Art Monthly - No.353 - February 2012

Art Monthly - No.353 - February 2012
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Publication Date Feb 2012
Description Contents Feature False Lion Can art and audiences resist biennialisation asks Francis Frascina Elite members of the international art world use wealth (and yachts) to buffer themselves against local contexts, but some artists – and some audiences – utilise the jet-set nature of biennials to critique the exhibition context. 'Audiences are not, necessarily, uncritical and passive consumers slavishly following celebrity interests or duped by the culture industries.' Feature Arabic Agendas Omar Kholeif on western appropriation of art from the Arab world Could the west's recent embrace of the Arab Spring become a suffocating bear hug? 'The overt politicisation of Basiony's work within the nationalistic context of the Venice Biennale mirrors, in some respects, the image appropriation that took place during the Egyptian revolt.' Feature Out of this World Paul O'Kane redefines outsider art If contemporary art's dependency upon context – which relational aesthetics simply extended – has resulted in an impasse, couldn't outsider art offer a glimpse at a way out? 'Outsider art is not a promotion of context at the expense of objects and artists; quite the reverse, it is an art that is all object and no context. The outsider object is not so much displaced à la Duchamp, Surrealism, Haim Steinbach etc, as de-placed.' PMQs While David Cameron blithely claims that he abolished university funding and raised student fees in order to ensure that 'universities were properly funded', shouldn't the UK be learning from the US, where student debt is predicted to surpass credit card debt and hit $1trn this year, economically crippling a generation of jobless graduates? 'Anyone who still thought the loan system in the US was set up for the benefit of the student can now clearly see that it is the other way around. Since student debt is treated as consumer debt it could be said that the university sector has expanded to supply the financial sector with easy marks. It is no wonder that a student lobby group in the US has called for a "debt strike". How long before escalating student debt in the UK leads to similar calls?' Letters JJ Charlesworth wades into the debate surrounding fine art PhDs. Artnotes Lacoste censors its own prize because some of the shortlisted work is too political; Austrian commissions are dropped under political pressure; the health of UK arts is monitored; Tate drops BP sponsorship – not; UK museums lose funding for international projects; the EC sets about developing the world's largest programme of cultural funding; all the latest news on galleries, prizes, online resources and more.
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Related Artist Bea McMahon
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