How many ways are there to train as an artist? Contrary to what you may think, perhaps not that many. You can go to art school, become an apprentice to an experienced colleague, or figure it out alone.
Alice Hope: Tab. Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City, until 24 May 2014
Alice Hope likes working with small things, lots of them. They can be – and often are – tiny metal parts: shiny, hard, polished. They pile up, threaded through, arranged in regular patterns, or made into objects that look like curtains, lamps and even computer memory boards.
This month sees the opening in London of two major fashion exhibitions: The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014 at the V&A, and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Barbican.
Saatchi Gallery, London, until 31 August 2014
Pangaea opens with Rafael Gómezbarros’s Casa Tomada, an impressive installation that in many ways provides the key to the rest of the exhibition.
To be immersed into Zhang’s vibrant hues and tonal motions is to revisit a childhood sensibility when play and dreams transport us into altered states.
The architect, writer, and former publisher/editor of Studio International, Michael Patrick Spens of Wormiston, Knight 1st Class, Order of the Lion of Finland (for services to architecture), has died aged 74.
Haus der Kunst, Munich, until 17 August 2014
Matthew Barney, best known for his CremasterCycle (1994-2002), comprising five films, with accompanying photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations, filled with anatomical allusions to the position of the reproductive organs during the embryonic process of sexual differentiation, is back.
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, until 17 April 2014
Alex Katz’s paintings are recognisable from their bold, flat and often colourful depictions of figures and landscapes. Katz, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1927, found an artistic formula that was emblematic of his lifestyle as well as his subject matter, to which he stayed loyal.
De Young Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, until 11 May 2014
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) is one of America’s thumbtack artists, those whose posters are pinned to college dorm walls and whose work you will recognise even if standing on your head.
Alfredo Jaar was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1956. He attended the Chilean-North American Institute of Culture, Santiago, and the University of Chile, emigrating to the United States in 1982 at the midpoint of the Pinochet dictatorship.
At the SCAD Museum, Lilly Wei talked with Tim Rollins and Angel Abreu and Rick Savinon, two of the original members of Kids of Survival about KOS, its past, present and future, and about the exhibition.
Marrakech, Morocco, until 31 March 2014
Combining programmes of visual and performing arts, cinema and video, and literature, the biennale addresses the arts from a multi-perspective, broadening the thinking capacity of the participants.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, until 25 May 2014
Most early reviews of the Whitney Biennial have been vehemently critical, often only citing the section curated by Michelle Grabner as worthy of measured praise.
An extraordinary collaborative enterprise (displayed at the Cob Gallery Camden as a three-screen installation), Eleanor is conceived and co-directed by actor/director Alex Warren and film-maker/director Tobias Ross-Southall.
South London Gallery, Camberwell, until 1 June 2014
The South London Gallery presents a restaging of the group exhibition Welcome to Iraq, originally shown as part of the National Pavilion of Iraq at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, until 18 May 2014
Unsurprisingly coming from an architecture graduate, Scott’s work often revolved around order. Even though his career spanned 75 years and a wealth of mediums, there is a remarkable unity to his work, as if it arrived fully formed.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, until 11 May 2014
Gustave Doré was immensely successful in his day. He was the highest paid illustrator in France as a teenager, was exhibited at the Salon, courted by Napoleon III and, above all, became internationally renowned through his prolific illustrations of literary classics.
“I’d like to be remembered for giving some joy to people. I personally feel that that is the most important function of art: awareness and joy. I don’t see art as a way of criticising politics; I don’t really feel that that’s a function of art.”
Studio International talks to film-maker Raquel Cecilia about documenting Ana Mendieta’s last creative years in Italy.