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Issue 4, Friday, 20 June 2014  | Download this issue

A century of the readymade

News Duchamp’s influence is in evidence at the fair, but can today’s artists reimagine his idea?

News and analysis

Warhol tops fair’s big-ticket sales

News Despite some dealers playing the waiting game, works have made seven and even eight figures at the fair

Performance: do you buy it?

News The public is warming to the medium, but collectors remain cool

News in brief

News Munich museum loses chief sponsor, Swiss space for Pace and more

Also in this issue

Manifesta: a hard act to pull off

Interview Kasper König organises the roving biennial as Russia, its host, attracts attention for all the wrong reasons

 

Masters of appropriation

Feature From Liberty to Olympia, artists are wearing their influences on their sleeves

Make your own Vermeer

Feature Art Basel Film includes an inventor’s lengthy—and not entirely successful—attempt to copy the master

Video art, unplugged

Interview A show at the Schaulager sees the New York-based artist Paul Chan rewiring his work

The rise and rise of the superstar artists

Books In an extract from her new book, Georgina Adam explains how a handful of artists have become multi-millionaires

The Tinguely, but not as you know it

Feature Kristof Kintera subverts the Basel museum with a droll, Dada-ist wit

From catwalk to ecology

Books Art’s foray into fashion and environmentalism

A tale of two extensions

News analysis Basel’s Kunstmuseum expansion project is progressing at pace. In Zürich, however, the Kunsthaus’s plans are in legal limbo

Diary

The bare Minimalism

When the crowds gathered on Thursday at the entrance of Art Basel, most fair-goers were jostling to see a naked woman rather than the art on show. The throng was keen to catch a glimpse of the Swiss performance artist Milo Moiré (below), who stood...

 
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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