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.

Gauntlett Cheng’s A/W 2018 runway show, featuring canine companions. Photo: Chris Thomas

In lieu of this year’s New York Fashion Week, Natasha Stagg gets a front row seat to the weird pet parade. 

Installation view, "Franz Josef Altenburg: Block, House, Tower, Scaffold, Frame" (2021), MAK Vienna. Photo: Georg Mayer

Remembering a landmark Austrian sculptor who shaped modern aesthetics with his own two hands.

Sex is Comedy (2002) dir. Catherine Breillat

Why does film  an art form built on stardom, visual pleasure, and control – have such a persistent sexual misconduct problem? It's an industry full of either monsters or geniuses, depending on who you ask. 

Album cover of Xper.Xr, … … …. .. (2002)

"Tailwhip" shows off (occasinally bloody) ephemera from Xper.Xr’s three decades of activity in the industrial noise music and anti-art realms, offering a rare window into Hong Kong's poorly-documented underground scene.

 Jonathan Monk,  Pierre Bismuth, Postcard–Berlin, Diego Perrone outside of the Neue Nationalgalerie, 2003 ( 2021). Courtesy of Mehdi Chouakri

Pierre Bismuth, Postcard–Berlin, Diego Perrone outside of the Neue Nationalgalerie (2003). Photo by Jonathan Monk. Courtesy of Mehdi Chouakri

Berlin, we’ve got your weekend plans sorted! Celebrate the Neue Nationalgalerie’s reopening with a Mies-van-der-Rohe-flavoured programme at venues across the city.

 Tombstone, Arizona.

Tombstone, Arizona.

With an uptick in breakthrough cases and breakups, what’s left in New York? The shambles of the Astor Place Kmart, some piecemeal conspiracy theories about who controls it all – models, probably – and the Friends Experience (not to be confused with having friends).