16 December 2012

Art In London With A Christmas Twist By Paul Carey-Kent

I’m no great fan of Christmas (wouldn’t once every two years be enough?) but here all the same is a fairly arbitrary box of not entirely festive goodies for the festive season: a candle, cards, a film, a show with gifts, a Tate selection, a trip and a book… CHRISTMAS CANDLE NAKED FLAME Giorgio Sadotti: […]

12 December 2012

Miami Basel Ben Austin Rounds Off The Big Art Week

The booths have all been dismantled, the artwork packed up, crated and carted off in trucks to planes to be dispersed all over the cultural globe. The dealers count their sales and curse the ones that got away. The hordes of international art world people have all left town, exhausted and partied out. The art […]

11 December 2012

Best London Photography Shows of 2012 As Chosen By Kerim Aytac

In honour of the festive list season, and the need to have something to talk about at the countless social events about to befall us all, here’s my list of the best photography shows in London from this about to be past year. If the Mayans were wrong, 2013 promises to build upon what was […]

9 December 2012

Art Basel Miami The Final Round-Up A Collective Experience

Miami Beach Art Basel is so much more than a merging of international galleries in what is disputably the most important commercial art event in the calendar.  Art  comes together in all shapes and forms to create a meeting of minds and a collective experience in an environment conducive to sharing trends in any sort […]

8 December 2012

A NADA Alternative Art Basel Miami Beach: Day Four

I apologise in advance if this entry is somewhat sparse and not quite up to speed, as I am nursing a harsh hangover with added sleep deprivation.  No sympathy please for self inflicted wounds. So, yesterday I met up with the fair gang, Cyril and Richard, both of who are collectors and dealers. We arrange […]

7 December 2012

New London Photography Shows Evoke Nostalgia And Abandonment – Review

The current batch of photography shows on around Central London are marked by a refreshing, if occasionally baffling, straightforwardness, the likes of which would have been too irony or concept free for the scene a few years ago. This is a reflection, one might argue, of a growing confidence in the market for ‘straight’ photography […]

7 December 2012

Enter The Big Guns Art Basel Miami Beach Day Three

On The Third Day Of His Diary Ben Austin Discovers Size May Matter To Some But Reputation Trumps Size! So, enter the big guns. The mega money and serious players are fully primed and ready to go trophy hunting. They want the big names, the blue chip stuff, artwork that needs no introduction. After all […]

5 December 2012

Welcome Art Tourists Miami Basel Diary By Ben Austin

Day one: Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town. Miami Basel is the Big Top, the main event. Come all you collectors, critics and curators. Welcome art tourists, party people and socialites. The guest lists are filling up and bars are being stocked. The fancy hotels on Collins are teeming and the high-end […]

5 December 2012

Design Miami Opens With The Best Of Classic and Contemporary – Review

Design Miami in its eight edition opened last night with an impressive roster of 29 international participants in the gallery program and 7 emerging galleries as part of the Design On/Site program. One of the more interesting booths was mounted by Didier Ltd who put on a special featured exhibition of sculptural jewellery created by […]

1 December 2012

London Gallery Round Up By Paul Carey-Kent – December Preview

What would you sooner, solo show or group? This month I feature three solos varied enough to look like groups, tightly-themed and more disparate group shows and a solo (or is it?) with multiple guests…  not to mention an artist with three substantial London shows at once – would that be a group solo? And even […]

29 November 2012

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Inescapable Sense Of Sameness ICA – Review

For many aspiring artists who are lucky enough to crack the proverbial nod, the Bloomberg New Contemporaries represents their first step up the ladder of the art world.  With funding from the Arts Council England and the National Lottery, the organisation assists new art school graduates at the beginning of their careers by introducing them […]

28 November 2012

Richard Hamilton Shock and Awe The Late Works – Review

There is a famous story about Giotto, Cimabue, and a fly. Cimabue, the master, left Giotto alone in the studio one day for an unrecorded reason. Giotto painted a fly on one of Cimabue’s unfinished works. Cimabue came back, and spent an unknown amount of time trying to shoo the fly away before realising it […]

27 November 2012

Antony Gormley Exhibition Challenges The Gallery’s Physical Possibilities

A new exhibition by the British sculptor Antony Gormley. Titled ‘Model’, at White Cube Bermondsey consists of an ambitious construction containing 100 tons of sheet steel forming an architectural installation which challenges the physical possibilities of the gallery space and investigates our experience of architecture through the body and of the body through. Made in […]

27 November 2012

Tony Cragg Exhibition Perceiving The Natural And Material Worlds

Tony Cragg is exhibiting a powerful new selection of works at Lisson Gallery in London from tomorrow 28 November. This is Cragg’s twelfth exhibition at Lisson, representing more than three decades of collaboration since his groundbreaking first show in 1979. Cragg’s work is based first on observation and understanding of the natural and material worlds, […]

23 November 2012

Why Did Peter Doig Finish The Pink Hat? – Review

In Peter Doig’s show the other day, speaking with the charming girl working there, I was told that Peter Doig had finished the pink hat on ‘Cave Boat Bird Painting’ (2010-2012) in the gallery, as it was hanging there, hours before the opening. This anecdote has some importance to the entirety of this exhibition. The […]

19 November 2012

Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment Explored At Somerset House – Review

An interesting premise here, as curator William E. Ewing challenges the legacy of Henri Cartier Bresson’s ‘decisive moment’ through a survey of post-war, pre-conceptual colour photography, as well as some more recent examples. Cartier-Bresson hated colour, as did many, for black and white was considered the higher status approach until the sixties and seventies, but […]

10 November 2012

Hoxton And Shoreditch Contemporary Art Reviews – November 2012

The air is getting crisper, the days are getting shorter, but it’s not quite winter yet.  This weekend I was able to enjoy the remaining sunshine with a stroll through Shoreditch and Hoxton to check out some art.  Setting out with a cozy scarf and a hand-drawn map (smart phones and GPS are too complicated […]

7 November 2012

Andrew Logan Welcome To My Most Glamorous World – Review

Fresh from their successful exhibition of the works of iconic London artist Duggie Fields, mere weeks ago, curator partnership DuoVision (James Lawler and Martin Green) have pulled off another coup with their newest exhibition, a retrospective of the works of sculptor, performance artist, jewellery-maker, portraitist and painter Andrew Logan – Andrew Logan: Welcome To My […]

5 November 2012

Hollywood Costume The Opulent Must Have Christmas Book – Review

There are only a handful of museum exhibitions that become events each year and the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A certainly falls into this category. It is one of those unpredictable occurrences, when the public engages and embraces an exhibition, that transcends into a phenomenon. Like a hit film, there are plenty of good […]

4 November 2012

Young Masters Prize Pays Homage To Art Past And Present

The Young Masters Prize is an unique annual award which encourages artists to engage in art from an historical context. This year It will be presented to the artist who combines 21st-century originality with art that has existed before us. The creators of the Young Masters Art Prize believe that; “Art loses power if it […]

31 October 2012

Photography Given Kudos In First National Gallery Exhibition – Review

The exploration of the relationship between painting and photography is so large a topic that this complex, sober exhibition cannot help but omit some of the key strands that have come to define this symbiosis. Indeed, curator Hope Davis acknowledges this fact when stating the show sets out to make an argument about the links […]

26 October 2012

Rain Room Cold Damp View From The Inside – Review

This autumn has seen a number of big events in the arts, but one of the most popular has undoubtedly been Random International’s Rain Room in the Barbican Curve gallery.  Since the installation opened on 4 October, queues to enter the space have dominated the Barbican foyer and stretched 2-3 hours in length.  What is […]

22 October 2012

Daido Moriyama And William Klein Two Monochrome Image Junkies – Review

So it’s another belter from Simon Baker whose appointment as Head of Photography for the Tate has proven to be a good choice. After the excellent ‘Another London’ at the Tate Britain, he brings us this initially unlikely pairing of two monochrome image junkies, Working with a co-curator, as he did with the Tate Britain […]

20 October 2012

Edmund de Waal Conceptions Of Space In A Non Digital World

Review – Edmund de Waal certainly has a lot going for him. A glance at his biography shows that he always has. He received a place to study English at Cambridge, but deferred entry to be apprentice to Geoffrey Whiting, who in turn was disciple to Bernard Leach. During this time he made hundreds and […]

18 October 2012

Hollywood Costume Golden Age To Present V&A Museum – Review

Hollywood Costume, the V&A’s major autumn exhibition, is major indeed. This is the sort of blockbuster show that delivers what many museums only imagine possible. It is curated by Hollywood costume designer and senior guest curator Deborah Nadoolman Landis, along with the former rector of the RCA Sir Christopher Frayling, as guest curator and V&A […]

11 October 2012

Rothko Sugimoto Amplifying A Common Thrust Pace Gallery – Review

Because I’ve never attended the London or New York fashion week shows, I assume the opening of Pace gallery’s new London space was like one; or at least like the gallery openings in films, where people you apparently should want to know only whisper in each other’s ears. Pace have had (what now looks like […]

3 October 2012

Matthew Darbyshire Recreates The Wonderful World Of Mockintosh

Review – The Zabludowicz Collection has commissioned the artist Matthew Darbyshire to recreate T Rooms an installation originally exhibited at Tramway in Glasgow. This new work builds on his previously successful concept, making modifications which fit more into the London urban-scape, but still play on the pastiche of familiar Glasgow and other 20th century design […]

1 October 2012

Bharti Kher’s Surreal World Of Cyborgs Bindis And White Elephants

Review – Bharti Kher’s is one of India’s best-known contemporary artists. Collections of Her work has attracted the attention of important collectors such as François Pinault, Charles Saatchi and Frank Cohen. To name a few.  Although the artist was born and bred in England, she settled in India permanently in 1992 after meeting her future […]

21 September 2012

Jerwood Drawing Prize An Integral Fine Art Practice – Review

Drawing was once considered one of the cornerstones of Western art.  The reason for this is simple: if art was to be accurate and representational, then one had to learn how to draw first before one could paint or sculpt. For an example of how the practice of drawing was once considered to be so […]

20 September 2012

Photography From The Sixties and Seventies Explored Barbican – Review

Although one could definitely make the case that there is too much work in this show, it is a noble attempt to bring a wide range of important work to the general public. According to its curator, ‘ Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60’s and 70’s’ is an attempt to explore ‘how photographers intersected […]

16 September 2012

Liverpool Biennial Gathers Kudos On The International Art Circuit – Review

It’s difficult to know where to begin when discussing a show that includes 242 artists in 27 locations.  Liverpool has given itself over to contemporary art for the next 10 weeks, exploring the theme of ‘hospitality’. Within that realm there is a sub-themed exhibition, ‘The Unexpected Guest’ curated by Lorenzo Fusi, in which works by […]

16 September 2012

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz Rebirth of A Renaissance Masterpiece – Review

Deriving from rinascere, an Italian word meaning ‘to be reborn,’ it is fitting that the work of Dutch Renaissance artist Hieronymus Bosch is reborn in a contemporary interpretation by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz.  All Visual Arts current exhibition features large-scale drawings and paintings based on Bosch’s most famous work, The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490-1510). Held […]