Art Monthly Issue 454
Art Monthly Issue 454
Art Monthly Issue 454
Art Monthly Issue 454
Art Monthly Issue 454

Art Monthly Issue 454

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Art Monthly returns showing that it's still possible to do so much without the need for colour printing. 

"Becky Beasley interviewed by Mark Prince

I see the hermetic core of human beings as their mystery. It is what fundamentally connects and separates us. Art is one way of breaching this. Being autistic makes me extremely sensitive to other people, and I experience this actively in each social decision I make: both the risk and the opportunity of the other."

Michaële Cutaya argues that our preoccupation with depth has blinded us to the importance of the surface

Superficiality has rarely been much appreciated in western philosophy – it is traditional to start with Plato – and is routinely associated with appearances, shallowness or artificiality. Yet it could be argued that superficiality, not depth, is the very condition of our earthly existence.

Alicja Rogalska addresses systemic isolation and emotional repression by creating participatory ‘situations’ – such as workshops, discussions and Live Action Role Play (LARP) events – with people at the margins of mainstream society. Rogalska translates these moments of ‘temporary collectivism’ into film and photography while avoiding grim instrumentalisation.

Blue Curry

Paul Carey-Kent

Blue Curry’s work deals with the impact of tourism. He was once told ‘you’re just trying to ruin our holidays’, but he’s not after the holidaymakers, rather the historically constructed image of the Caribbean to which they unwittingly subscribe.


Taxing Matters

When the pandemic has seen the ten richest men more than double their wealth, and when even some of the global super-rich themselves admit that the tax system is unfair, what does it take for governments to act?

When Forbes magazine rated Elon Musk the richer of the two last year, he gleefully awarded Jeff Bezos a silver medal emoji in a tweet, but what’s $100m between enemies, when each is reportedly worth the equivalent of the GDP of New Zealand?


Woeful State of Affairs

Eddie Chambers on Tate’s ‘Life Between Islands’

This woeful state of affairs is made all the more galling when institutions trumpet their own derisory efforts as ‘groundbreaking’, ‘landmark’ and other such superlatives. This surely is the institutional equivalent of marking your own homework.

Grateful for ‘Life Between Islands’

Paul Carey-Kent offers a defence of Tate

Morgan Quaintance claims that the artists shown are too well-known and mainstream. I suspect that some of the artists have gained a higher profile only during the extended planning of the show.

Morgan Quaintance replies

It is perhaps worth asking this: what is the purpose of the art writer or ‘critic’ these days? So many now seem to sidestep proper critical analysis of exhibition structure, curatorial intent, institutional framing and behaviour in order to instead provide a jolly complimentary garnish to the most paltry efforts of arts organisations.


National Portfolio?

Arts Council England’s new National Portfolio opens for applications, with new funding criteria; the misleadingly named Berlin Kunsthalle is boycotted by artists; Tate finally removes the disgraced Sackler name from its galleries and also addresses the racist imagery of its Rex Whistler mural; Slovenia diverts funding away from left-leaning arts organisations; Russia cracks down on dissident artists; plus the latest on galleries, people, prizes and more."