Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, continues the BBC Radio series exploring overlooked artists from the 20th century. Art history has been written from a white, Western, male perspective. What would an alternative canon look like?
Artist Leonardo Drew started out drawing superheroes. Over the past 30 years, he's become a highly acclaimed sculptor with work in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Tate in London. Anthony Mason spoke with him about his new exhibitions and why he gave up drawing to build sculptors.
For the first time in its history the British Museum is putting on permanent display the work of a Caribbean sculptor in its African collection.
Zak Ove – drawing heavily on his own Trinidadian Irish heritage, has tackled the story of slavery by viewing it through the traditional Island Carnival, an exuberant annual parade that weaves together the story of slavery, rebellion and eventual liberation.
We discuss the psychology behind addiction with London’s Science Gallery, meet artist Zak Ové, leaf through the weekend papers, find out how to deal with a natural disaster and visit Bluebird Café in London.
Bluebird Café As the 20 year-old café expands across London, we discuss how an old favourite keeps up.
Leonardo Drew, whose art career began as a child in inner city Bridgeport, Connecticut, transforms new materials—through processes of decay, oxidization, and exposure to weather—in his sculptures.
Never content with work that comes easily, Drew reaches daily beyond his comfort zone, charting a course of experimentation with his materials and processes and letting the work find its own way.
Episode #210: Leonardo Drew discusses the importance of travel in relationship to his artwork. "If you allow your antennas to reach out," he tells a group of students at Vigo Gallery in London, "you'll find what it is you need for this part of your journey." Deeply devoted to his studio practice, Drew