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Outi Pieski – interview: ‘Contemporary art museums in general are spaces for dreaming and experimenting’
Outi Pieski. Photo: Heikki Tuuli.
Small carved figures, knotted fringes and historic hats represent Pieski’s Sámi heritage as do her luminous painted landscapes and they work powerfully in her show at Tate St Ives to highlight systemic injustices to land and people
These Mad Hybrids: John Hoyland and Contemporary Sculpture, installation view, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2024. Photo: Tim Bowditch.
In this joyous and eccentric show, Hoyland’s jaunty ceramic sculptures are shown alongside equally playful sculptures from contemporary artists including Hew Locke and Phyllida Barlow.
Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art, installation view, Barbican Art Gallery. © Jo Underhill / Barbican Art Gallery.
The 50 artists in this formidable show have all used textiles to tell powerful stories of resistance to social, political and ecological ills.
Ronald Davis. Courtesy Ronald Davis.
Davis talks about his art and how he started out in the 1960s, his friendship with Judy Chicago, playing chess with David Hockney and having a Scotch with Clement Greenberg.
Warburg Models: The Architecture of the Itinerant Archive, installation view, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Photo: Elena Andreea Teleaga.
Spanning master plans and covert models, these two exhibitions conjure up a point in the early 1930s when flows of international modernism infiltrated the British academic and political establishment.
Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads, installation view, The Courtauld Gallery. Photo: Fergus Carmichael.
Repeatedly drawing the same sitters from among his circle of close friends, Auerbach conveys his subjects with truth, tenderness and empathy, getting to the very heart of them.
Installation view, Jacqueline Poncelet: In the Making, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima), 2024. Photo: Jason Hynes.
After years of resistance, Poncelet has facilitated a full retrospective of 50 years of her work. Her inventiveness, material eclecticism and chromatic intelligence make her very much an artist for these times.
Installation view of Eva Fàbregas, When Forms Come Alive, 7 February — 6 May 2024. Photo: Jo Underhill. Courtesy the Hayward Gallery.
The Hayward Gallery’s spring exhibition is an effervescent playground of kinetically inclined sculpture that captures the drifting, mushrooming and vibrating movements of the natural world.
Debra Hurford Brown, Eduardo Paolozzi, 1999, 2003. National Galleries Scotland.
This show celebrating the centenary of the local artist who became internationally famous includes more than 60 works from his long career, along with a recreation of his studio.
Installation view, Emily Kam Kngwarray, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, 2023. Photo: Jed Cooper.
This major new show pays homage to Kngwarray, an Indigenous Australian who, though she only began painting in her later years, produced a prodigious amount of work and became internationally acclaimed.
A History of Women in 101 Objects: A Walk Through Female History by Annabelle Hirsch, translated by Eleanor Updegraff, published by Canongate.
A suffragette’s medal, a 16th-century dildo and a hatpin are just some of the fascinating items that Annabelle Hirsch uses to take us on a spin through female history.
Judith Godwin, Expressions of Life, 2024, installation view, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London. Photo; Mark Blower.
Although associated with abstract expressionism, Godwin strove for a more nuanced approach than her male counterparts, and her later works are influenced by her interest in Zen Buddhism and nature.
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. Photo: Bowen Aricò.
A melange of multilimbed, fertility, guardian, protector and warrior figures animate Glasgow’s Tramway in an ambitious installation for the Sri Lankan-born, Australian artist in his first UK solo show.
Art Without Frontiers: The Story of the British Council, Visual Arts, and a Changing World, by Annebella Pollen, published by Art/Books.
This is a fascinating account of the personalities, events and contexts that have shaped an organisation founded 90 years ago to enhance international cultural relations, an organisation whose work is as important today as it was in 1934.
Sara Shamma in her London studio, 2023. Photo: Juliet Rix.
Shamma’s latest exhibition of new paintings responds to works by greats from Rembrandt to Rubens. Here, she talks about her intuitive practice, the importance of music to her work, the impact of war in her native Syria, and women and children as subjects.
Pasquarosa in Rome, 1914. Courtesy Archivio Nino e Pasquarosa Bertoletti, Rome.
Remembered more as an artist’s model than a painter, this largely forgotten female artist is brought back into the spotlight in this charmingly fresh and colourful exhibition.
Jonathan Jones. Untitled (emu eggs) after Étienne-Pierre Ventenat, 2021–23. Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) eggshell, powder-coated steel, golden everlasting paperdaisy (Xerochrysum bracteatum) flowers, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Jenni Carter.
Jones collaborates with recent migrants to Australia to show how the culture and practices of its Indigenous people can be shared across nations, as they explore the plants, animals and artefacts taken from the continent by a French scientific expedition 200 years ago.
Carlos Garaicoa (Cuba), installation view of Familia (Family), 2023. Capilla Museo de la Medicina. Venue of the XIV Bienal de Cuenca. Photo: Salomé Velasco.
On the occasion of the Ecuadorian city’s 16th biennial, we look at how religion, deeply conservative views and lack of money work against contemporary artists, and how the biennial’s director, Hernán Pacurucu, and others are determined to see change.
Emilie L. Gossiaux: Other-Worlding, installation view, Queens Museum, New York, 6 December 2023 – 7 April 2024. Photo: Hai Zhang, courtesy Queens Museum.
Gossiaux lost her sight in an accident 13 years ago. This show reads like a lover letter to her guide dog, London, as well as providing a clear message about interspecies respect.
Ruth Orkin. Lauren Bacall, St. Regis Hotel, New York, 1950. © Orkin / Engel Film and Photo Archive; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
She photographed celebrities such as Lauren Bacall and Doris Day and worked for Life magazine and Look, but she has remained largely unknown in Europe. This gem of an exhibition aims to change that.
William Pope.L. Photo: Peyton Fulford.
At the opening of Hospital at the South London Gallery, his first major institutional UK show since 2011, the US artist talked about the themes of care and precarity in his work. With his sudden death just weeks later, in December 2023, that work has gained added resonance.
Emile Gallé, Lamp, c1898-1900. Collection Paul and Diana Tauchner. Photo: Sabine Schereck.
The Bröhan-Museum is celebrating its 50th anniversary with this exhibition looking at French and Belgian Art Nouveau, with some items that have previously never been shown in public.
Andrew Cranston in his studio, Glasgow, 2020. Photograph: Alan Dimmick, Courtesy of the Artist and Ingleby, Edinburgh.
As his first public exhibition opens in Wakefield, the brilliant Scottish painter talks about Franz Kafka, DH Lawrence, fried eggs and punctums.
James Lingwood and Michael Morris. Photo: Tom Oldham, 2015.
Their legacy includes Rachel Whiteread’s cast of a terraced house, Roger Hiorns transformation of a council flat into a blue crystal cave and Michael Landy’s destruction of all his possessions in a department store window. They discuss how the art scene has changed – and how they have contributed to that - in their 30 years at Artangel, which concluded in 2023.
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