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Special issue 2009, Volume 208 Number 1031

Studio International Yearbook 2009

Special issue 2009, Volume 208 Number 1031.

Publisher: The Studio Trust
Content: 320 pages, full colour
Language: English
ISBN: 0983259909 (Hardcover).
Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.7 x 1.0 inches
Price: Hardcover: US $29.99, UK £24.99

Editor: Michael Spens
Deputy Editor: Dr Janet McKenzie
Creative Director: Martin Kennedy
Vice-President: Miguel Benavides

To order your copy please contact studio@mwrk.co.uk

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Introduction

Another Yearbook feels like a cause for celebration. In response to the financial crash in 2008, cautionary spending policies were adopted by galleries and museums, and major auction houses laid off junior staff and battened down the hatches. At the top end of the art market, however, prices and profits continued to rise, exacerbating the paradox of cut-backs and closures at community and regional levels. Art publishing too must proceed carefully, making the role of online journals such as Studio International in education and in the dissemination of critique more important than before.

Against the values we have inherited from the Enlightenment and 20th-century romanticism, whither are we bound? That art is central to global culture, there is no doubt, and so too, the role of the artist to question powerful hegemonies on the world stage. The relatively modest exhibition, Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion, which had sprung out of the University of Houston’s Blaffer Gallery in late 2008, reached New York University’s Grey Art Gallery in the spring of 2009 (also shared with the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton Long Island). Is the non-centrality of these venues, the non-celebrity status of most of the 15 international exhibiting artists, or the non-alignment of the exhibition’s theme to current high-priestly curatorial preoccupations in the main centres, a reason why this challenging exhibition has not yet moved on to a wider, major circuit? It would be a most fitting exhibition in any of a number of venues in Europe at the present time.

A sympathetic strain of motivation and inspiration was already evident in the contributions of many of our writers here, and the works they choose to focus on: Cildo Meireles, Rosalind Nashashibi, Anthony Gormley, Aida Tomescu, Sophie Calle and Tracey Emin. We have also sought to cover major museum and gallery events, with the relaunch of London’s redesigned Whitechapel and outstanding shows such as Tate Modern’s Rodchenko and Popova, which at last set right the key role of Liubov Popova in reappraising Constructivism. This enabled the principles of Constructivism to find fuller application in photography and film-making. Perhaps it is symptomatic of the redefinition of that key movement in Russia, and its ramifications and legacy, that two new publications on film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky have appeared, in which his lasting – but not fully recognised – influence on film and television today is asserted. Tarkovsky can be seen to have been a “damaged Romanticist” who mirrored modern emotion.

We keep a watch on today’s pivotal figures, including Richard Serra, Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Luis Barragàn and now Ed Ruscha, always wary of the curatorial urge to revise and the art market’s urge to hedge. Even Frieze Art Fair, a superb London innovation, showed symptoms of both processes. We welcome our growing cyber-readership, including an increasing number of students.

Michael Spens
Editor

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Contents

  • Olivier Richon | Anima(l)
  • Alsop’s Tabletop
  • Richard Serra in London
  • Jörg Schmeisser
  • Once Again, Fashion’s First “Beatnik”
  • Takes Centre Stage
  • Projects in China: Architects Von Gerkan Marg and Partners
  • Cildo Meireles: From Sense to Concept
  • Romantic Visions for a Terminally Ill World
  • Materiality and Memory. An interview with Cildo Meireles
  • Rodchenko and Popova: defining constructivism
  • The British Council Collection: Passports
  • Gerhard Richter Portraits
  • A Love Affair with Glass
  • Tarkovsky
  • Uch Emchek or 3M-Check: Central Asia’s First Art Residency Programme
  • Artists in the Bush: Land Issues in the Art of GW Bot, Wendy Stavrianos and Helen Geier
  • Whitechapel rising: the new opening
  • Colour Chart: Reinventing Colour, 1950 to Today
  • Roni Horn aka Roni Horn
  • Richard Long: Heaven and Water
  • The Beijing National Stadium – Beijing Olympic Architecture (in Retrospect I)
  • The Beijing National Aquatics Centre – of Bird’s Nest and Bubbles (in Retrospect II)
  • Gormley’s Plinth
  • Classified: Contemporary Art at Tate Britain
  • Patrick Tjungurrayi, Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri
  • Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969–2009
  • Carlo Cardazzo – A New Vision for Art
  • The Woodblock Painting of Cressida Campbell
  • Venice Biennale 2009
  • One Thousand Drawings by Tracey Emin
  • Walking In My Mind
  • Rosalind Nashashibi
  • Crazy Mayer’s Storehouse of Memories
  • Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture
  • American Idyll – Jenny Watson
  • Making Art in Paradise. Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design
  • Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting
  • Grayson Perry: The Walthamstow Tapestry
  • Remains and Remnants. Anselm Kiefer: The Fertile Crescent
  • Aida Tomescu: Paintings and Drawings
  • Art and Text
  • Frozen smiles, melting hearts: Frieze Art Fair 2009
  • The Unilever Series: Miroslaw Balka, How it is
  • Sophie Calle: Talking to Strangers
  • Lucy Stein: Creemie Myopic Fables/Group Show: Purpling
  • New Contemporaries 2009
  • Pop Life: Art in a Material World
  • Conceptual drawing. Recent work by Bernhard Sachs, Mike Parr, Greg Creek and Janenne Eaton
  • GSK Contemporary. Earth: Art of a changing world

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