Framing the veil

The power of Shirin Neshat’s work resides in her uncanny ability to turn ordinary things into meaningful art. The Iranian artist, born in 1957, became an international art star in the mid-1990s when she transfo...

One moment – now

“When in broad daylight I open my eyes, it is not in my power to choose whether I shall see or no, or to determine what particular objects shall present themselves to my view; and so likewise as to the hearin...

The nomad image maker

Steve McCurry has been providing a glimpse of the collective anima that unites mankind for more than 30 years. In his thousands of portraits the eyes take centre stage, reflecting and revealing a story more...

The last shot

The name René Burri is synonymous with some of the most iconic black and white portraits of the 20th Century, from Che Guevara smoking his signature cigar to Ingrid Bergman on set. A Magnum photographer, hi...

In fine feather

For birds, feathers serve three main functions, to fly, keep warm and to attract their partners. But for Kate MccGwire they serve a very different function – art. Since her graduation from the Royal College o...

Great blazes

Coates and Scarry, as a gallery and as a team, is a labour of love. “Did you know that Chippy is my life-partner?”  Richard Scarry asks. He is sitting in the sunny Bristol apartment he shares with his partner...
Frances Aviva Blane

The mark of FAB

My first impression of Frances Aviva Blane’s work reminded me of why I used to love going to the Fondation Maeght with my mother: you can go there and wander around and through the art without having to stop an...

Capturing light

Hiroshi Sugimoto has made his name as a chronicler of time immemorial. His photography emerges from and lives in the interstices of personal and collective memory, as part of what he calls “the history of histo...

House of leaves

  Every house needs a foundation to stand on – this house of leaves is built on the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) in London. Inside it, you dwell among artworks, intellectuals, resident curato...

No wallflower

Inside the Chinese film industry, only a lucky few girls go far beyond simply being well-known in China. But those who are selected by legendary director Zhang Yimou, one of the few directors to achieve int...

The power to preserve?

Two men are balancing on a small craft, propelling themselves along a moonlit river using long sticks as oars. There are two more boats ahead. All the half-naked sailors are fishermen, from an indigenous pe...

The vocabulary of response

As a choreographer, whose signature style has been described as having a “sculptural quality”, Russell Maliphant’s life-long obsession with the human form and its artistic representation is brought to life ...