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ART AND DESIGN

Carolyn Miner

A LIFE IN SCULPTURE Carolyn Miner is a scholar, researcher and independent curator of sculpture who is known for her creativity, wide-ranging interests, deep knowledge of art, and her commitment to engaging audiences. She was the Robert H. Smith Curator of Sculpture...

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Paula Rego

Paula Rego was born in Lisbon in 1935 and has traveled between London and Portugal throughout her life. She studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, and her career as an artist spans half a century. Originally commissioned for the exhibition Spellbound (1996)...

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Natalia Indrimi

Primo Levi opened a universal platform with his reflections on human nature. You are the Director and one of the founding members of the Primo Levi Center in New York. What is the purpose of this center? The Center was born in 1998 to sustain the conversation and...

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Michelangelo Pistoletto

In honour of the Blenheim Art Foundation presenting Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace, in a solo exhibition running from 15th September – 31st December 2016 celebrating the extensive oeuvre of the Italian artist, we republish this classic interview.  ...

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Mo Coppoletta

You don’t have to have a reason for adornment. It’s pure aesthetic. Mo Coppoletta is widely known as London's ‘Godfather of tattoos’ and operates his tattoo parlor 'The Family Business' in Exmouth Market, a historically vibrant area of London once known as 'Little...

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Ik-Joong Kang

Artists are the leaders of the 21st Century. Ik-Joong Kang is one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists. His works are poignant symbols of hope for reunification, particularly of North and South Korea. This September at Robilant+Voena’s...

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Eike Schmidt

“In Florence exhibitions on old masters are more successful than exhibitions on contemporary artists!” Eike Schmidt was appointed Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Culture. He is the first non-Italian to be...

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John Stefanidis

This interview takes place in the house of world renowned interior designer John Stefanidis, in the village of Chora on the island of Patmos. The house has a beautiful garden, and is just below the monastery. John Stefanidis was born into a Greek family in Alexandria,...

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Ruth Direktor

Ruth Direktor is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA). Can you describe your Museum and its permanent collection? The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a museum of modern and contemporary art, the oldest art museum in Israel. It was founded in...

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Alexander Sturgis

Dr Alexander Sturgis is a British art historian and museum curator. He is the current Director of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. "Museums have never been so popular.... So much of our experience becomes virtual that the importance of the real actually becomes...

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Mark Grotjahn

The interview with Mark Grotjahn takes place in a suite of Claridges Hotel in London, where he has recently opened an exhibition of his masks at the Gagosian Gallery called "Pink Cosco". The original masks are made from scraps of corrugated paper or cardboard salvaged...

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David Adjaye

The planetary architect of today delivers a well considered response to human, cultural and geographic diversity. The leading architect David Adjaye OBE set up his first office in 1994, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as...

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Paolo Colombo

You started your life as an artist and exposed your work at Mario Tazzoli’s Galleria “Galatea” in Milan in 1974. Then you stopped painting for many years, and worked as curator and director of various museums and art institutions - in the United States, in...

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Rene Ricard

It is very sad to have to say that this is the last Rene interview, because the death of a poet is the end of a voice. In any generation there are very few voices like that of Rene. So I think that all the American people who love poetry and art will want to mourn...

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Salvatore Settis

Salvatore Settis has been Director of the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (1994-1999) and of the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (1999-2010), where he also taught Classical Archaeology and Art History. He has been Visiting Professor in several universities in...

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Debby Tenquist

Debby Tenquist is a landscaper. She is the designer of the Garden of St Christopher in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, and she is the owner of Botanica Trading which carries out landscape design, textile design, and garden tours. Her company sells verandah & garden...

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Joseph Rykwert

Joseph Rykwert is Paul Philippe Cret Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the foremost architectural historians and critics of his generation. I meet Professor Rykwert in his apartment in Hampstead, London, where he has...

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Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti the Italian architect and designer is well known for several large-scale museum projects. She turned the Beaux Arts Gare d'Orsay train station into the Musée d’Orsay. She is commemorated in Milan by the Piazza Gae Aulenti, dedicated to her in December,...

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Jean Pigozzi

Sixty Years at the World's Most Famous Pool. Johnny Pigozzi is currently having an exhibition of photographs titled Johnny’s Pool at the Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York, and in early May Rizzoli will publish his book with the title Pool Party with a...

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Giorgio van Straten

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York is an office of the Italian government, dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States through the organisation of cultural events. You have now been Director of the Italian Cultural Institute...

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Sarah Morris

The artist who confronts the future. Sarah, we are in your studio in Long Island City that was a former Learjet interiors manufacturing facility where they customised the insides of their planes. Is this building now acknowledged as being a place for artists? No, I...

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Zaha Hadid

"I know I can build the impossible." Zaha Hadid, you are one of the most famous architects in the world and designed the Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Are you pleased with it?   "Yes, I saw the races there more than once: the whole atmosphere...

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James Bradburne

Napoleon intended Brera Pinacoteca to be the Louvre of Italy. Dr. James M. Bradburne is a British-Canadian architect, designer and museum specialist who is the newly appointed Director General of Pinacoteca di Brera e Biblioteca nazionale Braidense in Milan. His aim...

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John Richardson

"I am still obsessed by Picasso." The wind is blowing on a very cold New York winter day when I arrive in the downtown 5th Avenue building where I am expected. I have come to interview the art historian Sir John Richardson, who has just turned 92 years old. The lift...

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Eric M. Lee

You are Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, where you have now been for seven years. Can you explain why the Kimbell is such an important museum? There are three factors that make the museum important internationally. First there is the...

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Frederick Seidel

The Music and Energy of Poems. Why is "Widening Income Inequality" the title of your new collection of poems, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and coming out in America now? The title is used with some considerable irony. It is a very common phrase, used by...

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Gabriele Finaldi

How is it to be back at the National Gallery, now as the Director? Thrilling, after 13 years away. I have been devoted to the institution since I was a child and it is very exciting to be here at this moment. Why? First of all the sheer beauty and quality of the...

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Allegra Hicks

Allegra Hicks is the designer and face behind the eponymous international luxury lifestyle brand that is recognised around the world for its beautiful textiles and prints. Were you a designer before even knowing it? I think that all of us creative people have...

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Norman Rosenthal

Sir Norman Rosenthal is an independent curator and art historian. How long have you been living in London’s Soho for? First I lived in St. James’s, and then I moved here in 1989 when I got married. Did you know Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud? They came to the Colony...

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Martina Mondadori

What inspired you to launch your new magazine Cabana? What inspired me was on one hand a passion for the visual world, and on the other it was a great feeling of the type of world that was about to become mainstream visual inspiration. I clearly did not invent...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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