Art in Print
‘Unforgettable’ V&A wins museum of the year award
The V&A has been named 2016 museum of the year, winning the UK’s largest arts prize. The London museum was praised for its exhibitions including an Alexander McQueen retrospective that was its most visited show ever. The announcement for the winner came from The Duchess of Cambridge at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum.
Stephen Deuchar, the director of the Art Fund and chair of the judges, said
“The V&A experience is an unforgettable one. Its recent exhibitions, from Alexander McQueen to the Fabric of India, and the opening of its new Europe 1600-1815 galleries were all exceptional accomplishments – at once entertaining and challenging, rooted in contemporary scholarship, and designed to reach and affect the lives of a large and diverse national audience.”
Richard Ansett’s best photograph: the baby in Ukraine who unlocked my subconscious
Photographer Richard Ansett talks about his photograph of a mother and child taken while working on a month long residency in Ukrain overseen by Boris Mikhailov.
“Even though I’m a guest in someone’s house, I do tend to take over. I rearrange things and add things and invite them back in to what I’ve created. And then they’re insecure. I think I’ve taken the best photographs of my career that way. You get this immediate, rather human response to not being respected, which is really fun.”
Samantha Morton interview: How Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 provided escapism from a traumatic childhood
Artist, DJ and record label boss James Lavelle has asked artists, musicians and filmmakers to respond to Kubrick’s films, and features Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas, Jarvis Cocker, and Gavin Turk. The project Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick opens at Somerset House this summer.
Samantha Morton talks about Kubricks influence on her work and life.
“I must have only been about three [years old]. And the sounds and the visuals in 2001 did something to me – something to how my brain developed - in quite a profound way. It’s like when people say ‘I had a trip once, and I‘ve never been right since,’ but in a positive way. I will never forget that experience, and, bar being on my dad’s shoulders, that’s my earliest memory.”