Issue 5
Fall 2016

Google Earth may tell you the whole world’s been mapped, but there is more to the present than can be captured by camera or code. Once you stop looking for answers beyond the horizon you may find them beneath your feet.
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The Vessel

by Anna Altman

The Palestinian Museum has opened at last, after two decades of wrangling. It has no art inside — but that’s no hindrance

Dash, Fragment, Bracket

by Andrianna Campbell

Like photography, digital technology has not killed painting — but it has forced painters to rewrite their rulebook. How your iPhone lets artists see space anew

Bad Education

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?


Kissed by Magic

With a little effort and a good credit score, the house where Thomas Mann wrote Doctor Faustus could be yours. The German intelligentsia tidies up for a Los Angeles open house
by Ben Eastham


Jenny Holzer

“‘Doodle’ is the only way to describe some of this stuff. Compared to the legal character of the documents, the aesthetics of them can be goofy, or completely insufficient to express the terrifying nature of the information.”

Aslı Çavuşoğlu

“I came here with my luggage, but I don’t think I can go back, at least for a month. It appears to me that Turkey is getting very dark. I’m not scared of Erdoğan. I’m scared of this darkness, of feeling hopeless.”


Like Someone in Love

by Tobi Haslett

For the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who died this July, the most intricate narratives were the warmest. Remembering an artist who broke boundaries as gently as he could

Exit Ghost

by Laura McLean-Ferris

Brexit at the British Museum. As the London art world descended into anger and recrimination, the Anglo-Saxon collection in Bloomsbury offered a funny form of hope

The Box Set

by Travis Diehl

For Donald Judd, the last century’s most assiduous artist-critic, writing was a means to give form to dissatisfaction. His complete writings, published this fall, are a master class in moaning

Build That Wall

by Thomas de Monchaux

Now his New York penthouse is a dictator’s explosion of marble and gold. But in the 1980s, Donald Trump hired one of the era’s most important interior decorators, his work now lost to time and remodeling


The art of Roman Štětina: history with headphones on