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Photo courtesy Anima Mundi and the artist.
The artist talks about his concern with expressing human vulnerability and encouraging empathy and connection
Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Photo: Ito Akinori, courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
The director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo explains how it has used its online presence and social media during the Covid-19 pandemic, and considers how this will shape the future of exhibitions and the funding of museums.
Esther Teichmann. Photos © Esther Teichmann
The artist talks about the inspiration of watery places, lockdown at her parents’ home and how motherhood has changed her as an artist.
Ann Thomson, January 2020. Photo courtesy Mitchell Fine Art.
Now in her late-80s, the Australian artist discusses how her love of Aboriginal art was sparked as a child, being influenced by the Scottish-born artist Ian Fairweather along with American, French and Chinese art, and being compared to Cy Twombly.
Hetain Patel. Photo courtesy Hetain Patel.
Known for performance art that mixes superheroes such as Spider-Man with the Gujarati traditions of his family, Patel explains why Eddie Murphy and The Simpsons influence him more than the arts and why he struggles to be seen as a British artist.
David Downes. Photo: John Milne.
The artist talks about his project of documenting the Covid-19 pandemic and how his autism feeds into his work.
Mark Titchner. Photo: Simon Webb.
His text-based work Please Believe These Days Will Pass has formed a key part of the UK’s early lockdown landscape. Here, he talks about his process and the power of language – its ambiguity as well as our collective understanding – within specific contexts.
Lonnie Holley. Photo: © Tamir Kalifa.
Following a traumatic childhood, his art saved him, says Holley. Here he talks about the environment, the coronavirus – and why he’d love a Lonnie Holley museum near a landfill site.
Ken Done. © the artist.
Now 80, Done says you should be fearless as you age and take more risks. Here he talks about why a good work is like a long-term relationship, collaborating on art with his grandchildren – and swimming with sharks.
Hilarie Mais. Photo: Val Wens.
The artist talks about her abstract constructions, which lie partway between painting and sculpture, and how her art was shaped by life in New York in the 1970s followed by her move to Australia nearly 40 years ago.
Domestic Bliss, installation view, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. Photo: Ruth Clark.
This exhibition of works from Glasgow Museums’ collection explores the concept of domestic bliss, from domestic labour and feminism to intimate relationships and contested social roles.
Stefan Brüggemann, OK (Untitled Action), 2020. Photo: John Nguyen/PA.
The artist explains why he has painted a building in Folkestone in gold leaf and scrawled OK across it and talks about his forthcoming show of gold paintings done during lockdown, a period that spurred him on to great creativity.
David Blandy. Photo: Claire Barrett.
Blandy talks about his new films, produced during lockdown and made to be viewed at home, his use of video games to produce art, and how his works, which deal with cultural appropriation, postcolonial legacies and racism, have turned out to be so prescient.
Ilona Szalay. Tank Top, 2020. Oil on aluminium, 100 x 150 cm. © the artist.
Szalay points to the injustices in society, and in her paintings of women bound and petrified as statues, dominated and controlled, the tension and fear are palpable.
Clae Eastgate. Photo © Clae Eastgate.
The artist talks about her project Painting the Poets, comprising a growing collection of portraits of female poets, which she hopes to exhibit to provide a platform for, and raise awareness of, the importance of women’s voices.
Heather Peak Morison and Ivan Winston Morison. Photo: Stephen King.
The artists talk about their site-specific, timber and straw commission, MOTHER …, for Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire, which offers visitors somewhere to sit and shelter and escape from their own heads.
Slime Engine. Headlines, A Good Outbreak, 2020.
An online exhibition of new net art critiques the digital networks we have become so reliant on during lockdown.
Ernest Edmonds, H Space, 2020. Distributed AR interactive installation. Sydney, communicating with Guangzhou. Photo: Ernest Edmonds.
Unable to open to the public, museums and galleries have been quick to offer virtual tours and exhibitions, but often the viewer is left feeling something is missing. Digital art and, in particular, art made to be viewed onscreen could be a way forward.
Robert Fitzmaurice and a visualisation of The Deity at Sandham Memorial Chapel. © the artist.
The artist talks about the work in his latest show, now postponed, his interests and influences – and how he is coping with lockdown.
Uffizi, Florence, website homepage, screenshot captured 15 May 2020.
As Italy tentatively enters a less restrictive phase of Europe’s longest lockdown, the leaders of three prominent art institutions consider the immediate effects and longer-term implications of a global calamity.
John Newling in his studio. Courtesy the artist.
Newling’s ecological artworks provoke questions about how we can work in harmony with nature and contribute to a sustainable future for all.
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