Interviews

The Barnes Series VI, Steir

‘The paint makes its own image’ – an interview with Pat Steir

The artist’s ‘Waterfall’ series is about the movement of water, the movement of paint – and the painter’s own moves around the canvas

22 Jan 2019
Norman Ackroyd on Malin Head

‘I’m as excited about etching now as I ever have been’ – an interview with Norman Ackroyd

The artist’s etchings capture the mood and meaning of the remotest landscapes in the British Isles

20 Dec 2018
Berlinde De Bruyckere, photographed in her studio in Ghent in October 2018.

The bleak beauty of Berlinde de Bruyckere

An interview with the Belgian sculptor, who discusses hope, suffering, bodies, and blankets

15 Dec 2018
Haroon Mirza. Photo: Gaia Fugazza

‘Artistic disciplines are breaking down’ – an interview with Haroon Mirza

As he prepares for an exhibition at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, the artist talks about ‘composing’ with light and sound

29 Nov 2018
Cecily Brown photographed in her studio in New York in July 2018.

‘Now I can steal from myself as much as from other artists’ – an interview with Cecily Brown

The painter discusses her many influences and sources of inspiration, from the Old Masters to the YBAs

3 Nov 2018
Stone inscription of early kufic script

Rethinking Islamic art at the British Museum

Two curators at the British Museum, Ladan Akbarnia and Venetia Porter, discuss the displays at the new Gallery of the Islamic World

29 Oct 2018
Black Peter (detail), Joe Bradley

‘There’s something suspicious about painting’ – an interview with Joe Bradley

The painter talks about his attachment to black and the three-dimensional quality of his canvases

25 Oct 2018

‘I find myself making growling noises while I’m painting’ – an interview with Walton Ford

The artist’s new body of work reimagines the life and times of the Barbary lion

24 Oct 2018
Photo: Emiliano Barbieri/Emanuele Paganelli

‘Colour became the subject’ – Phoebe Unwin on her new series of paintings

The artist brightens up the Collezione Maramotti with paintings that blur the line between abstraction and figuration

19 Oct 2018
Oil Bunkering #1, Niger Delta, Nigeria 2016 (2016), Edward Burtynsky.

‘It’s hard at this particular moment to be optimistic’ – Edward Burtynsky on the future of the planet

The Canadian photographer talks about ‘The Anthropocene Project’ and trying to capture the spirit of a new geological epoch

12 Oct 2018
Tania Bruguera and guests at the unveiling of her Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern, 2018.

Tania Bruguera on transforming Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

The Cuban artist wants people to mingle in the museum – and still believes in the power of political art

2 Oct 2018

‘I’m working with and against painting’ – an interview with Amy Sillman

The American painter discusses the comic impulse, landline phones, and her love/hate relationship with painting

26 Sep 2018
For Jake and Anna, Christmas (1961), Joe Tilson.

Joe Tilson looks back on 70 years of making art

As he turns 90, the British artist reflects on Pop art, politics and leaving London for a life in the country

18 Sep 2018
Portrait of Wim Wenders taken in 2015 by Peter Lindbergh, image courtesy Wim Wenders

‘It is a strange little science-fiction period in the history of photography’ – Wim Wenders on his Polaroids

The film-maker discusses the unique quality of Polaroids – and why in the future no one will see the digital photographs being taken today

13 Sep 2018
Mary Corse (b. 1945) photographed in her studio in Topanga Canyon, California

‘I paint for my sanity’ – an interview with Mary Corse

The painter talks about her formal experiments and the importance of being self-sufficient

4 Aug 2018
View of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, located in the triforium at Westminster Abbey, London.

‘The space has an otherworldly quality’ – Stuart McKnight on Westminster Abbey

A conversation with Stuart McKnight of MUMA, the architects responsible for the new galleries in the triforium at Westminster Abbey

11 Jul 2018
Stone Alignments/Solstice Cairns (1979), Michelle Stuart.

Stones, scrolls and the mysteries of the universe – an interview with Michelle Stuart

The American artist looks back on half of a century of working in and with the landscape

10 Jul 2018
Installation view of ‘Edmund de Waal: Early work – vessels from the Rosenheimer Collection’ at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, 2018.

Edmund de Waal looks back at his early porcelains

An interview with the British ceramicist, who reflects on a formative relationship with a collector of his art

18 Jun 2018
Journey to Mount Tamalpais (detail; 2008), Etel Adnan. Private collection

‘The colours I use are the colours of California’ – an interview with Etel Adnan

The Lebanese–American painter and poet talks about her love of the Golden State and the difference between her painting and writing

16 Jun 2018
Rondo (1971), Sam Gilliam. Kunstmuseum Basel

‘I’ve always insisted on remaining an artist’

Sam Gilliam has consistently challenged the traditional premises of painting. As he tells Apollo, his need to make art is as urgent as ever

11 Jun 2018
Chantal Joffe photographed in her studio in March 2018.

Chantal Joffe on painting, pastel and parenthood

An interview with the British artist, renowned for expressive portraits of family, friends and fellow artists

26 May 2018
Christian Boltanski in his studio in Paris in March 2018, photo: © Elizabeth Young

Christian Boltanski expands his repertoire

The French artist explains why organising a retrospective is like rustling up a meal

1 May 2018

‘Every work I create is a mathematical dream’ – an interview with Beatriz Milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes discusses colour, craft, and collaboration – and what her work owes to her native Brazil

24 Apr 2018
Installation view of ‘The Roof Garden Commission: Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

‘It feels like the sculptures have landed on the roof’

Huma Bhabha discusses sci-fi, politics and her Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

23 Apr 2018