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Sam Lucas – interview

The artist talks about clay’s therapeutic and expressive qualities, and how her work helps her to explore and articulate feelings of social awkwardness and displacement

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.
Adam Chodzko, O, you happy roots, branch and mediatrix, 2020. Video, algorithm. Courtesy of the artist and Camden Art Centre.
Taking our relationship with plants as its starting point, Camden Art Centre’s ambitious exhibition, now visitable as a digital platform, explores centuries of interconnection between physical, psychic and spiritual worlds.
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.
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.
Andrew Litten with Blessed, 2020. © the artist.
The artist talks about his concern with expressing human vulnerability and encouraging empathy and connection.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp with Dada-Head, Zurich, 1920. Photo: Nic Aluf. © Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth.
An online exhibition at Hauser & Wirth serves as a fine reintroduction to one of the interwar avant garde’s great boundary-shattering figures.
Yuko Hasegawa, artistic director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
The artistic director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo was preparing a solo exhibition of Eliasson’s work when the museum shut because of Covid-19. She explains how a printed catalogue and an online talk saved the day.
Anthony Whishaw RA, Works on Paper, Beam Editions, 2020.
This accessible and entertaining book by Richard Davey focuses on the 90-year-old artist’s long-forgotten sketches and works on paper and provides new insights into Whishaw’s career.
Matthew Burrows.
The artist talks about his strategies for thinking about painting, how his long-distance running is integral to his work, and the unexpectedly huge success of his #ArtistSupportPledge idea.
Tom de Freston.
For an artist whose work is bound up with trauma and who suffered the devastating loss of 12 years’ work in a fire earlier this year, De Freston remains remarkably upbeat .
Christo in his studio with a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba, 2012. Photo: Wolfgang Volz. © 2012 Christo.
The Bulgarian-born artist famed for wrapping massive structures, great bodies of water and chunks of coastline died on Sunday at his home in New York, aged 84.
Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art facade. Photo: Koroda Takeru.
The original 1933 building, a mix of traditional Japanese design and 1920s western architectural style, has been sympathetically renovated by architects Jun Aoki and Tezzo Nishizawa to make it relevant to 21st-century museum-goers.
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