#43 Spring 2015

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Everyone has to be an artist. What does this mean for the artist? When the myth of creativity and self-determination permeates all spheres, what is the artist to do? Can the individual work still produce difference, when formerly stable ideas of the public and of history are no longer in place? When the work dissolves, does artistic work flow into the design of being?

Including a roundtable with Simon Denny, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Alexander Koch; an interview with Heimo Zobernig; and portraits of Henri Matisse, Korakrit Arunanondchai, and Weronika Ławniczak. Martin Herbert portrays fictional artists from Duchamp to the present and sees them as a mirror for radical changes within the art world. Kolja Reichert and Christian Kobald ask what has become of an art world that integrates everything. John Menick on today’s cinematic heroes: goal-fixated self-optimizers on drugs, as opposed to neurotic Hamlets. Cara Delevigny in the 3M Paparazzi Blocker Anorak, as seen by Jon Leon. Simon Fujiwara presents his Artist’s Favourites. Artist Contributions by Andro Wekua, Keren Cytter, Misha Stroj, and Nicole Eisenman.

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Than Hussein Clark at David Roberts Art Foundation in London; Charles Atlas at Luhring Augustine in New York; Trisha Donnelly at Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf; An interview with Olaf Metzel about his exhibition at Kunstraum Innsbruck; Dorothy Iannone at Peres Projects in Berlin, Ramin Haerizadeh/Rokni Haerizadeh/Hesam Rahmanian at Kunsthalle Zürich; Wesley Willis at Delmes & Zander in Berlin
Seduction
or the things we like: By Andrew Berardini, Christine König, Kolja Reichert, Toke Lykkeberg, Martha Kirszenbaum
Postcard from London
The era of artists fighting back against the sell-off of the city is over. In London, fewer and fewer can afford to pay the rent. While the gallery spaces keep getting larger, artists are leaving the city behind. Oliver Basciano is still there, and is moving house – again.
Portrait Henri Matisse
Matisse explained that his art was meant to offer solace, like a good arm­ chair after a hard day’s work. What is behind the periodic interest in the “pleasing” aspects of his work?
Artists' Contributions
By Andro Wekua, Keren Cytter, Misha Stroj, Nicole Eisenman
Curator's Key
Roger Buergel, director des Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich, on "A Season in Shell" by Daisy Bisenieks and Royce Ng (2013)