16 September 2012

City & Guilds of London MA Fine Arts Exhibition 2012- Review

In the postmodern world of art, tertiary institutions have increasingly ditched technical skills in favour of conceptual innovation.  In London, art colleges that pride themselves on technical excellence are a rare commodity. There are a number of reasons for this.  In the twentieth century, artists began to challenge the role of art in society.  Many sought […]

7 September 2012

Sao Paulo Biennial Exclusive The Imminence of Poetics – Review

International Arts Corespondent Andrea Shortell Sends This ArtLyst Exclusive Report, From The Sao Paulo Frontline. São Paulo flourishes with cultural energy the weekend before the 30th Biennial begins, as if it were preparing for a tsunami of visitors. Every cultural space from the contemporary arte commercial galleries in the chic neighbourhood of Jardims opens its […]

31 August 2012

Warhol Mauro At What Point Did The Irony Stop? – Review

A girl ironically goes into a Mayfair nightclub, the kind where attractive young women get in free, and the men pay £50 entry and for all the drinks. It will be a bit of a laugh. While in there, a man approaches her, buys her a few drinks, and more happens. They start seeing each […]

27 August 2012

New Face of Klimt Celebrated By Contemporary Artists – Review

A flash of colour and lingering pose adorn the walls of the Lazarides gallery near Tottenham Court Road. For a brief moment London is transformed into a modern Viennese court of wonder. New and old are mixed together with international flare at the new exhibition “Klimt Illustrated”. Nine international street artists have been working tirelessly […]

18 August 2012

Brancolini Grimaldi Summer Show Reignites London Photography Scene – Review

London is getting better at showing Fine Art Photography. The number of galleries dedicated to the medium is negligible when compared to New York, mediocre as measured up against Paris and barely on par with the German cities. There is no British national institution dedicated the form, despite the efforts of those at the V&A, […]

18 August 2012

Damian Ortega White Lines And Multiverse – Review

In an age of austerity, it has become increasingly rare for private galleries to make the space for art that is so unsellable, so uncommodifiable.  But then the White Cube is not just any gallery and Damiàn Ortega is not just any artist.  The brainchild of British Art dealer, Jay Jopling, the White Cube quickly […]

12 August 2012

Vyner Street Exhibition Reviews August 2012

Vyner Street has been receiving its share of adverse publicity lately, with some critics questioning whether this cultural enclave in Bethnal Green is now a has-been in the art world.  During better economic times, Vyner Street became a thriving artistic hub, with critically acclaimed galleries attracting an eclectic mix of dealers, collectors, artists and art […]

11 August 2012

Zhang Huan Mind Over Matter And Self Control – Review

Zhang Huan (White Cube Bermondsey) is an interesting artist, with an impressively diverse range of art to his name.  The artist was born in 1965, on the eve of the Cultural Revolution, pursuant to which whole tracts of Chinese culture were obliterated – somewhat unusually by China’s own people rather than by a foreign colonial […]

11 August 2012

Andy Warhol Fame I Wanna Live Forever – Dulwich Review

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) lived a life of irreconcilable contradictions.  He regularly went to church on Sunday, didn’t run up debts and didn’t do drugs.  He openly lived as a gay man at a time when many still preferred to hide their sexuality in the closet.  Yet, in the 1980s, he claimed that he was a […]

5 August 2012

Titian Given Contemporary Makeover In New National Gallery Exhibition

The most common way of seeing a Titian is as follows: you walk into a prestigious and/or 19th Century building, follow the signs to Venice, take a deep breath, and walk into a huge room full of Venetian oil paintings of various thicknesses. The most common way of seeing Titian is amidst other Titians, which, […]

4 August 2012

Fitzrovia Area Art Gallery Reviews August 2012

Fitzrovia has rapidly grown into one of London’s prime contemporary art hubs. June 2012 witnessed the launch of Fitzrovia Lates (http://www.fitzrovialates.co.uk).  As part of the scheme, over 20 galleries stay open until 9pm on the last Thursday of every month.  On the menu is a programme of curator tours, discussions and performances for art lovers who […]

3 August 2012

Another London: Images From A Wiser Innocent Time – Review

This is a show of unadulterated image-making from a simultaneously wiser and more innocent time. Full of the type of photography that turns people onto the medium, it is a meditative, soulful experience. We’re proud of London aren’t we? Now the Opening Ceremony has come and gone, even more so maybe, for if that show […]

3 August 2012

Anthony Gormley Inner And Outer Body Experiences – Review

Anthony Gormley’s work is interesting for a number of reasons.  Not least, is that the conceptual foundations of his practice are rooted in eastern spirituality.  Second, his oeuvre is unashamedly centered on the human body.  Both are remarkable in the contemporary art world, which often eschews religion in art and which can be quick to […]

2 August 2012

Mr Brainwash Breaking London The Agony And The Ecstasy

Review – It is not an easy feat for an emerging artist to make a splash in London, during the Olympics or at anytime for that matter . But here we have Thierry Guetta AKA Mr Brainwash coming onto the London scene and doing just that. Mr Brainwash was made in heaven for the tabloids. […]

25 July 2012

London Photography Exhibition Round Up – July 2012

Tis the season of the group show, so it is refreshing when a gallery attempts to use this format to create a dynamic exhibition instead of a mere’ greatest hits’ of represented artists.   There is sound commercial imperative for the latter approach, but, as is the case with the excellent ‘Uncommon Ground’ at Flowers […]

23 July 2012

Hoxton Area Review – July 2012

Hoxton is one of East London’s most exciting art neighborhoods with well-established galleries like White Cube Hoxton Square, to small lesser-known spaces.  Visitors to Hoxton’s art scene will re-encounter familiar names and become acquainted with new talent. White Cube Hoxton Square http://www.artlyst.com/events/antony-gormley-still-standing-white-cube-hoxton-square The Hoxton location of White Cube is currently home to a series of […]

17 July 2012

Fitzrovia Gallery and Exhibtions Reviews – July 2012

  Fitzrovia has been receiving a great deal of attention recently, establishing itself as the next East London. Many of the galleries that are opening in and around the area had previously been located in the East End, near Bethnal Green, Shoreditch, and the like. Economic changes and Olympic gentrification have led many of these […]

8 July 2012

Goldsmiths Image And Communications MA MFA Degree Review

One can but admire the Goldsmiths approach to its art courses.  By being prepared to allow students to develop autonomously, individually, this institution often produces artists of genuine originality. In taking this approach, the university risks its brand in a way that other venerable M.A’s seem unwilling to, staying committed to an ethos in which […]

7 July 2012

Whitechapel Open Barometer For The Best Emerging Artistic Tends

Art institutions in Britain’s capital city like to jockey for the position of being the epicentre of creativity in London. It seems every exhibition boasts the freshest, newest, most relevant talent to ever show on the London art scene. It’s no surprise then that Whitechapel Gallery suggests their open-submission exhibition called The London Open is […]

7 July 2012

Goldsmiths 2012 High Calibre MFA Degree Show Review

Last night saw the opening of the 2012 MFA degree show at Goldsmiths, an event that always creates an atmosphere of anticipation due to the high calibre of graduates the college has produced in the past.  A line-up that includes numerous Turner Prize winners such as Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Antony Gormley, Grenville Davey, Damien […]

5 July 2012

Royal College Of Art Degree Show 2012 Photography Review

Although it may not be as glamorous a location for its students, the expansion of the RCA to the environs of its old Sculpture building has worked wonders for the experience of visiting one of its shows. The exhibition is now spread across 3  buildings as well as the neighbouring space Testbed, allowing for a […]

4 July 2012

LA Street Art Conquers London With Pop Up exhibition

LETTERS FROM AMERICA, a pop up exhibition, mounted by LA’s Corey Helford Gallery opened last night with the level of buzz needed to convince even the jaded, that ‘Street Art” is still a meaningful genre with something to say and a quality of work rarely seen in painting sculpture and installation art today. The artists […]

3 July 2012

Jenny Saville Melding Empathy And Perverse Fascination Review

On my way to Modern Art Oxford I passed several people I didn’t know before bumping into my friend Nick. “Hey Nick,” I said, “would you like to come to see the Jenny Saville exhibition on at Modern Art Oxford?” He replied “I was just going to go to visit Walter Pater’s grave,” in his […]

2 July 2012

London Pleasure Gardens Live Up To Its Name

The London Pleasure Gardens are an oasis of culture perfectly set in a desolate industrial complex of warehouses. From within the complex visitors can see the newly erected Emirates Airline (Thames Cable Car) in the distance, elegantly cutting through the skyline and surrounded by a beautiful display of urban decay that the City of London […]

2 July 2012

Royal College of Art 2012 Degree Show Review

This year is the 175th anniversary of the Royal College of Art and its annual degree show has taken place in six buildings across the College’s two campus sites in Kensington and Battersea. Almost 500 art and design postgraduate students from more than 40 countries are have exhibited works from across the huge spectrum of […]

26 June 2012

Edvard Munch Vampires And Death With A Symbolist Sensibility

Review – Tate Modern’s blockbuster exhibition of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch ‘The Modern Eye’, opened today to the press for a preview glimpse of what promised to be a reassessment of the artists’ work in the 20th century. If you are coming to this exhibition to see ‘The Scream’ you may be disappointed, as […]

24 June 2012

Central St. Martins Graduate Shows 2012 – Review

What is happening with Central Saint Martins graduates? A better question perhaps is what is not happening? This is the first year that Saint Martins is displaying their graduate degree shows in their new home behind St. Pancras Station. The building is new and luxurious yet the graduate shows felt old and at times thrown […]

22 June 2012

Slade School Of Fine Art MA/MFA Degree Show 2012 – Review

Another end of the academic year announces another fresh batch of art students entering the world of galleries, collectors and critics. So, what can we expect from these emerging artists eager to make their mark?   Last week, the Slade School of Fine Art MA/MFA Degree Show presented works from 56 students on the University […]

18 June 2012

Yoko Ono Breaks Free With Major London Exhibition – Review

Yoko Ono is one of the best known figures to come out of the 1960’s Fluxus movement. It was a group made up of musicians, including John Cage, poets, artists and hippies. At 79 she is still a force to be reckoned with. Her work is still energetic and vibrant.  Ono’s new Serpentine Gallery exhibition […]

18 June 2012

London Art Exhibitions Hoxton Gallery Reviews – June 2012

Summer is here in London and Hoxton has a lot to offer. Beatrix Jacot glides effortless through nine galleries and reports on the best picks for June Hales Gallery, where Bowling demonstrates how abstract painting can be remarkable. Using the gallery’s space and soft glow of lights Bowling’s large paintings seem to be almost 3D; […]

17 June 2012

Photography Reinforces Position In The London Art Scene

Kerim Aytac takes a look at five new London Photography Shows – Review London galleries are always on the move and the latest trend seems to be focused on Fitzrovia, an area behind Oxford Street. Although this may not be the most atmospheric of settings for a new photography scene to emerge, it serves as […]

15 June 2012

Art Basel Recession Proof Switzerland Fuels Market Confidence

Review – Art Basel really got underway yesterday with their official opening day festivities, that is, it opened the doors to the actual public!  Basel is an affair that seems endlessly packed with previews, pre pre views, opening night galas,vernissages (both French and German) and after parties. It is a place where socialising and hanging […]