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Dispatches from the archive: artist interviews

The Art Newspaper has interviewed more than 400 artists over the past 30 years. Here we present some of our most memorable conversations with the world's leading practitioners

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May 2009

The changing faces of Cindy Sherman

We speak to the chameleon-like photographer about her latest series, in which she becomes a string of fictional, surgically-enhanced socialites

Archive
January 2007

Jasper Johns: 'I was trying to see something, to see what seeing consisted of'

As the National Gallery of Art opens a show devoted to the artist’s work from the 1950s and 60s, he looks back on the decade and reflects on the process of making

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September 1997

Robert Rauschenberg: 'Business sure screwed up the art world universally'

On the occasion of his Guggenheim retrospective, the artist talks about his globe-trotting approach to “the adventure of art”

Archive
September 2001

Jenny Holzer: towards the mot juste

The US artist on text being just one medium in her work and how trying to measure up to Goya can keep her motionless for months

Archive
October 2003

Paula Rego: prints of darkness

After 40 years, the Portuguese-born artist is still surprised by the images she creates

Archive
October 2011

Paul McCarthy: 'Artists are seen as one step above criminals'

The artist on his early B-movie ambitions, art schools, the pressure to move to New York and why he’ll never leave Los Angeles

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Audio + Video interviews

Video | The Art Newspaper Live: Art in Your Ears—podcasting with Russell Tovey, Robert Diament and Ben Luke

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Video | The Art Newspaper Live: Funding Matters

Podcast

Exclusive: Marina Abramovic on performance art post-pandemic

Artists

Shirin Neshat on why Frida Kahlo is one of her favourite artists

Podcast

Tschabalala Self and radical figurative painting

Podcast

Turner Prize shocker: what next? Plus, Teresita Fernández in Miami

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer interview. Plus, New York auction 'gigaweek'

Podcast

Dread Scott’s slave revolt reenactment. Plus, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

Podcast

Agnes Denes: environmental art pioneer. Plus, Rembrandt-Velázquez and De Hooch

Podcast

Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah

Podcast

Top of the Pods: video artists in the spotlight

Podcast

Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

Podcast

Art Basel and William Kentridge

Artist interview

How Dada inspired William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load

Podcast

Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo

Podcast

The rise of the mega-dealers, plus artists take over the Guggenheim

Podcast

David Hockney: exclusive interview with the world's most expensive living artist

Podcast

Frieze special: the fair and the top shows, with Doris Salcedo and Ragnar Kjartansson

Podcast

Van Gogh in the asylum. Plus, Christian Marclay on The Clock

Podcast

Podcast episode 37: Art and football plus John Akomfrah interview

Archive
June 1992

Just what is it that makes Richard Hamilton so different, so appealing?

The artist gives a rare interview ahead of his Tate Gallery retrospective, weighing in on Pop Art and the Pop revival and the need for quality judgements in art and consumer society

Archive
September 2001

Luc Tymans: on pigeon power

Belgium's representative at this year's Venice Biennale explains why pigeons are not symbols of peace, how he depicts violence without actually showing it and why he returned to painting

Archive
September 2012

Inside the house that Theaster Gates built

Rising art star and activist Theaster Gates is transforming his Chicago neighbourhood, one building at a time

Archive
March 2011

Lynda Benglis: not a material girl

The artist on the 1970s feminist movement, unsolicited opportunities and that legendary Artforum advert

Archive
June 1994

R.B. Kitaj: 'I begin my working day by falling asleep in front of my easel'

The American artist, who has lived in Britain for the past 35 years, is celebrated with a large exhibition at the Tate

Archive
March 2012

Andrea Fraser: exposing the art world from within

From mock guided tours to a sexual encounter with a collector, the US artist's work is a unique form of institutional critique

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David Hockney

Caravaggio used a camera? David Hockney's controversial claim reframes narrative of Western art history

Tavares Strachan

Tavares Strachan: 'I grew up not feeling empowered by art'

David Hockney

Who is the most famous US artist of the 20th century? David Hockney explains his choice

Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei: If you do not question Chinese power, you are complicit with it—that goes for art organisations too

David Hockney

‘There might be another life after death’: David Hockney on mortality

Podcast

A brush with... Rashid Johnson

A brush with

A brush with... Chantal Joffe

An-My Lê

An-My Lê: ‘Landscape is not a narrow category—it is a source of surprise’

Podcast

A brush with... Jenny Saville

David Hockney

Attracted to the uncaptured: David Hockney on how he chooses his subjects

Podcast

A brush with... Michael Armitage

Archives

Theaster Gates, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman: the best of artist interviews over the past 30 years

A brush with

YouTube, Nietzsche and the Vietnam War: George Condo on his biggest cultural influences

Podcast

Exclusive: Marina Abramovic on performance art post-pandemic

Artist interview

Eva and Franco Mattes: ‘Technology does not create the social problems we so often criticise’

David Shrigley

David Shrigley in lockdown: 500 pieces of paper, walking the dog but not drinking 60 bottles of champagne

Performance art

Annabel Daou will take on your worries in a 12-hour durational performance

Artist interview

'Galleries are not for me’: Imran Perretta on state surveillance and his difficult relationship with art spaces

A brush with

A brush with... Sterling Ruby

Artists

Shirin Neshat on why Frida Kahlo is one of her favourite artists

A brush with

A brush with... Tomás Saraceno

Artist interview

‘At 99, I’m another person entirely’: Luchita Hurtado on fossil fuels and new challenges ahead

Exhibitions

Tschabalala Self: 'what information is needed for one’s body to become gendered and racialised?'

Podcast

The story of a fake Gauguin at the Getty

Abed Al Kadiri

Capturing the streets: the Lebanese revolution through the eyes of an artist

Gillian Wearing

A brush with... Gillian Wearing

Exhibitions

‘I mix the paint with rainwater, mud and fish glue': Vivian Suter on being back in the limelight after 30 years in rural Guatemala

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Teresita Fernández, an artist of place, brings her art home to Miami

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Interview with Pepe Mar on his work safeguarding queer histories

Valie Export

Valie Export: ‘Female artists are disadvantaged because the market is determined by men’

Paula Rego

A brush with... Paula Rego

Podcast

Anselm Kiefer on why size matters

Exhibitions

‘Public art is propaganda, frankly’: Hank Willis Thomas discusses gun violence and the urgent need for alternative memorials

Shirin Neshat

‘This US government looks more like Iran's every day’: Shirin Neshat talks about the power of political satire ahead of LA show

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford addresses modern-day xenophobia through Greek mythology and a Motown classic

Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey on using Victorian techniques to evoke magical memories

Artist interview

'I'm drawn to contradictions': Danh Vo on why his London show includes work by the professor who told him to give up art

Podcast

Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah

Artist interview

'Artists have to be good citizens': Himali Singh Soin on Brexit, climate change and the alien other

Frieze London 2019

Elizabeth Peyton on Kurt Cobain, the Twilight films and painting a museum director in his shorts

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen on questioning the intelligence of AI

Thomas Struth

Thomas Struth on being taught by Gerhard Richter and how he almost cancelled his Guggenheim Bilbao show

Exhibitions

'It’s our intervention that causes the mayhem': Kiki Smith on work, wandering and the wonders of nature

Santiago X

Native American artist Santiago X on rebuilding Indigenous cities, one mound at a time

Maurizio Cattelan

'Art's most high-profile provocateur' Maurizio Cattelan on his new Blenheim Palace show

Podcast

Top of the Pods: video artists in the spotlight

Sweden

Lars Vilks: “Censorship is based on fear, not sensitivities towards ethnic minorities”

Artist interview

Interview with Sean Landers: Appropriating Picasso “because I want to be as great as him”

Artist interview

Turner Prize nominee Helen Cammock on Baroque music and marginalised histories

Podcast

Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Interview: Lawrence Abu Hamdan—a self-styled 'private ear'

Artist interview

How Dada inspired William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load

Andrea Bowers

Interview: Andrea Bowers discusses power dynamics post #MeToo

Books

Book excerpt: William Kentridge reveals how Antoine Bourdelle inspired his work

William Kentridge

Interview: William Kentridge on his life lessons

Cheryl Pope

Cheryl Pope on love, representation and the comfort of textile art

Art Basel 2019

Interview: Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz on dancing in the Swiss pavilion

Podcast

Painting, identity and injustice: Howardena Pindell and Oscar Murillo

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold discusses civil rights and children's books in solo London show

China

An artist’s memories of Tiananmen Square

Podcast

The rise of the mega-dealers, plus artists take over the Guggenheim

Frieze New York 2019

Harold Ancart on the art of handball

Damien Hirst

In pictures: first look at Damien Hirst's new blossom paintings

Damien Hirst

Blossoming artist: Damien Hirst on returning to the studio, fluorescent florals and the 'muppets' in government

Frieze New York 2019

Lauren Halsey brings the spirit of South Central LA to Frieze New York

Artist interview

Simone Leigh, now in the spotlight, contemplates the theme of invisibility

Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans: ‘People are becoming more and more stupid, insanely stupid’

Artist interview

Hew Locke discusses monarchy and model boats in new survey show at Ikon Gallery

Censorship

Exclusive interview: photographer Shahidul Alam speaks out about prison, being tortured and the human rights situation in Bangladesh

Frieze Los Angeles

What to buy at Frieze Los Angeles? Lisa Anne Auerbach offers psychic art advice

Frieze Los Angeles 2019

Max Hooper Schneider: 'my fantasy army of marine-mammal people, across all genders'

Podcast

Tracey Emin on mourning and #MeToo; George Shaw on realism and Rembrandt

Linder

Linder: scalpel-sharp dissections of society

Exhibitions

Don McCullin on why he is showing at Tate Britain even though he is ‘not an artist’

Exhibitions

Theaster Gates on how his new show was inspired by the eviction of 45 people from an island in Maine

Artist interview

Back to basics: Michael Craig-Martin on his new show in Windsor (Florida)

Art Basel Miami Beach 2018

Bill Fontana: Miami sound machine

Artist interview

Elizabeth Price: Mining a rich seam of creativity

Artist interview

Pedro Reyes and Carla Fernández: 'death to planned obsolescence'

Exhibitions

Larry Bell: Through the looking glass

Podcast

David Hockney: exclusive interview with the world's most expensive living artist

Podcast

Frieze special: the fair and the top shows, with Doris Salcedo and Ragnar Kjartansson

Frieze London 2018

Francis Upritchard: the confessions of a magpie Kiwi

Features

Troubled waters: Elmgreen & Dragset dive into politics for new London show

Artist interview

Hayv Kahraman on the Kurdish exodus—and the trouble with humanitarian campaigns

Podcast

Van Gogh in the asylum. Plus, Christian Marclay on The Clock

Conservation & Preservation

The portrait miniatures conservator who sees the bigger picture

‘A critical juncture’: Richard Koshalek on MOCA’s future under Klaus Biesenbach

Video, film & new media

‘I like the liberation of film’: the photographer and experimental film-maker Duane Michals explains why he prefers moving pictures

Exhibitions

Playtime: how artists have been unleashing their inner child this summer

Features

Taus Makhacheva: art as a balancing act

Laure Prouvost

Trespassing allowed at Laure Prouvost's secret Parisian garden of delights

Podcast

Podcast episode 37: Art and football plus John Akomfrah interview

Artist interview

Trevor Paglen lets you view the world as the machines see it

Christo

Christo: Alone but undaunted

Art Basel 2018

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Cool Science

Marcel Duchamp

What was it like to conduct Marcel Duchamp's only live television interview?

Artist interview

From the archive: How New York fell back in love with Robert Indiana

Artists

Susan Meiselas: “I am directed by where I want to go, where I want to stay, where I want to go back to”

Frieze New York

Frieze Artist Award winner Kapwani Kiwanga takes on colonialism

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Archives

Theaster Gates, Jasper Johns, Cindy Sherman: the best of artist interviews over the past 30 years

The Art Newspaper's Review editor Ben Luke picks his favourites from the archive

Archive
November 2001

Ghada Amer: when Islam was sensual

The Egyptian artist draws on a Medieval Muslim erotic text to create her hand-stitched works