Art Monthly issue 372 out now

Art Monthly issue 372 out now

Art Monthly

December 6, 2013

December 2013–January 2014                                                      

We The People: Danh Vo interviewed by Jennifer Thatcher 
Vietnam-born Danish artist Danh Vo is known for translating found or manufactured objects into new critical contexts, from an entire Vietnamese church installed at the 55th Venice Biennale to the scattered sections of his life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty. Here, he discusses how to challenge museums, reclaim cultural heritage and why stupid reactions can be productive. 

All Clear: Paul O’Kane sees through the rhetoric of transparency 
Recent claims that transparency—particularly the kind heralded by online technologies—is a panacea for democracy veil the fact that, in terms of power relations, these technologies often function more like the one-way mirrors of interrogation rooms. Perhaps artists ought to look back to the radical repurposing of mainstream culture in the tumultuous 1970s for inspiration as to how to reveal the unseen. 

Scream and Scream Again: Francis Frascina on MoMA’s recent reappraisal of Munch’s famous painting 
The venerable museum’s canonical story of Modernism was tweaked in 2012 when a version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream was triumphantly acquired by one of MoMA’s trustees and installed at the opening of its modernist galleries. But a careful reading of this curatorial strongarming suggests less a reappraisal of Munch than an appropriation of victimhood in the service of power. 

The Ratings Game 
When Arts Council England responded to accusations of a London bias, it was instructive to see the funding body, steered by its new chair former TV producer and Big Brother advocate Peter Bazalgette, attempting to shift the discussion away from population-based funding and towards attendance. Is this indicative of a new version of the old bums-on-seats approach at ACE for measuring success? 

London hoovers up an astonishingly disproportionate amount of national arts funding, it is claimed—but the figures are not entirely representative; the Southbank Centre is challenged over its sponsorship from Shell; artists are happy, a study proves; Adrian Piper pulls her work from a show of African-American artists; the latest news on galleries, events, appointments, prizes and more.

Anthony Caro 1924–2013
Ian White 1971–2013 

Salon of Fear Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna Saim Demircan 
Lyon Biennale: Meanwhile … Suddenly and Then various venues, Lyon Laura McLean-Ferris 
artSOUTH: Collaborations various venues, Hampshire, Dorset, Isle of Wight Paul Carey-Kent 
Asco: No Movies Geoffrey Farmer: Let’s Make the Water Turn Black Nottingham Contemporary Martin Holman 
Kara Walker Camden Arts Centre, London Morgan Quaintance 
Victor Burgin: A Sense of Place Ambika P3, London • Victor Burgin: On Paper Richard Saltoun, London Maria Walsh 
London Round-up Sadie Coles HQ • Skarstedt • The Drawing Room • Arcade • Hauser & Wirth • Herald St Mark Prince 
Ireland Round-up The Model • IMMA • Void • City Factory Gallery Joanne Laws 
Amsterdam Round-up Stedelijk Museum • Rijksmuseum • Huis Marseille Chris Clarke 
Bloomberg New Contemporaries Spike Island, Bristol David Trigg 

Ruth Ewan: How to Make Archway Tower Disappear 
Stephen Hodge: The Master Plan 
Jennifer Thatcher on site-specific artists’ books.
The Nabokov Paper 
David Briers sits a fictional exam.

Round-up: Flat is a Feminist Issue 
David Barrett gathers some winter reading.

Alternative Globalisation 
Maja and Reuben Fowkes on global eco activism.

Living World – Animism in the 21st Century
Giulia Smith gets a little unalienated.

Cherry Smyth on the Aichi Triennale.

London Art Calendar 
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