Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood; Wayne McGregor on Carmen Herrera; Whistler’s Mother

This week: Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood on their collaborative art, Wayne McGregor on his new choreographic work—a collaboration with the late Carmen Herrera—and Whistler’s Mother returns to Philadelphia.Ahead of an exhibition of their work in London in September, we talk to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood—who has created the artwork with Yorke for every Radiohead album since 1994, as well the visuals accompanying Thom’s solo records and side projects including the recent records by The Smile—about their collaboration. A new work for the UK’s Royal Ballet by the choreographer Wayne McGregor premieres at the Royal Opera House in London on 9 June. Untitled, 2023 is a collaboration with the Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, developed before Herrera’s death last year at the age of 106. We talk to McGregor about the piece and the intersection between visual art and choreography. And this episode’s Work of the Week is one of the most famous pictures in the world: Arrangement in Grey and Black, better known as Whistler’s Mother, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. It’s part of an exhibition called The Artist’s Mother: Whistler and Philadelphia, curated by Jenny Thompson, and we speak to Jenny about the work and the show.

Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood: The Crow Flies will be at Tin Man Art, Cromwell Place, London in September – exact dates to be confirmed, visit

Untitled, 2023, is at the Royal Opera House in London until 17 June, as part of the triple bill with Corybantic Games, a tribute to Leonard Bernstein by the Royal Ballet’s artistic associate Christopher Wheeldon, and a revival of Anastasia Act III by Kenneth MacMillan.

The Artist’s Mother: Whistler and Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 10 June-29 October.

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