#61 Autumn 2019

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 much we want to evade, 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.

VIEWS BAKU

Zadie Xa at YARAT Contemporary Art Centre by Ella Plevin

VIEWS AMMAN

“Stars are Closer, and Clouds are Nutritious Under Golden Trees” at MMAG Foundation by Federica Bueti

VIEWS LOS ANGELES

“Avengers: Someone Left the Cake Out In the Rain” at Gaga & Reena Spaulings Fine Art by Grace Hadland

VIEWS NEW YORK

“Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Victoria Campbell. Devin Kenny at MoMA PS1 by Victoria Campbell. 

VIEWS LONDON

Lee Krasner at Barbican Art Gallery by Oliver Basciano

VIEWS MADRID

Henrik Olesen at Museo Reina Sofía by Cory John Scozzari

VIEWS COPENHAGEN

Pipilotti Rist at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art by Cecilie Høgsbro Østergaard

VIEWS GLARUS

Bea Schlingelhoff at Off Kunsthaus Glarus at Museum des Landes Glarus, Freuerpalast by Julia Moritz

VIEWS METZ/BASEL

Rebecca Horn at Centre Pompidou-Metz & Museum Tinguely, Basel by Ingrid Luquet-Gad

VIEWS SALZBURG

Omer Fast at Salzburger Kunstverein by Klaus Speidel. Roy Lichtenstein at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac by Klaus Speidel.

VIEWS VIENNA

“The Vienna Biennale for Change 2019: Brave New Virtues, Shaping our Digital World” at various locations by Mohammad Salemy. Perel at ImPulsTanz Vienna by Victoria Dejaco. Nora Schultz at Secession by Benjamin Hirte

VIEWS MUNICH

Senga Nengudi at Lenbachhaus by Dorothea Zwirner. Miriam Cahn at Haus der Kunst by Dorothea Stöppel. 

VIEWS BERLIN

“Image Bank” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art by Mitch Speed. Interview with Yael Bartana at Capitain Petzel by Chloe Stead. “Atonal” at Kraftwerk Berlin by Laurie Rojas

IMAGE CONTRIBUTIONS

By Agnieszka Polska, Eoghan Ryan, Gene Beery, McDermott & McGough, and Sophie Thun