#61 Autumn 2019
The desire to get away from it all pervades every aspect of our lives. Artists are leaving art capitals and even fleeing the art world entirely, just to find themselves right back where they started. We’re being grabbed by the claws of the art market and crashing into the limits of artistic autonomy. We need a way out. Outside of the confines of the art world, too, there’s much we want to evade, like death, depression, taxes, and our own success. But where does escape end and escapism begin? Could we think of escape as a battle cry, a rejection of terms, and a mode of non-compliance? With so many things to run from, but not so many places to run to, Spike is getting the hell out of here.
Zadie Xa at YARAT Contemporary Art Centre by Ella Plevin
“Stars are Closer, and Clouds are Nutritious Under Golden Trees” at MMAG Foundation by Federica Bueti
“Avengers: Someone Left the Cake Out In the Rain” at Gaga & Reena Spaulings Fine Art by Grace Hadland
“Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Victoria Campbell. Devin Kenny at MoMA PS1 by Victoria Campbell.
Lee Krasner at Barbican Art Gallery by Oliver Basciano
Henrik Olesen at Museo Reina Sofía by Cory John Scozzari
Pipilotti Rist at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art by Cecilie Høgsbro Østergaard
Bea Schlingelhoff at Off Kunsthaus Glarus at Museum des Landes Glarus, Freuerpalast by Julia Moritz
Rebecca Horn at Centre Pompidou-Metz & Museum Tinguely, Basel by Ingrid Luquet-Gad
Omer Fast at Salzburger Kunstverein by Klaus Speidel. Roy Lichtenstein at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac by Klaus Speidel.
“The Vienna Biennale for Change 2019: Brave New Virtues, Shaping our Digital World” at various locations by Mohammad Salemy. Perel at ImPulsTanz Vienna by Victoria Dejaco. Nora Schultz at Secession by Benjamin Hirte
Senga Nengudi at Lenbachhaus by Dorothea Zwirner. Miriam Cahn at Haus der Kunst by Dorothea Stöppel.
“Image Bank” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art by Mitch Speed. Interview with Yael Bartana at Capitain Petzel by Chloe Stead. “Atonal” at Kraftwerk Berlin by Laurie Rojas
Biennials are out, freeports are in. The one percent loves storage solutions that allow them to squirrel away art without the burden of taxation. The best artworks are coming soon to a freeport near you, but you won’t be allowed to see them unless you can wheel and deal or pay to play. By Kenny Schachter
Fashion has built a trap for itself. The most contemporary medium may still pride itself on being ahead of the curve, but it has fallen prey to a totalised corporate capitalist realism that is closing the door on a new generation. Where will it go with its need to rebel and experiment? By Jeppe Ugelvig
By Agnieszka Polska, Eoghan Ryan, Gene Beery, McDermott & McGough, and Sophie Thun