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Creativity as resistance by Jennifer Higgie

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The importance of being curious by Lynne Tillman

Other cities, other seas

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Can Egypt’s NGOs survive repressive new legislation? by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie


Uncertain TimesRegistered only

Arts funding and the recent elections in Brazil by Silas Martí

Life in Design

Life in DesignRegistered only

An alternative history of graphic design by Fraser Muggeridge


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A new futurism in dance music? by Philip Sherburne


Data-Doubles of the SelfSubscriber only

Twinship in contemporary art by William Viney


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Art, auctions and storytelling meet in Valeria Luiselli’s latest novel by Natalie Ferris


Green ShootsSubscriber only

Ecological innovation in Chinese architecture by Beatrice Leanza


Questionnaire: Sophia Al-Maria

Q: What music are you listening to? A: Things that would disgust my teenage self; I have betrayed her. by Sophia Al-Maria

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In recent years, abstract painting has experienced both a new popularity and a critical backlash. Can it be written off as ‘zombie formalism’ or are innovative approaches to abstraction really being developed? by David Geers


Photo FinishRegistered only

Social division and artistic engagement in the work of Mohamed Bourouissa by Vivian Sky Rehberg


In Focus: Emma HartRegistered only

Being betrayed by the body by Colin Perry


Ill-Begotten TreasuresSubscriber only

Wolf-whistling at fallen angels in Lukas Duwenhögger’s imagined worlds by Charlie Fox


Fibre Is My AlphabetSubscriber only

Jennifer Higgie talks to Sheila Hicks about the 60-year evolution of her artistic language by Jennifer Higgie


In Focus: Sam LewittSubscriber only

Material production and the march of history by Joseph Akel


Skin & SurfaceRegistered only

Dansaekhwa, or ‘Korean Monochrome Painting’, is the name ascribed to a style of painting practiced by a loosely affiliated set of Korean artists who came to prominence in the 1970s. Three recent exhibitions — at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, and Kukje Gallery, Seoul — have, for the first time in a generation, brought this work to an audience outside of Korea, while a presentation of Dansaekhwa will be shown as part of the 56th Venice Biennale in May this year. We asked the curators of these exhibitions — Sam Bardaouil, Till Fellrath, Joan Kee and Yoon Jin Sup — to reflect on the key factors that led to the development of Dansaekhwa’s unique aesthetic and what its legacy is today. by Yoon Jin Sup, Joan Kee, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath


In Focus: Liu ChuangRegistered only

Cold portraits and warm-hearted annotations by Paul Teasdale

One Take

The Last ResortSubscriber only

Dan Fox explores handcrafted futures and the automated present in Scott Reeder’s new sci-fi film Moon Dust by Dan Fox

Marcel Duchamp. Painting, Even / Sade. Attacking the SunRegistered only

Centre Pompidou / Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

By Jörg Heiser

31st Bienal de São PauloSubscriber only

Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil

By Lauren A. Wright

The Moving MuseumRegistered only

Şişhane Otopark, Istanbul, Turkey

By Jonathan P. Watts

10th Shanghai BiennaleSubscriber only

Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China

By Matthew McLean

Dong XiwenSubscriber only

Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, China

By Carol Yinghua Lu

Penny SiopisRegistered only

Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

By Sean O’Toole

Habitat (with World Food Books)Subscriber only

Minerva, Sydney, Australia

By Wes Hill

Zin TaylorRegistered only

1646, The Hague, The Netherlands

By Vivian Sky Rehberg

Allegory of the Cave PaintingSubscriber only

Extra City Kunsthal and Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium

By Nick Aikens

Jonathan GardnerSubscriber only

Mary Mary , Glasgow, UK

By John Quin

Nadia HebsonRegistered only

Drop City , Newcastle, UK

By Natasha Soobramanien

Melvin EdwardsRegistered only

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

By Morgan Quaintance

Rachel MacleanSubscriber only

Rowing, London, UK

By Alice Butler

Julie VerhoevenRegistered only

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

By Laura Castagnini

Daniel LippRegistered only

Southard Reid, London, UK

By Paul Pieroni

Roy VossSubscriber only

Matt's Gallery , London, UK

By Linda Taylor

Senga NengudiSubscriber only

White Cube, London, UK

By Amy Sherlock

Around TownRegistered only

Various venues , Turin, Italy

By Jörg Heiser

The Reluctant NarratorSubscriber only

Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

By Joana Neves

Isabelle CornaroRegistered only

Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland

By Aoife Rosenmeyer

Julie BeaufilsRegistered only

Balice Hertling, Paris, France

By Sabrina Tarasoff

Sascha WeidnerSubscriber only

Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany

By Timotheus Vermeulen

Lynn Hershman LeesonSubscriber only

Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany

By William J. Simmons

Nikita KadanRegistered only

Campagne Première, Berlin, Germany

By Sonja Hornung

Private Settings, Art after the InternetRegistered only

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

By Krzysztof Kosciuczuk

Suzy LakeSubscriber only

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

By Dan Adler

Hannah RickardsRegistered only

Fogo Island Gallery, Newfoundland

By Kari Cwynar

Katarina BurinSubscriber only

Ratio 3, San Francisco, USA

By Jeanne Gerrity

Nevet YitzhakRegistered only

The Screening Room, Miami, USA

By Alpesh Kantilal Patel

John MillerSubscriber only

Mary Boone Gallery & Metro Pictures, New York, USA

By David Reisman

Ann LislegaardSubscriber only

Murray Guy, New York, USA

By Laura McLean-Ferris

Yael BartanaRegistered only

Petzel gallery, New York, USA

By Orit Gat

Huguette CalandRegistered only

Lombard Fried, New York, USA

By Scott Roben

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