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CONTENTS February 2015

Issue No 383 www.artmonthly.co.uk

COVER Gail Pickering Near Real Time 2014 video

01 Features The Last Laugh Bob Dickinson on art and comedy 06 Brecht: Redux Sarah James on the use and abuse of Bertolt Brecht

12 Editorial letters

13 News artnotes obituaries SueArrowsmith DavidDye AL Rees

16 Profile Gail Pickering Sophie J Williamson

18 Reviews exhibitions Revolver 2 Chris Fite-Wassilak

19 Listening David Briers 20 Rie Nakajima: Fall Virginia Whiles 21 Art & Language: Nobody Spoke Peter Suchin 22 Beauty and Revolution: The Poetry andArt ofIan Hamilton Finlay Cherry Smyth 23 Reiner Ruthenbeck Marcus Verhagen 24 Emotional Resources Louisa Elderton 25 Idit Elia Nathan: Footnotes PlayingDead Deborah Schultz 26 Mark Neville: London/Pittsburgh Curt Riegelnegg 27 Irma Blank: Breath Paintings Amalia Pica: Switchboard Martin Holman 28 ConstructingWorlds: Photography andArchitecture in the ModernAge Walead Beshty: APartialDisassembling of anInventionWithout a Future Eleanor Clayton

30 TomDale: Terminal Blue Tim Dixon Stuart Middleton: Sad Sketches Saim Demircan 31 Morgan Fisher Lucy Stein and Shana Moulton: Retention Martin Herbert 32 Manchester Round-up: Cornerhouse • Castlefield Gallery •International 3 • Bureau Bob Dickinson 34 Shanghai Biennale: Social Factory Andrew J Stooke 35 books How toWriteAbout ContemporaryArt Jennifer Thatcher 36 TheArt ofWalking: AField Guide Nick Warner

37 Report Letter from Colombo Josephine Breese 38 Listings rt Monthly 4th Floor 28 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DB United Kingdom

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