REVIEWS

/ BEN EASTHAM
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
Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s “The All Hearing”

LAVERONICA ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, Modica

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, The All Hearing, 2014. Digital video, 13:00 minutes.
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Ben Eastham

At the entrance to Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s “The All Hearing” a tape delay device perches on a plinth, its magnetic tape wrapped around an external spool (The End of Every Illusionist, 2013). Through the attached pair of headphones emerges the artist’s voice, its vowels lightly pressed by his Yorkshire upbringing,... continue reading

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