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Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War
Imperial War Museum, London, until 8 March 2015
Truth and Memory at the Imperial War Museum in London is a major retrospective, comprising more than 120 works of British first world war art. The exhibition runs alongside the reopening of the IWM London after its £40m refurbishment, in time to mark the centenary of the start of the first world war.
Fiona Banner: interview
Mistah Kurtz – He Not Dead. Peer, London, until 26 July 2014
This new body of work at PEER is a collaboration between the artist Fiona Banner and the Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin, whom Banner commissioned to explore the City of London through the lens of conflict. She spoke to Kate Tiernan about the exhibition, which includes moving image, photographs, text and large graphite drawings.
Dreams or reality? Contemporary art in Moscow, summer 2014
Russians, like the rest of the world, are split in their attitude toward contemporary art: some like new ideas and challenges offered by art that does not look beautiful or even appealing; others are threatened by it, considering its subversive nature destructive of their basic values and beliefs.
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album
Burlington Gardens, The Royal Academy, London, until 19 October 2014
Most know Dennis Hopper as a Hollywood hellraiser, the quintessential enfant terrible, both on screen and off, but he was also a talented photographer. Four years after his death in 2010, the Royal Academy has recreated his original exhibition of 1970.
Ben Quilty: interview
Saatchi Gallery, London, until 3 August 2014
Ben Quilty’s first solo London show opened at the Saatchi Gallery on 4 July, celebrating his winning of the inaugural Prudential Eye Award, 2014.
Kelly Richardson – Haunted
Void Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland, until 18 July 2014
Here we have humanity’s glorious ambition on display and also, intertwined and perhaps inseparable, humanity’s propensity to destroy itself and everything around it.
How much is too much? Wim Delvoye in Moscow
Gary Tatintsian Gallery, until 30 September 2014; The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, until 7 September 2014
Delvoye, a bad boy of the art world, is showing in Moscow this summer. While for the world-renowned Delvoye having a gallery exhibition in Moscow is not unprecedented, a show in a museum known for its collection of classical art and its conservatism is an event of note.
Fridman Gallery, New York, until 11 July 2014
The exhibition features the work of Stephen Dean, Jan Tichy and Ethan Ryman, three artists with very different sensibilities, who employ light as a means of defamiliarising what we see.
Bruegel to Freud: Prints from the Courtauld Gallery
Courtauld Gallery, London, until 21 September 2014
Harriet Thorpe met Dr Rachel Sloan, curator of Bruegel to Freud, to discuss the Courtauld’s print collection and how she assembled this year’s summer showcase of 30 key pieces with more than 24,000 to choose from.
Anindita Dutta: MAYA
Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, Beijing, China, until 27 August 2014
MAYA, a major exhibition by Anindita Dutta, is the second exhibition of the Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program at the Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, until 19 October 2014
It has happened! It is here! The Whitney Museum has opened its doors to the Temple of Koons.
Richard Jackson: New Paintings
Halftone: Through the Grid. Galerie Max Hetzler, until 26 July 2014
At the Berlin gallery, in a high-ceilinged office lined with books, Harriet Thorpe sat down with curators Bounakoff and Gallais and artists Tursic and Mille to discuss the show.
Richard Jackson: New Paintings
Hauser & Wirth, North Gallery, London, until 26 July 2014
Richard Jackson has been a pre-eminent figure on the American art scene since the 70s and, in his current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, he certainly leaves his mark. Influenced by both Abstract Expressionism and action painting, this show is a playful, yet disturbing synthesis of the two.
Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection.
Interview with curator Adrian Locke
Royal Academy of Arts, Sackler Wing, London, until 28 September 2014
This exhibition brings together more than 80 artworks by Uruguayans, Argentines, Venezuelans and Brazilians, a total of 26 artists who intensely transformed the visual arts in their countries from 1930 onwards.
Bartosz Beda: interview
Bartosz Beda is a rising star whose torrid paintings reflect social anxieties, with and a keen eye trained on the lessons of history.
Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision
National Portrait Gallery, London, until 26 October 2014
The life of one of the 20th-century’s greatest writers, Virginia Woolf, is celebrated in a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Gustav Metzger: interview
Gustav Metzger: Lift Off!, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until 31 August 2014
Studio International was lucky enough to meet Metzger in his London Fields studio. After a brief chat about the magazine, with Metzger recalling his two contributions from March and October 1969, we turn to talk about his work, his motivations, and his scientifically driven techniques.
Lucía Pizzani: interview
The Worshipper of the Image, Beers Contemporary, London, until 26 July 2014
Venezuelan artist Pizzani spoke to Nicola Homer about her first solo show in London.
Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden
Museum of Biblical Art, New York City, until 28 September 2014
Revisioning Paradise in a Fallen World – Interview with curator Jennifer Scanlan.
The Global Art Compass
Alistair Hicks’s new book, The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st Century Art, indicates the confidence required to pursue an independent path is rare, capturing as it must the constant change in emphases, the ebb and flow of certain artists’ predominance, world events that precipitate new artistic manifestations, and the ability to differentiate between the significant from a passing fad.
Charlotte Hodes: interview
“Although my work takes a range of forms, I continue to consider my approach as that of a painter both in terms of my references and in the formal way that I construct images.”
Shaun McDowell: interview
Save Yourself! Hannah Barry Gallery, London, until 27 July 2014
McDowell talks about his own creative practice and how he came to curate this show of different artists’ drawing works.
The Berlin Art Prize 2014
This is the second edition of the Berlin Art Prize, which was launched last year. The prize, which is set to continue annually, is unique in Berlin as the only award of its kind to support contemporary artists with exposure and also awards.
Joe Winkelman: interview
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, until 30 August 2014
Winkelman is one of the UK’s leading printmakers, specialising in intaglio since 1975. From 1989-95, he was president of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (now known as the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers).
Jimmy Pike: A Desert Cowboy in London – Retrospective
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, until 30 August 2014
It is extraordinary in the early 21st century to be in the city of London looking at the work of an Australian Aboriginal artist who grew up as a hunter-gatherer in the Great Sandy Desert, acquired his art skills in prison, married his clinical psychologist there, and went on to become an artist of international acclaim.

Cindi Di Marzo: #CharlesJames Beyond Fashion closes on Aug. 10@metmuseum Read our interview with #CostumeInstitute curator #HaroldKoda http://bit.ly/1lg2uCI

Anna McNay: With their #WW1centenary work launching on 4 Aug, rewatch @Artangel’s Daniel Silver #Dig commission review http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/daniel-silver

Cindi Di Marzo: #KarenFinley's #ArtistsAnonymous, 1 Aug. 7 pm, free forum for artists to reflect on their vocations @MADMuseum http://bit.ly/1r73VJi

Anna McNay: Watch Studio's interview with Bedwyr Williams, who's helping to mark #WW1centenary on Monday, here: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/bedwyr-williams-interview

Anna McNay: Bedwyr Williams will help mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 on 4 Aug, 10-11pm http://www.artesmundi.org/en/pressrelease/lights-out-traw-by-bedwyr-williams-co-commissioned-by-14-18-now-and-artes-mundi

Anna McNay: Gustav Metzger: 'Finding out where we are is the most important task, & we need courage for that' http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/gustav-metzger-interview-kettles-yard-auto-destructive-auto-creative-art-liquid-crystal

Cindi Di Marzo: Art for sheer delight: #Bemelmans's book illustrations, Paris bistro murals, panels from the Onassis yacht #MadelineinNewYork@NYHistory

Cindi Di Marzo: Designer-led tour, #MultipleExposures @MADMuseum, July 24, 6:30 pm Read interview with curator #UrsulaIlseNeuman http://bit.ly/1pcICEB

Caroline Menezes: 'Memorabilia', Portuguese artist Rui Macedo's solo show @ Convento dos Capuchos, Almada, Portugal. From 19 July to 31 October.

Anna McNay: Marina Abramovic's residency @SerpentineUK reaches its halfway point today. Re-visit our interview with her: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/marina-abramovic-interview

Alice Aycock Paper Chase

Alice Aycock. Waltzing Matilda, 2013. Reinforced fibreglass, Approximately 15’ high x 14’6” wide x 17’6” long. Edition of 2. To be installed at 56th street in Spring 2014. Courtesy Alice Aycock / PAPC & Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin. Rendering.

Architecturally inspired sculptor Alice Aycock says she hoped to capture the "energy of thought and ideas colliding and being transmitted outward" in her series Paper Chase Park Avenue, consisting of seven painted aluminium and fibreglass sculptures recalling wind currents, whirlpools and spinning tops and referencing paper models made by architects and the Russian Constructivists. The exhibit follows on the heels of a major retrospective of her drawings shown in New York in 2013 and travelling to the University of California, Santa Barbara, this year.

Park Avenue Mall, 52nd – 66th Streets, New York, until July 2014

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

Who’s that Girl?

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, 2014. Image still from The Green Room, commissioned by Nottingham Contemporary.

“Artists should live experimentally,” says 2012 Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, formerly known as “Spartacus”, after the Roman soldier who led a slave rebellion against the Roman republic. Chetwynd’s multimedia explorations involve wild rides through art history (Giotto) and literature (Dante’s Inferno), as well as playful deconstructions of identity by changing her own name. This self-titled first solo exhibition of her work at a public gallery in Britain, led by a guide dressed as the Addams Family’s cousin Itt, includes a selection of paintings from her Bat Opera series.

Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK, 25 January – 23 March 2014

For Art’s Own Sake

Louis Anquetin. Femme à la voilette, 1891 (detail). Oil on canvas, 81 x 55 cm. © Private collection, courtesy of D. Nisinson.

Bohemia may be a state of mind, but it found its most attractive enactment in fin de siècle Paris, inspired by Henry Murger’s 1851 classic Scènes de la Vie de Bohème. Ironically, the poor-but-carefree lifestyle depicted in Murger’s novel attracted young artists, writers and thinkers from wealthy families, who rejected convention, prioritising art over money and comfort. Esprit Montmartre: Bohemian Life in Paris Around 1900 celebrates the community that emerged on Montmartre hill, with some 150 paintings by Picasso, Bonnard, Degas, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and others who lived there at its most exciting period of ferment.

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 7 February – 1 June 2014

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. 

Moving Pictures

Wellington Pink Squad protest group, Riddiford Street, Wellington, 1981. Photograph: John Miller.

Māori photographer John Miller won the 2003 Media Peace Prize Lifetime Award for his promotion of peace through his work. He describes himself as a “sympathetic observer”, but the power of his images indicates a reflective yet acute study of civil rights issues, particularly apartheid, as well as anti-nuclear and Māori demonstrations. John Miller: Tour Scrums brings together his black-and-white photographs of anti-apartheid protests in 1970s Wellington and the 2007 Tour Scrums: Protesting Black and Blue project, twin-screen colour work documenting the 1981 Springbok rugby tour conflicts in New Zealand.

Deane Gallery, City Gallery of Wellington, New Zealand, 1 February – 13 April 2014

Celebrating Community

Jeff Wall. The Quarrel, 1988 (print, 1989). Cibachrome print, fluorescent light, aluminum and Plexiglas box, 2/3. 119 x 175.6 cm. MACM, purchase.

The Musée d’art contemporain (MACM) marks 50 years as one of Montreal’s major cultural institutions by joining forces with the city’s other great repository of art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) for this exhibition, offered to the public free of charge. When Collections Collide: The Musée d’art contemporain at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts concentrates on contemporary works, arranged as an “aesthetic conversation” between collections. The show spotlights individual strengths – installations, multimedia and photography by Canadians for MACM, painting and sculpture from at home and abroad for MMFA – while reinforcing the need for partnership and community. 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada, 22 February – 15 June 2014 

Down and Out but Well-Dressed

Munchen, Swim suit, Wool, circa 1930, Germany, The Museum at FIT, Museum Purchase.

While economic hardship and escalating political tensions in the 1930s made life difficult for people around the globe, the 1929 Wall Street crash and Hitler’s rise to power did not dampen the fashion industry. Edwardian stiffness and conventionality were cast aside in favour of a modern, streamlined aesthetic. Elegance in an Age of Crisis highlights breakthroughs in style, materials and manufacturing through an array of beautiful examples of haute couture, men’s tailoring, Hollywood costumes and sportswear created in the major fashion centres of the world for an international clientele.

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, 7 February – 19 April 2014 

Infinitely Fractured World

Arno Gisinger. Image from the photographic series Atlas, suite, 2012.

Among the most interesting experiments into how images are replicated, rearranged and transmitted through time and space, thus fracturing and conflating visual experiences, Atlas: How to Carry the World on One’s Back, curated by French art historian and philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman and first shown at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2010, riffs on work done by German cultural theorist Aby Warburg a century ago for his Mnemosyne Atlas. Afteratlas, a new iteration of the project presented by the Beirut Art Centre, is an Atlas-based photographic essay by Austrian photographer Arno Gisinger in collaboration with Didi-Huberman that keeps the images coming.

Beirut Art Centre, Beirut, Lebanon, 23 January – 22 March 2014 

Back to the Streets

Lee Quinones. Howard the Duck, 1988. Image courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown, painter Martin Wong made New York City’s Lower East Side his adopted home. From 1978 until his death in 1999, Wong also collected art and antiques, notably the world’s largest assembly of graffiti art. Donated by him to the Museum of the City of New York in 1994, his archive consists of hundreds of works on paper and canvas and photographs documenting this vibrant ephemeral art form made by outsiders learning their craft on the streets. City as Canvas exhibits many of these works, some by Keith Haring, Lady Pink and Lee Quiñones, for the first time.

Museum of the City of New York, 4 February – 24 August 2014 

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