JJ Charlesworth

writing on art, culture, politics


  • Mike Nelson at the Hayward Gallery

    Mike Nelson at the Hayward Gallery

    Mike Nelson’s claustrophobic installations broke new ground two decades ago, long before “immersive” exhibitions became urban leisure-time staples. This overdue survey of the British artist’s career revisits and remodels his key works, and is dominated by the extraordinary, Hayward Gallery-filling The Deliverance and the Patience (2001). It’s a monstrous, jerry-built labyrinth of dingy rooms, full…

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  • People Make Television

    People Make Television

    My review of a brilliant show revisiting public access broadcasting in the 1970s, at Raven Row, London, for ArtReview Exhibiting an archive is always a potentially radical act. The past either disappears, or ends up in some unlighted store, waiting for someone to come looking for it, to find its usefulness in the present. Then,…

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  • DYOR (Do Your Own Research)

    DYOR (Do Your Own Research)

    My review of the recent show DYOR at Kunsthalle Zürich, a brilliant overview of the wild mix of art, technology, pop culture and tech-utopianism of the NFT boom

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