Christopher Gray was born in 1965 and has always lived and worked in London.
What people choose to describe as ‘a masterpiece’ is usually pretty much a matter of context. On the whole, at this annual beanfeast for conspicuous consumers, you won’t find much in the way of graffiti art lurking around, though it’s just possible that you might be confronted with a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat now that he’s included in the pantheon of artists with multi-million dollar price tags.
1 July 2017
As a regular attendee of the Venice Biennale, this was my sixth visit, I was fortunate to attend the Vernissage week with an invitation from the Australia Council for which I am eternally grateful. This is a summary of some of the things that I liked that caught my eye. There were many others of equal interest but I’ve pared it down to just a few.
Much has been said about the Biennale. It is daring indeed from Christine Macel, the French curator from Pompidou appointed the curator of the Venice Biennale 2017, to extract herself from the actual political and social turmoil the world is facing.
24 June 2017
Michael Pendry light installations were first presented to a larger audience in 2005 for the ‘Lange Nacht der Museen’ (Long Night of Museums) in Munich. ‘Störung’ (Disturbance) was shown in a Munich church and began a practice which continued with the church-based light and video installations ‘Das apokalyptische Weib’ (The Apocalyptic Woman) and ‘Sacre Coeur’. […]
Curator and Gallerist Virginie Puertolas-Syn chooses twelve of the best stands at Art Basel 2017. Art Basel is a curated selection of 291 first-rate galleries exhibiting at the fair’s 48th edition in Basel.
London gallerist Zavier Ellis of Charlie Smith chooses six of the best works appearing at VOLTA, Basel’s art fair for new international art.
Last October I was in Doha the capital of Qatar which seemed like a well-oiled machine when it came to Art, Education, and Culture.
12 June 2017
A trip to Kiev – no, call it ‘Kviv’, which is the correct form in the Ukrainian language – revealed a bustling, energetic contemporary art world, but little in the way of public collections.
12 June 2017
Artlyst’s highlights of the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2017.
Art Basel 2017 is a curated selection of 291 first-rate galleries exhibiting at the fair’s 48th edition in Basel. The gallery list for the Swiss event, taking place from June 15 to June 18, 2017, is a corker.
Jamaican art has never been as experimental as that to be found in – say – Cuba, its neighboring island in the Greater Antilles. Cuban art reached out to the Modernist Movement almost as soon as it began. And Cuba has always had links to what was going on in the mainland nations of Latin America. Art in Jamaica, linked to the UK, remained consistently more conservative.
5 June 2017
The Antarctic Biennale is a bespoke cultural event, different from any other. It is a creative journey, expanding the parameters of what art can be today.
Sgt Pepper At 50 is the 50th anniversary of the original album by The Beatles and through this festival has become a newly ‘re-imagined album’ of artworks, theater, music and dance pieces.
A – lister actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Will Smith turned out for the amfAR AIDS benefit that is the social highlight of the Cannes film festival. The event held annually at the Eden Roc Hotel, Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera saw celebrities and benefactors paying up to $500,000 for a table. But where was the Contemporary art on the auction block?
29 May 2017
The 57th Biennale di Venezia – was curated by the recently appointed director of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Christine Macel. Optimistically titled VIVA ARTE VIVA, this Olympian presentation of art proposes “an alternative to individualism and indifference.
29 May 2017
Central St Martins BA and MA degree shows kicked off this weekend with a number of multidisciplinary exhibitions stretching across the Kings Cross campus.
28 May 2017
Over the Easter period, St Stephen Walbrook, was involved in Stations 2017, a two-part artwork based on the Stations of the Cross and the Stations of the Resurrection.
Sometimes the best art is born out of a mistake. It is this type of accidental trial and error that keeps the Turner Prize winning artist Richard Deacon on his toes, as a practitioner of fresh ideas and innovations.
David Bailey is not at all what I expected. He’s imposing without being scary. He’s warm and down to earth. He speaks his mind, unafraid and not at all intimidated by the art establishment.
Rupert Shrive has a new exhibition that opened last week at London’s Serena Morton’s gallery, entitled ‘Mysterious Arrangement’.
In this exclusive interview artist Chris Levine discusses his work as immersive and by extension transformative, often focused on a collective experience that enhances awareness of the present moment and our connectedness to one another.
Whether you reach the luxurious tent that is Frieze by waterway or highway, the art fair’s weekend home on Randall’s Island is as accessible as the art itself.
6 May 2017
As a leading provider of creative education, University of the Arts London has thought carefully about its modern language courses and designed a programme that explores the fascinating relationships between language, art and culture.
Artlyst is off to Venice for a week of immersive art overkill. There is so much to see and do to the point of saturation. The collateral events are going to be amazing this year. I especially can’t wait to see Objection, a collaborative exhibition uniting two emerging women artists, Michal Cole Israel/UK and Ekin Onat Turkey/Germany, at the […]
3 May 2017
Palmer and Me, a documentary charting the responses of 17 contemporary artists to the etchings of Samuel Palmer is the latest in an ongoing collaboration between renowned film-maker Mike Southon and Eames Fine Art.
Imagine in 1988 the public furore if the Tate had hosted an exhibition of queer British art – marking the 21st anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales.
The current Michelangelo & Sebastiano show at the National Gallery here in London is very much the kind of exhibition that one feels a great institution ought to be doing: spaciously presented, tirelessly scholarly, you couldn’t wish for a better introduction to these major names in Italian Renaissance art.
10 April 2017
The weekend of the 1st-2nd April revolved around a major Paris fair, ART PARIS. The whole artistic community in France, Europe and Africa indulged its passion for Contemporary African Art and as a result fell in love with Africa.
9 April 2017
There is such a contrast between Maastricht and Hong Kong. Two different cities, continents, cultures and art fairs.It is this contrast that I embrace and cherish travelling from one fair to the other just a few days apart.
Coming to TEFAF 2017 is a journey, but it is worth it. The fair is a feast for the art lovers eyes.
The American abstract painter Eddie Martinez speaks to Paul Carter Robinson ahead of his London Exhibition Cowboy Town which opened today at Timothy Taylor London.