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ArtReview May 2022

ArtReview May 2022

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ArtReview’s cover story for May concerns the work of Ibrahim Mahama, the artist at the forefront of discussions around museology in Africa, where he is leveraging his fame and influence to shape the creation of arts institutions in his native Ghana and across the continent. J.J. Charlesworth examines the return of magical thinking in contemporary art, an event as regular as the passing of a comet. Rosanna McLaughlin writes about the migration of queer theory from the margins to the mainstream, asking: is this a triumph or a sign of psychic malaise? And Tabita Rezaire contributes a portfolio of work on the subject of spiritual journeys. Also in this issue: responses to the Venice Biennale, fake artworld friends, the favela and the art fair, and war photography in a phone booth. Plus exhibition reviews from Berlin, New York, LA, Zürich, Paris and Edinburgh, and a consideration of strawberries and meringue as a metaphor for the UK’s cost-of-living crisis

What's inside the issue?

Art Previewed
Revelation and Illusion at the Venice Biennale by Mark Rappolt
Worlds Colliding at SP-Arte by Oliver Basciano
Desert Storm by Rahel Aima
Trance by Emmanuel Iduma
Fake Friends by Martin Herbert
Thinking Through Asia: Annie Jael Kwan, Hammad Nasar, John Tain and Ming Tiampo. Interview by Mark Rappolt

Art Featured
Ibrahim Mahama by Azu Nwagbogu
Magic: The Gathering by J. J. Charlesworth
A Spiritual Journey: From Anger to Spiritual Healing Project by Tabita Rezaire and Naomi Moonlion
Unicorn Syndrome by Rosanna McLaughlin

Art Reviewed

Charles Ray, by Digby Warde-Aldam
Yoko Ono, by Damian Christinger
Kenneth Bergfeld, by Francesco Tenaglia
Whitney Biennial, by Ela Bittencourt
Fernanda Laguna, by Owen Duffy
Leidy Churchman, by Evan Moffitt
Alanis Obomsawin, by Mitch Speed
Stano Filko, by Christian Egger
Trisha Brown / Rambert Dance Company, by Emily May
Sara Basta, by Ana Vukadin
Nell, by Neha Kale Ulysses Jenkins, by Claudia Ross
Jac Leirner, by Martin Herbert
VIH/Sida: l’épidémie n’est pas finie!, by Benoît Loiseau
RSA New Contemporaries, by John Quin
Rebecca Morris, by Alex Jen Paulo Nimer Pjota, by Tomas Weber
Katie Paterson, by Tom Jeffreys

Quantum Listening, by Pauline Oliveros, reviewed by En Liang Khong
I Paint What I See, by Philip Guston, reviewed by Ben Street
Carnival Strippers, by Susan Meiselas, reviewed by Louise Darblay
Vagabonds!, by Eloghosa Osunde, reviewed by Mark Rappolt
Night Bus, by Zuo Ma, reviewed by Fi Churchman
Conversations, by B.N. Goswamy, reviewed by Deepa Bhasthi
Prime: Arts Next Generation, reviewed by Mark Rappolt

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