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Time Out speaks to the biggest names and emerging talent in the art world

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Jennifer Rubell

The US artist tells us why she want us to strip off and get hands-on with her brilliantly inclusive art

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Thomas Hirschhorn

The Swiss artist tells us about the pleasures of making and breaking, and his love of brown tape

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Marc Quinn

Breathing apparatus, steel toe-capped boots, a grinder… Quinn tells about blurring the line between painting and sculpture

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John Waters

The Pope of Trash tells us about his first London show

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Katrín Sigurðardóttir

The Icelandic artist tells us about her grotto-like installation

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Doug Aitken

We talk to the man behind the Barbican's spectacular 'Station to Station'

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Richard Wentworth

What's one of our greatest sculptors doing making a giant painting for a car park roof in Peckham?

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Fiona Tan

The Amsterdam-based artist known for her immersive film installations talks to Time Out about her two London shows: ‘Inventory’, which takes inspiration from the eclectic Sir John Soane’s Museum, and ‘Ghost Dwellings’, an installation which focuses on natural and economic disasters in Detroit, Cork and Japan.  You don’t live in London, so what attracted you to Sir John Soane’s Museum?‘I noticed that when I was preparing for a show in Rome I kept thinking about Soane’s. I had been doing a lot of research into collections and considering how long we’ve had public museums, and his place is very much a starting point to think about that. And of course, it’s fantastic.’ What aspects of the museum did you want to focus on?‘I focused on the areas (where) he hung what he called his “marbles”: all the architectural fragments and things he collected from ancient Rome and Greece. I’m not interested in trying to replicate the museum. Why should I? It’s a unique place and everyone should go – and everyone does, I think. Instead, I was very interested in the idea of the original and the copy, because there are a lot of plaster casts on display. It got me thinking about the medium.’ Is that why you chose to shoot the film on six different formats?‘Basically I decided to choose not to choose. Usually when I’m preparing a piece I make tests with different cameras and I thought maybe it’s interesting to bring that to the forefront in ‘Inventory’ – the fact that there are all these mediums a

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Sanya Kantarovsky

Moscow-born, New York-based painter Sanya Kantarovsky has teamed up with performance artist Ieva Misevičiūtė for his show at Studio Voltaire, which is inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s surreal, satirical novel about the Devil’s visit to Moscow, ‘The Master and Margarita’. On the opening night, Misevičiūtė performed on a stage shaped like ‘Behemoth’ – the book’s diabolical black cat. A film of the performance is on show in the gallery foyer, while the cat remains as a sculpture-cum-bench from which you can admire Kantarovsky’s spellbinding paintings. Time Out caught up with him. How did the show come about?‘The show came out of a collaborative process with performance artist Ieva Misevičiūtė. Most of the figures in the paintings are based on a series of gesture studies I made of her movements in my studio. When she performs in the gallery space there’s an indexical relationship between her body and the gestures in the paintings.’ How conscious were you of making work for a former church?‘I was responding to the history of the space as a church, which made sense with the novel's Christian meta-narrative.  I approached this as a site-specific installation rather than a straightforward painting show. There was an internal debate about how the space would exist after Ieva's performance because her presence throws the status of the paintings into question. When Ieva is on stage, they comprise an environment for her performance and become contingent on her body.’  It’s very dramatic

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Thomas Struth

The German photographer tells us about not being seduced by propaganda and photographing the Queen

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Peter Kennard

The British artist tells us about a half-century as one of Brit art’s original bad boys

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AA Bronson

Time Out falls under the spell of this trailblazing artist

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Carol Bove

The sculptor talks about experiencing art, bringing colour into her palette, and her love of crushing things

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Jonathan Horowitz

The New Yorker Jonathan Horowitz tells us about pop art, perfection and painting Beyoncé

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Diana Thater

Dolphins, gorillas, dung beetles and now monkeys – Diana Thater has filmed all sorts of animals for her captivating video installations

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Jenni Lomax

As Camden Arts Centre turns 50, we talk to its director Jenni Lomax

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Matt Stokes

The artist tells us about putting the lung power of six extreme metal vocalists to the test

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Peter Liversidge

The artist explains why he's worked with school children for ‘Notes on Protesting’ at the Whitechapel

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Alex Katz

We caught up with the legendary New Yorker at his new show of ‘Black Paintings’

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Roman Signer

The Swiss artist talks us through a career in kayaks

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Patrick Staff

‘I was too angry, emotional and queer  to do anything other than art’

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Tony Oursler

The US artist tells us how facial recognition technology inspired his latest work

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Charlie Phillips

Charlie Phillips is the greatest London photographer you've never heard of. We hear his story

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Luc Tuymans

The Belgian artist talks about the eerie paintings in his new show, 'The Shore'

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Marlene Dumas

We talk to the Amsterdam-based painter about sadness and sensationalism

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Bob and Roberta Smith

The radical artist tells us why art is an election issue

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Christian Marclay

The king of the art of sound tells us about his latest symphonic masterpiece

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Sue Webster

The artist tells us about foraging for midnight feasts and feeding PJ Harvey

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Elina Brotherus

The Finnish artist talks '12 Ans Après'

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Wangechi Mutu

The New York-based artist talks about her richly collaged works and how porn isn't her cup of tea

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Dexter Dalwood

The painter talks about ‘drug spaces’, sharing titles with Taylor Swift and the timeless allure of the Thames

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Allen Jones

The pop artist talks about working with Kate Moss and how everyone’s got an opinion on sex

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Yoshitomo Nara

The Japanese artists talks about looking back on a 30-year career and the effect of the 2011 tsunami on his recent work

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Kerry James Marshall

The US painter talks about representation and race in his new show 'Look See'

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Richard Tuttle

The US artist talks about his mega shows at Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern

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Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

We talk to the name-changing game-changer of British performance art

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Nick Hedges

The photographer talks about his commission to document the living conditions of Britain’s urban poor

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José Damasceno

The Rio-based sculptor talks about his new Artangel commission in Holborn

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Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

The Swedish duo talk about ugly birds and what happens when art leaves the studio

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Cerith Wyn Evans

'If people go away mystified, maybe it's good'

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Pio Abad

The London-based Filipino artist talks about appropriating the mythologies of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos

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Mary Reid Kelley

The American artist talks about delving into the imagination of poet Algernon Charles Swinburne

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Florentijn Hofman

The Dutch artist talks about making a giant hippo sculpture for the Thames

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Olafur Eliasson

The Danish-Icelandic artist explains the importance of atmosphere and why Turner is his hero

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Hew Locke

The artist talks about bringing the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival to Tate Modern

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Ryoji Ikeda

Time Out talks to the elusive artist behind London's most spectacular WWI centenary tribute

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Lorenzo Vitturi

The Italian artist tells us about trying to capture the spirit of Dalston

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Gilbert & George

We go once around the block with London's favourite art duo

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Judith Bernstein

The New York artist tells us about finding inspiration in toilets and why she loves the C-word

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Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Time Out meets the woman behind a remarkable collection of Latin American art

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ROA

The street artist talks about squirrels and finding inspiration in Victorian freak shows

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Aleksandra Mir

The London-based artist talks about brutalism, working with Sharpie pens and mocking art history

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Marina Abramović

Art's biggest performance star tells us about her most daring work yet: doing nothing

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Richard Jackson

The American artist talks about bobble heads, bodily fluids and getting cuckoo

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Ai Weiwei

We talk to the Beijing-based artist, who's barred from leaving China, about surveillance, success and staying visible

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Saskia Olde Wolbers

The London-based artist tells us about how she was inspired by Van Gogh's lovelorn stay in south London

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Joyce Pensato

The American artist talks about cartoon capers and keeping things fresh with glossy paint

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Phyllida Barlow

We catch up with Britain's best sculptor ahead of her Tate Britain commission

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Haim Steinbach

We talk to the artist who gives shelving way more than a supporting role

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Martin Creed

We find out what makes the Turner Prize-winner tick

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Tracey Emin

'I've never been out to shock'

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David Lynch

The film director tells us about his photography show

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Stan Douglas

The fêted Canadian artist talks about his 'Disco Angola' series

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Bill Woodrow

The great British sculptor tells us about his favourite works from the past four decades

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Grayson Perry

The Turner Prize winner talks politics, plinths and quality control

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Elmgreen & Dragset

'Every show is about our own neuroses'

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Liu Xiaodong

The Chinese artist chats about capturing Londoners on canvas

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Jane and Louise Wilson

The art twins talk about surveillance and sisterhood

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David Blandy

The artist chats about his childhood love of computer games and the influence of Japan on his art

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Jockum Nordström

The Swedish artist unleashes his quietly kinky drawings and collages on London

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Katharina Fritsch

The artist tells us about bringing a big, blue (and arguably French) cock to London

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Conrad Shawcross

The sculptor takes us on an exclusive tour of his east London studio to explore the making of his new work ‘Timepiece’

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Richard Rogers

The forward-thinking architect reflects on his six-decade career

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Anthony Caro

The sculptor talks about big pieces of metal and not wanting to take anything for granted

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James Franco

The renaissance man talks about art, acting and why he loves collaboration

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Michael Landy

The artist talks junk, destruction and self-flagellation

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Cornelia Parker

The artist talks about the importance of quieter works

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Jeremy Deller

We chatted to the artist at the launch of his Venice Biennale British Pavilion

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Mike Nelson

The master of immersive installations talks about his Matt's Gallery show

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Yinka Shonibare MBE

The artist talks to us about silly money, public sculpture and self-abuse

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