MC Escher
Maurits Cornelis Escher. Metamorphosis II, 1939-40 (detail). Woodcut, 19.2 x 389.5 cm. Collezione M.C. Escher Foundation, Paesi Bassi. All M.C. Escher works © 2023 The M.C. Escher Company. All rights reserved.
A blockbuster exhibition takes us into the mind-bending world of the Dutch printmaker. But is it art or sideshow attraction?
UVA, Chromatic, 2023. Installation view, UVA Synchronicity, 180 Studios, London. Commissioned by 180 Studios. Photo: Jack Hems.
United Visual Artists celebrates 20 years since its conception with eight stunning, large-scale, multisensory installations that fuse light, music and texts to challenge our perception of reality.
Installation view, American Voices and Visions: Modern and Contemporary Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photo: Ron Blunt.
In September, the Smithsonian American Art Museum reopened its modern and contemporary galleries following a redesign, with a pledge to highlight art and artists excluded in the past. We take a tour to see what made the cut.
Ibrahim Mahama. Photo © Carlos Idun-Tawiah. Courtesy White Cube.
He is showing at the Bienal de São Paulo and the Chicago Architecture Biennial and is artistic director of this year’s Ljubljana Biennale of Graphic Arts, but his real passion, he says, is the creative and cultural infrastructure he is building in his native Ghana.
Li Yuan-chia in his studio at the LYC Museum and Art Gallery, Brampton, Cumbria, 1969. Image courtesy of Demarco Digital Archive University of Dundee & Richard Demarco Archive.
Conviviality and friendship shine through this group show exploring the works of Li Yuan-chia and that of the artist friends he showed at his LYC Museum and Art Gallery in Cumbria. Plus: contemporary artists reflect on his legacy  .
Tubular steel furniture collection within the exhibition Hej Rup! The Czech Avant-Garde at the Bröhan Museum, Berlin. Installation design: Katleen Arthen. Photo: Sabine Schereck.
This show is full of revelations – cubism in furniture, a love for tubular steel designs and a self-sufficient village for workers are just a few of those that mark the Czech art world as presented here.
Maureen Scott, Mother and Child at Breaking Point, 1970, installation view, Women in Revolt!, Tate Britain, London, 2023 © Tate (Larina Fernandes).
From women’s lib to the Greenham Common camps, this powerful show covers to two decades in which women rose up in protest – and their concerns are as relevant today as they were 50 years ago.
Installation view, Drawing as Practice, National Academy of Design, New York, 2023. Photo: © Etienne Frossard. Courtesy of National Academy of Design.
Sara Reisman, chief curator at the National Academy of Design, talks about the institution’s 200-year history and its aims for the future, and picks out some favourites from its current show, Drawing as Practice.
Zarina Bhimji. She Loved to Breathe – Pure Silence, 1987. Courtesy the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh. Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. © Zarina Bhimji. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2023. Photo: Ruth Clark.
Her quietly reflective films and photographs, with their evocative use of colour and light, are things of beauty, but their true depth and meaning are only revealed on slow looking.
Arnolfini visit to Zoma Museum, Addis Ababa, July 2023. Image by Alice Hendy Photography for Arnolfini. All rights reserved.
In the Ethiopian artist’s first major European museum exhibition, labour-intensive works made from discarded electronic components sit alongside clay vessels and mud-and-straw sculptures, prompting us to reconsider the role of technology in our lives.
Frans Hals. The Laughing Cavalier, 1624. Oil on canvas, 83 x 67 cm. © Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London.
Eight rooms filled with sumptuous embroidery and fine-spun lace worn by sitters with laughing, gurning and awed faces: The Laughing Cavalier is but one of a cast of many.
Zach Blas, Cultus, 2023. Installation view, arebyte, London. Photo: Max Colson.
The co-directors of arebyte, a charitable organisation specialising in digital art, talk about being based in London’s new cultural hub, nurturing young and upcoming artists, and the current show by Zach Blas.
Dominique Mood. NOMAD exterior.  Photo: Joshua White.
To know the art scene in Los Angeles calls on a lifetime of cruising its streets, storefronts, museums, galleries and riverbanks. All are stages for creative expression, every neighbourhood is fair game for pop-up display, and now that LA artists are drawing world attention, nowhere is it clearer that there is art and there is Art.
Jo Spence, Remodelling Photo History: Victimization, 1981-82, 62.5 x 78.5 cm. © The Estate of Jo Spence. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery London, Rome.
A green and pleasant land or a place of aristocratic privilege for some and backbreaking labour and protest for others? An intriguing exhibition at William Morris’ Walthamstow residence explores how landscape art and radical politics have intersected.
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Portraits series. Gelatin silver prints. Installation view. Photo: Mark Blower. Courtesy the artist and the Hayward Gallery.
This survey spanning 50 years of the celebrated photographer’s works sees him bringing Madame Tussauds waxworks and stuffed animals back to life, freezing scenes in time and recreating seascapes .
Jonathan Baldock, They tried to bury me, They didn't realise I was a seed, 2023 (detail). Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery. Photo © Mark Reeves, courtesy YSP.
In a series of newly commissioned works, Baldock immerses us in a mix of ancient and modern forms, inspired by myths and rituals spanning harvest festivals, folk art, medieval cathedral carvings and queer graffiti.
Lawrence Lek, NOX, 2023. Installation view, LAS Art Foundation, Kranzler Eck, Berlin. © Lawrence Lek. Commissioned by LAS Art Foundation. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.
In a vast three-floor installation, Lek turns what we think we know about AI on its head, as we follow the fictional Farsight Corporation struggling to fix the mental health crisis of a sentient self-drive car.
Curator Cat Dunn with Ashanti Harris' artwork Emi Ori Cse in Copper. Photo: Neil Hanna.
The curator of Crafted Selves: The Unfinished Conversation, at St Andrews Museum in Scotland, talks about how she chose the 13 artists in the show, all of whom explore dual identity in their work, whether that be to do with race, sex or disability.
Tania Pérez Córdova: Generalization, installation view, SculptureCenter, New York, 2023. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton.
Pérez Córdova’s work addresses the passage of time, the nature of materials, and how we assign value to objects.
Studio International spoke to three of the nominated artists – Alia Farid, Carolina Caycedo and Rushdi Anwar – at the opening of Artes Mundi 10.
The biennial art prize for international activist artists celebrates its 10th birthday with seven nominations. The work of each artist will feature in the AM10 exhibition, which continues to February 2024 in five locations around the prize’s home nation of Wales.
Alia Farid talking to Studio International at the opening of Artes Mundi 10, National Museum Cardiff, 2023. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
The industrialisation of water infrastructure and its damaging environmental impacts underpin Alia Farid’s work. At the opening of Artes Mundi 10, she talks about hervast sculptures in the shape of water vessels that speak of different trades, cultures and eras.
Rushdi Anwar talking to Studio International at the opening of Artes Mundi 10, National Museum Cardiff, 2023. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
At the opening of Artes Mundi 10, Anwar, a Kurdish-born artist who now divides his time between Thailand and Australia, discusses his work’s articulation of the violence and degradation brought about by divisive ideologies and colonialism.
Carolina Caycedo talking to Studio International at the opening of Artes Mundi 10, Cardiff, 2023. Photo: Martin Kennedy.
At the opening of Artes Mundi 10, Caycedo talks about her work exposing environmental abuses, racial injustice and celebrating acts of feminist and indigenous resistance.
Reimag(in)ing the Victorians in Contemporary Art, installation view, Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, 23 September 2023 – 7 January 2024.
This rigorously researched and curated, yet aesthetically delightful, exhibition forces the visitor to reckon with Oscar Wilde’s statement that the one duty we owe to history is to rewrite it.
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