the attention of contemporary art professionals with its stunning architecture and with the “Unmonumental” exhibition. Niklas Maak addresses both of these aspects in a text on the new ‘King of the Bowery.’
After last issue’s conversation between Yvonne Rainer and Isaac Julien, Lina Bertucci meets Babette Mangolte, the cinematographer, filmmaker, photographer and writer who has worked with Marina Abramovic, Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown amongst other artists.
Live from Los Angeles is the second in this new series on contemporary art in LA, presenting Takashi Murakami, Amy Granat, Adrià Julià and Brian Kennon in “the city of the angels.” For this issue Sonia Campagnola also interviews LA-based collector Eli Broad.
In this issue’s Global Art, Saskia van Kampen considers Josef Strau‘s installation at Docking Station at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. For Ouverture, Patrizia Dander writes on Jimmy Robert‘s work. This issue’s Spotlight is dedicated to “’85 New Wave: The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art” at Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, reviewed by Pauline J. Yao.
Group show reviews include: “The World as A Stage” at Tate Modern, “Hard Rock Walzer” at Villa Manin, “October. Exit, Desire and Memory” at Artra Gallery and “New Delhi – New Wave” at Marella Gallery.
Solo show reviews include: Gert & Uwe Tobias, Mariko Mori, Carlos Amorales, Mary Heilmann, Slater Bradley, Ian Kiaer, Duncan Marquiss, Luisa Lambri, Charlotte Posenenske, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’ Sullivan, Mathieu Mercier, Mark Leckey, Job Kolewijn, Ian Tweedy, Konstantin Kakanias, Enrico Morsiani, Gino De Dominicis, Yael Bartana, Jordan Wolfson, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Shirin Neshat, Jean-Luc Moulène, Sean Snyder, Teresa Margolles, Noriko Yamaguchi.
For Fresh Start, photographer and Joy Division rock star Ian Curtis’s daughter Natalie Curtis talks to Gea Politi about photography, music and Anton Corbijn’s new film Control.
The COVER ARTISTS of this issue are Francesco Vezzoli and Shilpa Gupta.
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