1 May 2015

Inspirational Gallery Weekend Berlin Launches The Spring Art Season

Gallery Weekend in Berlin got underway yesterday with the gala launch party at the Kino cinema in the Kreuzberg area. Two interesting new galleries of note also opened as part of this internationally visited event. House of Egorn is an intimate space showing the work of the emerging artists Yi Dai, Hyojun Hyun and Vivien Zhang and curated by Angels Miralda […]

30 April 2015

A Voice Remains – Pippy Houldsworth Gallery – Reactivating The Revolution

The new exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery sees six important artists grapple with varied strategies and approaches to the representation of political history. The idea that the past is fundamentally inaccessible, and that our knowledge of it is filtered through the contemporary lens, is nothing new. This terrain is explored here, in different ways and […]

28 April 2015

Louise Cattrell: Another Place – PayneShurvell – Time The Subjective Agent

PayneShurvell presents the exhibition ‘Louise Cattrell: Another Place’ in a new gallery space in Blandford Street with the artist’s sweeping landscapes. The works are concerned with the idea of ‘Landscape’ as an ideal. Since completing her artistic studies in London and Dundee, Cattrell has travelled widely, taking up residencies which have fed into her work. […]

25 April 2015

Francis Bacon And The Masters: The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts – Essential Appropriation

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, the latest exhibition of works by the renowned British painter, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of […]

21 April 2015

Paul_Cary-Kent: London Art Exhibition Choices For April 2015

CHOICES UP NOW The latest in my rolling top ten, together with previous choices which you can still see… Taus Makhacheva: Vababai Vadadai! @ Narrative Projects, 110 New Cavendish St – Fitzrovia   To 30 May: www.narrativeprojects.com   Still from Super Taus, 2014  One interesting space (New Narrative Projects) has become two (Christine Park at the original location and […]

17 April 2015

Carol Bove, Joao Penalva, And Christian Rosa – Exhibition Round-up

Carol Bove: The Pastic Unit – David Zwirner David Zwirner presents Carol Bove, a New York-based artist known for assemblages disparate materials and found and made objects, in the gallery’s first exhibition ‘The Plastic Unit’. The show is a collection of large-scale sculptures made from a combination of natural and industrial materials, including slickly manufactured […]

15 April 2015

Sonia Delaunay Steps Out Of The Shadow Of Her Husband Robert

The Tate has an active exhibitions programme designed to rediscover and explore key figures in the story of Modern Art especially women. Both exhibition spaces at Tate Modern are now dedicated to women artists: the first the contemporary Marlene Dumas and the second, which opens today, to Sonia Delaunay. Russian born Sonia Delaunay was always seen […]

15 April 2015

Jo Baer: Towards The Land Of The Giants – Camden Arts Centre – Cultural Signifiers Of Time Passing

Centring around Baer’s most recent series, In the Land of Giants, developed since 2009, Camden Art Centre’s exhibition of Jo Baer’s work reveals the artist making great shifts in formal terms yet maintaining continuity in subject matter. These newer works are inspired by Paleolithic cave paintings, and much of the imagery derives from Baer’s time […]

13 April 2015

British Biblical Art In A Secular Age Explored At The Wilson

Still Small Voice: British Biblical Art in a Secular Age (1850 – 2014) is on show at the Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum, until 3 May. Presented as a collection of (mostly) 20th century biblical paintings, drawings and sculpture, on paper the exhibition sounds familiar– perhaps what you would expect to find in a […]

13 April 2015

Nasan Tur, Diana Thater, Isa Genzken, Jonathan Horowitz, And Debora Delmar Corp – Exhibition Round-Up

Nasan Tur – Blain/Southern Blain/Southern presents Nasan Tur’s first-ever UK solo exhibition. The German artist’s work is a reflection of the social environment that the artist is inhabiting, exploring both political ideologies and the subsequent symbols that are created from these power structures. This is Tur’s second show with the gallery, following the artist’s 2013 […]

12 April 2015

Eric Ravilious: A Bekonscot Time-Warp That Nigel Farage Would Approve Of

It has been over ten years since Eric Ravilious (1903-42) had his first major retrospective at the Imperial War Museum in London. I first discovered his work through his ceramic designs for Wedgwood. My family owned a large punch bowl titled, “The Boat Race” and I was always fascinated by the narrative ability of his linear style. Ravilious’ graphic sensibilities […]

7 April 2015

Kochi Muziris Biennale Kerala Art in the Tropics

I recently visited the Kochi Muziris Biennale in Kerala, which was the first event of its kind in India. It was first held in 2012. Visitors were treated to works of art in a variety of media by both International and Indian contemporary artists. The importance of a Biennale is not to be overlooked – art is brought out of […]

1 April 2015

Oscar Santillan: To Break A Silence Into Smaller Silences – Copperfield Gallery – Physical And Immaterial Worlds

“This is taking the mickey and we want the top of our mountain back.” So said Ian Stephens, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, in response to Oscar Santillan’s The Intruder, part of his current exhibition at Cøpperfield Gallery. This diminutive work’s conceit is that it constitutes the ‘highest inch of England’, the apex of England’s […]

31 March 2015

Leonora Carrington: A Feminist Approach To Surrealism Explored In Tate Liverpool Exhibition

  Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was brought up in Lancashire but through the extraordinary turn of events in her life, she met Surrealist artist, Max Ernst and went on to become one of Mexico’s most celebrated artists. Carrington explored her own individual and unique visual language through a range of artistic disciplines. These included, amongst many, painting, drawing, […]

30 March 2015

Jack Milroy: A Slap In The Face to Greenberg’s Denunciation of Kitsch

Jack Milroy’s exhibition’A Natural World’ is currently on at Art First, Eastcastle street, London. The passing viewer is enticed into the space by the perspex shelving unit of deconstructed sardine tins in the window and once you enter the gallery itself there are further delights. The intimate ground floor space at Art First provides the perfect setting […]

29 March 2015

Performances At Christian Marclay Exhibition Plus Richard Diebenkorn At RA

Entering White Cube to view the Christian Marclay exhibition, which explores relationships between visual art and sound, you are confronted with a cacophony of noise and images.  A new video installation Pub Crawl (2014) lines the wide entrance corridor. At floor level, feet on pavements kick break crush drink containers.  From champagne bottles to coca-cola cans, […]

29 March 2015

Edward Coyle: BUILD! – Berloni Gallery – Glitches And Ruptures Through The Architects Eye

Berloni Gallery presents ‘BUILD!’, a solo exhibition by English painter Edward Coyle, the show follows the artist’s twelve month residency at the gallery. Coyle’s process revolves around the appropriation of architectural digital imagery, both video and stills, creating a framework for his practice from these various source materials. The artist then implements video, 3D modelling […]

26 March 2015

Pangaea II: New Art From Africa And Latin America – Saatchi Gallery – A Minor Seismic Shift

The Saatchi Gallery presents Pangaea II: New Art From Africa And Latin America, the latest exhibition at the Saatchi gallery is the follow up to last years Pangaea, the first foray into the talents of Africa and Latin America, and brings together the work of 19 international artists, in the second instalment of the Saatchi […]

25 March 2015

Anish Kapoor: Blood And Guts In Art School New London Exhibition

Anish Kapoor is one of the British artists that I have a lot of time for and I was extremely excited when I got the advanced press about his latest show at the Lisson Gallery. The show is heralded as his ‘radical return’ to painting and all was intriguing until I attended the Private View […]

24 March 2015

Magnificent Obsessions and Slow Movement At The Barbican Centre

I enjoy the occasional afternoon wandering through junk shops and this exhibition was not without interest, in the way that junk shops and museums like the Pitt Rivers in Oxford, stuffed with random objects in miscellaneous cases, are not uninteresting. The human brain likes a good crossword puzzle. But some puzzles are too easy to solve, like […]

24 March 2015

Peter Liversidge: Notes On Protesting – Whitechapel Gallery – Intervention Of The Collective Voice

Known for his proposals, documents which delineate a possible action or project, Peter Liversidge’s art is one of possibility. The proposals set the parameters, but what happens after his typewriter-typed letter leaves his hands is down to myriad factors and a heavy dose of chance. In this four month project, Liversidge worked with sixty children […]

21 March 2015

Analia Saban, El Anatsui, And Sunday In The Park With Ed, Exhibition Round-Up

Analia Saban: Interiors – Sprüth Magers Sprüth Magers presents Analia Saban: Interiors, the artist’s third exhibition with Sprüth Magers, and her first in the London gallery. The artist manipulates the conventions of photography, painting and sculpture. Saban attempts to change the viewers perception through the juxtaposition of media and genre. Using the constituent parts of […]

19 March 2015

Kirstie MacLeod: Punctured Perspectives – Rook & Raven – Temporal Systems Of Inquiry

Rook & Raven presents ‘Punctured Perspectives’, the first UK solo show of British artist Kirstie MacLeod. The artist is known for her unique and contemporary approach to the fine art of embroidery, juxtaposing the skill with the sensibilities of contemporary fine art, to create an altogether unique fusion. MacLeod exhibits a wide spectrum of works […]

17 March 2015

John Baldessari: Pictures & Scripts – Marian Goodman Gallery – Comedy Is A Serious Business

Marian Goodman Gallery, London and Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris present two simultaneous exhibitions by artist John Baldessari. The exhibition ‘Pictures & Scripts’, at the London gallery presents a series of new works, the artist’s first solo exhibition in London since his retrospective ‘Pure Beauty’ at Tate Modern in 2009. Concurrently at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, […]

15 March 2015

Callum Innes: Frith Street Gallery – Taught Restraint And Sensuous Abandon

The Callum Innes exhibition at Frith Street Gallery repays a little time and attention. On entering the gallery’s darkened premises on Golden Square a small collection of paintings, all at first glance alike, greets you. Walk straight out again and you’d miss the event, for these paintings are exactly that. These are pictures with presence. […]

13 March 2015

Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue – Serpentine Gallery – Live The American Nightmare

Serpentine Galleries presents Leon Golub: ‘Bite Your Tongue’, a survey exhibition of the American figurative painter, his first in London since 2000, highlights key aspects of the artist’s oeuvre from the 1950s until his death in 2004. This exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery is part of the Serpentine’s Spring Programme, which includes an exhibition by […]

12 March 2015

Sam Wagstaff Lover And Mentor To Robert Mapplethorpe Revealed In New Biography

Best known for his privileged relationship with the iconic and controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe as his lover and mentor, Sam Wagstaff is the subject of an unprecedented thorough survey by Philip Gefter, an American critic and former staffer at the New York Times. His book ‘Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe – a biography’ published by […]

11 March 2015

Richard Diebenkorn: Reflections On An Ever Changing Immersive California Light

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), which opens this week at The Royal Academy, is perhaps the most exciting painting show to be mounted in London this Spring. It is not only the first exhibition in the UK for nearly 25 years but also a strong affirmation as to his influence and importance as a leading second generation […]

7 March 2015

Christian Marclay: White Cube, Bermondsey – With A ‘SLOOSH’ And A ‘POP’

White Cube presents a major solo exhibition by Christian Marclay, a large new oeuvre of work encompassing the grand halls of White Cube Bermondsey. The artist continues his exploration in the relationship between image and sound, the exhibition is comprised of a series of works on canvas and paper that feature onomatopoeia taken from comic […]

4 March 2015

Winterreise: A Group Exhibition Exploring A Poem That Inspired Franz Schubert

Winterreise was a group show inspired by the poem of same name written by Wilhelm Müller which Franz Schubert used for a composition shortly before his death. On entering the gallery Dermot O’Brien’s Untitled (Winterreise), comprises of 43 drawings evenly spaced along the wall, setting a sense of poetic rhythm for the exhibition. These drawings […]

4 March 2015

Impressionist Impresario: The Man Who Marketed The Movement – National Gallery London

Paul Durand Ruel (1831-1922) believed that, “a true picture dealer should be an enlightened patron; that he should, if necessary, sacrifice his immediate interest to his artistic convictions, and prefer to oppose, rather than support the interests of speculators”. Based on this premise, the National Gallery, London has put together ‘Inventing Impressionism,’ a new curated […]

25 February 2015

London Art Exhibitions March 2015 Picked By Paul Carey-Kent

There’s no doubt that the heavy hitters are hitting heavy just now (Marclay at White Cube, Tuymans at David Zwirner, Sarah Sze quadruple at Victoria Miro, Rashid Johnson at Hauser & Wirth, Tony Oursler at Lisson etc). Yet that’s not so hard to work out: here are some less obvious picks, including a bumper crop […]