David Blandy: Atomic Light
David Blandy: Atomic Light, installation view, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.
Drawing on family lore, Blandy’s four provocative films take us from the horrors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to current fears about the survival of our planet, but ultimately provide a glimmer of hope for a less apocalyptic future
Feeling Her Way featuring performers Jacqui Dankworth and Sofia Jernberg, 2022. Photo: Cristiano Corte © British Council.
Now on show at Turner Contemporary, Sonia Boyce’s immersive multimedia installation, which won the Golden Lion for best national participation at the 59th Venice Biennale, celebrates black female musicians and invites visitors on a journey of self-discovery, with the ultimate goal being freedom.
Shanti Panchal, London, December 2022. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
The artist discusses the enduring power of painting, the evolution of his watercolour technique, the influence of his childhood landscape on palette and subject, and the importance of persistence.
Ashfika Rahman, বেহুলা আজকাল (Behula These Days) (2022–23). Community-led photography and textile installation. Commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation.
For its sixth iteration, themed ‘বন্যা/Bonna’, or flood, the biennial exhibition explored how climate informs culture within a country that is situated on the world’s largest river delta.
Poster for Concrete Experience at Badischer Kunstverein showing excerpt from Liliane Lijn’s Power Game, 1974; **Photo: Neil Gulliver. Courtesy the Artist and Rodeo Gallery, London / Piraeus. Installation view. Photo: Bronac Ferran.
Two exhibitions now on at the museum relate to text-based works by female poets of the second half of the 20th century. The result is, in part, spellbinding.
Alice Neel, Andy Warhol, 1970. © The Estate of Alice Neel. Courtesy The Estate of Alice Neel.
In her intimate portraits, with an unflinching eye, Neel lays bare the souls of her sitters. Her work is raw, honest and simply marvellous.
Marcelle Hanselaar, They threw acid in her face, 2015. Etching and aquatint. No.6 from the set The Crying Game. © Marcelle Hanselaar.
The artist, 20 of whose works are now on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum, talks about the power struggles in her work and how being one step removed enables creatives to produce an empathetic, imaginative and impactful response to global atrocities.
Juan Francisco Elso with his artwork Caballo contra colibrí (Horse Against Hummingbird), c1987-88. Fondo Magali Lara / Elso Padilla, Centro de Documentación Arkheia MUAC (UNAM-DiGAV). Photo: Cristina Lobeira.
A survey of the Cuban artist is not easy to assemble, especially in the US, but this exhibition presents most of his mature oeuvre with newly discovered drawings and sculptures. Works by other artists from across the Americas complete this riveting show.
Wu Tsang talks to Studio International at the opening of her video installation Of Whales at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
Tsang trains a postcolonial lens on Herman Melville’s 19th-century novel Moby-Dick for her immersive video installation Of Whales and beguiling silent film MOBY DICK; or, The Whale. She talks about the works, staged by TBA21, now on show at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid.
Donatello, San Rossore, by permission of the Ministry of Culture - Regional Directorate of Museums of Tuscany, Florence.
This show presents us with a tapestry of Donatello’s life and legacy, the intricacies of his craftsmanship and the intimacy of his figures, and his influence on those who came after him.
Vermeer exhibition. Photo: Rijksmuseum / Henk Wildschut.
With three-quarters of Vermeer’s surviving paintings, this luminous exhibition is the largest gathering of works by the artist ever – and ever likely. The Rijksmuseum has an intimate contemplative hit on its hands.
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham in her Porthmeor studio in St Ives c1947. © Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust.
This show gives visitors the chance to follow the Scottish artist from her early work at the St Ives School to her exploration of Switzerland’s Grindelwald Glacier in 1949, which proved a turning point that led her to a more abstract visual language.
Bob Wolfenson, portrait of Analivia Cordeiro, 2020. © Bob Wolfenson.
The Brazilian artist, choreographer and dancer has been exploring the relationship between body, movement, visual and audiovisual art and media art since the 1970s. She talks to us about her work, now on show at the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, including M3X3 from 1973, one of the first dance choreographies conceived for video by means of computer notation.
Janet Sobel, Untitled, c1948. Mixed media on canvas board, 76.2 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy The Christian Levett Collection.
This thrilling exhibition brings us work, much of it never seen before in the UK, from a largely forgotten generation of female artists working in gestural abstraction.
Atiéna R. Kilfa, The Landlords, 2022. Video still, courtesy the artist.
In Kilfa’s new video work, which is integrated into an architectural structure, the viewer finds themselves like an Alice in Wonderland figure, unsure of what is big and what is small, what is real and what is imagined.
Ingela Ihrman at the Eden Project, Cornwall. Photo: Steve Tanner.
The Swedish artist’s subject matter includes invasive weeds, intestinal flora and obese chicks that live in dark caves. She tells us about her works now on show at Gasworks London and the Eden Project.
Xiyao Wang. Photo: Tizian Baldinger. Photo courtesy of the artist and MASSIMODECARLO.
This colourful lyrical abstraction sweeps the viewer up in its kaleidoscopic eddies and perpetual vicissitude.
Rodney Graham, Paddler, Mouth of the Seymour, 2012-13. Painted aluminum lightboxes with transmounted chromogenic transparencies; triptych 304 x 554 x 18 cm (119 5/8 x 218 1/8 x 7 1/8 in), each panel 304 x 182 x 18 cm (119 5/8 x 71 5/8 x 7 in). © Rodney Graham. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
A concise show of the late Canadian artist showcases his ability to find humour and poignancy in everyday characters and moments.
In Search of the Miraculous, installation view, Marlborough Gallery, New York, 2023. Photo: Olympia Shannon.
Curated by Gerard Mossé and spanning the years from 1900 to now, this is a full-throated paean to painting and one of the show’s pleasures is the representation of familiar artists by less familiar works.
Andrew Black. Photo: Matthew Arthur Williams, 2023.
The artist discusses his film documenting the social and economic history of the Washburn Valley in the Yorkshire Dales, and how mining and, more recently US intelligence gathering, have affected the communities that live here.
Scott Covert, Up Until Now (still), c1990–2022. Video (colour, sound), 22 min 21 sec. Filming by Lex Niarchos, editing by Jin Lee.
In a long overdue first European exhibition, at Studio Voltaire, London, the American artist recounts his theatrical beginnings, a singular plein-air practice and why we should view his canvases as aquariums.
Antigone: Women in Fibre Art, installation view, Richard Saltoun Gallery London, 31 January - 18 March 2023. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery.
This small show celebrating the eastern European textile art tradition focuses on Jagoda Buić and Barbara Levittoux-Świderska, but Magdalena Abakanowicz and other pioneers of the movement are here, too, alongside contemporary makers.
Trickster Figures: Sculpture and the Body, installation view, MK Gallery, 2023. Photo: Rob Harris.
A clever curation of contemporary sculpture alluding to bodies or systems that relate to bodies, this group exhibition elicits powerful responses that can be felt, not just thought.
Make Me Famous. Film poster.
On the occasion of their first feature documentary, the film-makers Brian Vincent and Heather Spore discuss the allure of New York’s East Village demi-monde, as observed in Make Me Famous, their vivid and melancholy portrait of the forgotten artist Edward Brezinski.
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