Issue 18

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In previous issues we have looked at how, in a world saturated by low res JPEGs and digitalised imagery, the slow and unique rhythms of painting have offered an option – almost a lifestyle option – to the contemporary artist.

Elephant #18 is a special edition that explores the continued relevance of painting today: we speak to a large number of painters (Kent Iwemyr, Marcin Maciejowski, Ulrich Lamsfuss and Caroline Walker). We also ask questions about the value of paintings, which James Cahill engaging in dialogue with curators Sir Norman Rosenthal and Clarrie Wallis, as well as paintings Chantal Joffe, Charlie Billingham and Ged Quinn. Other Encounters features include insightful conversations with contemporary masters of the brush such as Hernan Bas, James Nares and Zhu Jinshi.

After all these intense, turpentine-scented conversations, we walk out of the  studio and hop down to Santiago for a breath of fresh air, talking to the artists who stayed in the Chilean capital (such as Tomas Rivas and graffiti duo Aislap) and those who left (such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and Alfredo Jaar). Finally, to wrap it all up, we talk to curator Rafal Niemojewski about the future of art (and public art) and how one should show process rather than just finished works at art galleries and museums.