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John Byrne at 80

This celebratory exhibition of Byrne’s screenprints, along with a companion show of portraits of the artist, by his friend the photographer John Eustace, champions the camaraderie, craft and warmth of one of Scotland’s most admired and multi-talented artists

John Byrne. Three Cats, 2020. Screenprint, 55 x 45 cm. © the artist.
Toby Ziegler, The sudden longing to collapse 30 years of distance, installation view, Simon Lee Gallery, London. Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery. Photo: Ben Westoby.
In a new series of large geometric works on paper and smaller figurative oil paintings on aluminium, Ziegler explores the relationships between memory and images.
Jacqueline Poncelet. Photo: Anthony Stokes.
A major UK survey exhibition of her work reveals the restless creativity and curiosity of this talented, multimedia artist. She talks about her love of landscape and her revolutionary approach to pattern.
Alberta Whittle. Photo: Matthew A Williams, 2019.
The artist talks about the erasure of black people in everyday society, and how this informs and motivates her to challenge herself, and her audience, with her filmic and performative installations.
Heather Phillipson with THE END, Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London, 2020. Photo: David Parry PA.
With her sculpture THE END finally installed in Trafalgar Square, after a delay due to Covid-19, and the first full monograph of her work now out, Phillipson talks about the pandemic, subversion, her multimedia practice and endings and beginnings.
Natacha Nisic. Photo © Tim Trompeter.
The French artist and film-maker Natacha Nisic talks about The Crown Letter, the international participatory art project she launched in April, which offers a digital space for female artists from around the world.
Li Qing, East of Eden, installation view, Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin, 2020.
The Chinese artist Li Qing explores the tensions between east and west through the lens of architecture and the urban environment, documenting what he calls Hangzhou’s ‘lonely house’ phenomenon.
Ibrahim Mahama, No Friend but the Mountains 2012-2020, 2020. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Cockatoo Island. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous support from Anonymous, and assistance from White Cube. Courtesy the artist; Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia and White Cube, London / Hong Kong. Photograph: Zan Wimberley.
Forced to close because of the Covid pandemic, the biennale has reopened for an extended period. As its first Australian Indigenous curator, Brook Andrew hopes to challenge the dominant narrative and shine a light on environments in shadow.
Nicole Schoeni talking to Studio International about disCONNECT, July 2020. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
Schoeni discusses the challenges of curating an immersive group exhibition in a London townhouse during lockdown.
Satoshi Hirose. World map, 1991. Map. Private collection.
The Milan-based Japanese artist’s solo exhibition invites visitors to think about differing cultural values and associations held by societies.
Toby Deveson, Selfie, Great Sand Dunes National Park, September 2016. © the artist.
The photographer talks about his love of landscapes, his instinctive composition, and that elusive somewhere you can never reach.
Craig Gough.
Now in his 80s, Gough continues to paint his vast abstract canvases. He talks about his long career and, in particular, the influence John Walker had on him.
Emma Critchley. © the artist.
She has worked with dancers in the world’s deepest swimming pool, with scientists investigating glacial retreats and others investigating the effect of noise pollution on the oceans’ inhabitants. She explains how her work responds to environmental crises.
Dress, Comme des Garçons / Rei Kawakubo, 2028, Spring Summer.
How did you choose the clothes you are wearing today, and what do they say about you? This show picked apart fashion and the meaning of dress codes.
Paul Gauguin, Portrait of a Young Girl, Vaïte (Jeanne) Goupil, 1896. Oil on canvas, 75 x 65 cm. © Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg. Exhibition organised by Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Do we need yet another impressionist exhibition? This Royal Academy showcase of Denmark’s Ordrupgaard collection proves that there is life still in the old dog.
Bill Brandt, East Sussex, 1963, colour transparency, Bill Brandt Archive Ltd., © Bill Brandt/Bill Brandt Archive Ltd.
The work of the photographer Bill Brandt and the sculptor Henry Moore first came together during the second world war. From their depictions of coalmines to the London underground, a new book tells the story of their intersecting practices in a way that helps us see the work of both artists afresh.
Rose English. Quadrille, 1975/2013. Colour, silent DVD of performance in Southampton, England, 1975, in a fitted pink box, duration 10min 57sec. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery.
Seven artists interpret the sexuality of the female body in subversive and surreal ways.
Sarah Lucas, Cool Chick Baby, 2020. Tights, wire, kapok, shoes, acrylic paint, vinyl and metal chair, 96.5 x 77.5 x 90 cm plus 20.3 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm. Image courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ. © Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki.
One of the most infamous YBAs returns to London and Sadie Coles with an exultant, expressive refinement of a seminal sculptural series.
Nalini Malani, Studio Bombay. Photo: Johan Pijnappel. © Nalini Malani.
Malani won the Joan Miró Prize last year and the resulting exhibition, You Don’t Hear Me, is now on in Barcelona. She has also just been awarded the first National Gallery Contemporary Fellowship. She explains why telling and retelling stories, often from a feminist perspective, has been at the core of her art.
Gordon Parks. Untitled, Alabama, 1956. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation, New York and Alison Jacques Gallery, London. © The Gordon Parks Foundation.
Parks’s photographs of everyday life for black families in the 1950s and 60s lure the viewer in with their lush colours, only to reveal the toxic reality of segregation and racism – something that, 60 years on, still resonates.
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