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Sarah Jane Moon: 'Painting is fundamentally the relationship between an artist’s senses and the subject’s presence'
Portrait painter Sarah Jane Moon spoke to Studio International at the opening of Inside Portraits at the Mall Galleries Learning Centre, London.
Lydia Gifford: ‘I’m learning how to let go. At times it feels like something’s being wrenched from you’
The British artist says her work is a continually generating material mass that is more about trying to catch movement than trying to make work.
Lydia Gifford: To. For. With. Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, until 10 May 2015.
Frances Walker: ‘For me, art is all about being able to communicate with someone I haven’t even met’
Film-maker and experimental publisher Jonn Herschend explains why Don Quixote has been such a major influence on him, why he relishes making films to show in galleries, and how growing up in an 1880s theme park shaped his work.
Frances Walker: ‘For me, art is all about being able to communicate with someone I haven’t even met’
The Scottish painter Frances Walker, now in her 80s, talks about her time as an art teacher, her fascination with Pieter Bruegel, and visiting Antarctica.
NS Harsha: ‘I am like a cook. I love to make a dish, offer it to the people, and wait for a reaction’
The Indian artist NS Harsha on how his latest paintings embody the notion of ascent, an idea he says has been hijacked by religion, why he prefers flatness to perspective, and why he has a duty to be mad.
NS Harsha: Upward Movement, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, until 25 April 2015.
Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977-1986
In the purpose-built Longside Gallery at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Arts Council Collection has brought together the work of 40 artists from between 1977-1986, a period that saw the emergence of a new young generation of British sculptors. Studio International spoke to co-curator, Jon Wood, from the Henry Moore Institute, and Jill Constantine, head of the Arts Council Collection, about how the exhibition came about and what its main themes are.
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, until 21 June 2015.
Tina Keane: ‘There’s something very exciting about film… you never quite know what you’re going to get’
Multimedia artist Tina Keane talks about her early work, the influences that have developed her practice, and her primary concerns as an artist making work today.
Anita Witek: ‘I am opening up a gap between image and reality’
As she was installing her first UK solo exhibition, How to work live better, Austrian artist Anita Witek talked about how she has used magazines to create photomontage while subverting their content.
How to work live better, l’étrangère Gallery, London, until 2 May 2015.
Diana Thater: ‘When someone walks in, they are part of the work. They’re inside the work of art’
US new media artist Diana Thater explains what drew her to the subject of her latest work, the monkeys of the Galtaji Temple in Jaipur.
Diana Thater: Life is a Time-Based Medium, Hauser & Wirth, London, until 16 May 2015.
Allora & Calzadilla: Intervals
In this exhibition of new and recent projects, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla explore the history and origins of human music not only as a means to define the boundaries between man and animal, but also to communicate across their social, historical and creative divide.
Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection
Cats came to Japan from China in the sixth century, aboard ships carrying Buddhist texts. An enchanting new exhibition at the Japan Society presents these frolicsome felines in a distinctly Japanese cast, in ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints by Edo-period masters of the genre.
Japan Society, New York City, until 7 June 2015.
Maripol, Clare Stephenson and Zoe Williams: Spring / Summer 2015
This exhibition of work by Maripol – Polaroid artist, fashion designer and the woman who styled Madonna’s early image – along with sculpture by Clare Stephenson and video by Zoe Williams deliberately blurs the line between artforms.
The Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, Scotland, until 21 June 2015.
Lee Ufan
Channelling the principles of Japan’s Mono-ha Group, Lee Ufan’s latest collection of reductive paintings and sculptures attempts to reanimate the association between the human and the natural.
Lisson Gallery, London, until 9 May 2015
Reni Gower and Jorge Benitez: ‘Nothing can be reduced to black and white’
Reni Gower and Jorge Benitez talk about their cross-cultural project Geometric Aljamía, which aimed to bring together visual arts as seen in Islamic and western cultures.
Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art
The ancient Greeks are held up as the epitome of reason and measured beauty. But, as the British Museum’s current exhibition demonstrates, you don’t need to look far beyond the rationality and philosophical musings to reveal chaos and hidden passions.
The British Museum, London, until 5 July 2015.
Penny Slinger: interview
Penny Slinger on how Tantric art changed her life, dealing with sexual identity in art, using her body as both subject and object in her work, and a lifetime of crossing boundaries.
Painting Now
Painting Now is a survey of contemporary painting, historically the most important form of the visual arts, but challenged by the advent of photography in the 19th century and pronounced dead by Marcel Duchamp when he exhibited his readymade urinal.
The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky
This exhibition of the art of the Plains Indians reminds us about the native US population’s story of struggle and survival, as European conquerors took over their ancestral lands.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, until 10 May 2015.

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

Cindi Di Marzo: Wild Garden: Outsider Art in Iran opens 22 April, Galerie Hamer, Amsterdam, compares "weeds" in nature and art http://bit.ly/11Haf0H

Cindi Di Marzo: Maker and Muse displays 250 pieces of art jewellery made by women in the early 20th century, Driehaus Museum, Chicago, http://bit.ly/1uLEvDe

Cindi Di Marzo: Frida Kahlo Art, Garden, Life, NY Botanical Garden, recreates her Casa Azul studio/garden, with a display of paintings http://bit.ly/14MQbeY

Cindi Di Marzo: In Effie Gray, Dakota Fanning's insightful portrait reveals Gray's brave defiance of husband John Ruskin's cruelty: http://bit.ly/1GhPxXD

Cindi Di Marzo: Becoming Another: The Power of Masks, Rubin Museum NYC, explores spiritual and ritual uses of masks across times and cultures @RubinMuseum

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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