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Ross Birrell talks horses, endurance and taking risks in relation to two works for Documenta, his film Criolla and The Athens-Kassel Ride: The Transit of Hermes, a procession of horses and riders on a 1,850-mile journey, which he describes as a ‘mobile human-equine ensemble’
Portrait of Lucas Arruda. Courtesy Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo/Brussels and David Zwirner, London.
On the occasion of his first London exhibition, at David Zwirner, Lucas Arruda discusses his almost pathological pursuit of a particular theme, revealing the macro within the micro, and how his imaginary landscapes are states of mind suspended in paint.
The Inverted Portal (2016) by Ensamble Studio (Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa) at Tippet Rise. Image courtesy of Tippet Rise Art Center/Iwan Baan. Photograph: Iwan Baan.
Cathy and Peter Halstead talk about Tippet Rise Art Center, the remarkable music venue and sculpture park they set up on a vast ranch in the wilds of Montana, and their desire to create a place with the potential for a deep relationship with art, music and the land.
Jonathan Wright talking to Studio International at the Folkestone Triennial 2017. Photograph: Martin Kennedy.
Local artist Jonathan Wright delved deep into local narratives to devise his tribute to the local fishing community, Fleet on Foot. Studio International discusses the origins of this celebration of the town's remaining fishing fleet.
Gustav Klimt. Sitzender weiblicher Halbakt, 1904. Leopold Museum, Vienna. Reproduced in: Die Hetärengespräche des Lukian.
Bringing together works by Gustav Klimt with pottery, sculptures and texts from late classical antiquity, this insightful exhibition charts the influence of the ancient Attic artists on the Austrian secessionist, in particular in providing material for the development of his erotic drawings.
You’re Surrounded By Me, 2017. Installation view at Turf Projects, Croydon. Image courtesy of Tim Bowditch.
Curator and artist Chris Alton talks about his latest venture, You’re Surrounded By Me, which weaves together contemporary issues such as climate change, protest and the subversion of heraldry.
Horse and man. Drawing. Reconstruction of Scythian horseman based on the excavated finds from Olon-Kurin-Gol 10, Altai mountains, Mongolia. By D. V. Pozdnjakov, Institute for Archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Scythians are coming to the British Museum this autumn and we have more in common with these ancient nomads than you might imagine, as curator St John Simpson explains.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888. Oil on canvas, 132.7 x 214.4 cm. © Perez Simon Collection.
A capacious retrospective of the long-neglected Victorian academician uncovers a master of the sensuous with a surprising knack for experimentation.
Santiago Sierra. Impenetrable Structure, 2017. Installation view, Lisson Gallery London, July 2017. Photograph: Jack Hems. © Santiago Sierra; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.
The controversial Spanish artist returns to London with a new site-specific installation that continues his interest in borders and displacement.
Simon Patterson talking to Studio International at De La Warr Pavilion, 18 July 2017. Photograph: Martin Kennedy.
Simon Patterson talks about his show Safari: An Exhibition as Expedition, at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, and about the concepts that inform his work.
Henri Matisse. Safrano Roses at the Window, 1925. Oil on canvas, 80 x 65 cm. Private collection. Photograph © Private collection. © Succession H. Matisse/DACS 2017.
This exhibition tells the story of Matisse’s collecting habits, but fails to conjure up the joy of discovery.
José Pedro Croft talking to Studio International at the opening of Uncertain Measure at the Portuguese Pavilion, Villa Hériot, Giudecca, Venice 2017. Photograph: Martin Kennedy.
For his Portugal Venice Biennale commission, artist José Pedro Croft has made a series of six glass-and-steel sculptures that lurch and loom around the gardens of Villa Hériot, on the Giudecca. He talks about the uniquely Venetian dialogue between precariousness and permanence, as well as the monumentality and simplicity of a nearby Álvaro Siza project, both of which have inspired his project, Uncertain Measure.
Shilpa Gupta. Untitled, 2001. Instruction manual in vitrine, cloth pieces stained with menstrual blood, two videos on monitors. Video II: Three pyjamas hanging in the sun to dry, 3:00 mins loop.
The Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta talks about her practice, notions of identity and nation states, and how she prefers her work to be called ‘everyday art’ rather than terming it political.
Emily Peasgood talking to Studio International at the Folkestone Triennial 2017. Photograph: Martin Kennedy.
Emily Peasgood’s sound piece Halfway to Heaven is set in a Baptist graveyard, a high hump of soil, weeds and tumbling headstones wedged between a road and a terrace of houses. Studio International talked to her about its inspiration and meaning.
Gerfried Stocker, Artistic Director Ars Electronica. Photograph: Ars Electronica / Robert Bauernhansl.
Gerfried Stocker talks about going from being a media artist influenced by Ars Electronica to becoming its artistic director and the mind behind its organisation.
Studio photograph of the artist with Profile in Exile Version 2, 2003. Chinagraph, silver oxide and pastel. Collection of the artist. Photograph: Julian Di Stefano.
Bradbeer talks about his technique, why he works on a large scale and what drawing means to him – and reveals his secret to engaging cynical students.
Johannes Vermeer. Woman Holding a Balance, c1664. Oil on canvas, 39.7 x 35.5 cm (15 5/8 x 14 in). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection.
The organisers of this exhibition are keen to show how the Dutch genre painters both drew inspiration from one another and were spurred on by rivalry, but this intention is undercut by the paintings of Vermeer. The others painted for their time while he painted for all time.
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson. David Octavius Hill, 1802–1870. Artist and pioneer photographer, 1843–1847. Calotype print, 21.30 x 15.30 cm. Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
A celebration of collaboration, friendship and innovative spirit, A Perfect Chemistry illuminates the groundbreaking photography produced by David Hill and Robert Adamson in early-19th century Scotland, and the touching story surrounding its production.
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. UK Gay Bar Directory, 2016, film still. © the artists.
The collaborative duo talk about their film UK Gay Bar Directory, which is showing at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool as part of its exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity.
Julian Lethbridge. Boreas, 2017. Oil, pigment stick, on linen, 132 x 106.5 cm (52 x 42 in). Courtesy the artist and Contemporary Fine Arts. Photograph: Matthias Kolb.
The 13 new paintings by Julian Lethbridge, now on show in Berlin, are works of virtuosity and dedication, and provide a captivating and absorbing demonstration of a painter exploring his unique approach to the fullest.
Harold Cohen talking to Studio International in his home studio, Encinitas, California, May 2015.
Pioneer of computer art Harold Cohen died last year at the age of 87. In 2015, in one of the last interviews of his life, he talked to Studio International about his long career.
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