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Claudia Rankine, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, New York, New York, September 7, 2016. Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, licensed under a Creative Commons license: CC-BY
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Claudia Rankine’s The White Card: life-affirming response to ‘Black Death Spectacle’

To coincide with Soul of a Nation at Tate Modern, US writer Claudia Rankine presented a reading from her new play, which explores racism in the art world and beyond. Sonya Dyer found it a powerful vehicle for exploring the intersections of capitalism, race, empathy and resistance – particularly in light of the Dana Schutz Whitney Biennial controversy and a renewed focus on depictions of the Black body.

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Bedwyr Williams.
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A Q&A with… Bedwyr Williams, multimedia artist and Dylan Thomas fan

Bedwyr Williams’ latest commission for Storyhouse in Chester sees him transpose stories collected from a local newspaper archive onto a digitally animated recreation of the town’s former Roman Fortress Bathhouse. Speaking to Fisun Güner, he laments the the loss of British awkwardness, and describes how this new work will take the viewer on a journey to “a space that’s out of time”.

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Angie Butler in her studio, selecting printing materials for the book from Bristol-based paper supplier Arboreta Papers
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Artists’ Books #24: Making Books in Bristol

Sarah Bodman previews Angie Butler’s new artist’s book which she has created as part of a research residency exploring the diverse creative practice of artists making books in Bristol and the physical production of books in the city.

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Grace Ndiritu, Still Life / Textiles - White Textiles, 2005-07. Courtesy: Lux and the artist
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NOW SHOWING #218: The week’s top exhibitions

A selection of exhibition highlights for the week ahead including: Tate St Ives reopening with Rebecca Warren’s first UK solo show in eight years, and an exploration of the impact of JMW Turner on contemporary artists at New Art Gallery Walsall.

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Aidan Moesby, Between Stillness and Storm, 2017. Photo: Aidan Moesby
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A Q&A with… Aidan Moesby, artist exploring weather and wellbeing

Aidan Moesby has just finished a tour of festivals in the north of England, using his new weather-based installations to test responses, locations and situations for visual arts in festival contexts. Trish Wheatley talks to the artist about this work and how it sits with his practice.

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Laura Ford, A King's Appetite, 2017, detail. Photo: Nigel Green
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A Q&A with… Laura Ford, sculptor

Sculptor Laura Ford’s new commission for Brighton’s House Biennial draws on the history of town’s Royal Pavilion and in particular that of its early 19th century commissioner King George IV, who lived there as Prince Regent prior to taking the throne. Dany Louise talks to the artist about her work and finds out why Donald Trump has a starring role in her installation, A King’s Appetite.

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Alistair Gentry wearing an 'artist's costume' for Venice Agendas: The Contract commission. Courtesy: Alistair Gentry
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Working for free: what’s to like?

Artists are often asked to work for free in return for exposure via social media likes and audience praise, so for a recent commission (paid) Alistair Gentry decided to walk around Folkestone dressed in a cliched ‘artist’s costume’ asking other types of worker if they’d do the same. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they weren’t particularly keen.

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