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Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor
Museum of Modern Art, New York, until 18 January 2015
Robert Gober is perhaps best-known for his deceptively simple sculptures – in particular his sinks – but this large-scale survey of his work at MoMA, including drawings, print and photographs, draws us in to the intricacies of the artist’s storytelling.
Aleah Chapin: interview
Maiden, Mother, Child & Crone, Flowers Gallery, London, until 8 November 2014
American artist Aleah Chapin has had huge success early in her career. On graduating from the New York Academy of Art she was made a postgraduate fellow and went on to become one of the youngest artists to win the BP portrait award in 2012.
Ed Fornieles interview: ‘If you want access to the site, it’s a trade of your photos or data’
Chisenhale Gallery, London, until 9 November 2014
For his show at the Chisenhale Gallery, Ed Fornieles has created a suburban Los Angeles television set with a twist. Titled Modern Family, the exhibition explores how contemporary identities are shaped by our online existences
Glenn Ligon: interview
Glenn Ligon is famed for his thought-provoking works, which combine text, silkscreen painting, neon and video, and explore themes of identity, racism, sexuality and civil rights. Ligon spoke to Anna McNay before the opening of his exhibition, Call and Response, at the Camden Arts Centre, London.
Encountering the Astronomical Sublime: Vintage Nasa Photographs 1961-1980
Breese Little, London, until 25 October 2014
With distance comes sublime beauty, and with space travel our world is something magnificent to behold.
Yuri Pattison: Free Traveller
Cell Project Space, London, until 2 November 2014
Ralph Fasanella’s paintings, on view at the Yuri Pattison’s exhibition Free Traveller is an unconventional look at the state of internet technology. Pattison explores alternative platforms, contemporary power structures and the limits and bounds to the networks we rely on.
Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget
American Folk Art Museum, New York City, until 1 December 2014
Ralph Fasanella’s paintings, on view at the American Folk Art Museum, record US history from the point of view of a life-long New Yorker, the son of Italian immigrants, a union organiser whose passion was the working class and social justice.
Crossing the Line 2: Drawing in the Middle East
Crossing the Line was a conference that brought together specialists to examine the role of drawing in the Middle East with the aim of breaking down the cultural barriers to personal expression.
Nanda Vigo: interview
Nanda Vigo: Chronotopes, The Mayor Gallery, London, until 24 October 2014
A pioneer in modern Italian art, Nanda Vigo has continually skirted the confines of design, architecture and installation to compelling effect, in her own practice, as well as in her collaborations with other radical figures such as Lucio Fontana and Giò Ponti.
DALeast interview: ‘I’m constantly thinking about creating something more than the eye can see’
The Laten Photon, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, until 4 October 2014
The figures in Chinese artist DALeast’s paintings don’t look as if they are either coming or going – they are somewhere in between.
Nico van der Endt interview: ‘Willem van Genk was a visionary, a man discovering a universal truth about the human species’
Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic, American Folk Art Museum, New York City, until 1 December 2014
Willem van Genk, one of the most fascinating outsider artists, is featured in a new exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum. Studio International talks with his longtime dealer, Nico van der Endt, for a personal view of the artist.
Jasper Johns: Regrets
Courtauld Gallery, London, until 14 December 2014
Jasper Johns’ new works at the Courtauld Gallery, Regrets, take inspiration from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and the photographer John Deakin. The result is a powerful, if enigmatic exhibition.
Store your art in an egg
UOVO, a $70m state-of-the-art storage facility for high-end artwork, is to open in New York City next month. As well as providing a museum-quality environment, it will also act as a highly accessible archive.
Panamarenko Universum
In this retrospective of postwar artist and inventor Panamarenko, alias Henri van Herwegen, the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen offers more than 40 works, accompanied by drawings, models and sketches.
Glenn Adamson: interview
What Would Mrs Webb Do? A Founder’s Vision, Museum of Arts and Design, New York,until 8 February 2014
As New York’s Museum of Arts and Design celebrates its founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, with a superb array of 100 objects, including some made by Webb herself, MAD’s director, Glenn Adamson, talks about this indomitable pioneer of foundational craft organisations and programmes.
Fritz Wotruba – Homage to Michelangelo
21er Haus, Vienna, until 9 November 2014
In a posthumous retrospective of the drawings and sculptures of Fritz Wotruba, the souls of the inanimate are evident as he revives our view of an earlier master.
Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, until 7 January 2015
The Guggenheim is to be congratulated for tackling the complex subject of the German artists’ group Zero, and the international network of artists with whom they forged connections, in an attempt to change the face of postwar art.
Zarouhie Abdalian: interview
Zarouhie Abdalian is an artist who works with a wide array of materials, ideas and contexts, frequently employing site-specific installations that incorporate sound and sculpture.
Richard Demarco: interview
“The art world, like the Edinburgh festival itself, is in danger of being identified with the world of entertainment and leisure.” Richard Demarco has organised exhibitions and theatre events for the Edinburgh festival since 1963. He talks about his memories of the very first festival in 1947, bringing Joseph Beuys to Scotland, his own work as an artist and the Demarco Archive.
Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and his Legacy
Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR), until 4 January 2015
This true gem of an exhibition shows not only Rubens’ vast creativeness, but the incredible artistic influence he bestowed on those who sought to follow him.
GW Bot: interview
‘Living and working in Australia has meant coming to terms with the country in one’s own way’.
The Present of Modernism
Mumok, Vienna, until 8 February 2015
The Present of Modernism at Vienna’s Mumok compares works from the original movement alongside early abstract art, futurist work and contemporary pieces that recall related ideas.
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Cindi Di Marzo: #Fashion in Art tour 24 Oct. 1 pm traces fashion history through artworks from cultures around the globe @metmuseum http://bit.ly/1sL91en

Cindi Di Marzo: The JansmaMasterPrints Collection, #MuseumofBiblicalArt (MOBIA) NYC through 11 Jan. Coming soon: Interview with MOBIA's #NathanielProttas

Cindi Di Marzo: #DeathBecomesHer A Century of Mourning Dress opens at the #CostumeInstitute @metmuseum NYC, 21 Oct. http://bit.ly/1iSYhJK

Anna McNay: .@ICALondon presents @siobhandavies offsite @Selfridges this Saturday. Rewatch @studiolatest's video from January: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/siobhan-davies-dance-table-of-contents-video-review

Miguel Benavides: Visual Poetry - If in Rio, don't miss Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri's "TEOGONIAS ICÔNICAS" http://www.oifuturo.org.br/evento/poesia-visual-3

Cindi Di Marzo: #Dance and #Fashion Symposium, #MuseumatFIT NYC, 23-24 Oct. http://bit.ly/1v8xyfp Exhibition through 3 Jan. 2015

Cindi Di Marzo: Exquisite group of graphic works and paintings, #Kandinsky Before #Abstraction, #Guggenheim NYC, through spring 2015 http://bit.ly/TpNM40

Cindi Di Marzo: Powerful, profound character studies, #EgonSchiele Portraits at the #NeueGalerie, NYC, through 19 January 2015 http://bit.ly/ZCiGK5

Anna McNay: Matthew Barney #crownzinc now on show @SadieColesHQ Revisit his recent @HausderKunst exhibition here: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/matthew-barney-river-of-fundament-haus-der-kunst-munich

Miguel Benavides: If in NYC, don't miss GEGO AND GERD LEUFERT: A DIALOGUE - 2 Oct. to 22 Nov. 2014 http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/art/galleries

A Native American Romantic in Modernist Clothing

George Morrison. Grey and Black Composition, 1960. Gouache on paper, 14 x 10 1/2 in. Collection Minnesota Museum of American Art. Gift of George Morrison.

Anishinaabe expressionist artist George Morrison (1919-2000) was born on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota, but his quest as an artist took him far, both literally – he  studied in France, Italy and Spain and at the Art Students League of New York, painted on Cape Code and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design – and figuratively – he became friends with Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning and other prominent action painters and abstract expressionists. While his aesthetic drew on their modernist vision, he embraced nature as his religion, inspired by the rocks, trees, woods and wide horizon surrounding his birthplace as well as his people’s legends. Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, a touring retrospective of his exquisite paintings, elemental totemic sculpture, and drawings and prints, highlights the romantic, spiritual dimensions of his art.

National Museum of the American Indian, New York City, 24 October 2013 – 23 February 2014 and travelling to six museums during 2015. 

Phoenix: Xu Bing at the The Cathedral

Xu Bing. Phoenix, 2008-10. Composed of two birds, Feng and Huang, each weighing 12 tonnes and measuring 90 and 100 feet long. Photograph: Miguel Benavides.

Following its premiere outside his native China at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art last year, multimedia artist Xu Bing’s vast sculpture Phoenix (2008-2010), consisting of male and female bird figures built with cast-offs gleaned from urban construction sites in China, is coming to New York, where the birds will take flight from the nave of a towering Gothic Revival church on the city’s Upper West Side. Weighing 12 tonnes each, the two birds represent the dignity of migrant workers, the artefacts of their daily lives, and the growing divide between the material and the spiritual in his country.

Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York, 1 March 2014 – January 2015


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