Afterall is pleased to present issue 35, spring 2014, which examines art’s relationship to its economic context. Through the work of Olga Chernysheva, Teatro da Vertigem and Tony Chakar we look at art’s capacity to challenge the commodification of life under late capitalism, while accompanying essays reflect upon the conditions of circulation and appreciation of art, and its entanglement within the systems of value that it often aims to critique. 
Shepherd Steiner unravels the construction of financial and cultural values in Helen Frankenthaler’s posthumous 2012 exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in New York, arguing that criticism is not immune to the circulation of art as finance capital.
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