20 May 2019

Artificial Intelligence More Than Human – Barbican – Edward Lucie-Smith

Right now, the Curve Gallery at the Barbican has a big show entitled More Than Human that seems exceptionally relevant, not so much to what is happening in the visual arts right now, as to what seems likely to happen. Its theme is AI (artificial intelligence).

18 May 2019

Piero Manzoni The grid And Everyday Materials – Ilka Scobie

Self-taught artist and avant-garde predecessor to the Arte Povera movement, Piero Manzoni was born to an aristocratic family in Soncino, Italy in 1933.

14 May 2019

Cathy Wilkes: Resurrecting The Forgotten British Pavilion Venice Biennale – Sue Hubbard

May you live in interesting times is the overarching theme of this year’s Biennale. Dystopia and dissonance are everywhere played out in the themes of climate change and post-human CGI that take us to some dark places.

14 May 2019

Whatever Happened To Anthony Caro? – Three Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

Whatever happened to Anthony Caro? In Jonathan Jones’ new book about the history of British art from Hogarth to Banksy, Caro gets about half a page. It describes how his abstract sculptures climbed down off the pedestals that three-dimensional works had previously been displayed on and placed firmly on the floor. If you want to […]

5 May 2019

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Jonathan Jones Sensations – Book Review – Edward Lucie-Smith

Jonathan Jones’ new book from Laurence King Publishing is a quality job. Entitled Sensations, it bears on its back cover a recommendation from none other than Tracey Emin, which reads as follows:“I never loved Jonathan’s writing when he slagged my work off! He is a true thinker: a brilliant art historian who can back up his opinion with more than just criticism.”

5 May 2019

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Lorna Simpson Explores Race Gender and History At Hauser & Wirth NY

Native New Yorker Lorna Simpson has creatively explored race, gender and history for over thirty years.

2 May 2019

Bruce McLean Plus Three Other London Shows – Edward Lucie Smith

In a trough after its immediately pre-Easter excitements – Rembrandt at Gagosian, Sean Scully at the NG – the London art world looks faintly dreary right now.

Recommended London Art Exhibitions May 2019  – Paul Carey Kent

The noted writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended contemporary art exhibitions May 2019

1 May 2019

Kathy Acker And I – ICA Retrospective – Paul Carter Robinson

I,I,I,I,I,I,I Kathy Acker is a fitting title for this quasi-retrospective exhibition which opened at the ICA on Tuesday night. In fact, it would have been even more spot on to have called the show Me,Me,Me,Me,Me,Me,Me Kathy Acker.

27 April 2019

Chantal Joffe: Her Own Sense Of Being – Victoria Miro – Sue Hubbard

Chantal Joffe Victoria Miro London: In his seminal 1972 book Ways of Seeing, the late John Berger claimed that: ‘A woman must continually watch herself…From earliest childhood, she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself…

23 April 2019

Figurative Abstraction And Meditative Dreamscapes Two London Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

Currently, Huxley Parlour in Swallow Street, a location better known for its restaurants rather than for art, has a show rather mysteriously entitled Figurative Abstraction in Contemporary Painting.

16 April 2019

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Sean Scully National Gallery – Rembrandt and Now Gagosian – Edward Lucie-Smith

At first glance, the Sean Scully show that just opened at the National Gallery in London couldn’t be more different from the exhibition not far away at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill. It features just one artist, rather than a series of well-known names.

14 April 2019

Raqib Shaw Landscapes Of Kashmir – Pace NY – Ilka Scobie

Kashmiri born, London based Raqib Shaw has created his first dazzlingly immersive and multicultural landscape series.

13 April 2019

Richter and Snyder Two London Spring Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Gerhard Richter show currently in the smaller of Gagosian’s three London galleries is maybe best described as “a bit of a tease”.

11 April 2019

Edvard Munch: Ibsenian Imagery And Isolation – Edward Lucie-Smith

A new exhibition of work by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch now at the British Museum claims to be the biggest ever devoted to his work here in Britain.

11 April 2019

Johan Van Mullem – Unit London – Oliver Malin

Unit London & their emergence as a leading gallery brand on Instagram, (355K people can’t be that wrong?) are a serious force to be reckoned with. Surprisingly very few galleries have attempted to learn from these young social wizards, despite the fact they’ve proven how effective their approach to selling art via social media can be. The second solo show of the Flemish artist Johan Van Mullem is on display in the gallery until 13 April.

10 April 2019

The GHost Parlour – Sarah Sparkes – New Art Projects London

The GHost Parlour, Sarah Sparkes’ solo exhibition at New Art Projects London, intimately explores the theme of ghosts and spirits, a subject which has fascinated Sparkes and been the centre of her artistic practice for many years.

8 April 2019

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Global Art And The Cold War – John J Curley – Book Review – Edward Lucie-Smith

It is not often that one comes across a book on contemporary, or near contemporary, art that shifts one’s view of what it is, how it has developed, and that direction those developments are likely to take in future.

1 April 2019

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Recommended London Art Exhibitions April 2019 – Paul Carey-Kent

Shows To See: Up Now in London: Paul Carey-Kent gives us his focus on the London galleries and what to see for April 2019.

31 March 2019

John Kirby: The Torment Underlying The Civilised Facade – Revd Jonathan Evens

The art of painting is to still time and motion. As a result, the moment at which the artist chooses to freeze time is of real significance. The moments selected by John Kirby are those that reveal dis-ease.

28 March 2019

Passionate About Drawing: Roger Malbert Unveils Hand Drawn Action Packed – Clare Henry

For 34 years the wonderful Roger Malbert headed up Hayward Gallery Touring, overseeing literally thousands of contemporary art exhibitions that toured to public galleries & museums outside London & were seen each year by half a million folk in over 45 places. An amazing career, & a hard act to follow.

28 March 2019

Vincent Van Gogh His Very British Legacy – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tate Britain has one very good reason to offer us a Vincent Van Gogh show, which is that it is sure to raise attendances at an institution fighting to get them.

27 March 2019

Sorolla: National Gallery And Mike Nelson – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two shows have just opened at major London institutions –Sorolla at the National Gallery and Mike Nelson at Tate Britain. Different as they are, they both give one cause to reflect on the current situation in British art. Indeed, about what is happening to British culture in general.

27 March 2019

Anne Imhof: The World As A Durational Techno Sex Performance

After catching only the last few moments of the atmospheric Faust (2017) at the 57th Venice Biennale, I was excited to discover that Anne Imhof was this year’s BMW Tate Live commissioned artist.

26 March 2019

Liliane Tomasko: Mapping The Human Psyche – Kerlin Gallery Dublin

In Liliane Tomasko’s current exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, the veil between the conscious and unconscious world is swept away.

Paris Exhibitions March 2019 – Zoltan Alexander

Taking the last glimpse of freedom of our united Europe before the grand departure of Britain, (if ever), I went to Paris for precisely 30 hours to visit a handful of exhibitions everyone is talking about.

21 March 2019

Anne Imhof Sex Installation Opens At Tate Modern

A brand new large-scale commission by Anne Imhof has been unveiled at Tate Modern.

19 March 2019

Archaeologies Charlie Smith London – Davina Jackson Pontone – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two of the most consistent of these in terms of quality are Charlie Smith London, situated above a pub in Shoreditch; and the Pontone Gallery, just a step away from Sloane Square. Both of these galleries have just opened slightly unexpected shows.

17 March 2019

David Salle, Martin Parr and William Monk Kick Off The Spring Gallery Season – Edward Lucie-Smith

The London exhibition scene is currently so enamoured with dead avant-gardists that it was a pleasure to see work by the well-established American artist David Salle (b. 1954)

14 March 2019

Dead Artists Abound In New London Art Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment Tate Modern offers retrospective exhibitions of three very different artists – Bonnard (French), Franz West (Austrian) and Dorothea Tanning (American).

11 March 2019

Jeff Koons: Inflated Banality With An Impenetrable Surface – The Ashmolean – Paul Black

Jeff Koons has brought his blingy kitsch to the world’s oldest public gallery. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is presenting the master of hollow trinkets in an exhibition curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal and the artist himself.

9 March 2019

Henry Moore Helmet Heads Historic Armour And Modernism – Jude Cowan Montague

Henry Moore Helmet Heads: As an etcher, I have a long term interest in armour as one of the early applications of the process.