Reviews

Cyprien Gaillard: 'Beton Belvedere' and Dunepark

Cyprien Gaillard: 'Beton Belvedere' and Dunepark

Esperanza Rosales

'Beton Belvedere', the first retrospective of Cyprien Gaillard's work in the Netherlands, groups together a selection of the artist's works from the past four years that illustrate his interest in Modernist ruins...

52nd London Film Festival 2008

52nd London Film Festival 2008

George Clark

'By chance, in 1980, I was struck by a scene in a TV documentary about republican prisoners in the H blocks... [a] film was shown of men "on the blanket"... It was a strange image of human dignity in the midst of self-created squalor and it was endowed with the mythic power most often associated with art...

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

David Noriega

Wild Combination is director Matt Wolf's self-described filmic 'portrait' of Arthur Russell, the cellist, composer and songwriter whose music - which traversed the spectrum from minimalist avant-garde to disco - has recently provoked a frenzy of interest and praise after a lifetime of obscurity...

Allen Ruppersberg at the Camden Arts Centre

Allen Ruppersberg at the Camden Arts Centre

Coline Milliard

'Art should be familiar and enigmatic, just as human beings themselves', wrote Allen Ruppersberg in his 1985 Fifty Helpful Hints on the Art of the Everyday...

documenta 12 at Kassel

documenta 12 at Kassel

Lisette Lagnado

Roger M. Buergel, artistic director of documenta 12, has done what no one else has yet realised on such a scale: he has returned to the bombed Kassel, left in ruins (the polis) and devastation (the human species) following World War II, and investigated the foundations of an art exhibition that was unexpectedly successful in its first edition in 1955...

Broken Americas: The Cool World and The Exiles

Broken Americas: The Cool World and The Exiles

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

Two recently resurrected films from the fringes of early 1960s American independent cinema put forth stark black and white visions of a broken America sadly contemporary in its social divisiveness...

'The Anxious: Five Artists Under the Pressure of War' at the Centre Pompidou

'The Anxious: Five Artists Under the Pressure of War' at the Centre Pompidou

Sarah-Neel Smith

In 1985 a Lebanese communist called Jamal Satti made three attempts to record a final video testimony, to be broadcast on television, before blowing himself up at the Israeli Army headquarters in Hasbayya. Fifteen years later, the uncut videos were adapted by the Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué

Tony Conrad: On the Threshold

Tony Conrad: On the Threshold

George Clark

On Saturday 14 June 2008, the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London was filled with intense, pulsating sounds, coming from an amplified motor and a drill boring holes into a roll of 16mm film...

James Coleman, Background, 1991–1994, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

James Coleman, Background, 1991–1994, at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Tim Stott

Although his influence cannot be overstated, with Doug Aitken, Douglas Gordon, and Steve McQueen amongst his admirers, the contemporary significance of James Coleman's work derives less from this position as precursor than for the rigour with which it interrogates its medium...

54th Oberhausen Short Film Festival

54th Oberhausen Short Film Festival

In Lis Rhodes's expanded cinema piece Light Music (1973) two beams of light, thrown by two projectors sitting on the floor facing each other, are made visible by fog created in the room. The patterns they project on the wall - stripes running up and across, white squares, quick flickers - are legible in the throw...

Theodor W. Adorno – One Last Genius, by Detlev Claussen

Theodor W. Adorno – One Last Genius, by Detlev Claussen

Carl-Filip Brück

Anyone who has heard the sound made by marmots is unlikely to forget it. To say it is a whistle is to say too little: it sounds mechanical, as if steam driven. And alarming for that reason. The fear that these little animals must have felt since time immemorial has frozen in their throats...

'Bill Burns: The Flora and Fauna Information Service' at the ICA

'Bill Burns: The Flora and Fauna Information Service' at the ICA

Jennifer Gabrys

Bill Burns's exhibition at the ICA put a full supply of nature rescue gear on display. From January to February earlier this year, visitors to the Institute's digital studio could investigate the varied contents of Burns's Safety Gear for Small Animals, the 'largest museum of safety gear for small animals in the world'...

'Lucy Skaer: The Siege' at the Chisenhale Gallery

'Lucy Skaer: The Siege' at the Chisenhale Gallery

Gemma Sharpe

Lucy Skaer's recent exhibition 'The Siege' (2008) at the Chisenhale Gallery in London presents a siege-scape in which the positions of victim and victor are legible and clearly defined...

‘Chacun à son goût’ at Guggenheim Bilbao

‘Chacun à son goût’ at Guggenheim Bilbao

Miren Jaio

'¿Habéis cedido a vuestro deseo?' ('Have you given in to your desire?'). These words, printed on a banner in the atrium of the Guggenheim Bilbao, welcome the visitors to the museum...