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‘Vincent Meessen: ‘In the western world, we still think that we created everything’
Eleven artists come together to reflect on colonialism and its aftermath in a complex, multimedia, collaborative exhibition, which pulls apart the notions of origin and authorship.
Personne et les Autres: Vincent Meessen and Guests, Belgian Pavilion, Venice, until 22 November 2015.
‘Oswaldo Vigas said he found the root of his work in ancient culture’
At an exhibition of Oswaldo Vigas’s work in Bogotá, his son Lorenzo talked about his father’s love of people, how mythology and witchcraft shaped his output, and his friendship with Picasso.
Larry Bell: ‘You have to trust what you’re doing, to trust the work’
Having been associated with the California Light and Space movement in the 1960s, Larry Bell, who was born in Chicago in 1939, has made exploring the relationship between the art object and its environment his primary concern for more than 40 years. Initially a painter, Bell began by painting angular geometric compositions that suggested three-dimensional forms. Frustrated by the two-dimensional limitations of the medium, he then made the switch to sculpture.
Larry Bell’s 2D-3D: Glass & Vapor, White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, until 26 September 2015.
Charles Lim: ‘It’s very easy to see the sea as a sublime space where you can even find God’
With his sailing background, Charles Lim explains, he sees the sea as ‘just an office’. His 10-year-old, 10-part project, Sea State, explores the biophysical, political and psychic contours of Singapore, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence.
Richard Long: Time and Space
Fifteen years after Richard Long’s last exhibition of any scale in his native Bristol, he is the Arnolfini’s showcase artist during the city’s 2015 European Green Capital celebrations. Director Kate Brindley speaks to Studio International about the exhibition.
Charles Gaines: ‘I am dealing in the area of how meaning is formed’
The US conceptual artist and educator talks about why he believes art should be interested in knowledge ahead of pleasure, being influenced by Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, and why he contests his students rather than nurturing them.
The boys the girls and the political
The Lisson Gallery’s summer show takes a linguistic turn while tapping into the trends of the networked age. Studio International talked to its curators, Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot, and discovered the meaning of the ‘metamodern’.
Lisson Gallery, London, until 5 September 2015.
Toni Scott: ‘People don’t understand that what’s in the past is still with us today’
The California-based multimedia artist Toni Scott talks about how, in DNA – Bloodlines and the Family of Mankind, she has woven her own personal family history with the universal history of African Americans and Native Americans in a celebration of the human spirit.
DNA – Bloodlines and the Family of Mankind, Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program, Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, until 27 September 2015.
Eloise Hawser: ‘This machine is all about contact and resistance’
The artist explains the complex mechanisms of a cinema organ and its colour-changer to Studio International with ease and clarity.
Eloise Hawser: Lives on Wire, ICA Lower Gallery, London, until 6 September 2015.
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.
Thomas Ruff: Nature Morte
The German photographer known for his forward thinking and experimentation has gone back in time for his latest show, examining the negative, considering it for itself rather than seeing it as a means to an end.
Gagosian Gallery, London, until 26 September 2015.
Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture
This show looks at how contemporary artists are influenced by the past as they seek to represent their present, and questions the nature of what a portrait depicts.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, until 24 April 2016.
Nathan Coley: ‘I’m the travelling storyteller who’s come to town for the summer’
Nathan Coley tells the stories behind his two text-light sculptures in the Bruges Triennial, peeling back the layers and exploring the meanings.
Memu Meadows
Research into dwellings of the future is under way in Hokkaido, the most northerly island in Japan, where the harsh winter climate can see temperatures fall to below -30C.
HeHe: ‘Pylons are quite beautiful structures in themselves. They’re like little angels’
Helen Evans, half of the artistic duo known as HeHe, speaks about their current work for the Bruges Triennial, and how it fits with their themes of the environment and urban space.
Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2015
Japan’s contemporary art festival, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, despite being held in a region with just 74,000 residents, attracts more than 400,000 visitors, who come from around the world to experience artworks dotted over a vast area of land.
Echigo Tsumari, Niigata, Japan, until 13 September 2015.
Lee Ufan
This solo exhibition is made up of two bodies of work first conceived near the start of Lee’s career, in the late 60s.
Pace, New York, until 21 August 2015.
Yoshihito Mizuuchi: ‘Eating noodle soup makes a sound, but it’s also like a sculpture’
The process of making a sculpture is a performance art in itself, says the Japanese artist, who explains how he works with an audience, experimenting with found materials, chance and outcome.
Art in Dialogue: Duccio | Caro
Bringing together a medieval Sienese altarpiece fragment and a late-20th-century abstract sculpture, despite their being separated by more than 700 years, opens up a lively dialogue that sheds new light on both works.
National Gallery, London, until 8 November 2015.
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.

Anna McNay: #Photography is an art of #Time, and time can witness all. Jiang Jian: Archives on Orphans photo exhibition premiering @galeriesander 22 Aug #Bonn http://galeriejuliansander.de/exhibitions/jian-jiang-orphans/

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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