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, […]

27 January 2015

Paul Simonon: Wot No Bike – ICA London – Anti-establishment DIY

Paul Simonon the former bassist of The Clash is presenting an exhibition of his paintings at the ICA. The show titled ‘Wot no Bike’ is a series of new works by this seminal musician, artist and biker. The oils on canvas, depicts his own personal effects that include biker paraphernalia such as jackets, boots, helmets, […]

26 January 2015

Virginia Overton, White Cube Mason’s Yard – The Concrete Poetry Of Language

White Cube Mason’s Yard presents the first UK exhibition of new work by American artist Virginia Overton. For this exhibition Overton has worked with the gallery space, creating new, site-specific works using locally sourced, recycled materials, which are then turned into sculpture and installation that is a direct response to the space. The artist’s practice […]

21 January 2015

Young Gods: At CHARLIE SMITH London – 2014’s Top Graduate Artists

CHARLIE SMITH London presents the 2015 edition of the annual exhibition ‘Young Gods’, in collaboration with The Griffin Gallery London. The show is taking place simultaneously across two locations in the west and east of London. Both exhibitions have been selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH, and co-founder of […]

19 January 2015

Adventures Of The Black Square: The Transcendental Purity Of Abstraction

The Whitechapel Gallery, London presents ‘Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015’ a major new exhibition tracing a century of Abstract art from 1915 to the present day. The exhibition includes over 100 works by 100 modern masters and contemporary artists including Carl Andre, David Batchelor, Dan Flavin, Andrea Fraser, […]

12 January 2015

Joseph Kosuth At Sprüth Magers London – Illumination Without Brilliance

Sprüth Magers, presents an exhibition of Joseph Kosuth ‘Amnesia: Various, Luminous, Fixed.’ featuring work that dates from 1965 up to 2011, the exhibition is said to offer an extensive overview of Joseph Kosuth’s oeuvre in neon. The show chronicles an almost 50-year investigation into the role of language and meaning in art, as well as […]

9 January 2015

Young Gods: Zavier Ellis Brings You 2014’s Top Graduate Artists

The Griffin Gallery presents the 2015 edition of the annual exhibition ‘Young Gods’, in collaboration with CHARLIE SMITH London. The show is taking place simultaneously across two locations in the west and east of London. Selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH London and co-founder of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, […]

3 January 2015

Paul Carey- Kent Suggests 25 London Exhibitions For January 2015

2014 was certainly a good year for public blockbusters: late Matisse, Turner and Rembrandt, all of Veronese, Constable, Malevich, Polke and Kiefer, plus such quirkier fare as Emily Carr and Martin Creed – not to mention strong programmes at Camden, Chisenhale, Serpentine and the Zabludowitz Collection and the surprising scale of HS Projects’ showings at […]

26 December 2014

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life – Pace Gallery – Hyper-reality Is All

Pace Gallery London presents ‘Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life’, an exhibition comprised of thirteen large-format photographs from the artist’s ongoing Diorama series created between 1976 and 2012. Sugimoto’s photographs initially appear to be documentary photographs of the natural world, but with a certain exposure that leave the works with a strangely painterly feel – something is […]

17 December 2014

William Blake: Apprentice And Master – Ashmolean Museum – Innovation Over Vision

The Ashmolean Museum presents ‘William Blake: Apprentice and Master’ – a major exhibition focusing on the extraordinary life and work of Blake (1757–1827), printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet of prophetic books. The show sheds light on Blake’s evolution as an artist, apprenticeship as an engraver, and his maturity during the 1790s when he was at […]

17 December 2014

Pipilotti Rist: Worry Will Vanish – Hauser & Wirth – Falling Into The ‘Kubrickian’

Hauser & Wirth presents two exhibitions of new video works by Pipilotti Rist, unveiled in parallel presentations across its London and Somerset galleries. For the artist’s London exhibition, ‘Worry Will Vanish’, Rist has transformed the gallery into a fully immersive, and sensory video environment. Projected against two walls, angled so the viewer feels that if […]

13 December 2014

Louise Fishman: First UK Exhibition For This Pioneering Feminist Abstractionist

The other night I attended a quiet, understated opening featuring a series of watercolour work by Louise Fishman. This is her first solo show in the UK, which is odd as she is now in her 75th year and has over the decades built up a serious reputation not only as an abstract artist but […]

12 December 2014

Julio Le Parc, Serpentine Sackler Gallery – Fun Of The Fair

The Serpentine Galleries present two exhibitions this winter, with Reiner Ruthenbeck at the Serpentine Gallery, and Julio Le Parc at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery – Argentinian-born artist Julio Le Parc is known for creating works that transform space through light. The artist’s work often involves installations and interactive works featuring the Le Parc trademark of […]

12 December 2014

Reiner Ruthenbeck, The Serpentine Gallery – Sculpture Trimmed Of Beuysian Fat

The Serpentine Galleries present two exhibitions this winter, with Julio Le Parc at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery – and an exhibition of the sculpture and installation of Reiner Ruthenbeck. This is the first major survey in the UK of German sculptor and conceptual artist Ruthenbeck at the older Serpentine Gallery; the artist manipulates the geometry […]

10 December 2014

London Photography Exhibitions For December 2014 Reviewed By Kerim Aytac

It’s been a while since there have been this many photography shows worth seeing in London. Not only are there major shows at the Tate, the Barbican and the V&A, but there is some excellent work to be seen in private galleries big and small. Not private exactly, Somerset House continues to muscle in on […]