12 June 2013

America’s Conflicted History Revealed Through Civil War Photographs At The Met

Isa Freeling explores a new exhibition of Civil War Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where “humanity seems to call out from the grave” The Civil War photographs of 1861 to 1865 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art remind us of the egregious, conflicted history of the United States. Yet they […]

12 June 2013

Mariana Castillo Deball The Lives Of Objects At Chisenhale Gallery

This summer the Chisenhale presents a solo exhibition by Mariana Castillo Deball that examines the lives of objects in “What we caught we threw away, what we didn’t catch we kept.”  Travelling the world and modern history, Deball combines sculpture, printmaking, and archival elements. Entering Chisenhale Gallery on a sunny day, the coolness and simplicity […]

12 June 2013

Joe Bradley A Young Giant Among New American Painters

Joe Bradley is a young giant among the select group of heroic American male painters. When I entered his show at Gavin Brown Enterprise, it immediately conjured up De Kooning, Stills, Motherwell, Reinhardt and Noland. In my mind I saw Clement Greenberg nodding in critical approval. This is Joe Bradley’s second show with Gavin Brown […]

11 June 2013

Venice Biennale Essential Highlights By London Gallerist Joanne Shurvell

The 55th Venice Biennale includes 88 official national participants showing in the country pavilions in the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in off-site locations throughout Venice.  Running alongside and influencing the national shows, is the international exhibition, The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, a director at New Museum in New York. This exhibition draws […]

10 June 2013

A Helter Skelter Of Art Presented At Royal Academy Summer Show

Today, Monday, 10 June saw the opening of this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition now in its 245th year.  To some it is an important part of the summer’s calendar of arts events, to others it is a staid, dry event of no great significance.  The organisers try to give it a unique feel every […]

9 June 2013

Tracey Emin and Peter Blake Prints Sell Out At Art Car Boot Fair

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair 2013 got off to an engine roaring start at midday, Sunday 9th June. Now in its 10th year it featured work by over 70 renowned artists including Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Emin International, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw, Bob & Roberta Smith, Pam Hogg, Pure Evil and Marcus Harvey […]

4 June 2013

Flesh Reality: A New Exhibition At Point Zero Project Space London

Point Zero arts project space is a new addition to Dalston, East London. The district is primarily known for its fashion-forward nightlife but Point Zero makes its own bold statement with debut show, Flesh Reality. The exhibition features works by the likes of Sarah Lucas, Laurie Simmons and Erwin Wurm, alongside some excellent work from […]

4 June 2013

Sarah Sze: Gravity Defying Installation American Pavilion Venice Biennale

Sarah Sze’s gravity defying installation, representing the US at the Venice Biennale this year, takes the title “Triple Point” from the singular combination of temperature and pressure at which all three phases of a substance (liquid, gas, and solid) exist in perfect equilibrium. Measuring distance from three ordinal points, triangulation is also used to specify […]

2 June 2013

Gui Mohallem: Brazilian Artist Inspired By Residency in Lebanon

Gui Mohallem presents 13 works at the Emma Thomas Gallery including videos, photographs and objects. Inspired by a stay in Lebanon, the birthplace of his parents. The works displayed in the show tackle issues relating to historical conflicts and strong traits of a local culture. Coexisting in the intrinsically complex works is beauty and horror. “At […]

31 May 2013

Julie Mehretu Explores Time, Place And Space At White Cube

 “I am interested in the multifaceted layers of place, space, and time that impact the formation of personal and communal identity”, states Ethiopian-born artist Julie Mehretu. Liminal Squared, her first UK solo exhibition at White Cube in Bermondsey, brings together narratives of ideology, culture, power, and personal freedoms. These concepts wrestle for meaning and order […]

29 May 2013

London Curve: A Dozen Of The Best Art Exhibitions For June

Paul Carey-Kent has a look at twelve of the more interesting London art offerings for June 2013. Including Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection and Painting in the 2.5th Dimension at the Zabludowicz Collection. Assuming we’re about to move on to a semblance of summer, there are worse places to enjoy it than Holland Park, the […]

25 May 2013

Central Saint Martins Graduates Create First Rate Degree Shows

This year’s crop of Central Saint Martins graduate shows have surpassed expectations and created a first rate exhibition not to be missed. It is unusual to see such strong contenders from the undergraduate body competing strongly with the MA programme. I was especially impressed with the oversized drawings by Carla Raffinetti (see above) and the […]

23 May 2013

Margaret Harrison: At The Forefront Of Feminist Art Practice

The stout, lumpy figure of Ena Sharples stands at the corner of a functional looking balcony staring out over the rooftops of an anonymous urban landscape. A mishmash of red brick terraced streets fades into obscurity behind her. She slumps heavily over the railings wearing an unflattering Ulster coat and an expression of discontent. It’s […]

22 May 2013

IMAGE: The Occult Factor An inaugural exhibition of Esoteric Artists

Making art is indeed an alchemical act. Whether you approach it as an occultist, a practising magician, an artist or someone who has an interest and appreciation for the visual arts, the gallery space at 32 Store Street has certainly something to offer. As the exhibition subtitle states, this is the first show of its […]

21 May 2013

TRIBE : New Installation Explores Themes of Female Adolescence and Feminism

For their exhibition at Peckham Space, Sarah Cole and the TRIBE of eleven young girls (from Southwark Youth Service) played and explored around the themes of female adolescence, feminism, group dynamics, hiding and inclusion. For the short period of seven weeks, they ostensibly formed a tribe of their own and explored its motifs, its ceremonies […]

20 May 2013

Video Installation Inspired By Werner Herzog film Exhibited In London

When is a video about skiing not about skiing? Melanie Manchot’s Leap after The Great Ecstasy is just that. It consists of a multi-channel video installation in three parts inspired by Werner Herzog’s film The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner(1974). The installation is presented at CARSLAW, St Luke’s, the gallery is tucked away and inconspicuous […]

19 May 2013

Andreas Eriksson monumental Landscape Paintings Evoking Notions Of The Sublime

Landscape painting, especially on a monumental scale, typically evokes notions of the sublime, however, Andreas Eriksson’s exhibition, “Coincidental Mapping”, leaves me with a sense of modesty and unpretension. They are beautiful, contemplative works. This is Eriksson’s first UK solo show at Stephen Friedman gallery, and follows his participation at the 2011 Venice Biennale were he […]

18 May 2013

Tim Goossens Curates Two Exhibitions At Tribeca’s Temp

TEMP, located in the heart of Tribeca, is a new art space that has churned out a myriad of projects, performances, and exhibitions by emerging and evolved artists who range in various creative genres. Co-founded by New York University graduates Alex Ahn and Ari Lipkis, the space started off with a bang in September 2012 […]

16 May 2013

Jeff Koons: Shiny And Industrialised Commercial Gold At Gagosian

Jeff Koons is a showman, a businessman and a master manipulator first and foremost- and then comes the art. Art has become the vehicle by which he can be all these things and make a GREAT deal of money too. If you heard him on ART 21, and I paraphrase here, he says; “It’s not […]

14 May 2013

Leon Kossoff : Obsessive And Frenetic London Landscapes – In New Exhibition

Leon Kossoff is quoted as saying: “London is in my bloodstream. It is always moving – the skies, the streets, the buildings. The people who walk past me when I draw become part of my life”. Entering the space at Annely Juda for his much-anticipated retrospective on this theme, one is met by a pulsating, […]

11 May 2013

Installation Art : A Look At Nine Of London’s Current Best

Paul Carey-Kent explores Londons top exhibitions of Installation Art.   You could argue that the main point of going to a gallery is to see the installation, as a combination of art fairs and the Internet might give you a fair idea of the works in the show, but not of how it all fits […]

9 May 2013

Zabludowicz Collection New York: Exploring The Balance of Sight and Sound

Have you ever walked into a gallery trying to look at the art on the wall and been distracted by the sound track from a video piece playing close by? I know I have. It’s a frustrating moment when the auditory and visual sensations compete for your attention.  The Zabludowicz project  sets out to tackle […]

6 May 2013

New York’s Lower East Side Hots Up For Frieze Week

The Lower East Side has become the exciting new gallery area in New York with a concentration of over 60 galleries presenting new and innovative art. The area itself maintains the old world charm of its roots as a place where early immigrants settled. The scale of the buildings and streets are small and intimate. […]

4 May 2013

Yayoi Kusama: An Unrelenting Pursuit Of Truth And Beauty

Doyenne of the art world whose career has spanned 6 decades, Yayoi Kusama is now 84 years old, and continues to generate work in superlative fashion. She now presents us with an array of new pieces at Victoria Miro gallery. Because of her tenacity, her unrelenting pursuit of truth and beauty, her cheekiness and boldness, […]

3 May 2013

Letha Wilson: Exploring Landmarks and Monuments With A Tactile Intimacy

The famous architect Louis Kahn said “Truly a work of Art is one that tells us,  that Nature cannot make what man can make.” The show Landmarks and Monuments at Art In General, confounds this quote. “Landmarks and Monuments” incorporates photographs of expansive canyons, mountains, and moonlit vistas into complex concrete enigmatic sculptural forms.” The […]

3 May 2013

Bodies And Movement In May : Twelve London Art Exhibitions

    Paul Carey-Kent former Editor at large for Art World Magazine has a look at twelve of the best art exhibitions in London. With Frieze NY,  The Venice Biennale and Art Basel just around the corner, London still holds its ground as an international centre for excellence.   Georgina Starr: Two Bubbles   A […]

2 May 2013

William Eggleston Presents Metropolitan Museum of Art With Photo Legacy

William Eggleston once boldly stated that he was “at war with the obvious”.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s show At War with the Obvious: Photographs by William Eggleston presents 36 breathtaking dye transfer prints, recently donated to the museum, through a Purchase by, Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, Rogers Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, […]

24 April 2013

Florian Maier-Aichen: Photographs Creating Illusions of the Bigger Picture

At one point, perhaps somewhere around 1911, pictures decided they wanted to stop being a window through which you could see things already in the world – be it a landscape or an apple or a laughing cavalier – and simply be something in the world. They stopped representing and started being, either through abstraction […]

23 April 2013

Artist Serena Korda Creates Ritual Ballet With Monster Latex Puppet

British Artist Serena Korda explores animal symbolism and folklore with a series of three performances and two film pieces in “Aping the Beast”. The Boob Meteorite, the second in a series of three performances, is a ritual ballet featuring a towering monster latex puppet, manipulated by a team who have him jigging around by maneuvering […]

22 April 2013

Dorothy Iannone Challenges Tracey Emin’s Title Of Ultimate Bad Girl

When I first heard that boobs, bums, willies and acts of masturbation mischieviously fly out in the work of octogenarian American artist Dorothy Iannone, I must admit I was curious. She has been compared to Tracey Emin as  the ultimate bad girl, the real definition of a minx, and this is her first retrospective show […]

20 April 2013

WOMEN TAKE CHARGE: 10 LONDON ART EXHIBITIONS NOT TO MISS IN APRIL

Paul Carey-Kent highlights 10 interesting artists who happen to be women!   No sooner have I celebrated women in charge than a glut of interesting artists who happen to be female open shows in the first few days of April, so here’s some extra coverage… It’s an indication of the richness of London’s art scene […]

20 April 2013

RANA BEGUM: PAUL CAREY KENT EXPLORES THIS LONDON BASED ARTIST IN COLOGNE

Manifold is the first full presentation of a new stream in the work of Anglo-Bangladeshi artist Rana Begum. She’s become known for fetish-finished wall-based works which project into the gallery space, legible from front-on but dynamised by the viewer so that physical movement activates colour movement.  Prior to 2011, these took the form of repeating rectilinear […]