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 […]

25 February 2015

Tom Butler: Inhabitants – CHARLIE SMITH, LONDON – Appropriations And Ectoplasmic Abstractions

CHARLIE SMITH LONDON presents Tom Butler with his second one person exhibition at the gallery. The artist’s practice revolves around the appropriation of Victorian cabinet cards, which Butler paints into with delicate gouache in extreme detail, transforming the vintage images of Victorian sitters via the layering and surfacing of the individual’s face. The photographs – […]

24 February 2015

Unstuck in Time: Conflict Explored In Tate Modern Photography Exhibition

He sits there lifesize or perhaps larger-than-life, still frozen almost 50 years later, with the vacant stare of a witness struck dumb and nothing at all like the numerous small reproductions seen so often in books and magazines. Don McCullin shot five single frames, each identical, of the US Marine in Vietnam. He didn’t blink […]

24 February 2015

Dominic Hawgood: Under The Influence – TJ Boulting – Immersed In The Consumer Reliquary

TJ Boulting presents ‘Under The Influence’, the first solo show by artist Dominic Hawgood, recent winner of the British Journal of Photography’s International series award. Hawgood is a recent graduate of The Royal College of Art, and features in this year’s Catlin Guide, a yearly book that presents a collection of recent graduate and postgraduate […]

23 February 2015

100 Painters of Tomorrow A Book Relevant To The Contemporary Art Discourse

Painting is still alive! Claiming painting remains influential and relevant in the contemporary art discourse, 100 Painters of Tomorrow, is an ambitious investigation initiated by Kurt Beers, the director of Beers Contemporary gallery in London. The book, published by Thames & Hudson, provides a panorama of a new generation of promising international artists revisiting and […]

19 February 2015

Dor Guez: The Sick Man of Europe – ICA London – Lost To A Moment On The Road

The ICA presents the first UK ‘institutional’ solo exhibition of Dor Guez, an artist of Christian Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian descent, living in Jaffa. The artist’s practice questions contemporary art’s role in narrating unwritten histories. Entitled ‘The Painter’ this new installation is the first of five from a new body of work, ‘The Sick Man […]

17 February 2015

Ali Banisadr: At Once – Blain/Southern – Bosch Meets Abstract Expressionism

Blain/Southern presents ‘At Once’, an exhibition of oil paintings created over the last two years by New York-based artist Ali Banisadr. This is his first-ever solo show in the UK and includes a 7-metre long triptych, the artist’s largest work to date. The nature of Banisadr’s work is attributable to the synaesthesia he experiences while […]

16 February 2015

@PaintBritain Explores The bold Ideological Mission Representing 21st Century Painting

This exhibition has a bold ideological mission to represent 21st century painting as a distinct, vibrant discourse. Painting – despite its much heralded and never quite delivered death – is a timeless artform. Now it has to contend with the preponderance of the digital image, not as a rival but as a topic of investigation, […]

15 February 2015

Sarah Gillespie And Sarah Sze: Top West End Gallery Exhibitions February 2015

Take a walk in the area between Oxford Street down towards Green Park, and although Galleries have come and gone, the ones that remain are showing some very good contemporary work. The Frith Street Gallery just off Soho Square is showing Marlene Dumas and Juan Munoz. I had started the day at the Dumas show […]

14 February 2015

Marlene Dumas Explores Issues of Love, Life, Death, Sex And Shame

On entering the Marlene Dumas exhibition at Tate Modern and being faced with the Rejects series (1995-2014) of ink and graphite portraits, you are immediately struck by a sense of the origins of the shows impactful title; ‘The Image as Burden’. Imposing and striking, this series is comprised of works discarded from another of Dumas’ […]

13 February 2015

Barbara Kruger, Robert Fraser, And Hugh Scott-Douglas – London West End Exhibition Round-up

Barbara Kruger Early Works – Skarstedt Gallery, London Skarstedt London presents the exhibition of seminal early works by American artist Barbara Kruger. The exhibition features Kruger’s trademark black and white photographs, overlaid with the artist’s provocative captions. This group of works, selected from the 1980s, examines the cultural constructions of power, identity and sexuality through […]

10 February 2015

Tony Oursler: Lisson Gallery – Talking Heads, Fearful Voices

The Lisson Gallery presents the exhibition Tony Oursler – template/variant/friend/stranger, a solo exhibition, and the artist’s first of new work in the UK for over five years. The show centres around the artist’s fascination with the evolution of identity via the security techniques of facial recognition. Oursler explores the nuanced ramifications of these tools increasing […]

6 February 2015

Paul Carey-Kent’s The Presence Of Absence – Berloni Gallery – Nothing Is Important

The Berloni Gallery presents The Presence Of Absence, the galleries new group exhibition curated by writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent. The principle of negative space has been recognised as a key element of artistic composition. The concept of the exhibition is to feature content as opposed to form: Carey-Kent posits the idea that what is […]

5 February 2015

Contemporary Visions V: Beers Contemporary – Hierarchies And The Hyper-real

Beers Contemporary presents ‘Contemporary Visions V’, its fifth annual open-call group exhibition. This year, nearly 2,000 applicants were adjudicated by Amanda Coulson (Artistic Director of VOLTA New York/Basel); Paul Carter-Robinson (Editor Artlyst); Kurt Beers (Director of Beers Contemporary, Author of 100 Painters of Tomorrow); as well as previous exhibitor, artist Phil Woodward. In its fifth […]

3 February 2015

Corinne Felgate: Rook & Raven – ‘Re-painting’ Mondrian

Rook & Raven presents its inaugural exhibition of 2015, a solo show by artist Corinne Felgate titled ‘Bigger Than The Both of Us (MoMA)’, a solo exhibition comprised of two new installations, Bigger than the Both of Us (MoMA) and Studio X Y Z, works shaped by the artist’s ongoing research into our collective relationship […]

2 February 2015

Mira Schendel: Monotypes – Fluttering Between Fragility And Permanence

Hauser & Wirth London presents an exhibition of Mira Schendel’s Monotypes, curated by Taisa Palhares and organised with Olivier Renaud-Clément, this presentation examines a body of work that formed an essential and enduring part of Schendel’s wider practice. ‘Monotypes’ follows presentations of Schendel’s work at Tate Modern, London, England (2013), Fundação de Serralves, Museu de […]

30 January 2015

Luc Tuymans: The Shore At David Zwirner – Cannibals, Executions, And Wallpaper

David Zwirner presents an exhibition of new paintings by Luc Tuymans, on view at the London gallery, which Tuymans inaugurated in October 2012 with the exhibition ‘Allo!’. This new exhibition ‘The Shore’ includes work that the artist specifically made for this space. The artist is known for his light washed out canvases, handled with Tuymans’s […]

29 January 2015

Ed Paschke: Visionary From Chicago – The Original Pop Art Provocateur

The Ashmolean Museum presents Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago, 1968–2004. The exhibition is the third in the museum’s series of shows of post-war and contemporary art presented in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (USA), with an additional four works that have been lent by the artist Jeff Koons. The exhibition is also the third […]

28 January 2015

Isabelle Cornaro, Paysage Avec Poussin At South London Gallery – Landscape Vs Nature

French artist Isabelle Cornaro uses the language of art to explore and make visible the power and politics that shape our world. Her current exhibition at the South London Gallery is the sixth in a series of installations entitled Paysage avec Poussin et témoins oculaires, a series loosely based on landscape paintings by Nicolas Poussin, […]