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ArtReview April 2021

ArtReview April 2021

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Most of us have had to engage with technology in novel ways over the past 12 months as it dominates how we communicate and map our world. How much of this is here to stay, and will the way art is produced and experienced change as a result? In this issue J.J. Charlesworth dives headfirst into the overheated hype surrounding NFTs to find out if anything is going to stick. Martin Herbert reads the warnings implicit in Pakui Hardware’s explorations of bio-power. Sarah Forman enters the delusional, multimedia world of Chinese artist Lu Yang, navigating the fields of performance, 3D avatars, videogames, and Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. Mark Rappolt talks to Mika Tajima about a body of work that fuses the traditional, the contemporary and the futuristic as the New York-based artist explores the psychic and bodily effects of a life lived under a technocapitalist regime. Plus reports from New Delhi, Singapore, Hanoi, Chiang Mai, Berlin, Paris, New York, Cologne.

What's inside the issue?

Art Previewed
The Interview Win McCarthy by Ross Simonini
Living with Art by Ben Eastham
Architecture, Colonialism and Politics in India by Deepa Bhasthi
A History of Freedom in Singapore and Malaysia by Adeline Chia

Art Featured
The Rise of the NFT by J.J. Charlesworth
Pakui Hardware by Martin Herbert
Mika Tajima by Mark Rappolt
Alia Ali by Nadia Beard
Grid Structure by Gu Guanghui

Art Reviewed
David Goldblatt, by Yinka Elujoba
Kresiah Mukwazhi, by Moritz Scheper
Keith Farquhar and Sara MacKillop, by Pádraic E. Moore
Maria Lassnig’s self-suppressed films, by Juliet Jacques
Skylines with Flying People 4, by Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran

Neïl Beloufa, by Louise Darblay
Amelie von Wulffen, by Phoebe Blatton
Glauco Rodrigues and Jaider Esbell, by Oliver Basciano
Art for Air, by Max Crosbie-Jones
Christian Boltanski, by Tomas Weber
Cornelia Baltes, by Martin Herbert
Age of You, by Nadine Khalil

Books
Letters to Camondo, by Edmund de Waal & Inventory of a Life Mislaid: An Unreliable Memoir, by Marina Warner, reviewed by Oliver Basciano
Avasthe, by U.R. Ananthamurthy, reviewed by Deepa Bhasthi
Luchita Hurtado, by Hans Ulrich Obrist, reviewed by Louise Darblay See/Saw, by Geoff Dyer, reviewed by Fi Churchman
Monolithic Undertow: In Search of Sonic Oblivion, by Harry Sword, reviewed by En Liang Khong
Empireland, by Sathnam Sanghera, reviewed by Mark Rappolt
Medium Design: Knowing How to Work on the World, by Keller Easterling, reviewed by David Terrien

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