November 5, 2005 - Flash Art International - FOCUS RUSSIA 2
November 5, 2005



Flash Art International 

Flash Art International No.245 (November/December 2005) FOCUS RUSSIA 2

This issue brings you the scoop. A sensational interview with Mike Kelley has been conducted exclusively for Flash Art by the cult moviemaker John Waters. This is an extensive conversation about their respective ideas and experiences of American pop and folk culture, DIY aesthetics, and their memory of high school years, made on the occasion of the artists upcoming show at Gagosian in New York where Kelley is presenting the epic Day is Done Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #2-32. Complimentary to the interview theres an essential feature article made by art historian John C. Welchman who has followed Kelleys work since the beginning and here provides the theoretical paraphernalia for a deep analysis of the work.

Turning a 180° on the world map, this issue carries forward the exploration of the Russian art scene. Focus Russia Part 2 envisages the emerging artists and contexts: Photographer Sergey Bratkov speaks with Philippe Van Cauteren about his projects and his current show at SMAK in Ghent followed by an interview with the emerging artist Viktor Alimpiev; Art journalist and critic Anna Matveyeva explains how Moscow and Saint Petersburg are no longer the only two hot spots for visual art in Russia as artists and art organizations are decentralizing the focus more and more into the peripheries; Pavel Mikitenko, a member of the internationally acclaimed collective Radek Community and of the Moscow underground band I Wanna Kiss You, grooves into Moscows famed underground culture scene swinging between music and performing arts and its recent shifts. Completing the Focus is the Dictionary of Russian artists Part 2, this time dedicated to the emerging generation.
This issue also includes an exceptional feature interview with the young and secretive artist Koo Yeong-a her first interview with an art magazine conducted by Christine Macel, curator of contemporary art at Centre Pompidou in Paris.

This issues Ouverture surveys the work of Craig Mulholland and Global Art discusses Optica, the 60-channel video installation by Anton Vidokle.

Ahu Antmen reports on the 9th Istanbul Biennial and Florence Derieux explains how the 2005 Biennale de Lyon adds up under the direction of its two joint-curators, Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans.

Reviews in this issue include: Rita Ackermann, Marcel Dzama, Adam Cvijanovic, David Ellis, Mark Grotjahn, Robyn ONeil, Jason Rhoades, Wolfgang Tillmans, James Ireland, Josh Smith, Jeppe Hein, Pia Rönicke, Giuseppe Gabellone, Piero Golia, Cezary Bodzianowski, Jaan Toomik, Kim Hong Joo, Douglas Gordon, and Sâadane Afif.

Get your hands on a copy of the November/December issue of the world’s leading art magazine while supplies last. The cover artists this issue are Mike Kelley and Sergey Bratkov.

For information and subscriptions:
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20159 Milan
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