28 April 2017

Richard Long At Houghton Hall Norfolk An Inspired Pairing

Richard Long, the four-times Turner Prize nominee and one-time winner (1989), is one of the leading figures of conceptual and land art. His latest exhibition at Houghton Hall in Norfolk is an inspired pairing. The location flawlessly blends his work in terms of scale, locality and sentiment. Each piece is given space to breathe and […]

19 April 2017

David LaChapelle – Materialistic Beauty And Everlasting Youth – First Venice Solo Show

Lost+ Found is David LaChapelle’s first solo show in Venice. The exhibition expanding over four floors presents a survey of LaChapelle’s work from his early career till today.

16 April 2017

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Michelangelo Plaster Casts More Convincing Than Sebastiano – National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

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.

12 April 2017

Henryk Hetflaisz – An Illumined Brush Captured In Time

Henryk Hetflaisz’s latest collection of photographs elevates the viewer into the realm of mystic form and enduring light.

6 April 2017

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The Selfie – Narcissism Or Serious Form Of Art? By Edward Lucie-Smith

From Selfie to Self-Expression at the Saatchi Gallery represents a return to form, after a recent series of dead-on-arrival exhibitions held in this space. It’s good to be able to say welcome back.

5 April 2017

Queer Art At Tate – My Take By Edward Lucie-Smith

The hosannas are already ringing out for Tate Britain’s new show Queer British Art, 1861-1967.

4 April 2017

Ellsworth Kelly – Processes Of Chance – Tate Liverpool By Alice Lenkiewicz

On entering the ground floor gallery at Tate Liverpool, I look around and see eleven works by the American artist Ellsworth Kelly, three of which I recognise and one that seems familiar from the cover of one of my art books.

3 April 2017

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London Art Exhibitions Recommended By Paul Carey-Kent April 2017

Paul Carey-Kent Gives us his choices of the best London Art Exhibitions for April 2017

2 April 2017

The Other Art Fair – But What About The Others? – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’ve always liked the Other Art Fair, on in London from now till April 2nd. But I’ve never quite known what to say about it.

29 March 2017

Everyman His Own Artwork – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith Review

By the time you get round to reading this – I’m writing on the evening after the press preview – Tate Modern will have launched its latest enterprise – A BMW Tate Live Exhibition entitled Ten Days, Six Nights. It here’s now. It won’t be here long. In other words, blink and you’ll miss it.

26 March 2017

Maggi Hambling – Oil and Cigarettes On Canvas – Simon Tarrant Reviews

Maggi Hambling here, boomed a deep rasping well-spoken voice down my mobile, ‘I was told to call you back so here I am doing as I am told’. And as unlikely as it may seem that the indomitable Hambling would ever do as she was told, I find myself interviewing her mid-Howard-Hodgkin exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

23 March 2017

Howard Hodgkin Portraits The Insider’s Insider Review By Edward Lucie-Smith

Howard Hodgkin died just two weeks before the opening of the current retrospective of his work at the National Portrait Gallery.

22 March 2017

51% Remember Her – 100 Women Artists Exhibit In Plaistow

51% Remember Her – 100 Women Artists Exhibition: Heading down the Barking Road to E13 may not seem like the most obvious place to locate a large exhibition of art on International Women’s day. The venue being the splendid Memorial Community Church that contains a tower with a belfry and a grand balcony. Apart from the tower, which has functioned previously as a gallery, such architecture creates a challenge for a curator but also engenders an alternative experience with work constantly revealing itself in unexpected places.

20 March 2017

Eduardo Paolozzi – Halfway In Halfway Out Whitechapel Review By Edward Lucie-Smith

The current Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery is, for an old stager like me, a bit of a puzzle. There was a time when Paolozzi was a very big deal – one of the major innovators in British art, the destined successor to the first generation of major British Modernists, chief among them Henry Moore.

19 March 2017

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Refugee Artists Learning from The Lives Of Others – Revd Jonathan Evens

The Lives of Others is two exhibitions of work by German refugee artists at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum from 29 March – 18 June 2017, while Chaim Stephenson: Between Myth and Reality at St Martin-in-the-Fields (to Wednesday 10 May) showcases work by an artist with a lifelong concern for people driven from their homes.

16 March 2017

Revolution And Architecture – The Lights That Failed By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Design Museum’s new exhibition, Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution, is in many respects a great improvement on its rather incoherent opening show (or collection of shows).

9 March 2017

Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun Projections of Self National Portrait Gallery

Pairing the work of contemporary artist Gillian Wearing with the innovative early-twentieth century photographer Claude Cahun is an inspired choice by the National Portrait Gallery. Despite being born 70 years apart, the two female artists address similar themes around gender, identity, masquerade and performance.

8 March 2017

Michael Andrews A Coda Not A New Beginning – Gagosian Grosvenor Hill

The Michael Andrews show currently at Gagosian’s Grosvenor Hill Gallery offers a series of paradoxes, some perhaps intended by the gallery, others maybe not. It presents the artist (1928-1995) as a now half-forgotten figure, whose once substantial reputation has been overtaken by that of a number of his contemporaries.

7 March 2017

Ibrahim Mahama: An Artist’s Monument To Modern Ghana – White Cube

The first solo show in London of Mahama a young maitre in African contemporary art has been mounted at White Cube Bermondsey.

6 March 2017

Jo Brocklehurst Explores Gender, Punks And Fetish Clubs In Posthumous Exhibition

These enfant terribles of the art world pose, dress and act as if they had just walked out of one of the late Jo Brocklehurt’s artworks, an exhibition of which, “Nobodies & Somebodies” was opening at the House of Illustration at the same time on the same night.

5 March 2017

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Armory Show 2017 Indicative Of Art Market’s Changing Economic Landscape

It’s a week of art fairs in New York. The Armory Show, held in a crowded, bustling convention center on the Hudson River is the biggest of the fairs and indicative of the art markets changing economic landscape.

1 March 2017

Bluecoat Tercentenary Celebrated With 106 Previously Exhibited Artists On Public View

2017 marks Bluecoat’s tercentenary, making it the oldest building in Liverpool city centre and the UK’s first arts centre: quite an achievement.

1 March 2017

Maria Lassnig Seamlessly Melding Figurative and Abstract Painting Hauser and Wirth London

There is no doubt that Maria Lassnig can paint. Whatever style from her early abstracts through to her figuration she handles paint fluently, her palette choices are selected with ease and confidence and show a debt to her Austrian heritage with more than a nod to Egon Schiele’s expressionist compositions and Oskar Kokoschka’s vivid colours and the European avant-garde. Her gestural brushstrokes are spontaneous, informal and expressive.

28 February 2017

March Choices – London Art Exhibitions 2017 By Paul Carey-Kent

Paul Carey-Kent publishes his March Choices 2017 – Up Now in a London Gallery near you.

26 February 2017

Crash Goes The American Dream c1930 RA Unveil Timely Painting Exhibition

Exhibitions in major galleries are usually planned years ahead. So it is the Royal Academy’s good fortune that their two excellent shows Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32* and American After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, should be so in tune with the current political zeitgeist.

25 February 2017

Mersad Berber: Pera Museum Launches An Opulent Allegory of Bosnia

Mersad Berber (1940 – 2012) is one of the greatest and the most significant representatives of Bosnian – Herzegovinian and Yugoslav art in the second half of the 20th century

24 February 2017

Rembrandt Vs. Trump – The Leiden Collection, Revolution At The Louvre

Artlyst has travelled to Paris to the Musée du Louvre, which is currently presenting a selection of masterpieces by 17th-century Dutch painters from the collection of Thomas Kaplan and his wife, Daphne Recanati Kaplan.

13 February 2017

Restless Revolutionaries: A Timely Look At Russian Art By Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s new exhibition, hot on the heels of its magnificent Ab-Ex show, is entitled Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. That is, it aims to cover what happened in Russian art during the first period of Soviet rule.

11 February 2017

Liliane Tomasko Bridging Reverie And Reality Marc Straus NY

I would argue that the hardest thing to do, for a seasoned, well-trained, and technically savvy artist, is to paint like a child. After an impressive education at London’s finest art academies, how on earth do you find the faith to follow an innocent impulse? For artist Liliane Tomasko, it was motherhood that forced the new phase in her art practice.

11 February 2017

Vanessa Bell The Bloomsbury Group’s Creative Bohemian Matriarch Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell, (30 May 1879 – 7 April 1961) the creative bohemian matriarch, artist, co-founder and muse of the Bloomsbury Group has her first major exhibition in London at The Dulwich Picture Gallery.

9 February 2017

Jim Dine – Heart Surgery And Singing Poets A Beautiful Cacophony

Jim Dine, the American pop artist (born 1935) has unveiled a new exhibition of his latest works on paper at Alan Cristea in London.

8 February 2017

David Hockney According To Himself – Review By Edward Lucie-Smith

It seems a long time since Tate Britain had a real blockbuster show. Even the Turner Prize, once a focus of popular attention, has received less and less publicity recently, to the point where the dissidents of the Stuckist Movement can no longer be bothered to picket it, even when the annual prize exhibition is held here in London, and not banished to some deserving gallery in the provinces.