May 10, 2010 - Tate Etc. - Issue 19 out now
May 10, 2010

Issue 19 out now

Issue 19
Visiting and Revisiting Art, etcetera

Highlights include…
Essay: Lyle Rexer on Mirrors
Francis Alÿs by Edward Platt
John Waters and Lily van der Stokker in conversation
Simon Grant meets Carol Rama
Christopher Turner on children & art
Neil Cox on Picasso and Peace
Harry Hill on his paintings
Martin Herbert on Fiona Banner
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance & the Camera
Mark Godfrey, TJ Demos Eyal Weizman and Ayesha Hameed on migration

“Each type of mirror has its history, its proponents, its victims.” Curator and critic Lyle Rexer grapples with the complexities embodied in the subject of the mirror as seen through the eyes of artists including Manet, Lee Friedlander, Jeff Wall, Gerhard Richter and Silvio Wolf.

The Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker is best known for her colourful and playful wall drawings that have a childlike energy and exuberant charm. On the eve of her summer exhibition at Tate St Ives, she discusses designing shirts, using real furniture, and how art should be enjoyed by everyone.

The South African photographer Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his picture of a half-starved girl in the Sudan with a vulture ready to strike. Two months later Carter took his own life. Civilian and military surveillance, mobile phone photography, celebrity snaps… the clandestine photographer as a long history. To coincide with a large Tate Modern survey of such images from the late nineteenth century to the present day, a selection of photographers, film-makers and writers examine how familiar themes of eroticism, fame and conflict continue to pose the question: who is looking at whom?

Francis Alÿs’s projects have included pushing a block of ice around Mexico City until it melted and persuading 500 Peruvians to move a giant sand dune by shovel. TATE ETC. looks at his art on the eve of his retrospective at Tate Modern.

Comedian Harry Hill writes about his little-known hobby of oil painting, the menagerie of unlikely characters that appear in his pictures and his personal take on humour in contemporary art.

Paul Klee‘s puppets made of matchboxes, bone and nutshells, Alexander Calder‘s miniature kinetic circus containing more than 70 performers and an Andy Warhol exhibition with canvases hung at the eye-level of a three year old. Chris Turner looks at the way children’s art and children themselves have inspired the work of some of the twentieth century’s best-known artists.

For the latest Duveens Commission at Tate Britain, Fiona Banner installs her grandest art work yet, one that reflects her continuing interest in war and the language that surrounds it.

Tate Britain’s forthcoming exhibition exploring the riotous history of humour in British visual culture over the past three centuries, from Gillray to David Shrigley, is being organized by a team of comic writers and cartoonists, including Harry Hill and Steve Bell. TATE ETC. brings together one of the curators, the co-editor of Viz, an artist and a comic historian to celebrate the genre.

Neil Cox examines the difficult relationship between Picasso‘s art and politics in the 1950s as he attempted to function as a “political artist” after the success of his 1937 masterpiece Guernica.

“A minimalist intellectual? No, I am a feminist Conceptual Pop atist! And a bit stupid as well.” Lily van der Stokker, p42

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