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 […]

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 […]