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Issue 4, Friday, 17 October 2014  | Download this issue

Soft fabrics have solid appeal

News analysis Textiles have become a must-have medium for museums—and collectors are slowly catching on

News and analysis

Anything London can do, Paris can do better?

News French capital mounts a charm offensive in the battle to win collectors’ hearts and minds

Loud and proud in the West Indies

News UK artist Simon Fujiwara will show a giant Frankenstein-like sculpture of a male nude at the Jamaica Biennial

Gagosian lands Walter De Maria’s estate

News The gallery plans to establish a foundation dedicated to the late artist and stage a show of his work

Also in this issue

Gehry in talks to upgrade Geffen Contemporary

News LA MOCA's director says improvements are among his "priorities"

 

Let the video roller coaster ride begin

Interview Ryan Trecartin’s films, created with Lizzie Fitch, trace the impact of technology on modern life

Japanese art finally finds favour in London

News analysis Contemporary Japanese artists have struggled to find recognition in London, but that could be changing

King of the concrete jungle

Interview US-born critic turned curator Ralph Rugoff feels at home on the South Bank

Double trouble in New York

Books Two new books examine the city’s activist art culture

On a journey with Emily the intrepid

Feature Damien Hirst has lent objects to an exhibition of the Canadian artist Emily Carr

Diary

Go fig-ure

Mature art-worlders may have fond memories of “Fig-1”, the ever-changing Soho project organised by Mark Francis (now a director at Gagosian Gallery) and supported by White Cube’s Jay Jopling, which, in 2000, featured 50 multidisciplinary exhibitions...

 
Exhibitions

Italian Futurism 1909-44: Reconstructing the Universe

The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism in the US opens at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum this month. “We’ve been wanting to do this show longer than I’ve worked here, and I’ve worked here for 20 years,” says Vivien Greene, the...
Gauguin: Metamorphoses 2014 Whitney Biennial Lygia Clark: the Abandonment of Art, 1948-88 When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South Oscar Murillo Glenn Brown Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958-2010
Video

The controversial Chris Ofili

The British artist Chris Ofili is no stranger to controversy. In 1999, his painting The Holy Virgin Mary, 1996, which depicted the Virgin surrounded by pornographic imagery and covered in elephant dung, was at the center of then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s threat to rescind public funding from the Brooklyn Museum, where the picture was on display at the “Sensation” exhibition. In this clip, Ofili discusses his 2002 work The Upper Room, which was purchased by the Tate amid more tumult in 2006, as the artist sat on the museum’s board of trustees as the time of purchase. His latest exhibition, “Night and Day,” (at the New Museum, New York, until 25 January 2015) opened this week.

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