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Issue 1, Tuesday, 17 June 2014  | Download this issue

Meet you in Basel… or will it be Gwangju?

News There’s no such thing as an unmissable event as the art world’s nomadic tribe gets picky

News and analysis

Kiefer unveils fellow artist’s tunnel vision

News Laib adds to friend’s Gesamtkunstwerk

Ai Weiwei digs deep in Warsaw

News The Chinese artist's work in Poland will be invisible to the public

Fair selection row flares up in Paris

News Parisian dealer Eric Dupont is unhappy about being left out again

Also in this issue

Schiele and Saville to face off in Zürich

News

 

Ai’s collected works bound and wrapped

News First comprehensive monograph of artist’s work, published by Taschen, is being launched at Art Basel this week

Rooms to manoeuvre

Feature Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach bring performance to Basel in “14 Rooms”

Basel gets ready to (Art) Party

Feature Bob & Roberta Smith’s crusade against cuts to arts education in the UK is bringing politics and mayhem to this year’s fair

Why Tillmans is returning to Russia

Interview The artist is taking part in Manifesta 10, despite the country’s anti-gay laws

Broadening horizons in Amsterdam

Interview Beatrix Ruf talks about her aim to engage with the “extended world” at the Stedelijk Museum

Back to basics in Venice

Feature First reactions to Rem Koolhaas’s Venice Architecture Biennale, and its theme “Fundamentals”

Richter’s variations on a single theme

Feature The Beyeler show treads new ground by focusing on the artist’s series since the 1960s

Sex, war and photobooks

Books Martin Parr and Gerry Badger celebrate the genre

The great art fair scramble

News analysis Moving the opening of the Venice Biennale to May has set the cat among the pigeons

Diary

Those boys have some balls

You don’t often see a double-ended dildo lovingly made from ebony at a design fair. But you can handle such titillating treats at Design Miami/Basel this year, courtesy of the Haas brothers, a Los Angeles-based design duo who are showing with the...

 
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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