Balloon art by retired electrician Joel Klein (@bigheadballoons), Hudson Street, May 2021

Balloon art by retired electrician Joel Klein (@bigheadballoons), Hudson Street, May 2021

New York is going through a renaissance; a golden age for contrarians, Catholics, and chimera-denialists. On the occasion of his first trip outside the city in a year and a half, Dean Kissick reflects on all that’s happened in the interim.

 FBoy Island on HBO Max (2021)

FBoy Island on HBO Max (2021)

Good poetry and graceful aging might be casualties of the reality TV era, but at least we can all star in our own private dramas – or opt out and gossip anonymously. 

 Matthew Tully Dugan.

Matthew Tully Dugan.

Artwork elucidates, suggests, deconstructs, and elides, but first it’s hung, framed, shipped and downloaded. In our new series,“Production Line”, Spike talks to the people who do just that: the brains (and brawn) behind the operation. First up is Matthew Tully Dugan – simply “Tully” to those in the know. Got a situation? He can handle it.

 Madonna in  Dangerous Game  (1993)

Madonna in Dangerous Game (1993)

From cult classic to Cannes, Abel Ferrara is the uncancellable auteur par excellence. Natasha Stagg settles in with the popcorn to muse on his silver-screen retrospective.

 Tolia Astakhishvli and James Richards,  Tenant (Dream Catcher ) , 2021

Tolia Astakhishvli and James Richards, Tenant (Dream Catcher), 2021

A group show at Capitain Petzel is full of subtle interventions that throw our perspective off-kilter, marrying modernist design – rigorous, linear, and in control; not unlike the white cube itself – with playful nods to incongruity.

 Keti Koti parade at Sonsbeek 2021.  ©  Django van Ardenne

Keti Koti parade at Sonsbeek 2021. © Django van Ardenne

 

Listen up! That's the sound of resistance. Eva Scharrer visits Sonsbeek, where the weight of history echoes and resonates across Arnhem and beyond in an expansive exhibition.

In unseasonably California (home of Joan Didion and serial killers galore), Natasha Stagg considers the perils of America's increasingly confusing corona-culture. 

 Toshiki in the studio.

Toshiki in the studio.

Spike sat down with Japanese designer Toshiki to talk about the TOSHIKI x SPIKE Tote Bag collab, sustainability, and how totes are like dating apps. 

 Betty Tomkins,  She is… , 2018,  Just a Pretty Face,  2019,  Women Don't Have Killer Instinct , 2019. Courtesy of the artist, P·P·O·W, New York and rodolphe janssen, Brussels. © Betty Tompkins

Betty Tomkins, She is…, 2018, Just a Pretty Face, 2019, Women Don't Have Killer Instinct, 2019. Courtesy of the artist, P·P·O·W, New York and rodolphe janssen, Brussels. © Betty Tompkins

Fifty years after they broke onto the scene with their bold representations of female pleasure, two American feminist pioneers, Betty Tompkins and Marilyn Minter, are finally honoured with their first solo shows in France. 

 Yuri Pattison, "the engine", The Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photo by Louis Haugh.  

Yuri Pattison, "the engine", The Douglas Hyde Gallery. Photo by Louis Haugh.

 

Killing time – it's not just a turn of phrase. The connection between state power, military force, and the measurement of time and space is more literal than we'd like to believe, observes Irish artist Yuri Pattison in his most recent show.