10 October 2011

Tacita Dean Unilever Commission 2011 Unveiled At Tate

FILM: a low-tech love letter to the magic of cinema For the twelfth commission in the Tate Modern Unilever Series, and the first to be devoted to the moving image, Tacita Dean has created ‘FILM’ – an homage to analogue film-making and to what is unique in this dying art. With the Tate Modern’s monolithic […]

7 October 2011

Djurberg And Mirza Keyboards And Crocodiles

Review of Camden Arts Centre Autumn Exhibitions   Today, Camden Arts Centre opens two exciting new exhibitions: Nathalie Djurberg’s A World of Glass, with music by Hans Berg; and Haroon Mirza’s I Saw Square Triangle Sine. Both these artists have created forms of 3D collage, each layering seemingly-opposing elements; tangible objects and intangible sound, light […]

6 October 2011

Barry Flanagan Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

Review – This autumn, the Tate pays tribute to one of Britain’s art pioneers – Barry Flanagan (1941-2009). Achieving international renown for his bonze hare pyramid sculptures, gracing prominent public spaces around the world (including NYC’s Park Avenue in the mid-1990s), Flanagan has entered the canon as a one trip pony. This major Tate Britain […]

5 October 2011

Grayson Perry A Pilgrim’s Progress

Review – In The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry invites us on a pilgrimage: saluting the ‘travel’ experience generated by the museum, we are to call at the historical and cultural stations that have informed our imaginative world and material output. ‘Few civilisations spring up spontaneously or develop in isolation’, […]

4 October 2011

Gerhard Richter Explores The Product Of Pure Chance

Panorama – Tate Modern’s most exciting and significant exhibition this year Gerhard Richter stated today – at the opening of his major retrospective at Tate Modern – that he considers his most successful works to be ‘incomprehensible’: instead of creating work with one specific reading, it seems that Richter’s primary concern is to question and […]

4 October 2011

Pipilotti Rist A Sight For Sore Eyes

Review – Pipilotti Rist’s new exhibition at Hayward, ‘Eyeball Massage’, is an aptly named sight for sore eyes. This major survey show, the first of its kind in the UK, presents the Swiss pioneer of video art in all her glory, bringing together over 30 different works – from her early single-channel videos of the […]

28 September 2011

Laurel Nakadate Feminism Fetishism And Britney Spears

Review – On first appearances, Laurel Nakadate is an artist fascinated by sexual violence and the fetishes of men. The body of work on display at this US artist’s first solo UK show – which includes a video piece shot with male strangers picked up at truck stops and gas stations, who play strip poker […]

25 September 2011

Auto Italia Explores Live TV For Artists

New performance based series launches on the Web Last night, Auto Italia South East, an artists-run project space committed to developing alternative approaches to practice and exhibition formats, filmed the first of three live TV episodes scheduled for the coming weeks. These 45 minute programs are conceived and created by a circle of collaborating artists, […]

24 September 2011

Ted Riederer’s Never Records Installation Pops Up On Bankside

US Artist’s old school multimedia vinyl shop opens to the public From NYC, through Liverpool, and Derry, Never Records has finally arrived here in London. Having given musical Londoners a three-week window of opportunity to cut their own record (and, yes, I actually mean ‘cut’, on an old-school record lathe) at a pop-up recording studio […]

21 September 2011

Postmodernism Pastiche and Subversion

Victoria & Albert Museum move on to the next chapter The V&A’s autumn show ‘Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990’ represents the climax of a  long-running series of exhibitions devoted to exploring the ‘style movements’ of the twentieth century. From Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, through Modernism and Post-war Modernism, we have now arrived […]

16 September 2011

Degas Girls Film And The Ballet

“No art is less spontaneous than mine. What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters.” – Degas Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917) is best known for his works depicting horse racing, laundresses, bathing nudes and above all for his ballet dancers. The exhibition at The Royal Academy in London focuses […]

14 September 2011

Joseph Kosuth A More Powerful Meaning

The father of ‘Conceptual Art’ maps the mind’s image – Review ‘‘The Mind’s Image of Itself #3’, the new installation by Joseph Kosuth, the artist often referred to as ‘the father of conceptual art’, is a deeply self-referential exploration of the relation of language to art. Within a ‘line drawing’ of the Spruth Mager gallery […]

9 September 2011

Rothko Archives Shed Light On 1961 Whitechapel Exhibition

Rothko In Britain Whitechapel Gallery 9 Sept 2011 – 26 Feb 2012 Rothko in Britain is an exhibition about an exhibition. It recreates, at least through archival material, the Whitechapel Gallery’s ground-breaking 1961 show that displayed the works of Mark Rothko in Britain for the very first time. Despite only having one actual Rothko painting […]

8 September 2011

Jack Smith Underground Film Legend ICA Review

Jack Smith A Feast for Open Eyes is uncompromising until 18 September ICA London The ICA’s fortnight of films, events and symposia dedicated to the legendary American artist, filmmaker and actor, Jack Smith (1932-1989), opened last night with a screening of his best-known, and perhaps most controversial film, Flaming Creatures. The film was introduced by […]

5 September 2011

Wimbledon College of Art MA Show Match-Point

The Wimbledon College of Art MA Show 2011 is diverse as it is large, sprawling across the entire Wimbledon site and including a wide variety of work-types from painting, drawing, and film, to sculpture, and installation. We are proudly told that the exhibition this year is particularly strong because those involved ‘are first artists, and only […]

31 August 2011

MA Innovators Close Central Saint Martins Soho Campus

Fine Arts MA Degree Show Opens For Final Charing X Exhibition This year’s Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art Show is an historic event, signalling not only the end of the MA Fine Art course in its present form, but also waving goodbye to the iconic Charing Cross Road address hitherto synonymous with the Central […]

31 August 2011

Ryan Gander Forcing The Door

‘Locked Room Scenario’ the latest Artangel triumph Ryan Gander’s ‘Locked Room Scenario’ is immediately unnerving. Having been ushered through the gates of a Hoxton warehouse (by appointment only), I suddenly find myself alone and confronted at the door by two unfriendly punks apparently oblivious to why I might be invading their patch. The plot thickens, […]