13 January 2012

Ai Weiwei Urns Respect at V&A

Review of Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn (Ceramic Works, 5000 BC – AD 2010) at the V&A Having just been named third in Time magazine’s Person of the Year, there has never been a better time for this exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s ceramics. Oddly, then, the V&A have given it a rather muted reception, neither advertising […]

12 January 2012

Damien Hirst Spot The Difference

Gagosian opens 11 simultaneous exhibitions of Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings internationally: we review the London offering Damien Hirst has been given a hard time throughout his career, whether its David Hockney lashing out at the army of assistants working for Hirst Inc., or one of the many critics lampooning his work as lightweight one-liners.  So […]

15 December 2011

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Find Its Legs At ICA

The ICA is overflowing with young hopefuls eager to make waves; ArtLyst tests the water As Virginia Woolf claimed of books, perhaps so with works of art; ‘If they need shoring up by a preface here, an introduction there, they have no more right to exist than a table that needs a wad of paper […]

9 December 2011

Anselm Kiefer Does His Magic at White Cube

White Cube Bermondsey stages UK’s largest ever Anselm Kiefer exhibition to great effect Almost three years after his last show at White Cube, and the legendary sculpture/painter Anselm Kiefer is back – and back with a vengeance. Sprawling across 11,000 sq ft of crisp white gallery space, ‘Il Mistero delle Cattedrali’ is the largest ever […]

8 December 2011

Daniel Buren Earns His Stripes At Lisson Gallery

French Conceptual artist Daniel Buren returns to UK to remind us what all the fuss is about Daniel Buren: One Thing To Another brings everything that makes the work so affecting outdoors, indoors; and, in process, transforms the interior rooms of the Lisson gallery into what feels like a series of exterior spaces. His first […]

8 December 2011

Haunch Of Venison Reveals Mystery Of Appearance

‘One knows that, by some accidental brushmarks, suddenly appearance comes in with a vividness that no accepted way of doing things would have brought about’ – Francis Bacon This, according to Francis Bacon, is ‘the mystery of appearance in the mystery of making’ – the title and structuring concept for the major new exhibition of […]

7 December 2011

Lygia Pape Gets Due Recognition At Serpentine Retrospective

First major UK retrospective of late artist Lygia Pape opens at the Serpentine -Magnetized Space – firming up her reputation as the Mother of Brazilian Contemporary Art Magnetized Space is the first major exhibition of Lygia Pape’s work to be presented in the UK. As the central founder of Neo Concretism – the movement considered by […]

3 December 2011

Spanish Line At Courtauld More Siesta Than Fiesta

‘The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso’ seeks to rehabilitate a much-maligned and ill-defined school of draughtsmanship, but ultimately disappoints Charting a development from piety to pigsties, the Courtauld’s exhibition of Spanish drawings is the first of its kind in London. The culmination of a four year research project, the works are drawn from […]

1 December 2011

Georg Karl Pfahler Retrospective At Maria Stenfors

  Exhibition devoted to Georg Karl Pfahler, the German representative of ‘Hard-Edge Painting’ – a style popularised by the likes of Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella Six large paintings make up this small but focused exhibition of the work of artist Georg Karl Pfahler. The works on show date from between 1964 and 1981, a […]

29 November 2011

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Unveils New Face

  SNPG £17.6m restoration project breathes new life into prestigious collection ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, there are very many stories we would like to tell you this morning …’ And so the tour through the newly transformed Scottish National Portrait Gallery began – the first look at the ambitious £17.6m restoration project that has sought to […]

25 November 2011

Just How Different Is The Other Art Fair

In cutting out the middleman and helping artists sell directly to art buyers, does The Other Art Fair provide a real alternative to the established model? Free from the money, galleries and powerful figures that dominate the art market today, The Other Art Fair is proud of its otherness and determined not to be just […]

25 November 2011

Louise Lawler And The Politics Of Space

Review of Louise Lawler’s No Drones at Sprüth Magers, her first solo show in the UK for four years Lawler’s photographs capture artworks in compromising positions; from a Koons Rabbit next to the refrigerator (Foreground, 1994) to Jasper Johns’ White Flag in the bedroom (Monogram, 1984). This short but sweet exhibition – her first solo show in the UK […]

25 November 2011

Angela Palmer’s Child Of Our Time

  Ancient mummy coupled with latest medical technology produces stunning contemporary art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford After walking through centuries of ancient Egyptian history at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, the visitor is finally confronted with a strange, disconcerting – and oftentimes difficult to fathom – box containing 111 vertical panes of glass. Closer inspection reveals […]

24 November 2011

Edefalk and Wahlstrand Reminisce At Parasol Unit

  We review the show dedicated to the work of two contemporary Swedish artists Cecilia Edefalk and Gunnel Wåhlstrand Edefalk presents us with a series of twelve (very) different painted versions of the same nude statue, all called ‘Double White Venus’. While there is no sense of direction, repeated action, or consistent approach in this […]

23 November 2011

Alex Hartley Thinks Big

Alex Hartley, the artist responsible for the controversial Nowhere Island Olympic project, proves his salt at Victoria Miro Alex Hartley: The World is Still Big is an innovative collection of original works that proves his credentials for representing the UK in the major Cultural Olympiad project, Nowhere Island. Hartley’s practice (when he’s not sailing lumps […]

22 November 2011

Lee Maelzer Exhibition Hypnotic But Not Without Error

ArtLyst reviews Lee Maelzer’s first solo show at Poppy Sebire The Hypnosis of Error is Lee Maelzer’s first solo exhibition and takes place, quite appropriately, in a hidden converted Victorian church hall, AKA ‘Poppy Sebire’. I say ‘appropriately’, since it is the idea of the ‘hidden’ that fascinates Maelzer, her work bringing to our attention […]

19 November 2011

Alastair Mackie’s Fair Copse

All Visual Arts presents Alastair Mackie’s Copse, an instantly appealing piece of formal design, no more and no less Alastair Mackie’s new and largest installation to date, Copse, fills the blinding white gallery space with a forest of naked trees, each one balancing delicately upon ornate and spindly table legs carved in at their bases. Instantly […]

18 November 2011

She Calls Herself Michele Howarth Rashman

Promising 1982 Young Contemporary emerges from the wilderness Since she first exhibited in the ICA’s 1982 Young Contemporaries show alongside Grayson Perry, Michele Howarth Rashman has been the shrinking violet of contemporary art. Having been kept afloat through the 1990s by the patronage of The Who’s John Entwhistle – ‘my only fan’ –, it was […]

16 November 2011

Hail King Paul McCarthy

  Paul McCarthy’s energetic new London exhibition at Hauser & Wirth does not disappoint, turning out to be one of 2011’s ‘must-see’ shows Paul McCarthy’s major new exhibition at Hauser & Wirth is a joyous sprawl of pop cultural reference, creaky robotics, and splayed legs. Straddling both the Savile Row and Piccadilly galleries, as well […]

15 November 2011

Ellen Altfest Legs It To White Cube

Ellen Altfest’s White Cube exhibition ‘The Bent Leg’ grants viewers with intimate but uninspiring look at the male body Ellen Altfest: The Bent Leg is the second White Cube exhibition by the New York-based artist, and represents the culmination of a series of works started in 2006. The downstairs show presents us with a near-complete male nude […]

10 November 2011

Paul Noble Emulates Escher And Bosch At Gagosian

Leading British artist Paul Noble presents the culmination of 15-year project at Gagosian gallery Paul Noble’s exhibition begins In the Beginning, with the Word, in a series of panels re-envisioning the opening passages of the book of Genesis. But Noble depicts not the creation of our world; rather, a faecal-phallic deity breathes life into a […]

9 November 2011

Da Vinci Masterpieces Reunited In London

Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery grants deeply intimate insight into the practice of the quintessential celebrity artist Visitors to the National Gallery hoping to find the Leonardo of Dan Brown novels and printed tea towels will leave this exhibition disappointed. With only 9 of Leonardo’s oil paintings on display, ‘The Painter at the Court […]

27 October 2011

Affordable Art Fair Moves North

  From Battersea to Hampstead AAF proves art has mass appeal   Last night, the Affordable Art Fair broke into new London territory with the opening of its first ever fair on Hampstead Heath. This new fair – the fourth in the UK, and set to run from 27th to the 30th October – brings together 90 […]

22 October 2011

Shirazeh Houshiary Steps Over The Line At Lisson

  Lisson Gallery presents its seventh solo exhibition of Shirazeh Houshiary, No Boundary Condition, addressing invisible forms within the observable realm   The solo exhibition of Shirazeh Houshiary at the Lisson Gallery, No Boundary Condition, displays her recent large-scale paintings, sculptures and animation. The show reveals her preoccupation with the sub-observable, the ethereal, and the […]

22 October 2011

Franks Stella’s Falling Star

  Frank Stella’s first major London show in 25 years presents his spectacular early works alongside recent failings   25 years since his last major London exhibition and Frank Stella is finally back. Haunch of Venison presents us with ‘Connections’, an in-depth look at the work of one of the most important and influential American […]

20 October 2011

Turner Prize 2011 Opens On The Tyne

  BALTIC opens 2011 Turner Prize Exhibition For the first time in its 27 year history, the Turner Prize is to be hosted by a non-Tate venue; and today, Gateshead’s BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has opened the doors on the Turner Prize exhibition. Four shortlisted artists – Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd, and […]

17 October 2011

George Condo’s Crazed Characters Hit Hayward

  George Condo’s much-anticipated Mental States finally arrives at the Hayward Gallery   Having provided album artwork for Kanye West, and won the hearts of American critics, artist George Condo’s first major UK retrospective opens today in the upper galleries of the Hayward. ‘Mental States’ provides a survey of a period of 28 years, from when Condo […]

17 October 2011

James Richards The Banality Of The Vernacular

  Richards solo show at Chisenhale Gallery reveals the oh-so-grey void behind our vernacular visual landscapes   For his solo exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, ‘Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off’, James Richards has created a new series of video works from montaged and digitally manipulated ‘vernacular visual content’ – from found-footage such as […]

13 October 2011

Jacob Kassay Smoke And Mirrors

  ICA’s Autumn exhibition of art-market-darling Jacob Kassay, his first in a public gallery.   Review – Jacob Kassay exploded onto the contemporary art scene with surprising force, when a piece priced at auction for $8,000 soared to $86,500. And then, when a similar piece was estimated in the latter bracket, it more than tripled […]

13 October 2011

SUNDAY Art Fair Living For The Weekend

After the success of its 2010 debut SUNDAY Art Fair is back to challenge the hegemony of the Sharp-Slotover Frieze machine. Frieze’s most dangerous rival, SUNDAY Art Fair has returned to Ambika P3, Baker Street’s 14,000 square foot, triple height warehouse, where last year it received more than 5,000 visitors in just 3 days. Unlike […]

12 October 2011

OMA On And On And Ever Onwards

  Barbican Art Gallery opens its OMA/Progress architectural exhibition     Review – Architecture exhibitions are notoriously difficult, because the one thing they always have to miss out from the exhibit is the architecture itself: you can’t put a building in a gallery. In the past, the architectural practice OMA has tried to get round […]

11 October 2011

Has Charles Saatchi Lost His Senses

‘New Sensations’ exhibition upstaged by ‘The Future Can Wait’, but both lack punch Two schemes for emerging artists, both launched in 2007, have in this year joined forces to create a museum-scale survey of emerging art at B1, Victoria house in Bloomsbury Square. The first is New Sensations run by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel […]