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Mark Soo interview: ‘The object of observation changes by being observed’
Multimedia artist Mark Soo tells A Will Brown about his interest in the interconnection of elements, how a work of art changes when a passerby looks at it, and how Detroit techno music led him to 19th-century paddlewheel steamships.
Micro-Events: Tsuneko Taniuchi
Le Forum, Ginza Maison Hermès, until 21 September 2014
Blurring the line between reality and fiction, performance artist Tsuneko Taniuchi tries to change our preconceptions of society through “Micro-Events” that include her dressing as a homeless bag lady and taking part in mass weddings.
Ed Atkins: interview
Anna McNay spoke to Ed Atkins about his current exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, where his film Ribbons (2014) is showing alongside related installations of text and image.
Where Were You?
Lisson Gallery, London, until 23 August 2014
Lisson Gallery continues its minimalist aesthetic with the work of nine artists, five of whom have never shown before in the UK. Kate Tiernan went to view it.
Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, until 12 October 2014
Louise Bourgeois is best known for her spider sculptures, including Maman for Tate Modern. This exhibition of her later works is akin to a self-portrait, a web of contradictions and ambiguities, says Anna McNay.
Rashid Johnson: Magic Numbers
The George Economou Collection, Athens, until 28 August 2014
Rashid Johnson talks about his show Magic Numbers at the George Economou Collection in Athens, his use of shea butter, black soap and wax and how Afrocentrism has informed his work.
Anita Taylor: interview
Anita Taylor, dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University and the founder of the Jerwood drawing prize project, talked to Studio International about her own drawing practice, the importance of drawing in education, and the development of the Jerwood drawing prize.
Drawn Together: Artist as Selector
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, until 15 October 2014
Anita Taylor, curator of Drawn Together: Artist as Selector, took us round the exhibition and spoke about a number of drawings in the show, including works by Ken Currie, Stephen Farthing, Michael Craig-Martin, Lisa Milroy, Avis Newman and Cornelia Parker.
Susan Hiller: Resounding
Summerhall, Edinburgh, until 26 September 2014
Susan Hiller’s exploration of anthropology and psychoanalysis sees her collecting, cataloguing, restaging and reforming cultural artefacts. Her work provides a fascinating insight into the mind and memory.
Rose Wylie: interview
Surrounded by her wall-sized canvases and small graphite drawings, Rose Wylie talked about her drawing, painting and thinking process, and the things that inspire and influence her work.
Body & Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art
Henry Moore Foundation, until 26 October 2014
This group show of contemporary art at the Henry Moore Foundation considers the interior and exterior space of the body, its encompassing nature as a vessel and the places it inhabits.
I Must First Apologise …
Villa Arson, Nice, until 13 October 2014
For their latest exhibition, film-makers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige explored scam emails. But, as they explain, an idea that originated in untruths uncovered some surprising truths.
Art and politics/art or politics: the political quandary of Manifesta 10
St Petersburg, Russia, until 31 October 2014
It is difficult to escape the topic of politics when discussing art in Russia now. On the level of individual works, this relationship is often heated and contentious; there is little harmony between artists and the powers that be.
Primrose: Early Colour Photography in Russia
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, until 19 October 2014
From austere family portraits of the 1860s to Rodchenko’s Stalinist propaganda posters and the subversive underground images of the 1960s and 70s, this elegant exhibition takes us through a century of Russia’s history.
The lives of the women behind the Zero artists
Strong Women For Art: In Conversation with Anna Lenz is a celebration of women who have lived with members of the artist group Zero.
An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition
Wellcome Collection, London, until 12 October 2014
Medical artefacts, paintings, photographs, sculptures and some contemporary artworks take you on a humorous and interactive journey through medical history.
Gego: Line as Object
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, until 19 October 2014
German-born artist Gego once claimed that sculpture was never what she did, but the Henry Moore Institute is absolutely right in putting on her first UK exhibition, says Anna McNay.
Lisa Corinne Davis: interview
Galerie Gris, New York, until 1 September 2014
Lisa Corinne Davis talks to Lilly Wei about her multilayered, map-like paintings, the complex relationship between race, culture and history, and her hope that her work will challenge preconceived notions of identity.
NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, until 12 October 2014
Jake Yuzna, director of public programmes at the Museum of Arts and Design, talks to Cindi di Marzo about the wildly diverse entries selected from the city’s creative communities for the museum’s first biennial
Isa Genzken: Botanical Garden
Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, until 28 September 2014
Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden provide the backdrop for German artist Isa Genzken’s humorous, disturbing and powerful work from the past decade, including photographs, collages and, most arresting of all, mannequins.
Calum Colvin: interview
Calum Colvin: The Magic Box. Edinburgh Printmakers, until 6 September 2014
Calum Colvin talks to Christiana Spens about the influences behind his art and photography, his feelings about contemporary Scottish society, and how, if he had the budget, he would like to make a film.
Wendy White: interview
Wendy White: Madrid Me Mata. Arts + Leisure Gallery, New York City, until 1 September 2014
Madrid Me Mata is New York-based painter Wendy White’s homage to the Galería Moriarty in Madrid, which, since 2008, had given her three solo shows before it closed its doors this year.
Here and Elsewhere
New Museum, New York, until 28 September 2014
Here and Elsewhere, the latest exhibition at the New Museum in New York, presents the work of 45 contemporary artists of Arab origin.
Sapporo International Art Festival
Sapporo, Japan, until 28 September 2014
The first Sapporo International Art Festival is taking place in Sapporo city, which is on Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest and northernmost island. Seventeen artists and groups from Japan and abroad were selected.
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Cindi Di Marzo: #SharonBooma All Space and Edges at the #CamptonGallery, NYC, artist reception 13 Sept. 5:30pm, Read Studio interview with the artist http://bit.ly/1qJKgeS

Anna McNay: Last day to catch @ed_atkins @SerpentineUK #ribbons. @annamcnay meets with the artist to hear about his methods: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/ed-atkins-ribbons-serpentine-sackler-london

Anna McNay: As @HauserWirth NY prepares for #Vienneseactionism, revisit @RSaltounGallery & @AustinDesmond's show in London: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/viennese-season-actionism

Anna McNay: Happy birthday Ben Johnson! Watch @MkPalomar's interview with him here: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/ben-johnson-interview @AlanCristea

Anna McNay: Final days of Marina Abramovic #512hours @SerpentineUK Returned, queued, became present. Here's what it's all about: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/marina-abramovic-interview

ABA: Corcoran Gallery in DC loses independence, art school taken over by #GWU and art collection by National Gallery (Court Decision 18/08/14)

Anna McNay: Christian Marclay's internationally acclaimed cinematic work 'The Clock' on view @walkerartcenter http://artdaily.com/news/72209/Christian-Marclay-s-internationally-acclaimed-cinematic-work--The-Clock--on-view-at-Walker-Art-Center-#.U_G5nUs5N6M

Anna McNay: Chiharu Shiota, Japan's artist @la_Biennale 2015, now @smithsonian 18 - 21 Aug. Flashback review: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/chiharu-shiota-dialogues

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. 

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


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