Glasgow-based artist Graham Fagen, who is representing Scotland for the 56th Venice Biennale, has mixed Robbie Burns with Reggae in a homage to his homeland and Jamaican culture. He talks to Studio International about his work.
Palazzo Fontana, Venice Biennale, until 22 November 2015.
Eight of the UK’s most promising arts graduates are picked each year to show at the Catlin Art Prize exhibition. Studio International went along to talk to the 2015 finalists and see their work, including that of the overall winner, Zhu Tian.
Father and son Paul and Daniel Brown work together as Brown & Son, ‘Purveyors of digital images since 1968’, using computers to make art. They talked to Studio International about their collaboration and their first joint exhibition, at Watermans Art Centre, west London.
Under the African curator Okwui Enwezor, the 56th Venice Biennale attempts to bring together our disorganized world, reflected in the diversity of works on display, and to embrace our pasts, presents and futures.
Giardini-Arsenale, Venice, until 22 November 2015.
A leading practitioner of concrete-constructivist art for some 50 years, Klaus Staudt was also part of the pan-European New Tendencies movement, composed of distinct voices researching similar concerns in an almost laboratory-like context. Staudt spoke to Studio International at his exhibition, Light and Transcendence, at the Mayor Gallery, London.
This tightly curated and fascinating exhibition brings together nearly 200 pieces featuring beds used in birth, sex, illness and death, from a first-century advert for a brothel in Pompeii to a Tracey Emin four-poster.
21er Haus, Vienna, until 7 June 2015.
Buzz bubbled to the surface at Frieze New York’s fourth outing, where there were discoveries and delights to be had among the 190-plus galleries, and the attendance was stellar. Meanwhile, Art Miami’s New York debut, which included more than 100 galleries and garnered a mainly young audience, had the self-confidence of a pro.
Fiona Tan explores domestic environments through video and installation across two parallel exhibitions. The works displayed show Tan’s desire to archive and document space in an attempt to bring order to a tumultuous contemporary existence.
Fiona Tan: Inventory. Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square, London, until 26 June 2015; Fiona Tan: Ghost Dwellings. Frith Street Gallery, Soho Square, London, until 31 July 2015.
The Israeli artist discusses the work in her current exhibition Panorama, life split between New York and Israel, her use of modern technology to present her work, and how the gap between reality and what the news presents to us is so large.
Michal Rovner: Panorama, Pace London, until 15 June 2015.
In his latest exhibition at London’s White Cube Gallery, Artes Mundi prize-winner and social practice artist Theaster Gates assesses the multiple definitions of assembly, from the political and the artistic to the working-class.
Theaster Gates: Freedom of Assembly, White Cube, London, until 5 July 2015.
An artist who has been concerned with concepts related to the line for more than 20 years, Shrigley explains why he is now working with performance, and what made him enter the fray for the 2015 general election.
Both these painters are engaged in defining their place within the landscape. From the Forth Bridge to the Parramatta River north of Sydney, from Shetland to the Spanish coast, these two women draw on their Scottish home base and their travels for inspiration.