As curator Ann Coxon explains, it is somewhat unconventional to place a loom at the entrance of a major Tate retrospective. “It’s very surprising to have a show that is predominantly textiles at Tate Modern,” says Coxon. “We’ve shown work by Sonia Delaunay, for example, but you start with paintings
Clay Canoe Ceramics caught my attention on Instagram and I was sucked in. There is something about their exact but organic feeling shapes. I was also impressed with some of their glazes that feel like watercolours. Some of their forms are very reminiscent of forms found in mid-century modern design.
through an iterative series of formal studies, Japanese sculptor en Iwamura investigates the relationship between an object and the space it occupies. en Iwamura has referenced the philosophy of ‘ma,’ which explores how objects within a space serve to sculpt the interstitial void to create the ‘essence’ of the space. the artist’s sculpted objects, in turn, sculpt the space which surrounds them. the occupation of the object within a space influences a viewer’s relationship with that space. the simplicity of the objects defines this experience. a rhythmic surface texture which is methodically swept across the surfaces of the gently curving volumes implies new seams and directionality. in some instances the artist personifies his forms with subtle, expressive features. images courtesy of en Iwamura
“I’ve been watching a lot of David Attenborough lately. You know, Planet Earth, Life, Blue Planet, and other BBC nature specials,” says Scott Listfield, an artist we’ve featured previously. “The more I watch them, the more I feel a connection to the animals I see on screen. Source: Scott Listfield’s
The sea, the scents of an island and contemporary art, to be explored on foot amidst the rustle of the Mediterranean maquis. On Porquerolles, off Hyères in Provence, artwork sinks into nature and is almost overwhelmed by it. As Édouard Carmignac, French investment banker, fund manager and long-time collector, tells
Scratchboard Illustrations by Michael Halbert Using mostly black and white to create his pieces, American artist Michael Halbert produces incredibly detailed scratchboard illustrations with an engraved woodcut look. “For simplicity, I call myself a scratchboard illustrator, but a more accurate name for what I do would be ‘pen and ink
A selection of work by Métis artist Jean Paul Langlois from Vancouver Island, currently based in East Vancouver. Informed by pop and pulp culture, particularly Westerns, 70s sci-fi and Saturday morning cartoons, Langlois plays with ultra-saturated colours and motifs as a way of grappling with a sense of alienation from his own cultural backgrounds — both indigenous and settler.
Last month, artist Julien de Casabianca was invited to create huge wheatpaste mural at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee alongside an exhibition and workshop. Julien’s seven-story mural features a melancholic girl pulled from William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s 1886 neoclassical painting “Au pied de la falaise” (At the Foot of The Cliff) which is included in the museum’s collection.
A project to return artworks stolen from Jewish families by the Nazi regime and its collaborators has discovered 170 such pieces in Dutch museums, including a painting in the royal collection. Of the country’s major collections, only the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has yet to complete its search, despite a team of five experts working on it daily since 2012.
Ruby Throated Hummingbird India-based cut paper artists Nayan Shrimali and Vaishali Chudasama have set out to construct 365 miniature bird species by the end of 2018. To form each work, the pair begins by cutting feathers, beaks, and talons from layers of paper and then using watercolor to produce further