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  • Boris Groys: The Logic of Collecting

    Interviews
    S. S.: In your reviews and critical essays, the mechanisms of art collection and their respective institutions, such as the museum and the archive, play a central role. In this conversation, I would like to focus on these concepts, but also on the related...
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Cherkashin (Online Gallery)

    Artists
    Valery and Natasha Cherkashin have been working with the imperial cultures of the USSR, Germany, the United States and Great Britain for more than 15 years. In 1992, the Cherkashins developed a conceptual art museum, the "Metropolitan Museum of Cherk...
  • The Art of Tamás Waliczky

    Articles
    Tamás Waliczky is among the few artists who have been working with and thinking about the computer for many years, long before it became fashionable, and this depth of involvement can be clearly seen in his works. ...
  • Two Recent Hungarian Films

    Film & Screen Media
    Tükrözõdések is an ambitious and complex experimental film by Istvan Darday and Gyorgyi Szalai. A dense pictorial compilation of the oblique memories and imageries from a dying scientist's (Teo Fabricius) life. ...
  • Behind the Screen: the New Russian Media

    Articles
    Should we be surprised that as the new computer-based media expand throughout the world, intellectual horizons and aesthetic possibilities seem to be narrowing? If one scans Internet-based discussion groups and journals from London to Budapest, New York t...
  • Idea Against Materia: On the Consumption of Post-Soviet Art

    Articles
    No matter how much it wanted to escape into the sanctuary of beauty, art had to serve in the war between communism and capitalism. Both in the former Soviet Union and in the West, the rhetoric of art criticism was laced with ideological animosity....
  • The Quest for Freedom. Moscow Artists of the 1950's - 1970's.

    Exhibition Reviews
    During the years following Stalin's death, freedom in the Soviet Union first of all meant personal and political freedom. Artistic freedom from the norms of Socialist Realism, however, was more than a side issue, as many artists were to find out in 1974, ...
  • Dmitry Prigov: Pulsierendes Schwarz

    Articles
    Dmitry Prigov is one Moscow Conceptualist artist who has succeeded in creating an artistic universe of his own, or rather, an artistic all-encompassing mythology. His output alone is monstrous: He has already completed 20,000 poems and is planning to reac...
  • Haralampi Oroschakoff (Online Gallery)

    Artists
    The paintings shown in this issue of ARTISTVIEW were to be seen in the solo exhibition "Etre la au bord du Monde: Voyageurs et Orientalistes, 1988 -1999" at the Musee d'Art moderne et contemporain in Geneva/Switzerland in 1999. The were subseque...
  • Mixed Review: Dmitri Prigov, 'Bridge'

    Exhibition Reviews
    This open-air gallery at the site of the former home of German artist Kaethe Kollwitz regularly shows new works by various artists. It is a dynamic medium commemorating Kaethe Kollwitz's deep social and human concern that made her one of Germany's foremos...
  • Ilya Kabakov and the Corridor of Two Banalities

    Interviews
    Ilya Kabakov: Concerning the residents of communal apartments, the personages and documents in the installation "The Corridor of Two Banalities"... The documents in the installation are absolutely authentic....
  • Poetry as Nakedness

    Articles
    The first International "Festival of Naked Poetry" took place in August last year at the London Institute of Contemporary Art. What is behind this project with its (seemingly) metaphorical title? Is poetry nakedness? Or, can nakedness be poetica...
  • The Thing from Inner Space

    Articles
    Jacques Lacan defines art itself with regard to the Thing: in his Seminar on the Ethics of Psychoanalysis, he claims that art as such is always organized around the central Void of the impossible-real Thing - a statement which, perhaps, should be read as ...
  • This is Not a Book: Komar and Melamid's 'Painting by Numbers: Komar and Melamid's Scientific Guide to Art'

    Book Reviews
    There should be a warning on the cover of Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid's Painting by Numbers: The Scientific Guide to Art: "This is not a book." From the opening page, offering "America's Most Wanted" painting ("dishwasher-size," as preferred by 67%...
  • Beata Wehr (Online Gallery)

    Artists
    In my mixed media books I focus on issues related to my experience as a Pole living in the U.S. I came here 13 years ago with no intention to stay, but I am still here. Since my connection with Poland is very strong, I feel I am in between the two culture...
  • Ilya Kabakov: Drawings

    Exhibition Reviews
    This is not an ordinary Kabakov exhibition. Since his emigration from Russia in 1988, Ilya Kabakov has been known mainly for his "total" installations, in which he creates little parallel universes that possess their own artistic logic, or rather, stage t...
  • 'Cryptogram' and 'Demedusator': Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák

    Articles
    In Hungary, there are more and more visual artists dealing with the new media, even though there are not many institutions where they could either educate themselves or present their media art work. ...
  • 'Image Engine': Róza El-Hassan's Latest

    Articles
    Róza El-Hassan is one of the great hopes among the younger generation of Hungarian artists. Since 1990 she has continuously participated in international exhibitions. ...
  • Russian Architecture: Between Anorexia and Bulimia

    Articles
    The Russian visual sensibilities (if there is such a thing) are formed by two contrasting influences. On the one hand, there is a natural attraction to decorative surfaces, to richness of colors and shapes. ...
  • Karl Gernot Kuehn: 'Caught. The Art of Photography in the German Democratic Republic'

    Book Reviews
    The title of this extensive documentation of 45 years of GDR-photography by Karl Gernot Kuehn (Caught) already refers to the two principal intentions of this book: to present a detailed analysis of how political pressure and constraint shaped photography ...
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New In ARTMargins Print

ARTMargins Print  has released its new issue, 3.1. (February 2014)!

ArticlesRos Gray (London) considers two art works made in recent years in Angola: the exhibition Lion & Ox, which featured art works by António Ole and Art Orienté objet, and the installation Icarus 13 by Kiluanji Kia Henda ("A Lingering Lusotopia: Thinking the Planetary from Angola"). María Amalia García writes about past disputes between Argentina and Brazil over hegemony in the region and proposes a new approach to Brazilian cultural intervention in Paraguay ("Hegemonies and Models of Cultural Modernization in South America: The Paraguay-Brazil Case"). Focusing on Artur Barrio, Jacques Coursil, and Damián Ortega, Fernanda Negrete discusses the plastic arts' non-dialectical engagement with materiality ("Chaos-monde and the Aesthetics of Depth in Artur Barrio, Jacques Coursil, and Damián Ortega").

In the Document section, we present a stenogram of an artists' meeting that took place in 1951 in Kishinev (as the capital of today's Republic of Moldova was called in those days). The text discloses some of the major issues and challenges faced by the members of this artist organization during the late Stalinist era. (Introduction: Octavian Esanu)

Artist ProjectAzin Feizabadi, "Chronicles from Majnun until Layla."

Review Article: Huw Hallam, "Confronting Globalization." This article reviews Pamela M. Lee's Forgetting the Art World (2012) and TJ Demos's Return to the Postcolony (2013). 

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Letters

Letter to the editor regarding Professor Caroline A. Jones's article "Anthropophagy in São Paulo's Cold War", published in ARTMargins,  2:1 and the author's response.

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