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Forced to close because of the Covid pandemic, the biennale has reopened for an extended period. As its first indigenous curator, Brook Andrew hopes to challenge the dominant narrative and shine a light on environments in shadow
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.
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 .
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.
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