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Documenta 14

ATHENS CONSERVATOIRE / ATHENS SCHOOL OF FINE ART / BENAKI MUSEUM / MUSEUM OF ANTI-DICTATORSHIP / NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART / PARKO ELEFTHERIAS, Athens

Gordon Hookey, Solidarity, 2017.
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Ben Eastham

The fourteenth edition of Documenta takes place, for the first time in the institution’s history, across two locations. By staging it in Germany and Greece, and expressing the hope that an exhibition bankrolled by the former might effectively critique the infrastructures of power that have immiserated the latter, curator Adam... continue reading
“Myths of the Marble”

HENIE ONSTAD KUNSTSENTER, Oslo

Ignas Krunglevičius, Skin Currencies, 2017.
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Ben Eastham

The phrase “make-believe media” was coined by Michael Parenti in 1991 to describe how the United States’ entertainment industries reproduce myths that justify the unequal distribution of power. The racism, militarism, and misogyny coded into pop cultural forms like the television drama, he proposed, do not reflect social realities so... continue reading
Gallery Weekend Korea

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Seoul

Hyunjung Kim, Never Happened, 2012.
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Ben Eastham

Where the phrase “gallery weekend” might once have euphemized a romantic indiscretion, or announced a Happening, it now connotes a program of events coordinated to attract a small but influential international audience to a city with aspirations to the status of a cultural hub. Korea’s contribution to this increasingly popular... continue reading
Tate Modern’s Switch House

TATE MODERN, London

View of Switch House, Tate Modern, London, 2016.
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Ben Eastham

“When racism and sexism are no longer fashionable,” the Guerilla Girls asked in 1989, “what will your art collection be worth?” Predicting that “the art market won’t bestow mega-buck prices on the work of a few white males forever,” their printed notice listed 67 female artists (several of whom are... continue reading
View of Iman Issa’s “Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places,” Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, 2016.
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Ben Eastham

The inaugural edition of ARCO Lisbon (May 26–29, 2016) was announced to the world on the same day that an anti-austerity alliance in Portugal’s parliament passed a vote to dissolve its center-right government. On the day that journalists came to preview the venue at which the fair would be held,... continue reading
Turin Roundup

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Turin

Katie Paterson, Timepieces (Solar-System), 2014.
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Ben Eastham

It was difficult, having recently attended the opening of an art fair, to dispute Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev’s assertion that “we live in the age of oligarchs.” The newly appointed director of two of Turin’s most celebrated arts institutions(1) told me, as we meandered through the halfway re-hung galleries of the Castello... continue reading

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