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ArtReview May 2024

ArtReview May 2024

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ArtReview’s May issue seeks to clarify what is meant by artistic (vs, say, scientific) research, and what it looks like in practice. On the cover is Nicholas Mangan, who prefers ‘material storytelling’ to linear thinking, and whose films and sculptures address extraction, value systems and the potential for transformation in the context of his native Australia. Greek artist Vangelis Vlahos makes art as ‘a way to deal with [a past] event and to activate it, if possible, in a contemporary context, and test its impact today’. The Beijing-based Liu Chuang processes disparate historical resources, stories and media to create power, or at least a commentary on the nature of power and its effect on human and nonhuman nature. Also in this issue, interviews with Alexandra Pirici and MSCHF, columns on Judith Butler and how to deal with political defeat, biennial and regular-exhibition reviews from Venice to Sydney, a look at the latest books and a comic on cosmic inattention.

What's inside the issue?

 

Art Observed
The Interview - Alexandra Pirici by Emily McDermott
Judith Butler by Rosanna McLaughlin
Lost Causes by Juliet Jacques

Art Featured
Nicholas Mangan by Naomi Riddle
MSCHF by Jonathan T.D. Neil
Vangelis Vlahos by Stephanie Bailey
Liu Chuang by Mark Rappolt

Art Reviewed
60th Venice Biennale, by J.J. Charlesworth
Poetics of Encryption, by Rebecca O’Dwyer
Sarah Rapson, by Digby Warde-Aldam
Liam Gillick, by Pádraic E. Moore
The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism, by Jenny Wu
Peter Blake, by Yuwen Jiang
Farah Al Qasimi, by Stephanie Bailey
Donna Dennis, by Cassie Packard
Biennale of Sydney, by Naomi Riddle
Manuele Cerutti, by Martin Herbert
Paêbirú, by Oliver Basciano
Damien Hirst, by Gaby Cepeda
Arthur Jafa, by Zoë Hopkins
Mao Yan, by Fi Churchman
Margarita Azurdia, by Ignacio Szmulewicz R.
Yoi Kawakubo and Nao Matsunaga, by Alexander Leissle
The Time is Always Now, by J.J. Charlesworth
Thailand Biennale, by Max Crosbie-Jones
Disordered Attention: How We Look at Art and Performance Today, by Claire Bishop, reviewed by J.J. Charlesworth
Your Utopia, by Bora Chung, reviewed by Yuwen Jiang
Trophy Lives, by Philippa Snow, reviewed by Eliza Goodpasture
The Last Safe Abortion, by Carmen Winant, reviewed by Louise Darblay
The Feminist Killjoy Handbook, by Sara Ahmed, reviewed by Adeline Chia
Faraway the Southern Sky, by Joseph Andras, reviewed by Mark Rappolt

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