11 June 2012

Art Disappears Up Its Own Fundamental Aperture Invisible

Without a theory to go with it, I can’t see a painting – Tom Wolfe… Review – This summer the Hayward Gallery presents an exhibition of art that is invisible.  What may seem to initially be a joke is actually a thought-provoking, emotionally charged exhibition questioning notions of sight, space, meaning, and experience.The works on […]

8 June 2012

Jenny Holzer’s Loud Provocative Statements Review

In the midst of light-hearted Jubilee celebrations, even Jenny Holzer’s loud, provocative statements have been drowned out by the cheering crowds. Now that the festivities have died down, art goers returning to the gallery setting might be startled back into a darker reality in viewing her works on show at Sprüth Magers. Who knew such […]

1 June 2012

Henry Moore Goes Monumental At Gagosian

Late, Large Forms Still Impress A Generation On – REVIEW Gagosian Gallery presents large bronze works by the late British sculptor Henry Moore, completed in the 1960s and 70s. For the first time, Gagosian opens all of its wall partitions in order to give breathing room to these impressive works. Stepping off the heated pavement […]

31 May 2012

London Festival Of Photography Merges Documentary With Street Smartness

Photography, mainly focusing on British street photographers such as Nick Turpin have created a playful and distinct approach to life at street level. For Turpin street photography is a calling. He has discussed, that for him, there is something about working in a public space that suits his approach and allows him to disconnect with […]

30 May 2012

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Makes Waves Review

The 244th Royal Academy’s annual summer exhibition will open its doors to the public on 4 June.  The Academy is proud of its place as the largest open submission contemporary art show in the world.  In past years it has felt out of touch with much of the more cutting edge contemporary art on offer […]

29 May 2012

Rudolf Reiber ‘s Suspiria Mundane Most Beautiful

Latest London Art Review Approaching Payne Shurvell visitors are promptly informed that they cannot enter the gallery through the main entrance.  The industrial courtyard does not offer any clues.  Soon visitors are lead on a meandering route inside the building complex causing a slight feeling of disorientation.  This theme of uncertainty and mild discomfort characterize […]

25 May 2012

Tracey Emin Generic Filler For Rodin And Turner Sandwich

You can’t help but admire Tracey Emin’s for wanting to use her name and art for the good in reviving her home town of Margate.  She is very passionate in her belief and has a dream that all the fish and chip shops will run out of food as a result of the amount of […]

25 May 2012

Alinka Echeverria’s Mexican Spirituality Adornes London Gallery – REVIEW

Symbolism and mysticism may seem part of an earlier time, but in Mexico City, notions of magic and spirituality are very prominent pieces of a contemporary lifestyle.  Since 1531 the Virgin of Guagalupe has become the most powerful symbol for Mexicans, and her image is seen throughout the Americas as a figure of hope, peace, […]

22 May 2012

London Photography Exhibitions Review May/ June 2012

Group Show / Out of Focus: 25.04.12 – 22.07.12 : The Saatchi Gallery / London Group Show / Unknown Quantities: 25.04.12-25.05.12: Fishbar, London Robin Maddock / God Forgotten Face: 03.05.12 – 02.06.12: TJ Boulting / London Dana Popa / After the New Man: 26.04.12 – 26.05.12: Foto8 Gallery / London Edgar Martins / This is […]

8 May 2012

IRWIN & NSK at Calvert 22 REVIEW

  With the French presidential elections just closed, the London Mayor decided, and the race for American president still in progress, it seems everyone is talking about politics – even the art world. This year, dare to consider your political alliances differently with a dual exhibition by IRWIN and NSK on offer at Calvert22. These […]

8 May 2012

Remote Control Exhibition At Institute Of Contemporary Arts REVIEW

  The Institute of Contemporary Art in London asserts that it is the centre for critical artworks and cutting edge contemporary culture. As the UK continues to adjust to the end of analogue broadcasting, the ICA presents a timely exhibition, Remote Control, to examine the impact of television and media on art. Media permeates our […]

7 May 2012

Vyner Street Reviews – May 2012

Jack Castle gives his pick of the best exhibitions on and around Vyner Street in the month of May… Trisha Baga: Rock @ Vilma Gold (until 20 May 2012) While not particularly quiet or specifically elegant, Rock is a very good show. It consists of three video installations, projected from the floor through (and occasionally […]

6 May 2012

Latest Art Reviews From Rotterdam By Carla Raffinetti

This could be Rotterdam, or anywhere – (Review by Carla Raffinetti) Rotterdam is something of a cultural Mecca in the Netherlands. Be warned though: the city is not attractive to behold to the naked eye. The Nazis razed it to the ground during the Second World War. This prompted a flurry of construction, resulting in […]

4 May 2012

Ultimate Guide To Christian Louboutin At Design Museum

Every girl dreams of owning a pair of red-soled Louboutin heels – exquisitely designed with stilettos reaching impossible heights. And the Design Museum’s current retrospective of Christian Louboutin’s career indulges the shoe fanatic in everyone, exhibiting all of the iconic designs that one would expect, along with a few added surprises. The shoes on display […]

2 May 2012

Ultimate Guide To Bauhaus Art Is Life At Barbican

  ‘Bauhaus’ – literally ‘School of Building’ – has become one of the most meaning-clustered words in the history of art and design, signifying perhaps the greatest creative peak in the Modernist tradition of Utopian applied arts. During its relatively brief fourteen year history, this school of art and design – founded by architect Walter […]

2 May 2012

Ultimate Guide To Leonardo Da Vinci The Anatomist

  London eagerly awaits the opening of the largest ever exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings on view at The Queen’s Gallery this Friday, 4 May, 2012. Here, ArtLyst brings you the inside scoop on this remarkable exhibition. Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci is widely famous for his array of vocations as a painter, […]

30 April 2012

Shoreditch Gallery Reviews – April 2012

Sharon Strom offers Her Pick Of The Best Current Art Exhibitions In The Shoreditch Area… Known for its hipster-chic bars and its two-wheeled transport, Shoreditch certainly has enough colour and life to brighten up any rainy London day. The art exhibitions in this London locale, while often adventurous and sometimes controversial, still offer an aesthetic […]

23 April 2012

London Art Exhibitions: Cork Street area REVIEW – April 2012

Emily Sack Offers Her Pick Of The Best Current Art Exhibitions In The Cork Street Area Cork Street is a thriving art centre in the middle of Mayfair.  Innumerable galleries stand alongside exquisite luxury shops and around the bustling swarms shuffling down Oxford and Regent Streets.  And the April exhibitions are well worth braving tourists […]

19 April 2012

Ron Mueck Proves His Worth At Hauser & Wirth REVIEW

  Thomas Keane asks just how good is Ron Mueck really? Pretty good, actually! An exhibition of hyper-realist sculptor Ron Mueck is well-timed. Emerging in the mid-1990s under the patronage of Charles Saatchi – at that time when it was Saatchi’s prerogative to make lists of What’s-Hot-and-What’s-Not – Mueck is to all intents and purpose […]

17 April 2012

Katie Paterson 100 Billion Suns REVIEW

Jack Castle reviews the current Haunch of Venison exhibition How glamorous the art world is! “100 Billion Suns” was first seen at the July 2011 Venice Biennale, and you probably weren’t there. I certainly wasn’t, and I’m quite miffed about it. I’m miffed about it in the same way that I am when I hear […]

2 April 2012

Damien Hirst Love Money Death And Hyperbole REVIEW

Tate Modern retrospective anticipates 2m visitors   ‘We have more press here at the Damien Hirst press view, than there were people at the premier of Harry Potter’, Director of Tate Modern, Chris Dercon gleefully announced this morning. And, if the artworld really is the new Hollywood (as those in the know say that it is), […]

28 March 2012

London Art Exhibitions Vyner Street Area Review

Latest Reviews of exhibitions in the Vyner Street area By Alice Lubbock Vyner Street. For the past few years it has been the place to experience the forward-looking London art scene. And it is still gathering speed, with galleries opening up in every available space on and around this not particularly long cobbled street just off the […]

28 March 2012

British Design Celebrated At V&A For Olympics REVIEW

  With the eyes of the world upon us for London 2012, the V&A celebrates all things British 2012 is Britain’s year. With the eyes of the world upon the capital this Summer, it is perhaps the great chance of 21st Century to showcase and celebrate this nation’s vibrant cultural identity along with its achievements, […]

27 March 2012

Gillian Wearing At Whitechapel Gallery REVIEW

Gillian Wearing finally gets the major survey exhibition she deserves It was long ago that Gillian Wearing won the Turner Prize (1997). And a major survey of her work – like the exhibition opening this week at the Whitechapel Gallery – is equally long overdue. Having arrived, this exhibition demonstrates the enduring concern of the […]

24 March 2012

Ultimate Guide To Pick Me Up Graphic Art Fair

Alice Lubbock provides the lowdown on this year’s smorgasbord of screenprints and oddball characters Somerset House is the unlikely host of an even unlikelier sort of fair – one exclusively selling graphic and illustrative print work. Visitors normally expecting to see a Monet painting or a Van Gogh portrait over in the Courthauld Institute, can […]

20 March 2012

London Art Exhibitions Hoxton Gallery Reviews – March 2012

Reviews of current exhibitions in the Hoxton area By Beatrix-Blaise Jacot It’s a beautiful day; and what’s more glorious to do on a beautiful day than walk through orchards of galleries. And with Spring leaping upon us, the galleries of Hoxton have certainly blossomed (stop me when I start to get corny), with the apples […]

16 March 2012

London Art Exhibitions Cork Street Reviews – March 2012

Latest Reviews of exhibitions in the Cork Street Area By Matilda Lawrence-Jubb The Cork Street area is, as ever, alive with art, with many new exhibitions opening this March to stir creative minds. Galleries closely dot the surrounding area, and there really is something to fit everyone’s tastes. Head first to the new add-on to […]

16 March 2012

Mark Storor A Tender Subject REVIEW

We step behind the veil of secrecy to discover Artangel’s latest commission, exploring experiences of gay prisoners Artangel commissions are getting harder and harder to review for fear of giving too much away. Ryan Gander’s Locked Room Scenario, for example – an empty warehouse in which unsuspecting viewers suddenly found themselves alone and drifting, wondering […]

14 March 2012

Leading UK Artists Exhibition Supports Crisis Charity

We applaud the efforts of top UK artists, coming together for the CRISIS Commission in the fight against homelessness In an effort to make a difference for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, some of the world’s most celebrated artists – including Antony Gormley, Tracey Emin, Sir Anthony Caro, Yinka Shonibare, and Gillian […]

13 March 2012

Astrid Svangren At Maria Stenfors REVIEW

Astrid Svangren: A Longing For The Bestowed… @ Maria Stenfors – REVIEW Astrid Svangren presents seven works in her mouthful of an exhibition at Maria Stenfors, extravagantly entitled; ‘A longing for the bestowed, towards or through it, crushed, absolutely non-existent, flickering uncontrollably, to be able to move again, as if the sun turned pain gold’. […]

12 March 2012

Santo Tolone Reveals Power Of Three At Limoncello

Santo Tolone: Three Times Once @ Limoncello – REVIEW In Three Times Once, Limoncello presents not only the first solo UK show of Italian artist Santo Tolone, but also the gallery’s last exhibition at its current Hoxton location, before the scheduled Haggeston scale-up. Newly partitioned, the space has been divided into three, with each unit […]

8 March 2012

Thomas Ruff Takes Gagosian Out Of This World

Thomas Ruff: ma.r.s. and nudes @ Gagosian Gallery – REVIEW The two exhibitions at the London Gagosian galleries consist entirely of photographs. But to say that Thomsas Ruff is a photographer seems disingenuous, as the original images for the works are in fact found objects appropriated by the artist for a new purpose and given […]