8 March 2013

New York Armory Week: Snow Doesn’t Stop The Winter Frieze

Armory Week 2013 Ben Austin’s Exclusive Diary – Part 1 New York City – Mega metropolis, where anything is possible.  Where everything and everyone goes at a hundred miles an hour. This is a city where innovation in its’ very name and ambition soars like the formidable skyline. So it was exactly a hundred years […]

8 March 2013

Jean Michel Basquiat’s Politically Charged, Primally Sexual Paintings – Gagosian NY

Gagosian’s current exhibition of Jean Michel-Basquiat’s work, including over fifty unique pieces by the artist, is nearly a retrospective and something not to be missed. One could spend a whole day exploring each work, letting its madness take over until the world around no longer matters. This show not only reinforces Basquiat’s truly unique and […]

4 March 2013

Art13 Final Round-Up and The Verdict From Experts

Art13 London welcomed artists, galleries and collectors from across the world, over the weekend, as well as a number of first time, local collectors, to its inaugural edition, confirming the Fair’s status as the largest and most dynamic art fair to launch in London in over a decade. Like Frieze, Art 13 has special sections […]

3 March 2013

Andrew Curtis and Leon Chew New Exhibitions At PayneShurvell

Andrew Curtis’s ‘The Leisure Circle’ a new off-site collaborative project between PayneShurvell and curator Annabel Cary opened Friday night in in a temporary space in Camden/King’s Cross. The exhibition parallels another show of the the artist Leon Chew currently at PayneShurvell’s Shoreditch space and Dark Matter Studios. Curtis’s exhibition is mounted in a ‘pop up’ […]

3 March 2013

Inaugural Art13: London’s New Fair On The Block

Self-described as “London’s most exciting art fair launch in a decade”, Art 13 brings a dynamic new art fair to the capital.  Over 120 galleries from 30 countries are showcasing exciting emerging and established talent at the Olympia Exhibition Hall.  What differentiates Art 13 from more established fairs is the embracing of the lesser known […]

2 March 2013

Time Capsule NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star

NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star is the title of an exhibition currently at New York’s New Museum running until 26-05-13.  Centered around the year 1993, the exhibit works as a time-capsule, bringing to view issues and aesthetics vivid during the early 90’s time. Primarily using New York based artists, little known […]

1 March 2013

Art13 London Delivers World Class Fair To Relieve Winter Blues

The inaugural Art13 London, held in the Olympia Grand Hall, which opened last night and runs from 1–3 March 2013, fills a gap that London has lacked for a number of years. It is a well organised operation bringing together over 130 exhibitors of merit, with very little to drag it down. This is a […]

28 February 2013

London Art Exhibitions: Questions Of Space – March 2013

Paul Carey-Kent Gives Us A Taste Of What’s Unmissable For March   London’s art scene is too rich to take in at the moment: you can go historically for high quality surveys of the Ice Age (British Museum) to Barocci (National Gallery), Murillo (Dulwich & the Wallace Collection),  Manet (Royal Academy), the Newlyn School (Two […]

26 February 2013

Kinetica Art Fair: Moving With The Times At London’s Ambika P3

The Kinetica Art Fair which opens to the public on 28th February at Ambika P3 (Baker St.) presents over 40 galleries exhibiting some of the worlds most innovative work that exemplifies universal concepts, heightened consciousness and advance human potential. This year’s event, takes on the theme Perception and Reality. It presents  iI is through the […]

24 February 2013

Adel Abdessemed First Solo Exhibition At David Zwirner London

Best known as the artist who braided three jet planes, Adel Abdessemed’s first solo exhibition in the newly opened David Zwirner, London gallery continues to breathe new life into well-worn narratives, in a show that confirms his reputation for visual showmanship, paired with a clear and succinct message. The show opens with its title and […]

22 February 2013

David Blandy: Remixing The Gif And Other Radical Hybrid Forms Of Authorship

In his last New Year Quiz for frieze, writer and curator Tom Morton joked that 2013 would see Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit (2012) transform itself into a robot exo-skeleton for the iconic sculptor, and take on Antony Gormley, armoued in his own Angel of The North (1998).  So it was appropriate enough that Morton was […]

22 February 2013

Rosemarie Trockel A Cosmos Of Dark Humour Serpentine Exhibition

Rosemarie Trockel is an artist who enjoys experimenting with many different styles. In her retrospective exhibition titled ‘A Cosmos’ she places her work in the company of others, mainly ‘Outsider Artists.’ The result is an exploration of varying disciplines. Central to the exhibition are a number of core works, including her logo blankets as well […]

19 February 2013

Roy Lichtenstein: The Things I Have Apparently Parodied I Actually Admire

Roy Lichtenstein’s comic inspired works have intrigued art enthusiasts for several decades, but this complete retrospective grants insight into other aspects of the artist’s long career.  The exhibition, co-organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Modern, has seen great success already in Chicago and Washington, D.C., setting the stage for another Tate blockbuster. […]

15 February 2013

Man Ray’s Portraits Of Celebrated Contemporaries Exhibited At NPG

In this survey of one the great photographic pioneers, the National Portrait Gallery focuses exclusively on Man Ray’s portraiture of friends, peers and muses, as well some commercial. It’s a fun, nostalgic trip through circles celebrated, but to completely discount the surrealism and technological innovation that made him influential as a cultural figure as well […]

14 February 2013

Marcel Duchamp: Relevance, Indifference And The Next Generation of Proteges

For Marcel Duchamp, the cracks that appeared in his work The Large Glass (The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even) during transit in 1926 were nothing more than a happy accident – a continuation of the tangles of replication and infinite adjustment, a further debunking of the role of the artist and his divine […]

8 February 2013

Memory and Identity Explored in 4 New London Photography Shows

Thomas Zanon-Larcher, Nicolle, Smithfield I, London, May 2009 Courtesy of the Artist and Wapping Project Bankside (above)   There’s a bunch of new shows to visit this month, as galleries gear back up after the Christmas holidays.  Here’s my pick of the ones to see, some included to stimulate rather than please. First up is […]

8 February 2013

Contemporary Art Brazil: More Than Just A Carnival In 2013

Carnival is is fast approaching and besides the traditional Brazilian party, the entire country will feature important established and emerging contemporary art exhibitions. ArtLyst’s Brazil corespondent Douglas Negrisolli reveals a lineup of work from André Feliciano to Ai Weiwei – Guide : part 1 The art scene in Brazil is very hot! The economy is […]

2 February 2013

Carl Andre: Is That All There Is To Art?

My work doesn’t mean anything. It is just the presentation of the materials in the clearest form I can make it. – Carl Andre 2013 “Art Is What The Artist Says Is Art” – Marcel Duchamp Carl Andre: Mass & Matter a new exhibition which opened on Friday 1 February at the Turner Contemporary in […]

1 February 2013

Juergen Teller Iconoclast on the Wane ICA London – Review

It is telling that the centrepiece of the Juergen Teller retrospective now on at the ICA is a trio of very large nudes featuring Vivienne Westwood, juxtaposed with a saccharine snapshot of a kitten on a table on one side of the room and a stolen glimpse of Kurt Cobain strumming a guitar on the […]

29 January 2013

DANIEL LERGON’S PROJECT OF THE UNIVERSE BEYOND THE BINARY

Paul Carey-Kent takes a look at the young German artist Daniel Lergon and uncovers the impressive narrative of Lergon’s work over the past decade Daniel Lergon is a German artist represented in his home country by Christian Lethert in Cologne, as well as by Almine Rech (Paris/Brussels), Andersen’s Contemporary (Copenhagen), Galerie Andreas Huber (Vienna) and […]

27 January 2013

William Scott Retrospective Opens At Tate St Ives

The eagerly awaited William Scott retrospective exhibition opened to the public yesterday at Tate St Ives, the first stop on a three city touring show. Next month marks the centenary of the birth of the painter, perhaps the most accomplished painter of his generation. Scott moved effortlessly between abstraction still-life and figuration with equal confidence […]

26 January 2013

Death: A Subject For Art And Debate Wellcome Collection London

So it falls to me to review “Death” so soon after the death of someone I knew. His name was Chris Jones, who died in a car accident on Sleaford Road, Metheringham, Lincolnshire, at 5.30pm Christmas Day, 2012. He was an incredibly nice man, 23 years old, with an enormous heart and a smile that […]

26 January 2013

London Art Exhibitions Explore Unusual Materials In February Lineup – Review

Paul Carey-Kent discovers copious use of fresh new materials in this months London gallery art offerings. Maybe there’s no such thing as an unusual material these days. Consider the use of acted magazine texts by Gerard Byrne at Whitechapel, woollen thread by Fred Sandback at David Zwirner and the coal, coats and chairs of Jannis […]

25 January 2013

Manet Portraits: The Blurred Boundaries Between Portrait and Genre Painting – Review

Edouard Manet is one of the best-known and influential figures in the development of modern art, yet somehow, the Royal Academy’s “Manet: Portraying Life” is the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in the UK.  Additionally, never before has there been an exhibition that focuses on Manet’s portraiture, despite the continued presence of portraits […]

23 January 2013

The Deceptively Deep Francesco Clemente – Review

Francesco Clemente found fame as part of the Neo-Expressionist movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s, or the ‘transavanguardia’ as their early supporter Achille Bonito Oliva named them. The intent was to react against the anti-painting sentiments common at the time, and to return to the ‘internal motives, to the constitutive reasons of working’, […]

20 January 2013

Photo50 An Illuminating Meditation On Photography And Memory

This year’s Photo50 at the London Art Fair provided, yet again, a diverting and fascinating escape from the throngs  browsing the fair below. In the past, this curated exhibit has been assembled by a panel of selectors, but this year free reign was given to Nick Hackworth, owner of Paradise Row gallery. Allowing for one […]

20 January 2013

Greetings Earthlings: Reflections From The Artists Earth Star – Review

“Ascending With Our Earth Star”, an art event which opened on 21 December 2012, is an exhibition incorporating a mixture of performance and visual art combined with the healing arts. The 21st of December is a date which the Mayans predicted would bring in a new Earth phase and welcome an expansion of human consciousness. […]

7 January 2013

John Chamberlain Confluences My Favourite Show Of The Year – Review

John Chamberlain (1927-2011) lived just long enough to help plan his retrospective at the Guggenheim, New York (Feb 24 – May 13, 2012) and it proved exemplary. First, it looked good spiralling up the ramps, where its chronological ascent made sense. Second, the ‘Choices’ – a title designed to emphasise that Chamberlain selected his materials, […]

7 January 2013

London Photography Exhibitions Not To Miss Spring 2013 Preview

After such a good end to the year for Photography in London, a barren 2013 seemed likely, but though there will be fewer outings by some of the major institutions, there looks to be some quite exciting shows on the horizon. January Photo50 @ The London Art Fair: 16-20 January, Islington Business Design Centre First […]

5 January 2013

Nude Art Opening Mayhem In Daniel Libeskind Pop UP Gallery

‘Yeah, you missed it’, stated Tony Andre the Director of Guerilla Galleries (London) whom I rang today to ask how last nights opening event went. A very private PRIVATE VIEW of the ‘100% NUDE’ exhibition was mobbed, with 300 attending the show, half in the buff. It was held in the Daniel Libeskind designed building […]

4 January 2013

Ten Good Reasons To Visit The London Art Fair By Paul Carey-Kent

Ah, the London Art Fair (Previews 15 Jan, public opening 16-20 Jan at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington). So why bother? In fact, there’s always enough interesting work to make a visit entertaining and worthwhile, it’s just a matter of speeding past where appropriate and slowing down for the good stuff. That […]

31 December 2012

Tony Cragg Movement From Within – Review

What is movement? Ok, fine, maybe we know what movement is, but how should we think about it? In the medieval period medicine considered movement to equal life, and stasis to be death – a supposed aetiology of the black plague was “stagnant air”, and restoring circulation and movement to the air would solve the […]