The serene, low-slung Palestinian Museum stands as the most ambitious cultural institution ever established in the West Bank — but what can it do, in a place where curating requires a diplomat’s finesse?
by Anna Altman
The Beat of Dissent
by Chloé Buire
No city has a music scene like Luanda, the African petrocapital where rappers risk jail to rhyme against the regime. Up all night in the most expensive city on earth
by M. Neelika Jayawardane
South Africa’s student protesters have trained their eyes on art and monuments on university campuses. When is tearing down a statue progress, and when is it just iconoclasm?
Declaration of Dependence
by Laura McLean-Ferris
Anne Imhof knows the studio is no place to hide. Everyone knows everyone, everyone needs everyone; your relationships are as Instagrammable, and as shudder-inducing, as an ice bucket dumped over head
From Issue 7
Can’t Buy Me Love
by Silas Martí
A brash host of The Apprentice takes power — in São Paulo. But if you think the new mayor is the most tasteless citizen of Latin America’s largest city, you should meet his artist wife
“She went on to tell me that her assistants, before joining her team, all lived in shacks. She gave them new homes, new teeth and good — private — health care. ‘They’re happy today,’ Bia exulted. ‘They even feel like they’re artists, because they work for me.’”
Counsel for the
Tate Britain, London
From September 12
The quietest (and smartest) of the young guns lumped together in the 90s as Young British Artists, Whiteread hit on a technique and stuck with it: casting the undersides and voids of furniture or architecture in concrete, rubber, resin, or steel. Her melancholy, history-freighted art gets the full treatment in this long-awaited retrospective, though her greatest work, the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, remains in Vienna.
Pacific Standard Time
All over Southern California
From September 15
Whatever the future of the Mexican-American border, southern California’s latinidad is already a fact. PST gets underway with more than five dozen shows of Latin American and Latino art, and the most promising of its shows promise to map a western hemisphere whose meanings and statuses don’t easily correspond to lines on maps or languages spoken.
Never Built New York
From September 17
A two-mile geodesic dome enveloping Midtown in clean air and room temperatures. A wasp-waisted tower over Grand Central, steel reinforced to withstand nuclear bombs. A utopian community on Ellis Island with moving sidewalks instead of cars. What was the New York that could have been, but never was? Visionary designs from the last two centuries are sure to add to a heavy dose of nostalgia to our present surroundings.
Somebody Called 1917
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
From September 17
It’s the centenary of the most momentous year in Russian history, which saw two revolutions that upended the tsar’s rule and then put the Bolsheviks in the Kremlin. This is one of the biggest anniversary shows planned in the motherland; the 120 paintings and sculptures here, almost all from state collections, will show the competing visions, agrarian and modernist, of what a new nation should look like.
From Issue 7
Rei Kawakubo at the altar
Two interviews from issue 7
Charline von Heyl
“When I started out I wanted the paintings to basically torture people. What I want now is something that seduces more than it angers.”
“Ballet is a highly sophisticated emotional expression, but it was central to a political project: the governance of Louis XIV. The world is ballet, and he is in the center of it.”