Icon Magazine

Richard Serra

The simple act of walking up and down the vast nave of Paris’ Grand Palais was how American artist Richard Serra found inspiration for his latest work, Promenade. The resulting piece is a series of immense steel slabs that dwarf those walking around them, creating a dizzying dialogue with the delicate Art Nouveau exhibition hall. Read more…

Stifter’s Dinge

In the cavernous space of P3 – a bunker formerly used for stress-testing concrete – industrial sounds clunk, twang, shudder and thud. A pair of black-clad stagehands carefully move pieces of black piping into the edges of three green-tinged grid formations on the floor. Read more…

David Shrigley

What could you get from seeing a David Shrigley exhibition in the flesh that you couldn’t get from flicking through one of his many books or weekly cartoons serialised in the Guardian every Saturday? Well the first thing greeting you as you enter London’s Stephen Friedman Galley is a stuffed kitten on its hind legs holding a placard bearing the words “I’m dead”. Read more…

Il Tempo del Postino

A woman, naked from the waist down, bends slowly backwards and sprays a perfect arc of piss onto the stage as she does so. A giant woolly creature resembling the Sugar Puffs Honey Monster with depression plays tennis with a small rodent-like animal. Three men are led on stage wearing glasses that turn the world upside down. Read more…

Articulated

Articulated, a cross-disciplinary exhibition curated by multimedia arts practice The Light Surgeons and sponsored by Nokia Nseries (more of which later), was a show about that most ubiquitous of contemporary subjects, boundaries and the blurring of them – though some of these boundaries could probably have done with being a lot less blurry. Read more…

Madrid Monument

Messages to the dead are inscribed on a glass monument commemorating the victims of the terrorist train bombings in Madrid on 11 March 2004. The 11m-high cylinder, by Spanish architecture practice FAM, stands outside Atocha, the city’s largest railway station. Read more…

Miriam van der Lubbe

Hand-knotted fibreglass lights by designers Miriam van der Lubbe and Niels van Eijk have been suspended in a hospital atrium in the Netherlands. The project, commissioned by public arts organisation SKOR, has been installed in the recently expanded Diaconessenhuis hospital in Leiden. Read more…

Nendo

Japanese design studio Nendo’s two launches in Milan this year have concealed quirks. The products are inspired by nature, and fuse an understated presence with kinetic features. Read more…