5 February 2017

Bilbao Gongs And Bongs Paul Carey Kent The Guggenheim And More

BILBAO GONGS AND BONGS Paul Carey-Kent has just spent 30 hours in Bilbao, mostly focused on the opening of Abstract Expressionism at the Guggenheim Museum on the evening of 2 Feb, but the city has plenty else of interest, some good, some not so good… Most Loved Cloaked in titanium to appropriately fish-scale effect, the […]

2 February 2017

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American Abstract Expressionism Triumphs At The Guggenheim Bilbao

It is rare that I feel an exhibition is important enough to review twice on Artlyst but in the case of the Abstract Expressionist exhibition that was unveiled at the Royal Academy, earlier this year.

30 January 2017

Nadine Talalla Brings Life To Dead Abject Feelings of Womankind

  The emergence of female artist’s in 2017 gives an opportunity to find discourse and insight into our contemporary culture, integration, position and sense of experience in living and lifestyle in today’s world. Nadine Talalla’s show, ‘Haunted Beauty’ at Dissenters Gallery, Kensal Green, runs from 27 January – 5 February. The presence of her oil […]

28 January 2017

New York Exhibition Notes Curated by Ilka Scobie

It’s been a challenging time in New York City and art has provided some relief from politics. A recent roundup of three current and very different exhibitions left me feeling quietly inspired. Portia Munson’s shamanic show offers a blessed reprieve to the cold reality of post-Trump January blues. Twenty-four gorgeous intimate paintings, photo collages, sculpture […]

27 January 2017

London Art Exhibitions February 2017 Chosen By Paul Carey-Kent

London is a great city for art! Paul Carey-Kent regularly produces some of the best recommendations for London Art Exhibitions on a rolling basis.

22 January 2017

Desperate Artwives Explore Issues Of Personal Identity Loss And Motherhood

Desperate Artwives Exhibition is an exhibition of many voices; it is a collection of imaginative and engaging artworks made by members of the Desperate Artwives group. The works are brought together through the artists’ shared insistence on drawing the audiences’ attention to overlooked aspects of women’s lives.

19 January 2017

Paul Carey Kent’s Unofficial London Art Fair Awards 2017 Revealed

The verdict: “It seemed a little more even – and so a little duller – than usual this year”: less dire stuff, less outstanding material.

10 December 2016

Is Figurative Painting An Essential Form Of Art Making? By Edward Lucie-Smith

Painter’s Painters at the Saatchi Gallery picks up the theme of figurative painting as a still essential and central form of art making and tries to give it a new spin.

5 December 2016

London Art Exhibitions Chosen By Paul Carey-Kent December 2016

Paul Carey- Kent chooses his pick for December 2016 through the new year.

5 December 2016

Rauschenberg Prodigious Powers Of Innovation And Self-invention By Edward Lucie-Smith

I’m always left in two minds about Robert Rauschenberg. On the one hand, there is his enormous influence on the course of today’s contemporary art. Everywhere you look, you see things that came from him. He is a prophetic artist in all sorts of different ways: installation, junk sculpture, fascination with new technologies, performance art, collaborations

5 December 2016

Jimmy Cauty Delivers A Post-Brexit, Post-Trump Disaster-Scape. Merry Christmas

A shipping container covered in graffiti sits among the dreaming spires of Oxford, and my partner hears a rather haughty voice remark ‘…Well I don’t think it’s appropriate for the setting of the university, …and not very Christmassy!’,

5 December 2016

Jane England’s Turn and Face The Strange A Time Capsule Of 1970’s / 80’s Demimonde

JANE ENGLAND: TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE a new book reviewed by Paul Carey -Kent

5 December 2016

Ominous Walhalla: Anselm Kiefer’s Resoundingly Ambitious New Exhibition By Edward Lucie-Smith

Just occasionally, however, there’s a show in a commercial gallery that’s so resoundingly ambitious and so self-evidently important that it’s bound to cause a stir. Shows of this type offer an additional, though usually little mentioned, benefit: you get in for free, which is not true of blockbusters at the two Tates, the R.A. or the N.G. Impecunious art-lovers ought to scurry along to the huge Anselm Kiefer show that has just opened at White Cube in Bermondsey. Kiefer is, after all, on of the very biggest names in contemporary art.

22 November 2016

Rivalrous Artists: Sebastian Smee The Art Of Rivalry Reviewed By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Art of Rivalry is a relief in art critical terms. It is well and clearly written, with no pretentions. Sebastian Smee is currently the art critic for the Boston Globe, where he has been since 2008.

22 November 2016

Gavin Turk Both A Trickster And A Culture Hero By Edward Lucie-Smith

Damien Hirst has become a major patron, in addition to being a celebrated artist. When he stages a show at his Great Newport Street Gallery, which is one of the most handsome art spaces in London, though not alas one blessed with good links to public transport, pretty well everything you see will be items that belong to him. This is the case with the aptly entitled Who What When How & Why, a solo show for his fellow YBA Gavin Turk. It’s a significant alliance in more ways than one.

17 November 2016

Modern Art Oxford, The Vanished Reality: Temporal, Sociological, And Cultural Locations

Modern Art Oxford presents its final exhibition in a series of shows celebrating the Gallery’s 50th anniversary; concluding its KALEIDOSCOPE series with ‘The Vanished Reality’. This multi-generational exhibition presents work by Marcel Broodthaers, Hans Haacke, Iman Issa, Darcy Lange, Louise Lawler, Maria Loboda, Kerry James Marshall, Katja Novitskova, and Hardeep Pandhal.

15 November 2016

Bourgeois Bliss in Somerset Edward Lucie-Smith Gets His Wellies On

I’ve just made a visit – a first but not the last, I hope – to the much talked about Hauser & Wirth set up near Bruton in Somerset. I already knew their rather grand gallery situated on Savile Row in London, where it jostles elbows, so to speak, with our city’s grandest purveyors of […]

14 November 2016

Salon Design and Art Show Park Avenue Armory New York 2016

Walking the steps into the The Salon Art and Design show I really did not know what to expect. We are 2 days past the presidential election and Manhattan has felt uneasy, like a city in mourning even though the country had selected one of our own as president-elect. But once we passed thru the magnificent doors of the Park Avenue Armory, seeing the large crowds that greeted us, walking thru a Viennese turn of the century suite by Josef Hoffmann at Yves Macaux or the feeling of Paris 1930 with pieces from Jean-Michel Frank and Paul Dupre’-Lafon at L’Arc En Seine any uneasiness went away. It was replaced by the excitement of walking thru the best of art and design to be seen in New York.

14 November 2016

Radical Ensor At The RA – Review By Edward Lucie-Smith

When I visited the Royal Academy’s in many ways excellent new show devoted to the Belgian Symbolist/Expressionist painter James Ensor, I was, much as I enjoyed it, haunted by an uneasy feeling. Not only that I was missing something, but that the curator, the distinguished Belgian contemporary artist Luc Tuymans, had somehow missed something too. Missed it, or averted his […]

4 November 2016

Sean Scully – Paint Speaks Louder Than Words By Edward Lucie – Smith

Sean Scully now increasingly seems like the most remarkable abstract painter of his generation – this, at a time when abstract art, abstract painting, in particular, is increasingly under attack.

30 October 2016

FIAC 2016 a cheerful moment in Paris

I love Paris … and even more during FIAC. This year, in particular, the city of lights became the vibrant hub of the Art World with its incredible Museums and Galleries, its exhibitions and top-notch Art Fairs.

28 October 2016

Paul Nash – A Modernist Paradox by Edward Lucie-Smith

The elegant new Paul Nash retrospective just opened at Tate Britain offers a welcome contrast to some of the dismal offerings that have been unveiled there in the recent past. It celebrates an important British artist and does so in a thoroughgoing way.

26 October 2016

Thirty Hours Of Art In Amsterdam By Paul Carey Kent

Paul Carey-Kent travels to Amsterdam to report ‘DAUBIGNY, MONET, VAN GOGH AND MORE: 30 HOURS IN AMSTERDAM’

25 October 2016

Picasso Portraits – master of transformations at National Portrait Gallery by Edward Lucie-Smith

The Picasso portrait show now at the National Portrait Gallery and the big Abstract Expressionist exhibition on offer at the Royal Academy are both worth a visit.

25 October 2016

Hepworth Prize For Sculpture: Conceptual, Kinetic, Buoyant And Poetic

Finally, the UK has a sculpture prize – The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture – at The Hepworth, Wakefield. The prize has been created to celebrate the Gallery’s 5th anniversary and is named after one of the country’s most celebrated sculptors: Barbara Hepworth.

24 October 2016

Dia Al Azzawi Conflict And Humanitarian Crisis Starkly Depicted In Paint

Dia Al Azzawi is in every way shape or form a painter’s painter. His application and layering of colour can be rich and sublime like Matisse or Leger but also his use of monochromatic elements resembling newspaper clippings are a most powerful vehicle for getting his imagery to act as a mouthpiece for his politically charged subject matter.

22 October 2016

Rodin’s Relationship To Dance Explored In New Unashamedly Academic Courtauld Exhibition

The Courtauld Gallery’s small, intimate, two room exhibition is devoted to a little-known body of work made by Rodin in the last two decades of his life. Rodin & Dance: The Essence of Movement 20 October 2016 – 22 January 2017 / The Courtauld Gallery

18 October 2016

Marilyn Marilyn Monroe Exhibition Curated By Whoopi Goldberg Unveiled In NY

Review of Mana Contemporary NY presents: Marilyn: Character Not Image September 25, 2016 – October 22, 2016 Curated by Whoopi Goldberg

16 October 2016

Looking Back at Frieze London 2016 by Edward Lucie-Smith

Never previously have the Frieze Art Fairs here in London seemed larger, grander, or surer of their place in the universe of contemporary culture.

15 October 2016

Picasso Portraits – master of transformations at National Portrait Gallery by Edward Lucie-Smith

 London is unusually rich in important exhibitions at the moment, and sometimes these events seem to enter into a dialogue with each other. This is especially the case with the Picasso portrait show now at the National Portrait Gallery and the big Abstract Expressionist exhibition on offer at the Royal Academy. Abstract Expressionism was, among […]

13 October 2016

Above And Beyond Caravaggio: Just How Far Beyond By Edward Lucie -Smith

The new Beyond Caravaggio show in the sepulchral depths of the new wing of the National Gallery deserves to draw a large and enthusiastic public and will in all probability do so.

12 October 2016

JMW Turner And John Akomfrah: Ocean Drama At Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary is presenting the exhibition ‘JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour’; and in association with the great British painter’s reflections on light, colour, and the sea, contemporary British artist John Akomfrah OBE presents his installation: the video triptych ‘Vertigo Sea’.