Spike’s Spring Issue is out, and it's all about New York!
Spike is an independent magazine for contemporary art, founded in 2004, and run by artist Rita Vitorelli. It's based in Vienna and Berlin.
Call us sentimental if you will, but we stand by the model of an independent art criticism. We do not see art from a neutral or academic point of view, and we expect our contributors to care. We are not interested in treating everything the same way, but in different approaches to seemingly similar things in a search for new sensibilities. Things are described, analysed, set in context, or associatively linked; they can be cast adrift, discarded, and sometimes reclaimed – all from a position close to the site of artistic production. The end result is an interweaving of art, theory, and the world. We do not impose a particular position on our authors, because we’re sceptical of authority. We present art that we consider good and relevant. In the magazine, as in our various curatorial projects, the Fruits, Flowers, and Clouds art fair, the Speak & Spell performance series, the Spike Unplugged lecture-performances, and our Spike parties, we aspire towards accessibility, chaos, improvisation, and fun.
Spike’s Spring Issue is out, and it's all about New York!
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"Falling Out", our new weekly column by Senior Editor Colin Lang is now online! This time he looks back at his first Passover Seders and wonders what the current one will look like.
Our new column is online - by Spike's Senior Editor Colin Lang! It will appear weekly while he can't go outside.
Let's support Standard. Such a great place, very good friends and delicious Pizza. They saved our lives more than once during our night shifts!!
Arbeitsplätze und Pizzakultur erhalten
Weaving together meme culture, conspiracy theories, and critical theory, artists Jon Rafman and curator Aaron Moulton discuss the trends, stereotypes, and impulses that made the 2010s a decade of blind repetition as well as burgeoning change. Read the full interview on our website. Link in Bio!
Have a look at Jon Rafmans limited and signed Edition he did for Spike. @spike_editions
All images: Stills from Dream Journal 2016–2019, single-channel video, 94 min (Details)
@aaronkmoulton #jonrafman #spikeartmagazine #spikeeditions
“When logistics fail, faults in a seemingly smooth running system are exposed giving unwitting purview to the structure as a whole. Apple has been the first multinational brand to officially state the fallout from the outbreak of Coronavirus, cutting back sales predictions on account of factory work in China having ground to a virtual halt.”
Ming Lin for Spike Online!
#corona #artbasel #artbaselhongkong #mwoods #artmarket #censorship M WOODS
" … a bear sailor and a wolf sailor with windblown navy hats, heavy rucksacks and Popeye pipes, are at a crossroads. As if returned from a long journey coming back to find everything changed."
In Spike #62, "The 2010s", on Peter Wächtler "Up the Heavies" at Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare in Bolzano, Italy. Up through May 9!
#spikeartmagazine #spikeissue62 #peterwächtler #fondazioneantoniodallenogare #kunsthallezürich #larsfriedrichgallery
Many thanks to our friends at Berlin Art Link for the review of the current exhibition, "This part that seemingly needs to get out through a place in my body" by Salonul de proiecte @ Spike Berlin. Up until March 7. Stop by Spike to have a look, Mon-Sat noon-6pm.
To be creative during the Soviet occupation of Romania was to either conform to the strictures of censorship and Social Realism or to find ways
"One has to try and be different. And right now, when so many have succumbed to doom and foreboding and self-pity and self-loathing, shouldn’t we try and be more optimistic? It’s a new decade and a moment of great possibility.“ DEAN KISSICK‘S latest column now online on spikeartmagazine.com
Artists Space MoMA PS1 #spikeartmagazine
Big congratulations to Ariana Reines on winning the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for 2020!
Ariana Reines Claremont Graduate University's Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards Tin House
Tiana Clark’s ‘I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood’ wins the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
Congratulations, Jakob Lena Knebl and Ashley Hans Scheirl!
Der Österreichische Pavillon in Venedig wird queer! Jakob Lena Knebl und Ashley Hans Scheirl gestalten den österreichischen Pavillon in Venedig 2021
“Where do I find joy I seek, where so many happy people live? CABARET!”
Adina Glickstein on Irena Haiduk's "Cabaret Économique"
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What did you get for Valentine’s Day? Some New Yorkers were treated to a unique blend of sexual energy and frustration in Irena Haiduk’s “Cabaret Économique”, performed as part of her current show at the Swiss Institute.
“New Age thinking promotes the idea that everything related to one’s body should feel good and be geared towards positive, pleasurable experiences. Holzinger, on the other hand, propagates the exact opposite, favouring the physically rigid as a form of resistance against this rose-tinted view of corporeality.”
Vanessa Joan Müller on Austrian choreographer Florentina Holzinger in Spike #62, “The 2010s”
Read more about the last decade here:
Photo by Radouan Dranga of Holzinger's "Apollon" (2017)
“Founded in 1817, the Städelschule became an academic hotbed for young and aspiring artists in the late Noughties…In part through a waning of interest in practices of circulation amidst the attention economy, the Städelschule slowly lost its impact before the end of the decade.”
From “Dead Ends,” recently busted flushes from the last decade—Frieze, Hipsters, Contemporary Art Daily, Normcore, Post-Net, Zombie Formalism, among others—by Geoffrey Mak and Dominikus Müller.
To see what else went down the toilet at the end of the decade, check out Spike #62, “The 2010s”.
To say farewell to the decade, Spike asked the writers Geoffrey Mak and Dominikus Müller to take a stand on some recently busted flushes. From postinternet to hipsters, from normcore to zombie formalism, they walk us through the ruins and pick over the leftovers.
"The glamour of the artist's life turned out to be just another con."
One of many significant changes in the 2010s was the nature of artistic labour. Have a look at Victoria Campbell's personal reflections on the topic in her essay "Art after Work" in Spike #62, "The 2010s".
Get your copy of "The 2010s" here!
The glamour of the artist’s life turned out to be just another con. For many who were fooled, it started to look like they were left with only two options. Either be a content piggy working gigs in the creative economy, or be a creative occupier protesting for a better world. But everyone knows th...
Now online! Ella Plevin's final instalment of her always entertaining "Now Zero" column. Here: https://www.spikeartmagazine.com/en/articles/now-zero-0
For her last ever online column, Ella says you’re not reading it properly unless you click through and play all the links at once. Main title: The Wizards of Us Jar Men Another January door, this time to a new decade. Here we go, into the mirage of nonsense. The screaming’s back across the sky. ...
Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask ... Spike #62 on the last decade! Get it now!
With contributions by Hou Hanru, Andrea Lissoni, Folakunle Oshun, Julia Stoschek, Charles Teyssou, Lucas Mascatello, Victoria Campbell, Britta Thie, Ella Plevin, Lucia Pietroiusti, Arnold J. Kemp, Jon Rafman, Aaron Moulton, Harry Burke, Geoffrey Mak, Dominikus Müller, Dean Kissick, Joshua Citarella, Kurt Woerpel, Rita Vitorelli, Ariana Reines, Kolja Reichert, Joanna Kamm, Ella Plevin, and many more...
Cover Design: Mirko Borsche and Rita Vitorelli
Next Venice Biennale curator
High Line Art curator Cecilia Alemani will serve as artistic director of the 59th edition of the prestigious Venice Biennale.
"A cellist kept biting her lip. The stand holding her sheet music is just high enough to conceal a lower arm and the vigorously shaking connecting shoulder offers a vaguely pornographic image that wasn’t unwelcome in the cold church hall. I watched her pizz and sautelle (probably) away. She’s surrounded by the familiar coded erotic signifiers of submission: gothic windows like starburst orifices into the cosmic body, a phallic steeple, the vulva-like ichthys – a shorthand for femininity stolen from a Greek water deity by androcentric marauders, by the way – and all that grubby holy water."
#EllaPlevin's November Now Zero column is out!
Schubert isn’t a Walk in the Park There’s a juncture between Cressida and Parolles that slips out of time and so I walk there to clear my head. At dusk the lights are on in people’s blue homes and you can see all the way in, to the pictures on their walls and the books on their shelves. Soft f...
In our current issue we talk with the artist Senga Nengudi. "Any disadvantage is an advantage at some point because the marginalisation of Afro-American or female artists allowed me to operate in the shadows." Now also online!
#senganengudi Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München #spikeartmagazine
In the 1970s, Colorado-based artist Senga Nengudi worked in Los Angeles as part of an emerging community of African American artists that – alongside the political upsurge of Black Power – engaged in new ways of expression beyond the oppressive and colonial Western art canon. The corporeal aspec...
"Instead of making music that sounded mechanical – like mid-20th-century minimalism or something in the realm of Techno – we opted to do really lyrical, expressive music. It’s pretty easy to play with rhythm and numbers, and more interesting to use sounds that are more human or emotive. That’s also why I decided on the chamber ensemble."
#spikeartmagazine Haus der Kulturen der Welt #danbodan #scottcarver
Bianca Heuser talks with Dan Bodan about his work for Google and the premiere performance of “A Flow of Serosities”, an algorithmic composition made in collaboration with programmer and sound artist Scott Carver
"A harrowing thought, if ever I heard one: the 2010s have made all of us into art directors."
Dean reads Natasha Stagg’s new essay collection, Sleeveless, and Fiona Duncan’s debut novel, Exquisite Mariposa, and begins to understand the 2010s.
Dean reads Natasha Stagg’s new essay collection Sleeveless and Fiona Duncan’s debut novel Exquisite Mariposa and begins to understand the 2010s. Near the beginning of Sleeveless, at a party at the Halston House, a sleazy married art dealer or possibly curator who’s been hitting on Natasha Stag...
Ella Plevin’s spooky Halloween #NowZero column: “Perhaps it’s a sign. Perhaps the sexy cop costume I bought last year might finally do if someone invites me out of the wallow for Halloween. For in the wallow I have been, having quit my day job to go back from chronos to kairos time where I belong.”
#spikeartmagazine #halloweencostume #halloween
“These evenings are really like sort of sickly dreams because people are talking in symbols. Everyone is sort of floating through this fog of symbols and unconscious feelings. No one says what they’re really thinking about. Then people start making these jokes that are really some sort of secret...
Have a look at Helmut Lang's current show in Washington!
Helmut Lang 63 The exhibition consists of sixty three sculptures which share a common medium: a multitude of shredded and crushed objects and materials suspended in pigmented resin. Waifish, crusted pillars arranged in a loose grid stand freely in seeming precarity, with small gaps between one anoth...
Andrea Lissoni is the new artistic director of Haus der Kunst Munich. Congratulations!
Dr. Andrea Lissoni wird neuer künstlerischer Leiter des Haus der Kunst! Er ist derzeit Senior Kurator an der Tate Modern in London und tritt die Stelle im April 2020 an. Das Team vom Haus der Kunst gratuliert herzlich und freut sich auf die Zusammenarbeit.
Foto: Ekua King
"The equation seems simple enough: to see progressive art, you need to go to progressive areas. While walking from the metro to Komunuma along a sparsely built area lined with various storage spaces, some will recognise the surroundings from semi-legal parties and raves over the last summer – that Komunuma now inhabits the postal service’s veterinary services is an appropriate coincidence not lost on the horse tranquilizer-consuming club scene."
#komonuma #paris #artworld
“If you are looking for avant-garde art, you don’t need to be able to go to Aesop two minutes before”, says dealer Jocelyn Wolff to a small group of journalists balancing champagne in one hand and a construction worker’s hat in the other. “Gallery districts in Paris are all gentrified. Thi...
"This is what America means to me, if it means anything: a promise that all of your dreams will come true. That the world is yours. This is what’s sung in every rap of selling coke on those corners, always on those corners, chasing your dreams; what’s acted out repeatedly in more slowly unconvincing tones and dissonant soundtracks in the drawn-out narratives of prestige television boxsets concerning the lives of conflicted, amoral father figures with secret histories; and written out in long captions under sensual self-portraits taken on phones; and sent up and down the catwalks twice a year; and displayed in massive galleries in Chelsea held in polished stainless steel like Chalcolithic bodies in the ice: the world is yours. Yours! And sure it’s all lies but still, I don’t know how to believe in anything else." - Dean Kissick
#gucci #guccimane #alessandromichele #harmonykorine #thedownwardspiral #deankissick
At the end of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Winter Dreams”, a man named Dexter Green looks back upon his life. “‘Long ago,’ he said, ‘long ago, there was something in me, but now that thing is gone. Now that thing is gone, that thing is gone. I cannot cry. I cannot care. That thing will come ...
Spike #61 ESCAPE is out now!
The desire to get away from it all pervades every aspect of our lives. Artists are leaving art capitals and even fleeing the art world entirely, just to find themselves right back where they started. We’re being grabbed by the claws of the art market and crashing into the limits of artistic autonomy. We need a way out. Outside of the confines of the art world, too, there’s lots to run from, like death, depression, taxes, and our own success. But where does escape end and escapism begin? Could we think of escape as a battle cry, a rejection of terms, and a mode of non-compliance? With so many things to run from, but not so many places to run to, Spike is getting the hell out of here.
With contributions by Karl Holmqvist, Joao Ribas, Fei Lai, Nancy Princenthal, Aubrey de Grey, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Victoria Campbell, Omsk Social Club, Ed Fornieles, Anna Gritz, Lil Internet, Harry Burke, Francesco Bonami, Ella Plevin, among many others
Plus, reviews from around the globe, including the VIENNA BIENNALE for Change 2019, Pipilotti Rist at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Lee Krasner at Barbican Centre in London, Rebecca Horn's double retrospective Centre Pompidou-Metz and Museum Tinguely Basel, Senga Nengudi at Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Zadie Xa at Yarat! Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Image Bank at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, and many more
Cover: Mirko Borsche
Logo: Rita Vitorelli
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