Flash Art InternationalFlash Art International No.269
November – December 2009


Flash Art International No.269: Out Now

Flash Art International No.269: Out Now

This issue’s “News” section opens with “The Spectacle of the Everyday: 10th Lyon Biennial,” wherein François Aubart discusses the curatorial adventure of Hou Hanru. Following, is Elena Sorokina’s, “Contour: 4th Biennial of Moving Image,” introducing Katerina Gregos’s curatorial selections. Power Ekroth delivers his view on “What Keeps Mankind Alive: The 11th Istanbul Biennial,” while Yulia Tikhonova takes us on a visit to the young Moscow Biennial. To close the news is an overview of Birmingham’s, “England’s Second City,” art life, by Matt Price.

RoseLee Goldberg, Director of Performa, interviews Korean participant, Yeondoo Jung, about his movement from film to performance.

“My whole life was in a state of Flux.” In “Fluxus Tales,” Willem de Ridder — one of the founding Fluxus artists — goes back over his Fluxus life. 

“Drunk with Movement” is the interview of Simone Forti by Jenny Schlenzka, Assistant Curator of Performance at New York’s MoMA.

Bucharest National Museum of Contemporary Art’s curator, Magda Radu, will talk to Cluj’s rising star, Adrian Ghenie, about his work and collaboration with Ciprian Mureşan.

Chris Sharp profiles the work of Greek artist Athanasios Argianas, and gets to grips with the strange appeal of his recent sculptures. 

Marcel Broodthaers is an artist who “left behind poems, objects, paintings, books, but much more in the form of a living heritage.” These words, part of Barry Barker’s contribution text, explain the spirit behind Flash Art’s invitation to artists Jota Castro, Ann Craven, Renée Green, Christian Philipp Müller, Seth Price to respond to the work of Broodthaers with their own contributions. 

In “Brussels Residents,” Contour Curator Katerina Gregos takes a look into the city’s welcoming, vibrant — and still resistant to hype and marketing — art scene.

Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city, is proving to be a creative platform for a very young and determined art community, for which “the West is no longer a myth and the East is no longer a dominant power.” This is Claire Staebler’s, “We are Ukrainians.”

In November, Flash Art inaugurates “Brand New”: short interviews of young artists in conversation with curators and writers. To begin, David Renggli turns the interview by Samuele Menin into a sort of surrealist poem; Michael Polsinelli talks toAdam Leech on his Speech Bubble film; Ariel Schlesinger tells Simon Castets about the freedom underpinning his artistic practice. Hanne Mugaas has Ida Ekbladanswer the “Proust Questionnaire;” Andris Brinkmanis asks Jānis Avotiņš about the sense of alienation pervading his work. Marco Antonini talks to Shana Moulton on her performances and videos, while Zilvinas Kempinas discusses with Neringa Cerniauskaite about the disarming and surprising effect that simplicity plays on viewers in his installations.

In Global Art, Michael Polsinelli discusses the tragicomedies of David Bestué and Marc Vives, and Ellen Mara De Wachter extensively reviews Tate Modern’s “Pop Life: Art in a Material World.” 

Reviews: Mark Bradford, Janine Antoni, Brian Bress, Ry Rocklen, Zhang Huan, Rosalind Nashashibi, Eric Wesley, Guillaume Leblon, Ceal Floyer, Andreas Slominski, Koka Ramishvili, Owen Land, Valery Koshlyakov, Guido Van Der Werve, A Transversal Collection, Wolfgang Laib. 

Group Shows: “New York Minute: 60 Artists From The New York Art Scene;” “It Rests By Changing;” “Making It New: Focus On Contemporary Australian Art,” “The Dark Science Of Five Continents.”

Flash Reviews: Jon Pestoni & Zak Prekop; Tracy Baran; Franklin Evans; Lili Dujourie & Ion Grigorescu; Kate Owens; Giorgio Morandi & Matteo Pugliese; Vittorio Santoro; Michel Majerus; Roman Schramm; Juan López; Hugo Canoilas; Ann Craven; Florian Schmidt; Melanie Gilligan/ Sam Lewitt; Irfan Onurmen; Rakhi Peswani. 

In Fresh Start Gea Politi speaks with Cicciolina, on the subject of her political career as well as her television appearances and plans for the future.

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