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Ilana Halperin: ‘Drawing is a trace fossil of a moment, an idea, proof of life’
The artist, whose work is bound up with geological phenomena, explains the excitement of holding a meteorite older than the Earth, her obsession with the Eldfell volcano, and why gallstones are important to her art.
Sheila Hicks: ‘I’ve enjoyed a whole career of being an outsider’
The American-born artist Sheila Hicks invited us to join her on her brightly coloured pigmented bales in her site-specific installation at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, where she asked us if we knew the difference between a carrot and a radish.
Sheila Hicks: Foray into Chromatic Zones, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, until 19 April 2015.
Kehinde Wiley: ‘I think ideas are just as important as the material practice of painting’
African-American artist Kehinde Wiley talks about the practice of painting as a conceptual tool to express his worldview and ideas that inspire him.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, Brooklyn Museum, until 24 May 2015.
Cornelia Parker: interview
Known for her explosive works that cross the line between science and art, Parker spoke to us at the opening of her exhibition at The Whitworth, Manchester about why she wouldn’t necessarily call herself an artist and where her inspiration comes from.
The Whitworth, Manchester, until 31 May 2015.
Kate Boxer: ‘It’s so much to do with the people that have come before you, and what they’ve done to make the world amazing to live in’
MK Palomar visited the painter and printmaker Kate Boxer in her studio in West Sussex. Boxer’s work is described by the film-maker Bruno Wollheim as idiosyncratic and deeply felt, where high fun meets high seriousness.
Lynda Benglis: ‘I think artists create their own rules’
Here, the artist who was once dubbed the “heir to Pollock” and shocked the art world in 1974 by posing nude with a giant dildo, talks about her new show at The Hepworth Wakefield and breaking rules.
Lynda Benglis, The Hepworth Wakefield, until 1 July 2015.
Morehshin Allahyari: ‘Suddenly, I had the opportunity of making art without having to censor myself’
The Iranian-born artist, who moved to the US in 2007, talks about important concepts in her work, including exile, censorship, virtual and digital media and the adoption of technology in developing countries.
Janet Biggs: ‘This project traces my very specific memories of my family’
The video and installation artist talks about her latest exhibition, in which she worked with neuroscientists, geologists and musicians in a quest to discover what constitutes our sense of self and identity when our memory fails us.
Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, Texas, until 21 March 2015
Fernanda Chieco: ‘I go searching for stories’
The Brazilian artist talks about art residency programmes, and how one led her to look at haunted houses, chase phantoms and, finally, build a ghost town with watercolours.
On Kawara: Silence
The Guggenheim’s retrospective of On Kawara brings to the fore the great richness of the artist’s practice yet, despite the wealth of detail, you come to know so little about the man who painstakingly made these works.
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, until 3 May 2015.
Good Figures
Thirty contemporary female artists, ranging in age from 24 to 82, celebrate the enduring appeal of the female form in everything from photography to drawing, ceramics, film and sculpture.
The Jerwood Gridshell Space, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex, 25 April – 3 May 2015.
Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden
Challenging and provocative, this vast retrospective at Tate Modern charts Marlene Dumas’s long career. From the very first room, it is clear that this South African-born artist is one of the most important painters working today.
Tate Modern, London, until 10 May 2015.
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
This latest exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is an illuminating tour de force that opens a window on Sargent’s world and the extraordinary people he called his friends.
National Portrait Gallery, London, until 25 May 2015.
Helen Flockhart: ‘Art doesn’t have to be large to be powerful’
The Scottish painter on her time at Glasgow School of Art in the 80s, being influenced by conventional artists as well as models from knitting patterns, and how she produces her detailed, labour intensive works.
Thomas Hart Benton’s ‘America Today’ Rediscovered
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is celebrating the acquisition and installation of Thomas Hart Benton’s 10-panel mural cycle with an exhibition that includes numerous studies the artist prepared for the mural, as well as paintings, drawings and photographs, which ground the imagery of Benton’s masterwork within the context of the visual culture of early modern America.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, until 19 April 2015
Drawing as the catalyst for contemporary printmaking in the UK
We look at how printmaking has influenced the work of Arthur Watson, Paul Coldwell, Christopher Le Brun, Charlotte Hodes and Grayson Perry.
Luc Tuymans: The Shore
Luc Tuymans’s latest exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in London is the result of a diverse range of influences, but his characteristically bleached colours and eerie settings ensure that his paintings continue to unsettle and intrigue.
David Zwirner Gallery, London, until 2 April 2015.

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

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