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Special issue 2006, Volume 205 Number 1028

Studio International Yearbook 2006

Special issue 2006, Volume 205 Number 1028.

Publisher: The Studio Trust
Content: 248 pages, full colour
Language: English
ISBN: 0962514160 (Hardcover).
Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.7 x 1.0 inches
Price: Hardcover: US $29.99, UK £24.99

Editor: Michael Spens
Deputy Editor: Dr Janet McKenzie
Creative Director: Martin Kennedy
Vice-President: Miguel Benavides

To order your copy please contact studio@mwrk.co.uk

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Introduction

Rapid currents in cyberspace

This year serves to prove the non-conformist yet globally enriching characteristic of current interchange in the contemporary art world. This in all the experience across the planet defines a remarkable diversity of ends and means. Yearbook 2006 reveals this, although a similar selection could be made from all the other articles by Studio International contributors across the world.

As we look back, it was already fully evident that coverage of China – her history, and her contemporary cultural development – gave a vital new dimension. It is good to recall that The Studio – our predecessor, founded in 1893 – took on, through the Founder/Editor/Proprietor Charles Holme (1848–1923) an important commercial and cultural role stemming from his engagement as an entrepreneur in the Far East, becoming a special conduit for ideas. In this, Studio was well ahead of other competitors striving to make their mark in this field. Today, doors are opening across all South-East Asia. We were able to document the significant and relevant exchange between London’s Royal Academy exhibition ‘Royal Academicians in China’ (page 70) and the reciprocal show ‘China; The Three Emperors, 1662–1795’ (page 56) fully approved, and with exceptional loan items, by the Chinese People’s Republic. We covered the superb exhibition sent from Vienna to China of ‘cutting-edge’ contemporary Austrian architecture (page 170), which was exhibited in both Beijing and Guangzhou and has been a further important European inspiration in the run-up to the Olympics. We include the feature article covering Chinese art history (page 8) by Dr Thomas Lawton, former editor for Artibus Asiae, former director of the Freer Gallery of Art and founding director of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. This is an article of rare insight and research, reflecting Dr Lawton’s deep knowledge of the subject.

Drawing down various one-off historical initiatives, we include 19th century paintings by J.C Dahl, as exhibited at the Barber Institute, Birmingham, relating to the Romantic tradition in England and Germany (page 76) and a summary of the Gothic world (page 106), plus a searching essay focused on the 19th century plight of displaced people (page 110). We recognise the contemporary predicament of contemporary artists in Lebanon – as presented by the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (page 132) – and the real struggle that persists to make art in the Middle East today (pages 156).

In London, the dramatic impact of New British Art, as presented at the Tate Triennial 2006 (page 64), could be interestingly set up against the parallel universe of British fashion in our review of the exhibition ‘AngloMania’ shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (page 176). One key design highlight in England was also memorable: the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester (page 152), designed by the veteran Royal Academician Sir Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library (d. 2007). This small gem of a building put a historic English cathedral town firmly on the map with a contemporary masterwork that is an exemplary swansong of its designer.

The late Susan Sontag (d. 2004) is commemorated in this 2006 Yearbook by a tribute (page 138) linking her universal talent, as here applied to photography,
a key interest for her. We are thankful to the estate of photographer Peter Hujar (d. 1987) for the sublime image by him, which we have incorporated on the
back cover.

Michael Spens
Editor

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Contents

  • In Search of China’s Imperial Art Collections
  • Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto: End of Time
  • Tadeusz Kantor
  • Richard Long: The Time of Space
  • China: The Three Emperors, 1662–1795
  • Tate Triennial 2006: New British Art
  • Royal Academicians in China, 2003–2005
  • Moonrise Over Europe: JC Dahl and Romantic Landscape
  • The terribly human Tomi Ungerer
  • Asian Traffic: Magnetism – Suspension
  • Martin Kippenberger
  • The Gao Xingjian Experience: A Personal Journey to the Infinite
  • On the Trail of Wise Fools and Simpletons in the Himalayas
  • Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination
  • Exiles and Emigrants: Epic Journeys to Australia in the Victorian Era
  • Jon Schueler: a painter of our time
  • Rediscovering the silver age of Russian art
  • Out of Beirut
  • On Photography: A Tribute to Susan Sontag
  • Peter Zumthor: Summerworks
  • The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design
  • Pallant House
  • Beyond the Palace Walls: Islamic Art from the State Hermitage Museum
  • Mimmo Paladino: Black and White
  • Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East
  • Sculptural Architecture from Austria
  • AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion
  • Rodin
  • Francis Bacon in the 1950s
  • Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment, Design
  • Frieze Art Fair 2006
  • Ettore Sottsass: Architect & Designer
  • Turner Prize 2006
  • The RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture 2006
  • Unmasking the heroes of American comic art
  • Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction
  • David Hockney Portraits

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Lana Locke – interview: ‘I look more at the racial connotations of col...

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Shneel Malik – interview: ‘I’m a crazy optimist. I know that the rig...

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Jens Fänge – interview: ‘I try to come to a painting from a different...

As Jens Fänge exhibits new work in Paris, the Swedish painter talks about assemblage, the structure...

Vision & Reality: 100 Years of Contemporary Art in Wakefield

As the Hepworth Wakefield celebrates its 10th birthday, it is apposite that it is marking its place ...

Eleanor May Watson – interview: ‘Home is a sanctuary, but also a reall...

Eleanor May Watson talks about the weight of history, the evolving nature of her work and the comple...

Sadie Morgan – interview: ‘When you’re part of a community, architec...

Sadie Morgan, of Stirling Prize-winning architects De Rijke Marsh Morgan, discusses social and envir...

Crystal Fischetti – interview: ‘I use my whole body when I paint’

Crystal Fischetti talks about ‘coming out’ of the spiritual closet, and how she uses her whole b...

Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America – book review

Preceding an exhibition at New York’s New Museum, this book, based on a vision of the late Okwui E...

Prabhakar Pachpute – interview: ‘I juxtapose memories and what is happ...

Artist Prabhakar Pachpute talks about growing up in a coal-mining region in India, and how its assoc...

Unearthed: Photography’s Roots

The first major exhibition of photography at the Dulwich Picture Gallery uses nature as a lens to ex...

Tako Taal and Adam Benmakhlouf – interview: ‘This slow-motion style of...

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Nick Hornby – interview: ‘Liquefied photography is magical and mysteri...

British artist Nick Hornby talks about his shift from art history to personal histories, and combini...

The Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers

Quilts from three generations of African American makers in a remote Alabama community demonstrate g...

Sara Barker – interview: ‘I tackle sculpture from the position of pain...

Glasgow-based Sara Barker talks about how the pandemic has affected her practice and her exhibition,...

Michael Visocchi – interview

Scottish artist Michael Visocchi talks about his commission to create a sculpture for South Georgia,...

Luiz Zerbini – interview: ‘I treat a painting as an oracle’

Brazilian painter Luiz Zerbini discusses urbanity and nature, the power of geometry and the secret l...

Jordan Baseman on turning mastectomy tattoos into the subject of a cartoon...

Jordan Baseman’s films deal with everything from embalming to post cancer surgery tattoos, and see...

Moynihan Train Hall: splendour for the masses

Wrought of sheer will, the Moynihan Train Hall, a radiant new gateway to Manhattan, addresses past, ...

Christine and Jennifer Binnie – interview

Artist sisters Christine and Jennifer Binnie talk about their joint curation of an exhibition from t...

Sarah Wood – interview: ‘At the moment we all want to gather around st...

Sarah Wood, artist, filmmaker, talks about what lockdown has taught her and how making her latest fi...

Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890-1918 – book revi...

The range of work to emerge from the Young Poland movement is staggering and this well-researched, b...

Kandinsky | Guggenheim Bilbao

With 62 of Kandinsky’s paintings and works on paper, this exhibition charts the development of his...

Shaping the World: Sculpture from Prehistory to Now – book review

This is a fascinating account of conversations between Antony Gormley and the art critic Martin Gayf...

Genesis, a floating church, by Denizen Works

Elements of care and craftsmanship link Genesis, a floating faith space on a traditional narrowboat,...

Abigail DeVille: Light of Freedom

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The Film London Jarman Award 2020

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Brian Dawn Chalkley: The Untold Depth of Savagery

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Katharina Grosse – interview: ‘My eyes are my most important tools’

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