Balenciaga Spring ’22, Look 64: “Demna”

Balenciaga Spring ’22, Look 64: “Demna”

Are we human, or are we content? Dean Kissick ponders Demna Gvasalia, Donda, the cult of celebrity, and the actual occult in this month’s Downward Spiral.

 Sandra Mujinga,  Stretched Delays   (I),  2017. HD video, 13'

Sandra Mujinga, Stretched Delays (I), 2017. HD video, 13 min.

Sandra Mujinga was recently awarded the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. To celebrate this honour, we’re releasing Jeppe Ugelvig’s portrait of Mujinga from Spike #56: CULTURE WARS from our print archive.

 Sara Sadik, Khtobtogone  (2021). Courtesy of the artist and Crévecoeur, Paris

Sara Sadik, Khtobtogone, 2021. Courtesy: the artist and Crévecœur, Paris

Is acceleration all it’s cracked up to be? Spike editor Adina Glickstein motors to Munich for a survey of art that critically reflects on the need for speed.

 Seth Price, “Zero Bow Childreeen” (2021) LP front cover

Seth Price, “Zero Bow Childreeen” (2021) LP front cover

Turn up the volume on Spike's latest artist's edition, an original LP and 30 unique prints.

Andra Ursuta, Predators 'R Us (2020). Photo: Dario Lasagni. © Andra Ursuta. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner

Giving new meaning to “fetish objects”, the Romanian-born sculptor salvages the by-products of late capitalism, fashioning trash into marbled pastel mementos mori of consumption. 

 Deborah Hazler,  That Rant and Rave,  2020. Photo: Franzi Kreis

Deborah Hazler, That Rant and Rave, 2020. Photo: Franzi Kreis

Performance artist Deborah Hazler elevates grumbling – about everything from cruel politicians to cat videos – to the level of fine art at ImPulsTanz 2021.

 Esben Weile Kjær,  HARDCORE FREEDOM , 2021

Esben Weile Kjær, HARDCORE FREEDOM, 2021

Tragedy + Time = Comedy, they say. But who has time for anything these days? We’re still in the middle of it – whatever it is – but this year’s edition of “Curated by” takes humour as its starting point, exploring a multitude of ways to laugh amidst the madness.

 Jaider Esbell, A guerra dos Kanaimés , 2020

Jaider Esbell, A guerra dos Kanaimés, 2020

Dean Kissick ditches New York for warmer climes to preview this year’s Bienal de São Paulo, where the plants are plentiful and the glare of backlit screens, blessedly scarce.

 Win McCarthy, Folded Set , 2021. Shoebox, folded ruler, worktable, photographs, 99 × 58 × 20 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin. Photo: Stefan Korte

Win McCarthy, Folded Set, 2021. Shoebox, folded ruler, worktable, photographs, 99 × 58 × 20 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin. Photo: Stefan Korte

A weekend so nice, they held it twice. This year, Berlin’s galleries rallied for a second, autumnal edition of the exhibition series, with several outposts sharing a thematic focus on new discoveries. Spike editor Isabella Zamboni, a newly-minted Berlin transplant by way of Milan, honed her sense of direction by exploring Gallery Weekend 2021. 

Lady Gaga, Dawn of Chromatica (2021) 

It’s September. When the kids go back to school, what do the adults return to? Tradition? Seasonal basics? Cyberstalking like it’s the early aughts? Natasha Stagg reflects on summer’s wind-down for the final Out of State of 2021.

Screenshot from Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Postscript: After everything is extracted, May amnesia never kiss us on the mouth (2020–)

Collecting a decade’s worth of digital fragments for their ongoing net art project, two Palestinian artists splice, sample, and superimpose new modes of memory from the ephemera of online life.