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Elephant #20

Autumn 2014

There's a new Elephant in the room. This special 20th issue sees the art culture magazine metamorphose both editorially and in terms of design.

Though Elephant will keep its most celebrated features - including Encounters and Destinations - it introduces new ones designed to boldly showcase the best of art in all disciplines.

These include two bound, high-quality inserts, titled 'Paper Galleries', which present works without distraction in order to mimic the experience of viewing art in a gallery as much as possible. 'Art Mix', a dynamic first section made up of short, news-based articles with specially commissioned illustrations and infographics, creates a lively snapshot of today's art world, while 'Show of the Times' focuses on an exhibition that embodies the spirit of the quarter.

Issue 20 takes readers into Gus Van Sant’s studio; considers the rise of Sam Falls; uncovers Anselm Kiefer’s magical domain Barjac (placing the Gard village at the centre of twentieth-century German culture); offers lifestyle tips from David Shrigley; speaks candidly with French photographer Laurence Demaison; explores the art scene in Tokyo; and thinks deeply about living dolls, artistic utopias (as well as dystopias), and crafting something beautiful in a digital age.


Art Mix:

Can You Buy a Cultural Scene?; The Emergence of a New Museum Hub; Middle Eastern Artists to Watch at Auction; The Art Spectacle; Instagram or Gallery?; Andy Warhol, Are You There?

Open Files:

John Stark, Dover Street Market, Jonathan Baldock, Rinus Van de Velde, Michael DeLucia, The Language of Human Consciousness, C/O Berlin at Amerika Haus, Jeff Wall, Paul McCarthy, The Future of Fashion is Now, Jonas Burgert, Mario Menz, Waqas Khan, Louise Lawler

Art Lovers:

Nicoletta Fiorucci

Paper Gallery One:

Gabriele Beveridge - Theatre of the Reclaimed
Andrew Brischler - Hell is Paint 

Show of the Times:

Marlene Dumas - The Image as Burden


Fictional Histories - Nicola Bozzi investigates how contemporary artists engage with the idea of utopias, whether past or future, modernist, socialist or pure sci-fi
Living Dolls - Grace Banks considers how much a Japanese sex doll has to tell us about the portrayal of women in contemporary culture


In-depth interviews with Sam Falls, Laurence Demaison, Elad Lassry, Gus Van Sant, Wangechi Mutu

Paper Gallery Two:

Oscar Murillo - Dirt and Confectionery Form a Fresh Palette
Ellen Kooi - Glamour 


A Visit to Barjac - Sue Hubbard goes to a place of dreams shaped by Anselm Kiefer's extraordinary creativity and German history
Aerosol Fumes on the Catwalk - Grace Banks explores Miuccia Prada's work with Mexican mural artists


Tokyo: In Between Quakes featuring Motoyuki Daifu, Osamu Kanemura, Ken Kagami, Go Itami, Yukiko Suto 


Jessica Morgan on the Gwangju Biennale, Ossian Ward's 'Ways of Looking' and 10 Tips by David Shrigley

Enditorial by Marc Valli