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

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David Shrigley
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David Shrigley

We asked the artist to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to some important London stuff...

Sarah Lucas
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Sarah Lucas

We caught up with the brightest of Brit art stars as three of her smokin’ ‘muses’ go on show

Susan Hiller
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Susan Hiller

We talk to the influential American artist about the occult and the British seaside

Peter Blake
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Peter Blake

We chat to the pop art legend on the eve of his career-spanning show of portraits

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Gilbert & George
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Gilbert & George

The duo talk us through the pictures that caused a fuss

David Harrison
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David Harrison

The painter tells us about his new show and lifelong love of Wansted Park

Eddie Peake
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Eddie Peake

We talk to the brightest of London's new art stars ahead of his Barbican Curve commission

Anj Smith
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Anj Smith

The British artist tells us about her intricately detailed paintings, which consider the shifting boundaries of desire, sexuality and identity

Abraham Cruzvillegas
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Abraham Cruzvillegas

The Mexican artist tells us about his Tate Modern Hyundai Commission in the Turbine Hall

Judy Chicago
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Judy Chicago

One of America’s most important artists, tells us about her show at Riflemaker and what it means to be a woman artist

Billy Name
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Billy Name

The legendary photographer discusses his best shots as resident photographer at Andy Warhol’s Factory

Jennifer Rubell
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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

Thomas Hirschhorn
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Thomas Hirschhorn

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

Marc Quinn
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Marc Quinn

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

John Waters
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John Waters

The Pope of Trash tells us about his first London show

Katrín Sigurðardóttir
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Katrín Sigurðardóttir

The Icelandic artist tells us about her grotto-like installation

Doug Aitken
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Doug Aitken

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

Richard Wentworth
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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?

Fiona Tan
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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

Sanya Kantarovsky
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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

Thomas Struth
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Thomas Struth

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

Peter Kennard
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Peter Kennard

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

AA Bronson
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AA Bronson

Time Out falls under the spell of this trailblazing artist

Carol Bove
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Carol Bove

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

Jonathan Horowitz
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Jonathan Horowitz

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

Diana Thater
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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

Jenni Lomax
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Jenni Lomax

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

Matt Stokes
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Matt Stokes

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

Peter Liversidge
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Peter Liversidge

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

Alex Katz
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Alex Katz

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

Roman Signer
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Roman Signer

The Swiss artist talks us through a career in kayaks

Patrick Staff
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Patrick Staff

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

Tony Oursler
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Tony Oursler

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

Charlie Phillips
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Charlie Phillips

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

Luc Tuymans
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Luc Tuymans

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

Marlene Dumas
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Marlene Dumas

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

Bob and Roberta Smith
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Bob and Roberta Smith

The radical artist tells us why art is an election issue

Christian Marclay
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Christian Marclay

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

Sue Webster

Sue Webster

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

Elina Brotherus

Elina Brotherus

The Finnish artist talks '12 Ans Après'

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

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

Dexter Dalwood

Dexter Dalwood

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

Allen Jones

Allen Jones

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

Yoshitomo Nara

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

Kerry James Marshall

Kerry James Marshall

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

Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle

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

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

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

Nick Hedges
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Nick Hedges

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

José Damasceno

José Damasceno

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

Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

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

Cerith Wyn Evans

Cerith Wyn Evans

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

Pio Abad

Pio Abad

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

Mary Reid Kelley

Mary Reid Kelley

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

Florentijn Hofman

Florentijn Hofman

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

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson

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

Hew Locke

Hew Locke

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

Ryoji Ikeda

Ryoji Ikeda

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

Lorenzo Vitturi

Lorenzo Vitturi

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

Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George

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

Judith Bernstein

Judith Bernstein

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

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

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

ROA

ROA

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

Aleksandra Mir
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Aleksandra Mir

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

Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović

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

Richard Jackson
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Richard Jackson

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

Ai Weiwei
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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

Saskia Olde Wolbers
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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

Joyce Pensato
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Joyce Pensato

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

Phyllida Barlow
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Phyllida Barlow

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

Haim Steinbach
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Haim Steinbach

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

Martin Creed
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Martin Creed

We find out what makes the Turner Prize-winner tick

Tracey Emin
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Tracey Emin

'I've never been out to shock'

David Lynch
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David Lynch

The film director tells us about his photography show

Stan Douglas
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Stan Douglas

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

Bill Woodrow
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Bill Woodrow

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

Grayson Perry
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Grayson Perry

The Turner Prize winner talks politics, plinths and quality control

Elmgreen & Dragset

Elmgreen & Dragset

'Every show is about our own neuroses'

Liu Xiaodong
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Liu Xiaodong

The Chinese artist chats about capturing Londoners on canvas

Jane and Louise Wilson
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Jane and Louise Wilson

The art twins talk about surveillance and sisterhood

David Blandy
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David Blandy

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

Jockum Nordström
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Jockum Nordström

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

Katharina Fritsch
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Katharina Fritsch

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

Conrad Shawcross
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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’

Richard Rogers
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Richard Rogers

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

Anthony Caro

Anthony Caro

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

James Franco

James Franco

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

Michael Landy

Michael Landy

The artist talks junk, destruction and self-flagellation

Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker

The artist talks about the importance of quieter works

Jeremy Deller
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Jeremy Deller

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

Mike Nelson
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Mike Nelson

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

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE

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

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