One of six artists shortlisted for this year’s Artes Mundi prize, John Akomfrah is known for his beautifully-shot film installations that tackle big themes such as race, cultural identity, migration and post-colonialism. Fisun Güner talks to him.
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Scottish artist Katie Paterson has recently published her first monograph, documenting almost 10 years of multidisciplinary projects that range from a 100-year artwork to streetlights powered by lightning. Anneka French finds out more.
The influential Belgian artist Luc Tuymans currently has a small show of his own work, ‘Glasses’, at the National Portrait Gallery, while a major James Ensor exhibition he’s curated opens at the Royal Academy later this month. He talks about both with Fisun Güner.
For over 30 years, New York’s Guerrilla Girls have been the feminist conscience of the art world, exposing sexism through protests and original research on posters, stickers, billboards and artwork. Fisun Güner spoke to two of the founding members about their new Whitechapel Gallery show, ‘Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?’
For her current exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, Fiona Banner ranges across graphic and font design in her continuing exploration of language and form. Dany Louise talks to her.
For his exhibition in Glasgow, the London-based, Philippines-born artist traces the global tentacles of neoliberalism through an exploration of objects sold at key auctions over the last 25 years. He explains more to Chris Sharratt, including what drew him to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s iconic handbag.
The first-ever biennial Estuary festival presents 16 days of art, literature, music and film ‘curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary’. Chris Sharratt talks to Kent-based, water-loving artist Adam Chodzko about his latest iteration of Ghost, featuring a specially adapted kayak with room for one reclining passenger.
As part of the Super Slow Way programme in Lancashire, Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is bringing the local community together through Sufi chanting, shape-note singing and a banquet for 500 people. Bob Dickinson finds out more.
The Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress attracted huge media interest with The Hive, his bee-inspired sculptural installation for the 2015 Milan Expo UK pavilion. Wayne Burrows speaks to him about the work, currently on display at Kew Gardens, and BEAM, a companion piece on show at this year’s Wirksworth Festival.
The Salford-based artist Maurice Carlin hopes to use his time as the first-ever Clore Visual Artist Fellow to, among other things, “change perceptions… of what it means to be an artist”. He shares his thoughts on the fellowship, its personal and wider significance, and why artists – and the artist-led sector in particular – need to recognise the importance of good leadership.
Best known for her abstract paintings, Russian-born artist Yelena Popova’s current solo show at Nottingham Contemporary in her home town is split across two spaces and includes a computer-coded video projection. Anneka French discovers more about her relationship with paint, digital imagery and collaborative working.
Renowned for his work exploring issues of security and secrecy in the ‘war on terror’, Edmund Clark’s Negative Publicity sees the British photographer examine the CIA’s programme of extraordinary rendition. On the occasion of a new monograph and year-long exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London, he talks to Tim Clark about the challenges of photographing invisible mechanisms of state control.
Pippa Koszerek talks to artist Beth Collar about how a 2014 residency at Glasgow Women’s Library has influenced the sculptures that she is currently showing in the Tall Tales national touring exhibition.
Edinburgh Art Festival’s Platform exhibition provides early career artists the opportunity to develop and show work at this high-profile annual festival. Richard Taylor talks with one of this year’s artists whose intriguing commissioned work was built in the Scottish Highlands and fine-tuned through collaboration during residencies in Abroath and Holland.
Ranging from painterly abstraction to figurative interiors and landscapes, Hurvin Anderson’s solo exhibition at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, expands on two long-standing motifs of the barbershop interior and the municipal park landscape and includes his Arts Council Collection commission, Is It OK To Be Black? Wayne Burrows talks to the artist.
Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed has major shows on at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Park Avenue Armory in New York, has recently played at Glastonbury, and has just released a new album of songs, Thoughts Lined Up. Fisun Güner talks to him about music, art, food phobias and life after Brexit.
The outspoken artist and performer Liv Wynter is undertaking a residency at the artist-run Royal Standard titled HOW MUCH ARE THEY PAYING YOU? to coincide with this year’s Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Liverpool Biennial. Laura Robertson speaks to her about activism, artists getting paid, and remembering Ana Mendieta.
John Stezaker, known for his photographic collages constructed from found images, has turned curator for ‘Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud’ at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Anneka French talks to the artist about his new departure, how he selected works for the show, and where his own art fits in.
At 88, the American painter Alex Katz is as prolific as ever, producing large-scale works and exhibiting widely. With a new show just opened at the Serpentine Gallery, Fisun Güner talks to the Brooklyn-born, Manhattan-based artist about finding his way in the 1950s, getting noticed in the 1990s, and hitting his stride in his later years.
Dale Lewis is one of three Jerwood Painting Fellows currently exhibiting work at Jerwood Space, London. He talks to Fisun Guner about working with mentor Dan Coombs, his mind-crushing experience as an artist’s assistant, and what inspires his open, chaotic and darkly humorous paintings.
In the Shadow of the Pyramids – a searing study of the impact of the Egyptian revolution on everyday people – has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016. Tim Clark catches up with Laura El-Tantawy on the occasion of her exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.
Best known for his paintings using Humbrol enamel, George Shaw’s new show is the culmination of a two-year residency at the National Gallery. Fisun Guner finds out how he has responded to the gallery’s collection and gets some tips on how to rejuvenate the Turner Prize.
Film and performance artist Doug Fishbone’s latest project is an alternative take on bus tours around Aberdeen for the Look Again Festival. Jack Hutchinson finds out more.
As Troy Town Art Pottery moves from its first home at Open School East down the road to an outbuilding on Hoxton Street, founder and artist Aaron Angell speaks to Pippa Koszerek about his motivations and future plans for the London-based pottery.
The London-based artist Lawrence Lek uses the visual language of computer games to produce site-specific works that simulate real-world environments and create fantasy narratives. His film for Glasgow International sees the Clyde-built QE2 cruise liner sail from Dubai to Scotland to be turned into an extension for the Glasgow School of Art. Chris Sharratt finds out why.