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John Keane interview: ‘Art shouldn’t be sensationalist, but at the same time it shouldn’t flinch from addressing difficult questions’
John Keane, artist in residence at the University of St Andrews, talks about the political influences behind his painting and his views on the relationship between art, performance and politics.
Natalia Kolodzei interview: ‘My dream is that every American museum has a small collection of Russian art’
This Leads to Fire: Russian Art from Nonconformism to Global Capitalism, Selections from the Kolodzei Art Foundation Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, until 11 January 2015
Natalia Kolodzei, executive director of the Kolodzei Art Foundation, talks about her family collection of Soviet and Russian art, begun in the 1960s when Nikita Khrushchev’s leadership of the Soviet Union led to slightly more freedom for artists.
Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor
Museum of Modern Art, New York, until 18 January 2015
Robert Gober is perhaps best-known for his deceptively simple sculptures – in particular his sinks – but this large-scale survey of his work at MoMA, including drawings, print and photographs, draws us in to the intricacies of the artist’s storytelling.
Aleah Chapin: interview
Maiden, Mother, Child & Crone, Flowers Gallery, London, until 8 November 2014
American artist Aleah Chapin has had huge success early in her career. On graduating from the New York Academy of Art she was made a postgraduate fellow and went on to become one of the youngest artists to win the BP portrait award in 2012.
Ed Fornieles interview: ‘If you want access to the site, it’s a trade of your photos or data’
Chisenhale Gallery, London, until 9 November 2014
For his show at the Chisenhale Gallery, Ed Fornieles has created a suburban Los Angeles television set with a twist. Titled Modern Family, the exhibition explores how contemporary identities are shaped by our online existences
Glenn Ligon: interview
Glenn Ligon is famed for his thought-provoking works, which combine text, silkscreen painting, neon and video, and explore themes of identity, racism, sexuality and civil rights. Ligon spoke to Anna McNay before the opening of his exhibition, Call and Response, at the Camden Arts Centre, London.
Encountering the Astronomical Sublime: Vintage Nasa Photographs 1961-1980
Breese Little, London, until 25 October 2014
With distance comes sublime beauty, and with space travel our world is something magnificent to behold.
Yuri Pattison: Free Traveller
Cell Project Space, London, until 2 November 2014
Yuri Pattison’s exhibition Free Traveller is an unconventional look at the state of internet technology. Pattison explores alternative platforms, contemporary power structures and the limits and bounds to the networks we rely on.
Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget
American Folk Art Museum, New York City, until 1 December 2014
Ralph Fasanella’s paintings, on view at the American Folk Art Museum, record US history from the point of view of a life-long New Yorker, the son of Italian immigrants, a union organiser whose passion was the working class and social justice.
Crossing the Line 2: Drawing in the Middle East
Crossing the Line was a conference that brought together specialists to examine the role of drawing in the Middle East with the aim of breaking down the cultural barriers to personal expression.
Nanda Vigo: interview
Nanda Vigo: Chronotopes, The Mayor Gallery, London, until 24 October 2014
A pioneer in modern Italian art, Nanda Vigo has continually skirted the confines of design, architecture and installation to compelling effect, in her own practice, as well as in her collaborations with other radical figures such as Lucio Fontana and Giò Ponti.
The Nakeds
Drawing Room, London, until 29 November 2014
Egon Schiele’s iconic drawings are a starting point for this extensive group show. The exhibition looks at the extent of Schiele’s influence on contemporary artists, while placing a finger on current issues of feminism, exposure and aesthetics in today’s culture.
Steve McQueen: Ashes
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, until 15 November 2014
With his film Ashes, and an accompanying pair of sculptures, Steve McQueen highlights an uncomfortable truth about the untimely deaths of many young black men.
Trajectories: 19th-21st Century Printmaking from India and Pakistan
Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, until 20 November 2014
Trajectories looks at printmaking from India and Pakistan and establishes a context for its development there within the broader scope of world art history.
5 x 5 (2014)
Washington DC, until 30 December 2014
Washington DC is hosting its second 5 x 5, a public arts festival that sees an extraordinary diversity of temporary artworks springing up all over the city.
Peter Sacks interview: ‘Every painting has its own secret story’
Peter Sacks: Aftermath, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, until 1 November 2014
Peter Sacks, a South African expatriate, has a biography that is as rich and varied as the art he practises.
Cubism: The Leonard A Lauder Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, until 16 February 2015
This superbly sensitive installation of the four greats of Cubism – Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris – conveys the courage bordering on insanity that ended a centuries-old pictorial tradition.
Store your art in an egg
UOVO, a $70m state-of-the-art storage facility for high-end artwork, is to open in New York City next month. As well as providing a museum-quality environment, it will also act as a highly accessible archive.
Panamarenko Universum
In this retrospective of postwar artist and inventor Panamarenko, alias Henri van Herwegen, the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen offers more than 40 works, accompanied by drawings, models and sketches.
Glenn Adamson: interview
What Would Mrs Webb Do? A Founder’s Vision, Museum of Arts and Design, New York,until 8 February 2014
As New York’s Museum of Arts and Design celebrates its founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, with a superb array of 100 objects, including some made by Webb herself, MAD’s director, Glenn Adamson, talks about this indomitable pioneer of foundational craft organisations and programmes.
Fritz Wotruba – Homage to Michelangelo
21er Haus, Vienna, until 9 November 2014
In a posthumous retrospective of the drawings and sculptures of Fritz Wotruba, the souls of the inanimate are evident as he revives our view of an earlier master.
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Emily Spicer: Facebook removes Aleah Chapin's artist page on the grounds of "inappropriate content" #Facebook #AleahChapin

Cindi Di Marzo: #Fashion, art and secrets of painter #JohnSingerSargent @metmuseum, NYC, 7:30 pm, part of the Met's Death Becomes You evening 31 Oct.

Emily Spicer: First ever UK show dedicated solely to Egon Schiele opens today @CourtauldGall #Schiele

Cindi Di Marzo: The JansmaMasterPrints Collection, #MuseumofBiblicalArt (MOBIA) NYC through 11 Jan. Coming soon: Interview with MOBIA's #NathanielProttas

Cindi Di Marzo: #DeathBecomesHer A Century of Mourning Dress opens at the #CostumeInstitute @metmuseum NYC, 21 Oct. http://bit.ly/1iSYhJK

Anna McNay: .@ICALondon presents @siobhandavies offsite @Selfridges this Saturday. Rewatch @studiolatest's video from January: http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/siobhan-davies-dance-table-of-contents-video-review

Miguel Benavides: Visual Poetry - If in Rio, don't miss Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri's "TEOGONIAS ICÔNICAS" http://www.oifuturo.org.br/evento/poesia-visual-3

Cindi Di Marzo: #Dance and #Fashion Symposium, #MuseumatFIT NYC, 23-24 Oct. http://bit.ly/1v8xyfp Exhibition through 3 Jan. 2015

Cindi Di Marzo: Exquisite group of graphic works and paintings, #Kandinsky Before #Abstraction, #Guggenheim NYC, through spring 2015 http://bit.ly/TpNM40

Cindi Di Marzo: Powerful, profound character studies, #EgonSchiele Portraits at the #NeueGalerie, NYC, through 19 January 2015 http://bit.ly/ZCiGK5

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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