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In from the Cold

SAMSON YOUNG, Liquid Borders, 2012–14, graphical notation, sound composition and annotated cartography, dimensions variable. 

Courtesy the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong. 

In the lead-up to this year’s Venice Biennale and Documenta, I was reading a 1979 edition of the art journal Black Phoenix. Discussed within the pages of this dense, 31-page issue was the question of barriers raised by the art world establishment at the time against both experimental art and artists from non-European or American geographies. “Marginal” was the word commonly applied to artists…

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