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2012 Future Greats ArtReview's eighth annual Future Greats special issue, created in partnership with EFG International, is, well, the most international yet. Beatrix Ruf, Mary Heilmann, Willem de Rooij, Joanna Warsza, Elena Filipovic, Boris Ondreička, Joanna Mytkowska and Christine Tohme, to name a few, join other artists, critics and curators from around the world to single out 25 artists for special attention. What emerges is not just a highly detailed picture of what contemporary art looks like in this era of instability and unrest, but also signs of a unity of purpose in artists around the world as they expand practices beyond what can be shown, experienced, bought and sold in traditional venues. These emerging strains include live performance, with an emphasis on narrative and storytelling; forms of architecture that extend into urban intervention and social activism; and contrasting approaches to digitalisation, either embracing the vast resources of found photography and video, or turning away, towards sculpture or a renewed attention to photography's tactile and material presence. It's perhaps a sign of the volatile mood of the times that the artists in this edition of Future Greats are busy rethinking how art can jump in and make its mark in a world where all the old reference points are disappearing.
Dóra Maurer "I don't want to be a star or suchlike. I'm not the type," Dóra Maurer tells Mark Rappolt when he pays a visit to her Budapest apartment-studio. Part grande dame, part overnight sensation, Maurer has been an influential figure in art since the 1970s, and regardless of whatever reservations she may be having, she's currently experiencing a critical rebirth. Maurer updates her 'breakout' work, Seven Turns (which grabbed a lot of attention at the Istanbul Biennial last autumn, 33 years after its creation) for the cover of the March issue.
Plus New comic art by Luke Pearson, 10 exhibition previews by Martin Herbert, 22 exhibition reviews by ArtReview's global network of critics, an interview with Karl Marx, and Gallery Girl on British art's 'beggar thy neighbour' policy.