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Painting of a landscape at sunset: dense trees and a house
Mohammed Sami, Refugee Camp (2020)  © The artist, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Modern Art, London.

Mohammed Sami, Refugee Camp (2020)  © The artist, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Modern Art, London.

As a huge survey of contemporary painting opens at the Hayward Gallery in London, we ask: is the time-honoured medium of painting the art form best suited to exploring the complexity of our age?

We look at the thriving and diverse contemporary painting scene in the UK and explore the Hayward director Ralph Rugoff’s suggestion that this ancient medium “seems like the best technology there could possibly be for reflecting on what it's like to live in a culture where image is the primary currency it is”. We talk to two emerging artists in that show: Baghdad-born Mohammed Sami and Beijing-born Vivien Zhang, who are both based in London. We meet Doron Langberg, the Brooklyn-based painter, and discuss his latest work reflecting on queer desire and identity and landscape as a space of mourning.

Listen to the podcast at theartnewspaper.com

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