Zombie

 Werner Herzog, Screenshots from Cave of Forgotton Dremas , 2010, 90 min.

Werner Herzog, Screenshots from Cave of Forgotton Dremas, 2010, 90 min.

In 2010, Werner Herzog was among the lucky few to be given permission to enter the recently rediscovered Chauvet Cave in the south of France. In just six days he made a stunning documentary film about its 32,000-year-old cave paintings. Timo Feldhaus looks back at the beginnings of art through a flat Retina Display and soon drifts back to the present – to the image archives of Corbis.

 Photo: Zoë Fisher

Photo: Zoë Fisher

Is it still possible to forget?

 Art Club 2000, Untitled (Times Square / Gap Grunge 1), 1992-1993, C-Print  

Art Club 2000, Untitled (Times Square / Gap Grunge 1), 1992-1993, C-Print

 

Rrose Sélavy, Vern Blosum, John Dogg: Why do artists create alter egos or hide as collectives behind made-up characters? Martin Herbert traces the figure of the fictional artist over the last hundred years and discovers a reflection of the art world’s changing face. Sometimes one identity just isn’t enough.

 Mass murder , Installation view; Blue Room, Night Gallery, Los Angeles 2014

Mass murder, Installation view; Blue Room, Night Gallery, Los Angeles 2014

Samara Golden‘s phantasmagoric installations bring to mind the halls of mirrors in old amusement parks as well as the dark glamour of Hollywood. On the occasion of the Los Angeles–based artist‘s exhibition at MoMA PS1, Dorothée Dupuis explores the uncanny power of Golden‘s work and discovers a form of resistance in the emotions conjured up by the shimmering interiors of the American home.

How has the internet changed the nature of the event?

 Venus’s Flower Basket  (Euplectella aspergillum)

Venus’s Flower Basket  (Euplectella aspergillum)

Voluminous and heavy, a new anthology brings together 37 texts on speculative realism and its ramifications on the arts by the likes of Quentin Meillassoux, Graham Harman, Steven Shaviro, Manuel DeLanda, Diedrich Diederichsen, Reza Negarestani, and many more. Paul Feigelfeld wades through and finds an overly present absolute, and philosophy that has become a tourist attraction.

 Dawn of the dead, filmstill, 1978

Dawn of the dead, filmstill, 1978

Contemporary abstraction borrows blindly from art history, all looks the same and works particularly well if you hang it over the sofa - this is the reproach at the heart of Walter Robinson's idea of "zombie formalism". But maybe art criticism has just forgotten how to look closely. Travis Jeppesen defends abstract painting against its opponents and hits the ball back into their court: it's time for critics to reengage with their subjects and find a new language for painting.