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Brian Bress: ‘I come to video with the agenda of a painter’
Brian Bress is an innovative multimedia artist who creates works that combine painting, drawing, animation, video, and performance art into a new form of expression.
Marie Jacotey – Dolly
One of this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 26-year-old, Paris-born Marie Jacotey is exhibiting 58 drawings on plaster in this, her first solo exhibition at the Hannah Barry Gallery.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Studio International attended the opening night of Bloomberg New Contemporaries and spoke to panellist and Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and BNC director Kirsty Ogg about the daunting selection process. We also talked to some of the chosen artists about their work, what the competition means to them and their hopes for the future.
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, until 25 January 2015
Alberto Biasi: interview
In conversation with Studio International, Alberto Biasi reveals the singular motivations behind his work and its sometimes unexpected origins. He also sheds light on the processes involved in the creation of visually dynamic objects and how his infinitesimally precise manipulation of material and light evoke an intangible yet startlingly real dimension, to hypnotic effect.
The Mayor Gallery, London, until 19 December 2014
Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power
Although her products have been unavailable in the US for decades, Helena Rubinstein – “Empress of Beauty”, as Jean Cocteau called her – is being celebrated by the Jewish Museum in New York. The exhibit focuses on the link she forged between beauty, fine art and interior decoration, which has become the essence of modernity.
The Jewish Museum, New York, until 22 March 2015
Chris Martin: interview
New York City-based artist Chris Martin, whose works were recently on show at the Anton Kern Gallery, talks about painting outside in the woods in Walton, how he gets his inspiration, and why he loves glitter so much.
Prospect.3: Notes for Now
New Orleans plays host to 58 artists from around the world – including Theaster Gates, Carrie Mae Weems, Agus Suwage and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as many less familiar names – for Prospect.3, whose dominant theme is race and identity.
New Orleans, until 25 January 2015.
Steven Appleby: interview
Studio International visited the artist Steven Appleby's studio in south London. Appleby, whose work is sometimes described as absurdist, is primarily known for his weekly cartoon strip, Loomus, in the Guardian.
Faig Ahmed: interview
The Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed talks about his exhibition Fluid Forms, how he reinterprets the process of carpet-making, and the fact that traditional weavers were not happy producing carpets with gaping holes.
Zarina: Descending Darkness
In her works on paper and installations, the artist Zarina, who left her birthplace in India more than 50 years ago, explores the idea of home while living elsewhere.
Luhring Augustine, New York City, until 6 December 2014.
Allen Jones
Risking the wrath of many, London’s Royal Academy of Arts is playing host to a long-overdue thematic overview of the controversial works of British pop artist Allen Jones.
Allen Jones, Royal Academy of Arts, London, until 25 January 2015.
Kennedy Browne: interview
Irish artist duo Kennedy Browne talk about how their work has been shaped by free-market triumphalism in the decades since Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, plane-spotting at Shannon airport – and Mark Zuckerberg’s lightsaber.
Art Basel Miami Beach
This year’s fair was all about art as entertainment – and it didn’t disappoint. With more than 250 galleries, sales ranging up to $4.5m for a Warhol, and celebrity buyers such as P Diddy and Leonardo DiCaprio, it was clear as one noted director said that ‘happy’ is what’s happening now.
Stan Douglas
Through photographs, film and video art, in his exhibition at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, Canadian artist Stan Douglas blurs the borders between truth and fiction, between what we see and what we think we see.
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until 15 February 2015
Nacho Carbonell: interview
On the occasion of his first large-scale solo exhibition, Nacho Carbonell talks about his creative practice and how his design for an inflatable chair, Pump It Up, became the catalyst for his career.
Groninger Museum, The Netherlands, until 22 March 2015
Giovanni Battista Moroni
In this major exhibition of the 16th-century Italian painter Giovanni Battista Moroni, the Royal Academy is showing more than 40 works, from his portraits to his lesser-known religious paintings.
Royal Academy of Arts, London, until 25 January 2015
Janenne Eaton: ‘My work is deeply political’
Melbourne-based artist Janenne Eaton talks about the inspiration behind her recent installation, Road to the Hills, her love of driving alone through the Australian landscape, and the changes digital technology has brought.
Jockum Nordström: interview
Having travelled from the island of Gotland where his latest solo exhibition was composed, Swedish artist Jockum Nordström talks about his creative process, his communication with the dead, and the problem of exterior definition.
Jockum Nordström: For the Insects and the Hounds, David Zwirner, London, until 24 January 2015.
Gego and Gerd Leufert: a dialogue
This exhibition of works by Gertrude Goldschmidt – Gego – and Gerd Leufert demonstrates their romance both with line and drawing and with one another.
Peder Balke
Peder Balke is a little known 19th-century Norwegian artist. The National Gallery and Northern Norway Art Museum, Tromsø, hope to change that, but is he really a forgotten great?
National Gallery, London, until 12 April 2015.
Maisie Broadhead: interview
The photographer and jewellery-maker talks about her latest show, Peepers at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, and how she takes her inspiration from Old Masters.
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, until 1 March 2015.
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Caroline Menezes: Rui Macedo opens In Situ: Letter of Intent @macniteroi, review of his previous show: http://goo.gl/iy6okF

Caroline Menezes: Fabrizio Poltronieri: Iconic Theogonies @Oi Futuro extended through 1 February 2015. Review @http://goo.gl/2Q0CV4

Caroline Menezes: Lucia Pizzani won #Hotshoe Photofusion Award 2014. Reread Nicola Homer's interview with her @http://goo.gl/t0kcDn

Cindi Di Marzo: #CooperHewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC, reopens with #MairaKalman Selects, celebrating the collection: http://bit.ly/15PdMNj

Cindi Di Marzo: Rebecca Shaykin discusses the challenge of locating works for Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power, 9 Dec. 11:30 am, The Jewish Museum http://bit.ly/1z50LaO

Cindi Di Marzo: The Powder & the Glory, 4 Dec., 6:30 pm, The Jewish Museum, NYC, documents an epic rivalry: Rubinstein and Arden http://bit.ly/1xMa0dW

Cindi Di Marzo: Fab Folk Fest: Artist/designer exhibit, demonstration and sale, 4-9 Dec., American Folk Art Museum Shop, NYC, http://bit.ly/1v1xkHM

Cindi Di Marzo: Sacred Seriality: The Serial Devotional Print, MOBiA/Frick Gallery, 3 Dec. 5:30 pm. Read interview with course leader Nathaniel Prottas http://bit.ly/1uHnghX

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. 


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