16 June 2015

The Slade Graduate Shows A Dissection of Contemporary Life

Degree Show season is upon us once again, and a trip to the Slade School of Art is an opportunity not to be missed for art-lovers and aspiring collectors alike. For an institution that has introduced us to figures as diverse as Mona Hatoum, Martin Creed and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd; it is not surprising that the Slade should […]

15 June 2015

RA Schools Show Launches The Next Generation Of Aspiring Artists

The RA Schools Show is an annual summer exhibition showcasing the diverse final projects of its emerging artists. Held in the contemporary studios hidden deep inside the very core of this most historic institution, the show is a rare opportunity for members of the public to encounter works of Britain’s next generation of artists at the […]

12 June 2015

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015 – Michael Craig-Martin Delivers Pop-Arty Hues

For the past 247 years the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has brought with it a cultural overview of contemporary art in the capital, and this year’s exhibition holds 1,100 works for the avid collector to peruse at their leisure – but [as usual] it might take a while. The show has been co-ordinated by Goldsmith’s […]

10 June 2015

Carsten Holler: Of Slides Robotic Beds And Flying Machines What Next

Ominous black corridors, giant slides, flying machines and moving beds are all part of what has been billed as this summer’s blockbuster London show. Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s ambitious new survey exhibition ‘Decision’ opened today at the Hayward Gallery, London and runs until 6 September. Höller’s first career as a scientist (he was phytopathologist engaged […]

5 June 2015

James Turrell Drenches Norfolk’s Majestic Houghton Hall In Colour

 Light is a powerful substance – James Turrell The Magnificent Palladian Houghton Hall in Norfolk, built by Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole by Colen Campbell and James Gibbs with interiors by William Kent owned by the 7th Marquess of Cholmendeley, is currently hosting an exhibition ‘Lightscape’ by the renowned American artist James Turrell. Artlyst was privileged to attend a […]

4 June 2015

Justin Mortimer: Kult – Parafin Gallery – The Beauty In Something Terrible

Parafin Gallery presents Justin Mortimer, Kult. The British painter’s latest London exhibition of recent works. Mortimer’s response to the figure via the artist’s a psychological mise en scene of necrotic hues and frail bodies, slightly shifts focus as the artist’s imagery undergoes a slight thematic alteration, and heads towards a possible change in painterly practice. […]

2 June 2015

Agnes Martin: Blink And You May Miss The Entire Point Of Her Practice

Agnes Martin is not an easy artist to warm to at a first glance. In fact, if you blink, much of her work is so subtle you can miss the entire point of her practice. It is without a doubt work that must be experienced first hand by a gallery visit, not through photographic reproduction. It […]

2 June 2015

Ben Woodeson: Obstacle – Berloni Gallery – The Physics Of Mortality

Berloni Gallery presents its latest exhibition with Ben Woodeson’s ‘Obstacle’. The viewers journey through this exhibition could be described as a somewhat precarious encounter, met at first glance with a manufactured, collection of Minimalist assemblages, products of the juxtaposition of manufactured and found works, the works could be seen as a stripped back, clean homage […]

24 May 2015

Art15 and Photo London Reviewed By Paul Carey – Kent

Paul Carey-Kent has gone on the prowl to find his top choices at the formidable Art15 and Photo London which both opened on 20 May. The third edition of ART15 and the debut of Photo London over the same late May week. Cross-over was minimal – I spotted only a couple of works in both […]

18 May 2015

Chiharu Shiota Creates Enchanting Japanese Pavilion For 56 Venice Biennale

When I visited Chiharu Shiota’s studio a year ago in Berlin, she had just been invited to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale along with the curator Nakano Hitoshi who organised a solo exhibition of her work in Kanagawa in 2007. She was truly honoured and mentioned that representing Japan in Venice has always been […]

17 May 2015

UK vs Poland and Romania At 56th Venice Biennale National Pavilions

It seems the art world has gone mad, with everyone rushing from one art event to another crossing countries and continents –jet settings in a flurry to catch the next VIP Preview, the next big thing to talk about. Busy speculating on  “best 10 artists” or “ the next emerging artists” in this art fair or another.  Short sited crowed filled with what […]

12 May 2015

Venice Biennale 56 Official UK and Ireland Artists Lead The Pack

The British Pavilion This year’s Venice Biennale had a powerful presence from both the UK and Ireland. Sarah Lucas’ British Pavilion was strong both in visuals and concept. The yellow painted walls made the sculpture appear to float in golden sunshine or was it vitrines of golden shower fluid. The sculptures came in two styles big yellow balloon forms depicting Franz West […]

11 May 2015

Singapore Pavilion Makes A Successful Come Back At Venice Biennale Arsenale

After a brief hiatus in 2013, Singapore returns to Venice this year with a pavilion in the historic Arsenale, in the newly restored Sale d’Armi building,.  It is an important year for the City State which is celebrating its 50 anniversary, and its the soon-to-be-opened National Gallery demonstrates its willingness to grow as a centre for artistic production and research in Asia. Charles […]

9 May 2015

Peter Doig and Sean Scully Grand Exhibitions Staged In Venetian Palaces

As well as the events mounted in the two main centres, the Arsenale and the Giardini, the Venice Biennale hosts a number of official collateral exhibitions. The advantages of seeing these collateral events are they are often housed in one of the many Palazzos dotted all over Venice or in the lesser known Museums which are often converted from these palazzos. Two such exhibitions are Peter Doig at the Palazzetto Tito and Sean Scully: Land and Sea at the Palazzo Falier. Both artists are showing new works, many of which have been conceived especially for these shows.

8 May 2015

Korean Pavilion: Moon Kyungwon And Jeon Joonho – Venice Biennale 2015

In the Korean pavilion, Artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho are presenting new site-specific work ‘The Ways of Folding Space & Flying’ (2015). The new multi-channel film installation is curated by Lee Sook-kyung of the Tate Research Centre Asia-Pacific and the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee at Tate. She was previously Exhibitions & Displays Curator at […]

7 May 2015

Historical Futures – Apricot Gallery – The Temporality Of Materials

Historical Futures brings together the work of Blair Cahill, Cheryl Papasian, Necole Schmitz and Alex J Wood at the Apricot Gallery, London. Located off the bustling street of Brick Lane you are greeted by a long, narrow room filled with strange artefacts. Apricot Gallery is housed in the refurbished Rag Factory where you get a […]

7 May 2015

Venice Biennale Satellite Exhibitions: Following The Political Trail

Venice Biennale is set in on of then most unique and beautiful places on earth- Venice, Italy. The biennale lasts from 9 May to 22 November 2015, with official biennale pavilions featuring the best of each countries’ artists, while the central pavilion for the 56th Biennale is curated by Okwui Enwezor. Okwui set the path […]

6 May 2015

Fiona Rae – Timothy Taylor Gallery – An Abstract Subversion Of Identity

Timothy Taylor Gallery presents its fourth solo exhibition by British artist Fiona Rae. This new series of greyscale paintings from 2014–2015 marks a significant development in the YBA artist’s practice, alongside these paintings, a series of small-scale charcoal drawings will be shown, a new expressive medium not previously explored by the artist. There appears to […]

3 May 2015

Berlin: Vibrant Art Community Comes Alive During Gallery Weekend

Just back from Berlin and thinking about all of the significant art that I saw on my three day trip. I’m quite sure that I missed plenty, but anything as well organised by this vibrant arts community will produce an excess of compelling and ‘worth a visit’ shows.  First on my list, carrying on from Thursday where […]

3 May 2015

Whitney Museum Chelsea: A Culturally Responsible New Yorker’s First Impression

I took advantage of the member preview days before the actual May 1st launch to visit the new Whitney Museum in Chelsea.  As an art enthusiast, a mid-level aesthete and a culturally responsible New Yorker I have attended important exhibitions at the major New York museums for over the last 30 years. So I felt […]

2 May 2015

Michal Rovner: Panorama – Pace London – The March Through Time

Pace Gallery London presents its first solo exhibition of the work of Michal Rovner, where the artist unveils her first multi-screen works using new LCD technology, specifically customised for her. In Panorama, Rovner’s works continue to explore this medium. These large-scale, multi-screen works combine her signature human figures with the landscape elements which she has […]

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 […]