Arts Preview: Sculpture Magazine – Sep/Oct 2022

Cover Courtesy of Sculpture Magazine 2022; Image: Spin, 2004. Electroluminescent wire, control system, and electronics, 14 x 14 x 6 meters. Photo: Courtesy the artist

September/October 2022 Issue

FeaturesReal Light and Real Angles:
A Conversation with Larry Bell

Between Two Knowns:
A Conversation with Nathaniel Rackowe

Cracks in the System:
A Conversation with Agustina Woodgate

Gregor Schneider:
A Sense of Distance

Thinking Through Place:
A Conversation with Anina Major

BETWEEN TWO KNOWNS: A CONVERSATION WITH NATHANIEL RACKOWE

Nathaniel Rackowe’s large-scale, futuristic works are fundamentally influenced by modern urban architecture. Spanning sculpture, installation, and public art, his practice is concerned with abstracting the metropolis into units of form. Scaffolding poles, cement blocks, corrugated sheets, Perspex, glass, and fluorescent tubing are the building blocks of his sculptural vocabulary. The British artist has created cuboids of light that seem to hover eerily in the air (“Spin” series, 2006–ongoing), upturned sheds that appear frozen in mid-explosion (“Black Shed Expanded” series, 2008–ongoing), and flanks of moving mechanical doors edged with fluorescent lights that close in claustrophobically on visitors (Sixty Eight Doors, 2005). It’s no surprise that he is an admirer of science fiction writers such as Philip K. Dick and Iain M. Banks and films like Brazil (1985) and Blade Runner (1982).

Summer Walks: The Neuer Markt In Vienna, Austria

The Neuer Markt (New Market), one of the oldest squares in Vienna, is located west of the Karntner street (Kärntner Straße). During the Second World War, the square was heavily damaged. Many buildings were lost and replaced by modern ones.

The most famous building on the Neuer Markt is the Capuchin Church  (Kapuzinerkirche). Below it is the resting place of the Habsburgs in the Capuchin Crypt. Nearby you’ll find the Ambassador Hotel and the house built for the Gebrüder Wild, a former traditional delicacy shop built in the style of the German Renaissance with a facade of the “Old German period”. Also check out the Mayseder house, one of the oldest houses on the square, and the premises of the traditional jeweler AE Köchert.

Art Fairs: The 2022 Armory Show In New York City

A cornerstone of New York’s cultural landscape since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show brings the world’s leading international contemporary and modern art galleries to New York each year.

The fair plays a leading role in the city’s position as an important cultural capital through elevated presentations, thoughtful programming, curatorial leadership, meaningful institutional partnerships, and engaging public art activations.

Swiss Views: A Rainy Walk In An Appenzell Valley (4K)

Appenzell is a town in northeastern Switzerland, at the foot of the Alpstein mountains. Trails and cableways connect various summits, including towering Säntis peak. On the steep cliffs of the Ebenalp, the Wildkirchli cave complex houses a 17th-century chapel and hermitage. Nearby is the old Aescher inn, tucked into the side of a sheer cliff. Appenzell’s car-free center features wooden houses with colorful facades. 

Aerial Views: Richmond – Capital Of Virginia (4K)

Richmond, the capital of Virginia, is among America’s oldest major cities. Patrick Henry, a U.S. Founding Father, famously declared “Give me liberty or give me death” at its St. John’s Church in 1775, leading to the Revolutionary War. The White House of the Confederacy, home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War, is now a museum in Court End, a neighborhood known for Federal-style mansions.

News Headlines: Ukraine Offensive Gains In East As Economy Steadies, Netflix

A.M. Edition for Sept. 12. Ukraine’s military forces have had a spate of successes over Russia in recent weeks, reclaiming huge swaths of the Eastern front. But the country’s also gaining economic momentum.

Earlier in the war, some predicted Ukraine’s economy would contract by as much as 50%. Now this year’s GDP is only expected to be 30% below last year’s. WSJ’s Marcus Walker says that thanks in part to Ukrainian businesses and the government in Kyiv, which have found ways to adapt. Luke Vargas hosts.

Front Page: The New York Times – September 12, 2022

Ukraine Routs Russian Forces in Northeast, Forcing a Retreat

Russia acknowledged that it had lost nearly all of the northern region of Kharkiv after a blitzkrieg thrust by Ukrainian fighters.

Russia’s Retreat in Ukraine Pokes Holes in Putin’s Projection of Force

Russia’s military setbacks may be weakening President Vladimir V. Putin’s reputation at home as a savvy geopolitical strategist.