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“Depression”
at François Ghebaly, Los Angeles

In a press release teeming with sincerity yet punctuated by ironic, sprawling non-sequiturs, the young men behind Ramiken Crucible—who curated this exhibition—declare that “Depressed humans are honest. Failure is certain.” Furthering this tension, the first artwork among many that one notices upon entering François Ghebaly’s downtown warehouse space is Stoner (2013) by Andra Ursuta—a giant [...]

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“Brian Weil, 1979–95. Being in the World” published by Semiotext(e)

Brian Weil’s artistic research cannot be separated from his social and political engagement. As underlined in Brian Weil, 1979–95. Being in the World, a new monograph edited by Stamatina Gregory, his photographs were far from being mere documentations of his subjects. The photographic medium, as the artist declared, is an “excuse” to be involved in [...]

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Evian Christ’s EP Waterfall

Published by Tri Angle Records, Evian Christ’s latest EP, Waterfall (2014) is an amalgam of ephemeral, beautiful, almost liquid sounds, as well as powerful, dense and heavy drama. The tracks created by Evian Christ, aka Joshua Leary, are essentially rap instrumentals, but much more progressive, experimental and distorted. Leary’s latest release is a strange mix [...]

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Memphis

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Memphis
by Tim Sutton

This second effort from Brooklyn-based filmmaker Tim Sutton (Pavilion) stars “outsider” musician/artist Willis Earl Beal as Ezra Jack, a Tennessee-based soul singer whose struggle with the pressures of writer’s block and audience expectations drives him to the edge of mental instability and social withdrawal. Wandering alone through his hometown, Jack’s search for meaning leads to [...]

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MEET
Hamburg-based collective
Jochen Schmith

The work of Jochen Schmith, a collective composed of artists Carola Wagenplast, Peter Hoppe and Peter Steckroth, addresses contemporary consumerism, aesthetic signifiers of lifestyle and luxury fetishism in a way that’s both subtle and razor-sharp. The commercial, the institutional, and the mediated are under close scrutiny in their practice, which ranges from objects and installations [...]

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CURRENT ISSUE

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ELLA KRUGLYANSKAYA
words by Chris Sharp

The secret to the work of the Latvian-born, New York-based painter Ella Kruglyanskaya is barely a secret. Or better yet, it is an open one. And that secret is tension: raw, mediated, utterly captivating tension. If it is a secret, it is

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LORETTA FAHRENHOLZ
words by Michele D’Aurizio

Loretta Fahrenholz’s films confront a cynical understanding of a prevailing reality with an ingrained affection for human life—an ethos one might call “emo-core.” The prosaic muteness of some of the characters in her films could be

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NED VENA
words by Mathieu Malouf

Since the mid-20th century, painted abstraction has been associated with utopian transcendence, the emancipation of the unconscious and much more. If it has been declared dead several times, abstraction has also been restated and

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#VOICEOVER: UNDER THE SKIN
words by Shama Khanna

The memorable reveal of the man behind the curtain twiddling knobs and simulating the booming, god-like voice of Oz by rascally Toto the dog is an apt metaphor for how the authority of the voice-over crumbled towards a post-historical pluralism of voices. The persistence of

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#VOICEOVER: OUT OF SYNC
words by Pablo Larios

Moments before the cut to commercial, the child realizes this cartoon is not actually for him at all. It’s for his parents, or older sister, or perverted uncle. Despite the friendliness of onomatopoetic dings and dongs, and boings and bangs and gongs,

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FRANCESCO VEZZOLI
interview by Kevin McGarry

KEVIN McGARRY: I am looking at these images that you’ve created to accompany this interview: iPhone screens showing mock Grindr profile pages with your pictures.

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SIMON CASTETS
interview by Carson Chan

CARSON CHAN: Congratulations, it has been a big year for you! Amongst other activity, in January 2012, you launched 89plus, a multi-platform research project on the generation of artists and makers born after 1989 with Hans

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SHANGHAI
interview with Birdhead by Davide Quadrio

DAVIDE QUADRIO: Interviewing Birdhead, also known as Song Tao and Ji Wenyu, is like talking to a whole generation of Shanghainese: global, yet completely and radically existing through their beloved city of Shanghai. You

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WEB SPECIALS

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Kwan Sheung Chi with Christopher Schreck

Christopher Schreck: You were recently awarded the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. Considering that a number of your past projects have critiqued such prizes and the celebrity that comes with winning them, I’d be curious to hear how

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Ute Meta Bauer with Melanie Pocock

MELANIE POCOCK: I’d like to begin by returning to the conversation you had with Carson Chan for Kaleidoscope two years ago, where you

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Imran Qureshi with Simone Krug

Simone Krug: Your large-scale installation piece that recently closed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art roof garden, And How Many

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Xu Zhen with Matt Packer

Matt Packer: To begin, perhaps we could turn back to 2009 when MadeIn Company was first founded. Could you describe the decision to

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Pratchaya Phinthong with Nick Warner

Nick Warner: How did you go about producing your recent exhibition at Chisenhale? I’ve been looking forward to getting a first hand account

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KOKI TANAKA
words by Miwako Tezuka

There have been a number of correspondences between artist Koki Tanaka and I since our first meeting in 2004 in New York. As he was

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“THE MAKING OF A MUSEUM”
Lars Nittve interviewed by Alessio Ascari

Alessio Ascari: In a recent public talk, you presented a graphic representation of the founding idea for M+ — a spiral with Hong Kong in the

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YANG FUDONG
essay by Davide Quadrio and Noah Cowan

It seems easier for Yang Fudong to speak about what he is not rather than determine the elements that define him and his work. Critics and

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KEIICHI TANAAMI
interview by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen

Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen: You’ve said that your dreams are a significant source of inspiration for you. Have dreams been important to you

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“THE MAKING OF A MODERNITY”
Cao Fei interviewed by Gavin Wade

Gavin Wade: Your latest work, Haze and Fog, is a new type of zombie movie set in modern Beijing. During the making you mentioned the

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OU NING
interview by Carson Chan

Carson Chan: You work under so many different titles: curator, artist, poet, editor and activist. You’re probably one of the people most apt to

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ANDRA URSUTA
words by Joanna Fiduccia

Never say Andra Ursuta didn’t pay homage to her forerunners. Ten feet tall and coated in black rubber like some improbable sex toy, Ass to Mouth (2010) is a double tribute:

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SHANZHAI BIENNIAL
words by Kevin McGarry

“We lie a lot. We’re based on misrepresentation in many forms.” What could be a more honest disclaimer about Shanzhai Biennial than this, told to me by its co-president Babak Radboy? Radboy, the creative director who led the

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HYPER-MATERIALITY
interview by Ruba Katrib

The work of artists Alisa Baremboym and Pamela Rosenkranz deals with the redistribution of what constitutes the organic and the inorganic—situations in which synthetic materials could look more like bodily substances, and the

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MASSIMILIANO GIONI
interview by Francesco Manacorda

Francesco Manacorda: This is the fourth biennial that you have curated. In your opinion, what is the greatest potential that the biennial holds? What do you envision to be the future developments of these

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AMALIA ULMAN
interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets

Hans Ulrich Obrist/Simon Castets: Where does your catalogue raisonné begin? What is the first piece you no longer considered student work?
Amalia Ulman: I can’t pick only one because

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CARRON meets CORNARO
interview by Gary Carrion-Murayari

Gary Carrion-Murayari: I’ve chosen to speak to you both because of the complex, evocative, or even disconcerting approach that you bring to familiar, everyday objects. Although the results you achieve are

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OSCAR MURILLO
words by Isobel Harbison

Wolfgang Tillmans’s photograph after party (2002) shows a vacated studio, seen through mirrors resting against a wall. Daylight pours in. Its gray floor is blackened with last night’s footprints. Around the edges of the image,

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TALA MADANI
words by Chris Wiley

On a recent visit to Tala Madani’s spacious studio in Los Angeles, a small, unfinished painting caught my eye. In it, a child totters sweetly in its crib, proffering an object that looks like an abnormally large bird skull to a fat,

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HEIMO ZOBERNIG
interview by Beatrix Ruf

BEATRIX RUF At Simon Lee Gallery in London you are currently showing a group of paintings inspired by the recent “revival” of the first museum retrospective of Picasso’s work at Kunsthaus Zürich, which was mounted

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