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Bryan Kneale: ‘I always liked the idea of being totally in charge of the shape’
From shrapnel from a second world war German bomb to early editions of Studio International, Royal Academician Bryan Kneale talks about the inspiration behind his work and his latest show covering half a century of output.
Mathieu Lehanneur: ‘If you say, I’m an industrial designer, a chair appears in people’s minds ... I would like to push the boundaries’
Paris-based designer Mathieu Lehanneur talks about combining nature, science and technology in his creative practice, which ranges from a Wi-Fi station in Paris to a rather unusual cafe in Massachusetts, to working with Huawei, the world’s third largest mobile phone company.
Gavin Turk: ‘For a long time I’d say: “I don’t think I’m growing a beard, I’m just not shaving”’
For the launch of Project Beard at the Other Art Fair, artist Gavin Turk will shave off his beard in stages, transforming himself into six famous artists from Auguste Rodin to Salvador Dalí. Studio International went to Turk’s east London studio for a chat about facial hair and to exclusively film the final moments of his shaving spree.
The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, 23-26 April 2015.
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.
Marcin Maciejowski: ‘I would be happy to always paint my wife’
The Polish portrait artist reveals the stories behind some of the paintings in his latest exhibition, Unsettled Matters – from his best friend’s wife, who didn’t really like him, to the girl in a YouTube video of a George Michael song, with whom he was once in love.
Michel François: A Frozen Eagle Melting on the Theatre of Operations
In his latest exhibition, Belgian multimedia artist Michel François presents fragmented sculptures that toy with our desire to understand.
Thomas Dane Gallery, London, until 23 May 2015.
This show, while not shedding new light on Francis Bacon himself, does paint a picture of a very restrictive period for gay men and thus highlights the artist’s bravery in producing such provocative work.
Fox Reading Room, ICA, London, until 17 May 2015.
Shirin Neshat: ‘Nothing is more powerful than human expression’
The artist talks about her latest exhibition, for which she photographed ordinary people in Azerbaijan, how she incorporates poetry into her work, and her feelings about being so close to her own birthplace, Iran, which she has not visited for more than 20 years.
One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works
The artist’s 60-part work, based on the Great Migration of black people from the south to the north of the US from 1915, is shown here in its entirety. Shifting between the personal and the monumental, it tells the story of the thousands who left their homes in search of a brighter future.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, until 7 September 2015.
CUBISM 2.0: Post-Cubism in Europe
This rare and beautiful exhibition presents 18 works by artists from France, Hungary, Russia and the US who shared the aims of cubism as applied to landscape, still-life and quotidian life.
Hanina Fine Arts, London, until 8 July 2015.
Martín Ramírez: Forever
Martín Ramírez, an “outsider” artist from Mexico, who spent most of his life in US mental institutions, created enduring images of his native land and his life before confinement, bringing the importance of emotional experience to the forefront of art-making.
Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York City, until 2 May 2015.
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.

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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