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  • “The ceiling’s fallen down here”, says Emma Siemens-Adolphe while clearing up a small pile of fallen debris at the corner of the floor at Jupiter Woods’ Genuine Articles. I’m warned it’s not part of the exhibition on entry but, regardless of it being an incidental, I think it kind of is. As one of the best of many good things orbiting the opulent centre of Frieze London 2014 in mid-October, it’s an indication of the glaring economic inequalities between spaces that sometimes, but not always, become a fairly accurate gauge of how good a gallery’s going to be. The Barnie Page-curated show is in the two-storey space in a largely industrial suburb…

  • An 18th-century bourgeois salon-hang for the 21st-century privilege of art production. The material parallels between the seemingly long-outdated practice of showing off a painting collection to friends and business associates in the semi-private surounds of a French living room and the nature of art display via a desktop are uncannily similar. That’s something curators Samuel Leuenberger and Elise Lammer picked up on with “cluster hung painting show” Associations New at Birsfelden’s SALTS, running from October 4 to December 8.
    Associations New (2014) a cluster hung painting show @ SALTS. Installation view. Photos by Gunnar Meier. Courtesy the gallery.
    Featuring the work of 25 artists from their…

  • Bunny Rogers‘ voice is unmistakable. Often described as flat or monotone, it is also sublimely expressive. At the opening of her solo exhibition, Columbine Library, at Société in July, Bunny launched Cunny Vol 1, an archive of the poetry she published on her Tumblr, Cunny Poem from 2012-2014. Downstairs from the exhibition space, in a grimy, empty flat, Bunny read from Cunny as if her words bore an unbearable weight. They visibly dragged her down so that by the end of each poem she seems to have to scoop herself back up before beginning the next. She reminds me of a character from a…

  • As one of two exhibitions showing concurrently at Birsfelden’s SALTS, Geneva-based artist Pauline Beaudemont‘s L’Age D’or takes its name from Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s 1930 “surrealist comedy” of the same name. It’s a film that ends on an allusion to De Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom, a Libertine fiction that celebrates hedonism at all costs by the author from which ‘sadism’ takes its very name. In Beaudemont’s exhibition the theme takes on a more modern turn, if not literally for its fixation on the modernist architecture that reached critical mass when L’Age D’Or was still inciting riots, then for the line that it draws…

  • To write an account of FIAC is to attempt to speak of parts within a necessarily unknowable whole. Were the whole visible from one’s perspective on street level, no doubt it would be truly terrifying. Thankfully, we’re not obliged to be all-seeing, in fact perhaps even the organisers would advise against it. La Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain in Paris designates a four-day event whose object is art, galleries and exhibitions of a sort. Yet when someone says ‘FIAC’ (fyak!), they tend to mean something much more englobing even than the majestic Grand Palais that houses the main stands.
    This year, FIAC introduced (OFF)ICIELLE, the ‘official…

  • Relationships are complicated. There are few systems that make this more abundantly clear than the fragmented minefiled of the internet, probably best expressed through the multi-pronged programme surrounding London’s Project/Number. Led by artist and curator Chris Rawcliffe, the gallery commissioned and launched several of its serial numbers, P/N/21, L/B/16 and I/P/1 (as in an IRL show, a lightbox installation and an inaugural online exhibition) on September 26, along with an editions launch of works by the likes of Clunie Reid, Mat Jenner, Yuri Pattison and Benedict Drew on October 5 and an Art Licks Weekend collaboration with Lawrence Lek.
    Tristan Stevens, ‘#happybirthdayniall’ (2014). Courtesy the artist.
    It’s…