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 […]

8 March 2012

Gilbert & George Lament London Horrors At White Cube

Gilbert & George: London Pictures @ White Cube – REVIEW This week White Cube bedecks the world with the largest series ever made by iconic artist duo Gilbert & George – London Pictures. These new works are composed of 3,712 tabloid headline posters, collated and sorted according subject so as to create 292 pieces – […]

6 March 2012

Serpentine Takes A Trip Down The Edgware Road

On The Edgware Road @ Serpentine Gallery – REVIEW This exhibition is the visual manifestation of work conducted under the aegis of the Edgware Road Project over the past three years – an effort to bring about collaborations between artists and local constituents, with its dazzlingly diverse output testifying to its huge value as an […]

5 March 2012

Tracing Lines of Thought At Parasol Unit

Lines of Thought @ Parasol Unit – REVIEW ‘Lines of Thought’ is the current exhibition at Parasol Unit (that beautiful space in Angel with brick walls and high ceilings), and presents an ensemble of work from 15 contemporary artists, from the 1960s to the present, each of whom use line in innovative and imaginative ways. […]

2 March 2012

Lost For (Weighted) Words At Zabludowicz

Weighted Words @ Zabludowicz Collection – REVIEW I have always been wary about the use of words in art. This philosophy follows the logic that art should be somehow supra-linguistic – that it should speak for itself within its intrinsic configuration, and that, if it needs words to elucidate its meaning, it must be failing […]

28 February 2012

Best New York Art Exhibitions Reviewed

Beatrix-Blaise Jacot takes a trip to Uptown 57th street, and gives the lowdown on what’s hot right now… A recent visit to New York and things are, as ever, very exciting. Creation is everywhere – from the high fashion of mid-town Manhattan to the painfully hip everyday life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn – and New York […]

27 February 2012

Alighiero Boetti Plays The Game At Tate Modern

Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan @ Tate Modern – REVIEW Amid the flurry of spectacular publicity for the psychedelic hyped-up hyper show that is the Yayoi Kusama retrospective, Tate Modern is announcing, rather quietly, the opening of another equally major exhibition, of the work of Alighiero Boetti. Boetti is strangely unheard of, particularly in this country; […]

27 February 2012

Lucian Freud More Intimately Revealed At Blain Southern

Lucian Freud: Drawings @ Blain/Southern – REVIEW ‘Everything is autobiographical. Everything is a portrait’ Freud claimed of his own work. Yet the National Portrait Gallery has decided that their stock-in-trade must not be diluted. Only conventional portraits may grace their walls – so the rest is to be found at Blain Southern. From the meticulously […]

23 February 2012

Explaining The Fourth Plinth Rocking Horse

  New Fourth Plinth sculpture by Elmgreen & Dragset unveiled today by Joanna Lumley; but what does it all mean? The new artwork to top Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth was revealed today, with Joanna Lumley pulling the curtain to unveil a giant golden sculpture of a boy upon a rocking horse; ‘our golden boy on […]

22 February 2012

Seeing Inside Yayoi Kusama At Victoria Miro

Yayoi Kusama: New Paintings @ Victoria Miro – REVIEW To coincide with the major retrospective of Yayoi Kusama’s work currently showing at Tate Modern, Victoria Miro – the gallery that represents Kusama in the UK – has put on a small exhibition of some of her most recent work. While there are three sculptures on […]

21 February 2012

Jeremy Deller Rejoices In People At Hayward

Jeremy Deller: Joy in People @ Hayward Gallery – REVIEW Joy in People is the world’s first retrospective of Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller – an artist whose work typically eschews the gallery space for the public, and rejects the ‘high’ trappings of visual culture for the popular (hence the name of the exhibition). Given […]

17 February 2012

Rupert Goldsworthy & Mark Stewart Naturally Collaborative Counter-Cultural Figures

Paul Carey-Kent Reviews ‘I AM THE LAW’ at Ritter/Zamet, London: 18 Jan – 31 March 2012  This show brings together two naturally collaborative counter-cultural figures with records of provocation in London, Berlin and New York: painter, writer and curator Rupert Goldsworthy and sound artist Mark Stewart, known as a collagist and pioneer of industrial hip […]

15 February 2012

Mondrian And Nicholson Square Up At Courtauld

Mondrian//Nicholson: In Parallel @ Courtauld Gallery – REVIEW The two modernist painters Piet Mondrian – one of world’s most celebrated 20th century artists –, and our very own Ben Nicholson – a key figure in British art history – are an obvious pairing. Both artists (during the 1930s and 40s, at least) were leading exponents […]

13 February 2012

Tate Picasso Exhibition Gives Us Moore

Picasso & Modern British Art @ Tate Britain – REVIEW It pays to be a little wary of the ‘[artist] and [category].’ exhibition format, whereby the name of a superstar artist (Rothko, Van Gogh, Warhol etc) is followed by a general category (‘Britain’, ‘the Modern Age’, ‘Modern Art’, etc). Too often it points to the […]

9 February 2012

Curators Of The Future Stage Major Courtauld Exhibition

East Wing X: Material Matters @ Courtauld Institute of Art – REVIEW Every other year, coming on for two decades, the Courtauld Institute of Art has given over its East Wing to a student-run exhibition of contemporary art. It represents a sort of test run for the curators of the future, currently being incubated in […]

8 February 2012

Lucian Freud Bares All At National Portrait Gallery

Blockbuster Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery, tracing a life-time’s encounter with human flesh The press view for Lucian Freud’s exhibition of Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery was infused with all the mania one would expect from such a blockbuster. Including over 130 works – from a 1940 portrait of his […]

7 February 2012

Spotting Yayoi Kusama At Tate Modern Retrospective

Major retrospective for Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern reveals fundamental continuity behind the dazzling diversity of a six decade career ‘This is the press of London’, curator Frances Morris explained to an overwhelmed Yayoi Kusama upon the artist’s unexpected arrival midway through Tate Director Chris Dercon’s verbal introduction to her major retrospective; ‘they have all […]

6 February 2012

Take A Chance On James Ferris At Limoncello

James Ferris: 5050 @ Limoncello – INTERVIEW & REVIEW So here’s a novel idea: an exhibition of 100 paintings, with the first work to be sold and packed-up for £1, and each subsequent sale to be priced according to its place in the order of purchase – with the second buyer paying £2, the third […]

3 February 2012

Could Online VIP Art Fair Ever Replace Real Thing?

The VIP Art Fair – the the world’s first exclusively online art fair – opens to the public today: but is it a viable alternative to the real thing? The VIP Art Fair – the world’s first exclusively online art fair – has today opened to the public. With the aim of ‘translating the experience […]