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We discuss Matthew Barney, Igshaan Adams, Eileen Agar and Louise Bourgeois

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A still from Matthew Barney's film Redoubt (2018) © Matthew Barney, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

A still from Matthew Barney's film Redoubt (2018) © Matthew Barney, courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

Ben Luke talks to Ralph Rugoff, artistic director of the last Venice Biennale and director of the Hayward Gallery, London, about Matthew Barney and Igshaan Adams, two very different artists exploring autobiography, social issues and dance, among much else, at the Hayward (both until 25 July).

Louisa Buck talks to the curator Laura Smith as the Whitechapel Gallery unveils two shows about Surrealism and women artists: a solo show of Eileen Agar’s work Angel of Anarchy (until 29 August) and an archival show Phantoms of Surrealism (until 12 December) about women’s role in the movement.

Photograph of Eileen Agar wearing Ceremonial Hat for Eating Bouillabaisse (1936) Photo: Private Collection © Estate of Eileen Agar/Bridgeman Images

And for this week’s Work of the Week, Philip Larratt-Smith discusses Passage Dangereux (1997) by Louise Bourgeois, a work in his new show, Louise Bourgeois, Freud’s Daughter (until 12 September), at the Jewish Museum in New York.

A detail of Louise Bourgeois's Passage Dangereux (1997) Private Collection, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY; Photo: Peter Bellamy

The Week in Art podcast by The Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.

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