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Yto Barrada: ‘This whole project started with the sale of a dinosaur’
The artist discusses her hometown of Tangier, palaeontology, her concerns with trade and smuggling, and the difficulties of opening a cinema when you have no previous experience.
Yto Barrada: Faux Guide, Pace Gallery, London, until 8 August 2015.
Caro in Yorkshire
This unmissable two-venue retrospective of Anthony Caro’s work encompasses everything from his vast steel sculptures of the 1960s to his table pieces, to his jewellery, ending with his final works.
Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, until 1 November 2015.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots
Jackson Pollock’s black paintings have been unjustifiably dismissed by many. Tate Liverpool’s exhibition focuses on this largely neglected period, including also drawings and sculptures done not long before the artist’s untimely death.
Tate Liverpool 30 June – 18 October 2015.
Emma Cousin: ‘Humour is the most important thing’
Studio International visited Transition Gallery in east London to speak to Cousin about painting, inspiration and teaching her grandma how to swim.
Nicholas Mangan: Ancient Lights
In his latest exhibition at London’s Chisenhale Gallery, Australian artist Nicholas Mangan drags a forgotten credo from the rubble of modernity: respect the nature that gives us life.
Chisenhale Gallery, London, until 30 August 2015.
Primary Codes
This ambitious exhibition by four greats of computer art brings together works from the very start of the genre in the early 1960s to the modern day. Despite being a very successful event, it is fair to question: is this exhibition unearthing an avant garde?
Oi Futuro Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, until 16 August 2015.
Bruges Triennial 2015
The triennial’s theme is the megacity, imagining what Bruges would be like if the millions of tourists who visit each year were to stay. Alongside three indoor exhibitions, 14 outdoor installations explore global urbanisation.
Contemporary art and architecture in the historical city of Bruges, until 18 October 2015.
Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust
Wanderlust explores the art of a man who crossed oceans in his imagination and explored fairytale castles in his dreams. Prepare for parrots, pipes and celestial fairies as you step into Joseph Cornell’s magical imaginarium.
Royal Academy of Arts, London, until 27 September 2015.
Helen Sear: ‘It’s almost like the landscape is imprinted on the figure’
In her exploration of mortality and temporality, the artist seeks to disrupt the single-point perspective of the camera. She talks about her literary and filmic influences and how even the personal, poetic and local can strike a universal chord.
Helen Sear: … the rest is smoke, Cymru yn Fenis / Wales in Venice, until 22 November 2015.
Susan Cianciolo: ‘Everything I make is so sacred and it’s all about the process of making’
The artist talks about the Fluxus boxes in her latest exhibition, opening a textile store in Mississippi, and her early years in fashion design.
Sergio Camargo: Mármore
More than 30 years since Camargo’s last London exhibition, Lisson Gallery’s head of exhibitions, Emma Gifford-Mead, talks to Studio International about the importance of bringing his work to a British audience.
Herman de Vries: ‘My guru is a squirrel’
The artist, whose work spreads far beyond the confines of the Rietveld pavilion, explains why he looks to this creature for guidance in every day living, noting the importance of nature as mother, truth and teacher.
Herman de Vries: to be all ways to be, Dutch Pavilion, Venice, until 22 November 2015.
Sheikha Lateefa bint Maktoum: ‘I am a veiled woman, so it’s a natural process to have veiled women in my work’
The founder of Tashkeel, Dubai’s first public studio space for artists, talks about her hopes for the centre, being a role model for young women in Dubai, and how being a mother has changed her pace of work.
Raed Yassin: Kissing Amnesia
Lebanese artist and musician Raed Yassin displays his magnetic, humorous and moving works in the ever-seductive surroundings of Lord Leighton’s Orientalist fantasy in London’s Holland Park.
Leighton House Museum, London, until 2 August 2015.
The Amazing World of MC Escher
MC Escher was long ignored by galleries and dismissed by critics, yet there is arguably no modern artist who has profoundly influenced so many different fields, from cinema to graphic design, mathematics to video games.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, until 27 September 2015.
Royal Scottish Academy Metzstein Architecture Discourse: Glenn Murcutt
Architect Glenn Murcutt, winner of many international awards, presented an inspiring discourse on his philosophy, which has pioneered a new relationship between architecture and landscape in his native Australia.
Hannah Collins: ‘Most of my work is a line between culture and the world’
The British artist known for her large, unframed photographs talks about her latest exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre in London, photographing a hut where Nelson Mandela lived, investigating civil rights in the American south and spending time with tribal peoples in the Amazon.
Camden Arts Centre, London, until 13 September 2015.
Alinka Echeverria: ‘As soon as you lift up the camera, you make the other person vulnerable’
The photographer talks about her work looking at political and religious beliefs, including a visit to South Sudan following its independence and meeting Nelson Mandela’s prison warder from Robben Island.
Lee Miller and Picasso
The close and long-lasting friendship between American photographer Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso is touchingly documented here through more than 100 of the former’s photographs and two works by Picasso.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, until 6 September 2015.
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
Exploring themes of transformation, status and seduction, the V&A’s Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is an exploration of power relations, and how the shoe – ostensibly something to wear on one’s foot – can be a tool of empowerment or oppression.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, until 31 January 2016.
Hayato Kiyuna, No Aloha
No Aloha is an exhibition of brightly coloured works on paper by Japanese artist Hayato Kiyuna. It is perhaps no surprise, since he is influenced by music and sound, that the exhibition is titled after one of his favourite songs by the band the Breeders.
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World
Barbara Hepworth is seen as one of the most important figures in the development of abstract art in Britain. Yet, as Tate Britain’s retrospective shows, she was an international figure, who cultivated an idealist language of expression that still has resonance.
Tate Britain, London, until 25 October 2015.
Nathan Cash Davidson: ‘I’m two different artists in the same person’
The artist discusses his current exhibition at the Hannah Barry Gallery, his interest both in recreating the past and in sci-fi, using collage to help create his compositions, and what it is to be both a painter and a rapper.
Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman
This documentary follows 10 female artists from three generations to discover how they fare in an arena still dominated by men. It is a shame, then, that, interesting though it is, the film is still determined by stereotypes.

ABA: Ai Weiwei will attend his exhibition at the Royal Academy in London opening 19 September, 2015

Nicola Homer: International art festival Documenta is turning 60: http://www.documenta60.de/en. Read a review of the last edition: http://bit.ly/1n5P3Fx

Anna McNay: New exhibition @StormKingArtCtr features the first major grouping of Lynda Benglis's outdoor fountains. @annamcnay met her @HepworthGallery http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/lynda-benglis-video-interview-hepworth-wakefield

Anna McNay: Penny Slinger's works were long lost to the UK but now she is back @Riflemaker_Soho & @PhotoLondonOrg. @annamcnay spoke to her: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/penny-slinger-interview-being-different-is-just-who-you-are-tantra-nik-douglas

Nicola Homer: Lawrence Lek has won the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award. His work is on show at the Royal Academy from 18 April until 17 May.

Nicola Homer: A major UK retrospective of Sonia Delaunay’s vibrant work is now at Tate Modern after its exhibition in Paris, reviewed here: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/sonia-delaunay-les-couleurs-de-l-abstraction-review

Anna McNay: Happy 70th Birthday to Anselm Kiefer! Revisit his @royalacademy show here: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/anselm-kiefer-retrospective-royal-academy-of-arts-london

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

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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