Interviews

Rasheed Araeen.

‘There is an element of optimism in my work’

Rasheed Araeen talks to Apollo about six-decades of making visually arresting and politically engaged art

27 Jan 2018
The Hayward Gallery, London, 2017, photo: Morley von Sternberg

‘The most substantial Kunsthalle in London’

Ralph Rugoff, the director of the Hayward Gallery, explains what the revamped brutalist building has to offer artists and audiences

2 Jan 2018
My Hands (2017), Polly Apfelbaum.

‘Feminism is just another colour in the work’

Polly Apfelbaum talks about bodies – human and mythic – in her new show at Frith Street Gallery

11 Dec 2017

‘Sculpture is part of the public realm’

Mark Handforth discusses his commission for the ICA Miami’s new home – and the city’s thriving art scene

5 Dec 2017

‘I always felt that paintings had a lot of ego’

R.H. Quaytman talks to Apollo about the problems and possibilities of painting

26 Nov 2017
Film still of A Single Voice (2017) by Susan Philipsz (b. 1965).

‘I’m interested in the architectural concerns of sound’

Susan Philipsz talks about her new work at BALTIC, dismantling an opera about space, and the power of the human voice

30 Oct 2017
Soccer Player, (1964), Ilya Kabakov, private collection. © Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Back in the USSR: an interview with Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are a formidable artistic partnership, whose work takes a piercing look at life in the Soviet Union

19 Oct 2017
Detail of Nathalie Du Pasquier's 'Other Rooms' installation at Camden Arts Centre, 2017.

‘I wanted to do something I have never done before’

Nathalie Du Pasquier talks about trying something different at the Camden Arts Centre, and the difference between art and design

10 Oct 2017
Wayne Thiebaud, photographed in front of Fields and Furrows (2002), in 2013. Photo: Sacramento State/Mary Weikert

Geometry, pastries and paint: an interview with Wayne Thiebaud

‘I started painting these triangles and turning them into pies. I thought, “My God! I’m done in! Nobody will ever take me seriously!”’

16 Sep 2017
David Lamelas. Photo: Celeste Leeuwenburg

‘I think of myself as a producer of ideas’

Pioneering conceptual artist David Lamelas on space, identity, and taking advice from Anthony Caro

28 Aug 2017
Carolee Schneemann holding a Venetian lion mask, photographed in London in May 2017, Photo: Benjamin McMahon

Painting for pleasure: an interview with Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann talks about capturing the moment – and explains why ‘performance art’ is a demeaning term

12 Aug 2017
Adoration (after Jan Gossaert) (detail; 2015–16), Raqib Shaw. Photo: White Cube, Ben Westoby; © Raqib Shaw

‘Your integrity towards your art is what matters’

Raqib Shaw discusses working in silence, the perks of porcupine quills, and how his native Kashmir inspired his love of detail

8 Jul 2017
Frank Bowling, photographed in his studio in London in April 2017.

‘My life has always been about painting’

Frank Bowling has been experimenting with paint for six decades – but it still surprises him

1 Jul 2017
Ant Farm at Yang Zhen (Beijing), China (2003–10), Wim Delvoye. Courtesy Studio Wim Delvoye, Belgium

‘The Cloaca are machines, they’re animals, they’re us’

Wim Delvoye discusses merde-making machines, mass production, pig tattoos and Europe’s messy future

29 May 2017

‘Everything I know comes from painting’

The possibilities of paint are inexhaustible, says the German artist Markus Lüpertz

20 May 2017
Mexico City 3 (Zócalo, MUCA/UNAM, 2007), Spencer Tunick

Mass nudity and a decoy magician

How Spencer Tunick turned public nakedness into art – while avoiding the police

19 May 2017
Berengo Studio glassmasters working on a Tony Cragg sculpture, ‘Glasstress 2009’. Courtesy Fondazione Berengo

The man on a mission to re-energise Murano glass

‘Letting Murano glass die is like allowing the Colosseum to collapse’

8 May 2017
Helen and Her Hula-hoop, Lynemouth, Northumberland (1984; negative); (1985; print), Chris Killip. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist.

‘These works resonate in America now’

Chris Killip’s photographs of the north of England are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago

24 Apr 2017
Photo: Andreas Laszlo Konrath; courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London

‘It’s hard to figure out why Giacometti is so good’

Carol Bove on Alberto Giacometti, the Venice Biennale, and being ‘spiritually Swiss’

17 Apr 2017
Jim Dine photographed in his studio in Walla Walla, Washington, USA, in July 2014. Photo: Jason Teffry

Jim Dine’s six-decade experiment

The American artist is a maverick, especially in the world of printmaking

15 Apr 2017
Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat in What Can Be Seen at the Millennium Gallery. Image © Museums Sheffield

‘This human act of paying attention’

Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat delved into the storerooms of Sheffield’s museums and discovered the joy of curating (also, a platypus)

22 Mar 2017
'TEFAF Curated - La Grande Horizontale' at TEFAF Maastricht 2017. Photo: Harry Heuts

The art of lying down

Penelope Curtis discusses this year’s TEFAF Curated display, ‘La Grande Horizontale’, which explores the theme of the recumbent figure in art

13 Mar 2017
Wolfgang Tillmans, photographed at Tate Modern in February 2017

‘Equality is the starting point for my life and art’

An interview with Wolfgang Tillmans

8 Mar 2017
Strand (Thus the light rains, thus pours) (2016), Christopher Le Brun. Courtesy the artist and Albertz Benda, New York

‘Joy has to be part of the vocabulary of art’

Christopher Le Brun PRA discusses the musical and mythological inspirations behind his work as an exhibition of his new paintings opens across two US venues

8 Mar 2017