Elephant is a quarterly magazine on contemporary art and visual culture. Featuring up-to-the-minute visual material, fresh faces and original voices, the magazine covers and uncovers new trends and talent in contemporary visual culture.
Just in time for Christmas, Elephant #17 introduces some exciting shows around the world, from the ongoing retrospective of James Turrell’s work in Los Angeles to a Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle exhibition showcasing prints and drawings. We bring you the deeply moving paper paintings of Njideka Akunyili, and find out more about artists who work with found imagery such as Julia Borissova and Martina Bacigalupo. Another trend that piqued our interest was the increasing number of artists working with coloured pencils, crayons and graphite – we speak to Damien Florébert Cuypers, Joanna Concejo and many others to explore the influences behind their practice. Katya Tylevich introduces us to the heterotopic spaces behind Walead Beshty’s photographs, while Robert Shore unravels the processes that lead up to the multidisciplinary work of protean artist duo Davy and Kristin McGuire. In the Destination section of this issue, we head straight for Istanbul to learn more about why the Turkish capital is a force to a reckoned with within the contemporary art world.