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Sally Smart: interview
Sally Smart, known for her large-scale installations, talks about her recent project, The Pedagogical Puppet (2012), made during a residency at the University of Connecticut. Her Bauhaus-inspired work represents an independent artistic spirit in Australia, where she lives and works.
Vânia Mignone: interview
In this conversation with Studio International about her first retrospective, titled Scenarios, at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, the painter Vânia Mignone explains her creative process, discloses her major influences, and tells us how she incorporates elements from her daily routine into her visual compositions.
The Digital Revolution and the beginning of New Media Art
From the ICA’s landmark 1968 show Cybernetic Serendipity through Pac-Man and Mario Bros to the latest offering from Will.i.am, the Barbican’s interactive exhibition demonstrates how computers and technological development have changed the face of art
Folkestone Triennial
30 August – 2 November 2014
For the third edition of this bustling summer exhibition, curator Lewis Biggs has invited a selection of internationally renowned and local artists to produce 21 new artworks in response to specific sites across the town. Studio International went on a coastal tour and spoke to a number of those involved, both artists and organisers.
Ready or Not: 2014 New Jersey Arts Annual: Fine Art
In its Arts Annual: Fine Art, Newark Museum was true to its roots. A wide array of theses, media and materials by 40 culturally diverse local artists of all ages showed that the museum is sensitive to the times and the people it serves.
Katie Paterson: Earth-Moon-Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected from the Surface of the Moon)
Jupiter Artland, Wilkieston, Edinburgh, until 28 September 2014
Katie Paterson’s lunar meditation on music, technology and imperfection reassesses our place in the cosmos and how far art can extend our view.
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.
Christopher Le Brun: interview
Royal Academy president Christopher Le Brun has produced 33 new canvases for his solo show at Friedman Benda, his first in the US in 10 years. He talks about his move from mythological and symbolic imagery to abstraction, the source of his inspiration and his use of colours.
Agathe Sorel: interview
Agathe Sorel talks about her battle to get printmaking recognised in art colleges, her unconventional use of the engraved line, the influence of maths and science on her work – and being kicked out of photo shops.
Will Maclean and Marian Leven: interview
An Suileachan is an art project on the Isle of Lewis, by Will Maclean and Marian Leven, that reflects the historic land clearances there. Janet McKenzie spoke to them at the home they share in Tayport, Fife.
Maryam Najd: Accuracy & Balance – West
Famous for his interactive installations for public spaces, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer talks about his unusual path from physical chemistry graduate to artist, and the growing relationship between technology and artistic practice
Maryam Najd: Accuracy & Balance – West
Galerie van de Weghe, Antwerp, until 4 October 2014
In her work, painter Maryam Najd, who was born in Iran but now lives in Belgium, explores whether the prevalence of the naked female form in the west really represents emancipation.
Dashiell Manley interview: ‘I approach most projects as if making a film’
Los Angeles-based artist Dashiell Manley talks about The Great Train Robbery, explains why he sees himself mainly as a film-maker, and reveals how he forms his ideas and the processes involved in his complex, layered and thoughtful works.
Rui Macedo: Memorabilia
Convento dos Capuchos, Caparica, Portugal, until 31 October 2014
In this exhibition, the Portuguese painter Rui Macedo not only questions the historical place of modernism, but visually re-evaluates the history that came before it, playing with perspective, illusion and trompe l’oeil.
Stephen Farthing: interview
Stephen Farthing, Rootstein Hopkins Chair of Drawing, talks to Janet McKenzie about his obsession with finding an adequate definition of drawing – and how digital imaging is changing the way it is taught today.
Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral, untill 21 September 2014
This small but enchanting exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs of the pre-Raphaelite beauty Jane Morris explores the role she played as the muse of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
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.
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Cindi Di Marzo: Talking about #deKooning @metmuseum, with curators #JudithZilczer, #MarlaPrather and artist #GeorgeCondo, 17 Sept. 6pm http://bit.ly/1r1pryg

Cindi Di Marzo: The Rap about #Graffiti, a roundtable on its political, cultural and artistic impact@MuseumofCityNY 17 Sept. 6:30 pm http://bit.ly/1u3n3qV

Anna McNay: Artists Anonymous will be @ 4th Mediations Biennale #Poznan from 21 Sept. @annamcnay spoke with them for @studiolatest: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/artists-anonymous-interview

Cindi Di Marzo: #WillemvanGenk Mind Traffic @FolkArtMuseum http://bit.ly/WTwZZg Coming soon: Studio interview with the artist's longtime dealer, #NicovanderEndt

Cindi Di Marzo: #HomerLayne: My Life with #CharlesJames at the Chelsea Hotel, 18 Sept., 6pm, @museumatFIT, Read Studio coverage of James exhibit: http://bit.ly/W7OxQP

Cindi Di Marzo: In her superb historical novel #TheWaywardMuse, #ElizabethHickey portrays #JaneMorris as iconic #PreRaphaelite beauty, http://bit.ly/1qXxwRS

ABA: Indian Govt choosing sculptor for world's largest statue, of Sardar Patel, needing 2500 tons of bronze, 597 ft. tall, cost $33M. 08/2014

ABA: #JasperJohns' 27-yr studio asst guilty of theft, sentenced to 3-4 years jail + 4M fine. 27/08/2014

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

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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