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Issue 4, Friday, 17 October 2014  | Download this issue

Soft fabrics have solid appeal

News analysis Textiles have become a must-have medium for museums—and collectors are slowly catching on

News and analysis

Anything London can do, Paris can do better?

News French capital mounts a charm offensive in the battle to win collectors’ hearts and minds

Loud and proud in the West Indies

News UK artist Simon Fujiwara will show a giant Frankenstein-like sculpture of a male nude at the Jamaica Biennial

Gagosian lands Walter De Maria’s estate

News The gallery plans to establish a foundation dedicated to the late artist and stage a show of his work

Also in this issue

Gehry in talks to upgrade Geffen Contemporary

News LA MOCA's director says improvements are among his "priorities"

 

Let the video roller coaster ride begin

Interview Ryan Trecartin’s films, created with Lizzie Fitch, trace the impact of technology on modern life

Japanese art finally finds favour in London

News analysis Contemporary Japanese artists have struggled to find recognition in London, but that could be changing

King of the concrete jungle

Interview US-born critic turned curator Ralph Rugoff feels at home on the South Bank

Double trouble in New York

Books Two new books examine the city’s activist art culture

On a journey with Emily the intrepid

Feature Damien Hirst has lent objects to an exhibition of the Canadian artist Emily Carr

Diary

Go fig-ure

Mature art-worlders may have fond memories of “Fig-1”, the ever-changing Soho project organised by Mark Francis (now a director at Gagosian Gallery) and supported by White Cube’s Jay Jopling, which, in 2000, featured 50 multidisciplinary exhibitions...

 
Exhibitions
Video

The Portuguese return to Macau

As Art Basel in Hong Kong rolls on, the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos is preparing for a solo show in China’s other special administrative region, Macau, her first in the region. At the MGM casino resort, Vasconcelos is creating 1,200 kilo piece titled Valkyrie Octopus. The work measures 35 by 20 metres and is made of more than 4,000 metres of coloured fabrics, thousands of beads, 3,100 metres of electric cable, and has LED lights placed throughout. The site-specific work deals with the Portuguese presence in Macau, which began in the 16th century and ended, officially, in 1999.

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