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Emmanuel Cooper, Stoneware with volcanic glaze (detail), ca. 1990s. Courtesy of the artist and Ruthin Craft Centre. Photograph by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd.
Darren Jones remembers the elemental work and personality of the English ceramicist. ...
 
Jawad al Malhi, Measures of Uncertainty XIV, 2014. Oil on canvas, 206 x 161 centimeters. Courtesy of the artist and Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Jawad al Malhi’s work documents the lives, struggles and culture of young men in the Middle East. ...
 
Andy Wicks. Courtesy &Model Gallery.
Yorkshire is a surprising hub for contemporary art in the UK ...
 


Baba Anand, The Major Arcana: The Fools Journey, detail. Courtesy of Religare Arts Initiative, Delhi

Dalí’s Delhi Disciple: Baba Anand at the Religare Arts Initiative


Inspired by Salvador Dalí’s World Tarot deck, the artist reinvents Surrealist spectacle with frenetic embellishment.


Messe and Ramda plaza - tallest building in Basel

It’s June so it must be Basel


Art Basel and related fairs in Basel, Switzerland


Jane Alexander, Butcher Boys, 1985-1986. Mixed media. Iziko South African National Gallery Permanent Collection

South Africa’s Forwards: High scoring centennial survey at National Gallery greets World Cup


Far from being a studious plod through history, this is the coolest party in town.


Edward Millman, Fresco Detail, St Louis, MO Post Office, 1942. Tempera on masonite

Los Tres Grandes: US Artists Interpret the Mexican Muralists


Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralists at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago, Illinois


Mercedes Matter, Tabletop Still Life, ca. 1936. Oil on canvas, 43 x 48 inches, Private collection, Florida.

Mercedes Matter at the Weisman Gallery, Pepperdine University


There’s an internalized severity to her art; its fierce angularity suggests an appetite for sensual abandon constrained by geometry, argues HEARNE PARDEE


Misheck Masamvu, Post Election Results oil on canvas, dimensions not known, courtesy of the artist.

Notes from…Harare, Zimbabwe


In a Catch-22, artists cannot sell their work, but they also cannot afford to “waste” materials on work that is not for sale.


installation shot of the exhibition under review

Yan Pei-Ming: Landscape of Childhood at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing


By his critical reference to the illusions of the rhetoric of the Olympics, vastly expensive events which diverted funding from the fundamental needs of the population, he makes a powerful political statement, all the more potent because it is extremely elliptical.


Diana Thater, RARE 2008. 16 LCD monitors, DVD player, DVD, and existing architecture, 204 x 264 inches. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York. All photographs by Pablo Mason.

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet at the Berkeley Art Museum


By design, the show is a revealing jumble, expressing something of what it has come to mean to respond to a place (or site, region, niche), and something of what it can no longer mean.


Qigu Jiang Figure A 2008. Ink on rice paper, 16 x 12 feet. Courtesy Koehnline Museum.

Ink Paintings by Qigu Jiang: Figures at The Koehnline Museum


Jiang’s work is philosophy in motion: Essence of line and essence of modern truth are his constant themes.


Renato Giuseppe Bertelli, Continuous Profile (Head of Mussolini), 1933. Terracotta with black glaze

The Russian Linesman, curated by Mark Wallinger on tour in the UK


16 February – 4 May 2009 The Hayward Gallery, London 16 May – 28 June 2009 Leeds Art Gallery 18 July – 20 September Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea At a first glance, The Russian Linesman, a group exhibition curated by Mark Wallinger seems to be an eclectic choice of art and artefacts, like a contemporary…