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  • Raqs Media Collective: ArtReview 2016 Power 100

    Published in ArtReview, October 2016

    Joining the trend for artists curating biennials are Raqs Media Collective, the collaborative artistic practice formed by Bagchi, Narula and Sengupta in 1992, who in November open their edition of the 11th Shanghai Biennale. The New Delhi-based trio have titled it Why Not Ask Again? Manoeuvres, Disputations and Stories. While they have curated previously (including Manifesta 7 in 2008), they’re just as likely to pull on their copious experience as regular exhibitors on the biennial circuit, not least this year, with work appearing at the 11th Gwangju Biennale and the 20th Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala. That, plus their continuing involvement in Sarai, the urbanism research platform that the trio cofounded in 2000 at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.

    Related artists: Raqs Media Collective

  • Tacita Dean’s Event For A Stage muses on art and life ~ Skye Sherwin

    Published in The Guardian, October 2016

    The essence of drama is conflict. Thus, Tacita Dean’s 16mm film portrait of an actor begins with Stephen Dillane circling the stage: a black silhouette waiting to be filled in, swearing liberally. It establishes bad feeling (real, faked?), between Dillane and the artist seated in the audience and is the first of their many plays on art, life and the grey areas in between.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean
    Related Exhibitions: Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance

  • Climate of fear: Prescience in John Cage’s controlled chaos ~ Bryony White

    Published in The Times Literary Supplement, October 2016

    Walking into the installation, the visitor is bombarded with an overwhelming wall of whispering voices. The voices belong to some of Cage’s extraordinary collaborators: Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Leon Botstein and others. In the middle of the space are twelve empty chairs, which each collaborator sat on in the original production. No one sits on the chairs in this new iteration; instead, we are reminded of their ghostly absence as their delicate voices murmur in the semi-lit space.

    Related Exhibitions: John Cage: Lecture on the Weather (1975)

  • Guy’s Hospital opens £160 million cancer centre, with bronze sculpture by Daniel Silver ~ Ross Lydall

    Published in Evening Standard, September 2016

    Daniel Silver, the Hackney-based artist who created the landmark piece, called Boat, said: “There have been investigations and inquiries into art, they found out that art does help people to get healthy. I hope patients work out this relationship with where we are, close to the Thames, and the relationship with time. I hope it allows people to daydream and floats into their memory.”

    Related artists: Daniel Silver

  • Frieze week highlights: Smoking with Hockney and Tacita Dean ~ Fatema Ahmed

    Published in Apollo Magazine, September 2016

    Tacita Dean’s latest solo exhibition in London is an overview of the recent challenges, in form and subject, which the artist has set herself. Dean’s record of artists at work now includes David Hockney (to add to Cy Twombly and Merce Cunningham among others) – her short 16mm film Portraits records the painter smoking his way through five cigarettes. Also made in California are a series of lithographs depicting clouds and vapour trails and a series of drawings of clouds on slate. In contrast to all this contemplative activity is the 2015 film Event for a Screen, the record of a performance by the actor Stephen Dillane over four nights at the Sydney Biennial in 2014.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean
    Related Exhibitions: Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance

  • Raqs Media Collective get philosophical for 2016 Shanghai Biennale ~ Lisa Movius

    Published in The Art Newspaper, September 2016

    Shanghai’s Power Station of Art has released the final plans for the 11th Shanghai Biennale, curated by the Delhi-based artist group Raqs Media Collective. “We are curating to the tune of an attitude. We want a show that is alive to the wisdom of the philosopher, the energy of the skeptic and the enthusiasm of the amateur,” says Raqs member Monica Nerula.

    Related artists: Raqs Media Collective

  • Tacita Dean review – cloudy confessions and Hockney on camera ~ Adrian Searle

    Published in The Guardian, September 2016

    We see Hockney in profile, and across a low table, and stooping to read something on the cabinet that lines a wall of his studio. At one point, he erupts into a cackling laugh, saying something about enjoying smoking, but the words are distorted in the echo of the studio – and in the basement of Frith Street Gallery where the film is being screened. There is only me here, and Dean’s clattering film projector, running the endless loop.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean
    Related Exhibitions: Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance

  • Eyes on the prize: the must-see art and design of autumn 2016 ~ Adrian Searle, Jonathan Jones , Sean O'Hagan and Oliver Wainwright

    Published in The Guardian, August 2016

    Daphne Wright: Emotional Archaeology at National Trust, Tyntesfield, Somerset and Arnolfini, Bristol; Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance at Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square; Neon: The Charged Line at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool featuring work by Fiona Banner.

    Related artists: Daphne Wright , Fiona Banner , Tacita Dean
    Related Exhibitions: Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance

  • Raqs Media Collective: Epiphany and Escape ~ Amelia Groom

    Published in Neue Luxury, July 2016

    Time makes a mockery of objects. It gnaws away at them, strips them bare, loses them. Objects are cracked, faded, dissolved, forgotten, deformed, renamed, undone—all in time. When artists set out to make objects that visualise time itself, they risk turning time into space and thereby losing its temporal essence, its movements and contingencies. The New Delhi-based artists Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta of Raqs Media Collective have been dealing with questions about time and history for several decades now, producing works that reconfigure normative conceptions of linear time, and call into question its figuration and homogenisation in our modern timekeeping devices.

    Related artists: Raqs Media Collective

  • History’s Future review – poetic piece with exceptional facial hair ~ Andrew Pulver

    Published in The Guardian, June 2016

    With its quizzical title, rewind-effect opening, and collage structure, this film from artist Fiona Tan is a confident feature debut that isn’t afraid to put complex ideas on screen along with an assured visual sense.

    Related artists: Fiona Tan

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