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Basim Magdy: interview
Curated by Regine Basha at Cecilia Brunson Projects, the show features one of Magdy’s most recent films, The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness (2014), to be screened this month at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Basim Magdy talks to Studio International about the subject and process of his filmmaking.
Lynn Hershman Leeson: ‘I’ve always been interested in the exchange between reality and virtual reality’
The US artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, known for her performance art and film-making, talks about her latest show, Civic Radar, making films with Tilda Swinton, and her fears about bio-engineering.
Trish Wylie interview: ‘Wylie provides a hotline to the gods of the silver screen’
Studio International has come to north west London to visit the painter Trish Wylie in her studio. Although Wylie is drawn to a broad range of creative disciplines – literature, dance, performance and music – she chooses to work, as a painter because of its immediacy and its solitary practice.
Trish Wylie – Cowboys, Belgravia Gallery, London, until 12 February 2015.
Thomas Allen: ‘I want my cave to offer an escape’
Thomas Allen talks about his background in sociology, how his latest work relies on the scribbles of perfect strangers – and why termites are so fascinating.
Thomas Allen: Contemporary Cave Painting, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, until 8 February 2015.
Gail Pickering: ‘I was interested in the histories of community video production’
The London-based artist Gail Pickering talks about her recent major exhibition at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, which combined visual art, installations, videos, screenings and performances, and the ever-changing, ever-static, ever-replicating nature of images.
Jessica Stockholder: ‘Art changes, taking account of the present moment’
Jessica Stockholder talks about her work, which combines painting, sculpture, installation and language in a unique creation that calls for a close personal encounter with the viewer.
Samara Scott: Harvest
Using edible and chemical substances from hair gel to toothpaste to avocado skins and potatoes, Samara Scott explores the processes of human consumption and waste through the creation of a series of dense landscapes lit by a warm, coloured light.
The Sunday Painter, London, until 18 January 2015.
Wojciech Fangor: Colour-Light-Space
In the 1950s and 60s, Polish-born Wojciech Fangor was an artistic force to be reckoned with. Having turned to poster art as an escape from the social realism that dominated his homeland at that time, he became fascinated with the interaction between colour and space.
3 Grafton Street, London, until 9 January 2015.
Sam Belinfante: ‘For galleries, sound is still a terrifying prospect’
Sam Belinfante talks about the role of listening in the visual arts and the challenges he faced in curating this engaging and impressive show, which features some of the key figures in aural art today.
Listening: Curated by Sam Belinfante (A Hayward touring exhibition), Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, until 11 January 2015.
Maggi Hambling: interview
Maggi Hambling talks about the sea, life, death and love in her work, how, despite being nearly 70, she’s still learning about painting, and why sometimes a painting has to be killed off.
Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water, National Gallery, London, until 15 February 2015; Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water: The Monotypes, Marlborough Fine Art, until 10 January 2015.
Saba Qizilbash: ‘I always attempt to speak from personal eye level’
The Pakistani-born artist says much of her works have been in response to stages in her personal life, from documenting the death of her mother, to painting children in beautified battlefields, to looking at how her clothes could tell a story.
Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar
Civic Radar, a comprehensive, long-overdue retrospective of Leeson’s work, presents the remarkable breadth of her thinking about art, technology, politics and the increasingly elastic and complex definitions of what constitutes identity and being.
ZKM/Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany, until 6 April 2015.
Serge Poliakoff: Silent Paintings
Through his devoted exploration of abstraction, Russian modernist Serge Poliakoff not only established himself as one of the most accomplished painters of his generation, but also as a master of his own style.
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, until 21 February 2015.
Valerie Hird: interview
US artist Valerie Hird studied archaeological illustration and then painting before becoming a compulsive traveller. Her work, she says, is deeply rooted in multiple cultures, the nomadic icons she uses filtered through her own cultural roots to create a transcultural and hybrid that rejects a simple east/west interpretation.
William S Burroughs: Can you all hear me?
The October Gallery’s exhibition explores the legacy of novelist and artist William S Burroughs, and shows work by those he influenced, including Brion Gysin, Liliane Lijn, Genesis P-Orridge.
October Gallery, London, 7 February 2015
Nina Lola Bachhuber: interview
The Munich-born artist’s delicate drawings depict invented characters that are then given form in sculptures. She explains her methods and her choice of materials and says a humorous air of surrealism leavens a wild energy in her works.
Refiguring the 50s
The exhibition at Ben Uri brings together five postwar artists, Joan Eardley, Sheila Fell, Eva Frankfurther, Josef Herman and LS Lowry, all of whom shared a common interest in working people and the underlying human condition.
Ben Uri, London, until 22 February 2015
A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution
From the “votes for women” campaigns of the early 20th century to anti-apartheid protests in the 1960s and more recent anti-war movements, this exhibition of posters provides a fascinating insight into a modern history of dissent and political change.

Anna McNay: .@BenQuilty opens at @PearlLamFineArt. @studiolatest interview: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/ben-quilty-interview

Anna McNay: Jasper John's #Regrets is now showing at Vienna's Upper Belvedere. @studiolatest reviewed it @CourtauldGall http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/jasper-johns-regrets-courtauld-gallery-francis-bacon-lucian-freud

Cindi Di Marzo: #ExhibitionsonScreen brings art to theatres everywhere. First up: #vanGogh in Amsterdam, #Matisse in NYC http://bit.ly/1BQYO59

Anna McNay: Matthew Barney's River of Fundament is now on show at MONA, Australia. @studiolatest reviewed it @haus_der_kunst http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/matthew-barney-river-of-fundament-haus-der-kunst-munich

Caroline Menezes: Rui Macedo opens In Situ: Letter of Intent @macniteroi, review of his previous show: http://goo.gl/iy6okF

Caroline Menezes: Fabrizio Poltronieri: Iconic Theogonies @Oi Futuro extended through 1 February 2015. Review @http://goo.gl/2Q0CV4

Caroline Menezes: Lucia Pizzani won #Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014. Reread Nicola Homer's interview with her @http://goo.gl/t0kcDn

Cindi Di Marzo: #CooperHewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC, reopens with #MairaKalman Selects, celebrating the collection: http://bit.ly/15PdMNj

The Drawn Word: ‘Even if I write my name I am drawing’

The Drawn Word. Published by Studio International and the Studio Trust, 2014. Cover image: Will McLean. “All writing is drawing/ Method of Investigations”.

This publication focuses on explaining the relationship between writing and drawing; the ideas raised at the symposium are expanded and clarified, with the inclusion of artists’ and academics’ contributions from sources as diverse as Oxford professor emeritus Martin Kemp – who has written on the Leicester Codex by Leonardo da Vinci and Professor Asa Briggs (a leading British historian and a key code-breaker at Bletchley Park during the second world war) – who discusses, “Drawing as Code”.

The Drawn Word is the product of a research project funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council networking grant that explored the relationship between writing, drawing and literacy. As such it is a collaborative publication between Studio International, the University of the Arts London (UAL) and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMIT).

Editors: Professor Stephen Farthing RA and Dr Janet McKenzie
Publisher: Studio International and the Studio Trust, New York and London, 2014.
Content: 128 pages, full colour.
Language: English.
ISBN: 9780983259954 (Softcover).
Dimensions: 280 x 115 x 11 mm (11.0 x 8.7 x 7/16 in).
Price: UK £20, US $30, A $40.

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