#40 Summer 2014

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Themed "Art under Capitalism", Spike's summer issue includes an acerbic and revealing conversation about the bleak future of art with dealer Gavin Brown, who started his gallery in downtown Manhattan in 1993 and soon became one of the cutting-edge figures of the New York scene. Italian left-wing theorist Tiziana Terranova talks about living in an age of debt, Kolja Reichert reflects on how the ascendance of art is a symptom of the devaluation of money, while writer Jon Leon interviews LA artist Alex Israel about nostalgia, style and taste. The cult curator Bob Nickas thinks back on the career of Laurie Parsons, who quit the art world soon after joining it in the 1990s. In addition, Timo Feldhaus writes about Jordan Wolfson's hugely expensive and notorious dancing robot at David Zwirner Gallery in New York, and curator Michele D'Aurizio pitches Curzio Malaparte's novel The Skin as a lesson in humanity and suffering, while American science-fiction author Mark von Schlegell contributes a new short story about an unstoppable horde of children. And much more besides...

 

Curator's Key
Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London, on A Burial at Ornans (1849–50) by Gustave Courbet
MARIA LASSNIG (1919–2014)
By Peter Pakesch
Neoliberal Entities
The Artist Pension Trust promises artists a land of milk and honey. By Alexander Scrimgeour
KUNSTBETRIEB
People are spending unprecedented sums on art. Buying as a buzz. By Andrew M. Goldstein & Homa Zarghamee
21ST CENTURY THEORY
Tiziana Terranova and Stefan Heidenreich talk about financialisation, workfare and debt
Portrait Laurie Parsons
The American artist spent only a few years in the art world. Bob Nickas thinks back on her work.
Portrait Rainer Ganahl
Marx, Lenin and Mao. The Austrian artist is passionately attached to left-wing figures and finds ways to bring them into the present. By Adam Kleinman
Suffer the Children
Short story by Mark con Schlegell
EXHIBITION HISTORIES
»All this will one day be yours sweetheart«. Paul Maenz tells of a short evening in Frankfurt in 1967.
Books
Curzio Malaparte wrote his novel The Skin in 1949. A re-reading by Michele D’Aurizio
Berlin
Timo Feldhaus seeks out the nooks and crannies between work, power, and capital at the tenth Gallery Weekend.
Seduction
or the things we like: By Alex Hunter, Chris Sharp, Nina Beier, Ashley Bickerton, Maximilian Geymüller
Reviews
Vienna, Baden, Basel, Bern, Berlin, Munich, Mexicali, New York, London, Eindhoven, Warsaw
THE PFAFF BROTHERS
Random Sequencing