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Seven artists interpret the sexuality of the female body in subversive and surreal ways
Aliza Nisenbaum.
Nisenbaum is preparing for two exhibitions this year, one at Anton Kern Gallery in New York and one at Tate Liverpool. She was meant to be in the UK now, painting for the Liverpool show. She explains how she has instead had to adapt to working with her subjects via Zoom.
Sam Lucas.
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.
Anish Kapoor. Eight Eight, 2004, onyx. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery. © Anish Kapoor. All rights reserved DACS, 2020. Photo: Pete Huggins.
Anish Kapoor’s postponed exhibition at Houghton Hall opens as lockdown eases in the UK.
hong kong artists, women. Courtesy of the artist.
The San Francisco-based, data-driven creative Shirley Wu has designed a scrolling mountainscape that maps data from Wikipedia to draw attention to Hong Kong’s female artists for the M+’s digital education platform.
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.
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.
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.
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