June/July issue: Resistance
Art in America tackles the theme of Resistance in its June/July issue. Amid worldwide political and economic ferment, we consider the myriad ways artists of different generations and nationalities engage the burning issues at hand.
Ida Applebroog, who is taking part in Documenta 13 this summer, created a special poster project, which is inserted into the magazine.
Paul David Young interviews veteran artist/activist Suzanne Lacy about her logistically challenging, collaborative performances. Christian Viveros-Fauné considers artists in dangerous places—Ai Weiwei, Ganzeer, Teresa Margolles and others—who place their safety on the line. Amei Wallach reviews the subversive art of Sanja Iveković, who exposes violence and sexism in her native Croatia and abroad. Eleanor Heartney critiques the controversial career of Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, who is often accused of replicating the economic exploitation he lampoons. Charlotte Bonham-Carter visits the studio of Argentine artist Amalia Pica, whose multi-medium works “explore the gaps between reality, perception and memory.”
Paul Chan embraces change as a mode of inspiration. Alfredo Jaar shares some of his recent interests, from Chile’s student movement to the Angolan singer Bonga. Ida Applebroog reaches out to hundreds of thousands. Krzysztof Wodiczko speaks about “society’s biggest challenge”: the abolition of war. Glenn Adamson asks if artists’ estates and rights agencies are limiting freedom of expression. Eleanor Heartney reviews Claire Bishop‘s Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship and Grant H. Kester‘s The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context. Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi speaks about artistic freedom in Sharjah.
Nato Thompson, Martha Rosler, Astra Taylor, Niels Van Tomme, Naeem Mohaiemen, Joanna Warsza, Paul Ramirez Jonas, and Allan Sekula on Occupy Wall Street‘s nexus with the art world.
Lawrence Weiner recalls a smoke at Kunsthalle Bern in 1969. Travis Jeppesen discovers an “all-too-authentic” picture of Berlin’s art scene in John Holten‘s recent novel, The Readymades. Alex Gartenfeld introduces painter Ella Kruglyanskaya on the eve of her first solo show in New York.
Two dozen pages reviewing shows in 15 cities around the world. Highlights include Cindy Sherman at MoMA, New York, and Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art, Chicago.