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Daniel Zolli: ‘Competition was in the air these sculptors breathed. It could be a fight to the death, artistically speaking’
As the Museum of Biblical Art hosts this momentous exhibition of renaissance masterpieces, co-curator Daniel Zolli explains why Florence Cathedral’s sculptural embellishments are such masterful and enduring treasures.
Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces from Florence Cathedral, Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA), New York City, until 14 June 2015.
Paul Chan: ‘Times have changed, and I have changed, and I wanted something else’
Paul Chan is a versatile artist and writer, working in video, installation, publishing and the internet, whose work probes our assumptions about the nature of visuality and visual art.
Paul Chan: Nonprojections for New Lovers, The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York City, until 13 May 2015.
Five Issues of Studio International at Raven Row
Studio international visited Raven Row in East London to talk to writer and curator Jo Melvin about the exhibition she has curated titled Five Issues of Studio International.
Raven Row, London, until 3 May 2015.
Hadieh Shafie: ‘I take things from my culture and marry them to my western art education’
Hadieh Shafie makes transformative objects that hover between painting and sculpture, integrating her roots in Persian culture and her training in the west.
Hadieh Shafie: Surfaced, Leila Heller Gallery, New York City, until 11 April 2015.
Jason Rhoades, Four Roads
From smoke machines to salmon roe, Jason Rhoades’s art of the bizarre and the ‘gleefully vulgar’ at Newcastle’s Baltic Centre will entice and excite. Unless you are under 18 – in which case you won’t be allowed in.
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, until 31 May 2015.
David Best: ‘My favourite material is people’
Known for the temples he builds for the Burning Man event in Nevada, David Best has this year brought his idea to Derry~Londonderry. He talks about how his art helps people to deal with grief.
2015 Triennial: Surround Audience
Surround Audience includes some strong works, but the New Museum’s Triennial 2015 bombards you with pieces that compete for attention, so while video- and sound-based works hold their own, quieter, more conceptual pieces are easily overlooked.
New Museum, New York, until 24 May 2015.
Marisa Williamson: ‘I want to make history alive in people’s worlds’
The performance artist talks about leaving Los Angeles to start a course at the Whitney Museum in New York, and her latest project, in which she takes on the role of Sally Hemings, slave and mistress to President Thomas Jefferson.
Armory Week 2015
The thousands who braved the snow for this year’s Armory found no big surprises. Rather, there were thoughtful works of painting, sculpture and photography and effortful installations. And the decision to pare down to 199 dealers and sacrifice a few worthy galleries gave the show a welcome fresh look.
Birds of Metal in Flight: An Evening of Poetry with 5 + 5
In celebration of the year-long exhibition Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral, a night of poetry by some of today's most renowned poets from the US and China took place on the evening of 25 February 2015 at the Cathedral of St John the Divine.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Fashion it may be, in that every item in this Alexander McQueen retrospective is for wearing, but art is its soul. This show, which charts the trajectory of the designer’s meteoric life is stunning, glorious and unmissable.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until 2 August 2015.
Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market
Full of impressionist masterpieces, this exhibition looks at how art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel struggled to convince a sceptical public of the merits of these works and, in doing so, shaped today’s art industry.
The National Gallery, London, until 31 May 2015.
Florian and Michael Quistrebert: Visions of Void
This beautifully drafted exhibition by the Quistrebert brothers is focused, enthralling and atmospheric, with hypnotic videos and paintings that intend the viewer to feel rather than think.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, until 22 March 2015.
Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s
A beautiful exhibition of the Ukrainian avant garde’s theatre design from the 1910s and 20s is establishing a sense of identity for the art of a nation that has been split between its historical ties to the union with Russia and the need to find its own voice.
Ukrainian Museum, New York City, until 13 September 2015.
Ken Kiff: The Hill of Dreams
In the Hill of Dreams, which includes encaustic paintings, monotypes, lithographs, etchings, woodcut and monoprint, Ken Kiff is revealed as an artist’s artist, creating images to draw the viewer in, as if to partake in his adventure.
Marlborough Fine Art, London, until 17 April 2015.
Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album
Nightmarish visions and demonic passions fill the pages of Goya’s late drawings. But as this exhibition at the Courtauld illustrates, there is also sadness and humour among the withered limbs and toothless old women that haunt these fascinating albums.
Courtauld Gallery, London, until 25 May 2015.
The Sultan’s World: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art
East meets west in this dazzling show, which focuses on the attraction the Ottoman empire held for western artists for more than two centuries.
Bozar, Brussels, until 31 May 2015.
Marc Chagall: A Retrospective (1908-1985)
The long career of a colourful chameleon, Russian-born artist Marc Chagall, is shown off in more than 200 works on loan from over 20 collections.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, until 28 June 2015.

Anna McNay: Happy 70th Birthday to Anselm Kiefer! Revisit his @royalacademy show here: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/anselm-kiefer-retrospective-royal-academy-of-arts-london

Anna McNay: Maggi Hambling's War Requiem & Aftermath opens tomorrow @CultInstKings http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/maggi-hambling-walls-of-water-review-interview-national-gallery-scallop

Anna McNay: Shortlist announced for @ArtCatlin Prize http://www.artcatlin.com/en/ @studiolatest will be filming the exhibition & artists in May

Cindi Di Marzo: This spring, the #MeadowsMuseum in Dallas celebrates #Spanishart from the 15th century to today with three exhibits http://bit.ly/1L8D8oG

Cindi Di Marzo: Re-Irascibles: #TheodorosStamos and #JohnZinsser places works by a first-generation abstract expressionist with a contemporary master http://bit.ly/1DZCLuw

Cindi Di Marzo: Discovering #JapaneseArt: American Collectors and the Met opens 14 Feb., 200 works including Great Wave by #Hokusai, http://bit.ly/1zAHAnw

Anna McNay: #Ribbons is among 3 works by @ed_atkins acquired by @Stedelijk #Amsterdam. Hear more from Ed here: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/ed-atkins-ribbons-serpentine-sackler-london @SerpentineUK

Cindi Di Marzo: Designs from the Decade of Decadence #YvesSaintLaurent + #Halston: Fashioning the Seventies opens 6 Feb., Museum at FIT http://bit.ly/167z0FU

Anna McNay: Congratulations to Alex Hartley on winning @Arts_Foundation Award 2015. @studiolatest spoke to him up high @FstoneTriennial http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/alex-hartley-vigil-folkestone-triennial-interview

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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