10 October 2016

Crossroads Art Fair A Beautiful Collation Of Thought Provoking Global Art

‘Life imitates art, far more than art imitates life’, is the well known Oscar Wilde quote, suggesting the notion that we look for significance in real life events, not because of personal opinion, but because of the perspective that art offers us of life. Could this be true for the CROSSROADS Art Show; the 3-day […]

10 October 2016

Hercules Segers And Frans Post: A Very Contemporary Golden Age At Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam is currently presenting a particularly experimental and mysterious artist from the Dutch Golden Age: Hercules Segers. This exhibition is the first complete exploration of the artist’s oeuvre, piecing together the fascinating strands of Segers’ practice in an attempt to separate fact from the apocryphal. The show is also rather neatly juxtaposed with […]

10 October 2016

Laura Battle Touches the Celestial Heavens with Her Paint Brush

In Redhook N.Y. (upstate not Brooklyn) artist Laura Battle puts together puzzles, drawings, astronomy, symbols, signs, and transcendental visual universes. She is a Bard Art professor and I have a feeling that she is formerly from esoteric galaxies far beyond our traditional scenery. A navigator has blown off course trying to generate the perfect map to return […]

10 October 2016

Richard Long Exhibits At The Judd Foundation In New York

“Richard was busy doing these pieces, and a trail of mud was going to the basement,”  said Flavin Judd, curator of the Judd foundation. Created by American minimalist pioneer, Donald Judd, the Foundation is housed in the corner cast iron Soho building where the artist and his family lived. The upper floors preserve Judd’s self-designed furniture, his archives and working space. With […]

3 October 2016

Francis Bacon Guggenheim Bilbao Exhibition Reveals Influences Of The Great Masters

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is currently featuring a retrospective of the 20th century British/Irish artist Francis Bacon. Considered one of the most important artists of his time, Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez surveys more than six decades of the artist’s painting, displaying an impressive selection of his paintings alongside those of some of the […]

1 October 2016

David Hockney: His Own Brand Of Art History By Edward Lucie-Smith

In the past, David Hockney has frequently irritated art history professionals with his insistent theorising about how certain kinds of Old Master paintings were made, with, as he claims, the use of various optical devices. The historians claim that there is, in most cases, no absolute contemporary proof that this was the case. Why they ask, did those who might have spoken […]

27 September 2016

UP YOURS! The Turner Prize Is Relevant Again Almost – By Edward Lucie-Smith

Since its heyday in the 1990s, when it helped to establish the reputation of the last really significant art movement in Britain – or perhaps anywhere else – that of the so-called YBAs or Younger British Artists – the Turner Prize has been in decline.

24 September 2016

Wifredo Lam A Life Of Exile And Deracination By Edward Lucie-Smith

The experience of exile, deracination, was fundamental to Wifredo Lam’s career as an artist, even more so that it was too – say – the experience of the Russian emigré artists who left Russia after the Revolution, or that of the born-elsewhere Americans who played such a prominent role in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Lam made a successful career as […]

22 September 2016

Abstract Expressionism The Dark Triumph Of American Art By Edward Lucie Smith

The new Abstract Expressionism show that just opened in the main galleries of the Royal Academy at Burlington House, is an absolutely splendid affair. If you can only see one exhibition during a day out in London, see this one, and leave Tate Modern on the other side of the Thames to its own populist devices. The range and quality […]

20 September 2016

William Kentridge Returns With First London Public Exhibition In Fifteen Years

A major exhibition of work by the South African artist William Kentridge opens at the Whitechapel Gallery on Wednesday. Artlyst was at the press view and highly recommends it as an exhibition not to miss for 2016. The show is titled Thick Time and was curated by the innovative Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick. This will be the artist’s […]

19 September 2016

Mirren Kessling: Performative Reflections Of Identity At Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford is currently presenting the final exhibition from Platform 2016, created to support the work of up & coming graduate artists. This is the fifth edition of the annual region-wide project – consisting of a series of consecutive solo exhibitions hosted in Modern Art Oxford’s Project Space, with exhibitions by participating artists – […]

13 September 2016

Louise Nevelson: A Rare Female New York Mid-Century Art Star

Louise Nevelson was one of the relatively few female artists to make a major stir in the furiously competitive environment of the New York art world. Even so, it took her much longer to get there than was the case for male artists of the same generation. Born in 1899, she was not really a […]

12 September 2016

Best London Art Exhibitions September 2016 By Paul Carey-Kent

Paul Carey-Kent gives us his pick of the best London Art Exhibitions for September 2016 David Korty @ Sadie Coles, 1 Davies St – Mayfair To 1 Oct:  www.sadiecoles.com I wasn’t fully convinced by David Korty’s last series of paintings, which lined up objects on shelves, white against a blue backdrop. But this development out of […]

9 September 2016

Revolution South Kensington: Edward Lucie-Smith Recalls The 1960s Phenomena

The V&A’s new, all singing all dancing exhibition has a cumbersome title: You Say You want A Revolution? – Records and Rebels 1966-1970. As the title itself indicates, it does nevertheless cover a very short space of time – less than a decade. I can’t say I was fully part of the revolution in question. Already too old in 1966, […]

1 September 2016

Inside: Artangel Reimagines Reading Gaol As A 21st Century Art Gallery

Artangel has created what is likely to be the most thought-provoking exhibition of 2016. Known mostly for their solo projects, this is a rare group show and not only includes well-known visual artists but also a number of writers and poets. The concept centres around the notion of separation and what better a place for this, than […]

25 August 2016

Marina Abramovic, Richard Long, And Dorothy Cross At Modern Art Oxford

‘It’s Me to the World’ is Modern Art Oxford’s fourth exhibition and iteration of KALEIDOSCOPE, a celebration of 50 years as an internationally acclaimed gallery. The exhibition features works by Marina Abramović, Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Dorothy Cross, Richard Long, Agnes Martin, Otobong Nkanga, Yoko Ono, Hannah Rickards, and Richard Long. Upon entering the gallery the […]

21 August 2016

Survival Strategy: Jesse Krimes Takes Prison Art To A Higher Level

Marking Time in America: The Prison Works (2009-2013) is not a summer curatorial flirtation with an artist just out of Grad School. Instead, the current show at Chelsea’s Burning In Water gallery is by an artist fresh out of prison! The artist, Jesse Krimes, recently served a six-year period of incarceration. While Krimes was an artist before he was placed behind bars, his time – doing time, certainly […]

18 August 2016

No Commission: South Bronx Waterfront Warehouse Plays Host To 36 Artists

In the midst of an August heat wave, art, music, and harmony presided over a South Bronx waterfront warehouse. After a huge success at Miami Art Basel, hip hop legend Swizz Beatz brought his revolutionary paradigm of an immersive free cultural event, with all sales of work going directly to the artists. Art stars like Kehinde Wiley, Hassan Hajjaj, Ebony […]

4 August 2016

Raqib Shaw: Krishna For The Rich White Cube Bermondsey – Edward Lucie-Smith

Raqib Shaw seems like one of those grandee artists who have suddenly appeared out of nowhere. That is, till you do a bit of research on the Web, and discover just what, and how much, you’ve been missing. Calcutta born, raised in Kashmir, now living and working in London, he’s had solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, […]

31 July 2016

Paul Carey Kent Picks The Best Exhibitions In London August 2016.

Now in London: Paul Carey Kent unlocks his choices of the best exhibitions in town in August 2016. Sam Lewitt and Lucy Raven: Wild Sync & Weak Vocals @ Piar Corrias, 54 Eastcastle St – Fitzrovia To 5 Aug:  www.pilarcorrias.com Installation view of Sam Lewitt: A Weak Local Lexicon (MHTL), 2016 Entering Pilar Corrias, a well-established tease […]

31 July 2016

Marcus Harvey’s Turps Correspondence Course At Art Bermondsey Project Space

Art Bermondsey Project-Space is home to ‘Not One: But The Other’ until July 29th. The ten artists involved are part of Marcus Harvey’s Turps Correspondence Course. An online interactive course with designated tutors which propels artists, giving them momentum and practical guidance. The artists have set up the show independently from their tutors as an investigation into the process of what it means […]

29 July 2016

Mark Wallinger: Recumbent Analysand Reflected In Mirrors Freud Museum London

A new installation by the Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger, curated by Natasha Hoare, opened last night at the Freud Museum in London. It explores self reflection and consists of three key works. The most spectacular is the installation of a mirrored ceiling in the room used by the father of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, as his office. ‘Study […]

28 July 2016

Modern British Painting Abounds: The Hepworth Wakefield Summer 2016 Exhibition Roundup

At The Hepworth Wakefield, large light-filled gallery spaces more familiar with the wieldy steel sculpture of Anthony Caro or the oozing metamorphic wax and crystalline works of Lynda Bengalis, are this summer playing host to a series exhibitions and displays celebrating some of the best of twentieth century British painting. With the likes of David […]

22 July 2016

Francis Bacon’s Controversial Yet Moving Late Drawings Exhibited In Trieste

I was recently in Trieste, for a small exhibition of drawings attributed to Francis Bacon. This can hardly be considered a review, as my links to the whole Bacon drawings controversy are already well known and in the public domain. Francis Bacon always denied that he made drawings. In this, as in quite a number of other aspects of his […]

20 July 2016

A Very British Ideal for Living Explored In New London Photography Exhibition

We want our country back! they cried An Ideal for Living is a new exhibition at Beetles and Huxley, London that explores how photographers have perceived class, culture and identity in modern Britain. Drawing on the work of 29  photographers, it considers how photographing Britain has contributed to the creation of a collective national identity. The exhibition shows the variety […]

19 July 2016

Must-See this Summer: Les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles, France until 25 September

Leaving grey and depressed post-Brexit London to attend Les Rencontres photographiques d’Arles in south of France was a relief. The journey from London is fast and yet landing at Nimes airport looks like putting a foot on a different planet. The sun is shining strongly, burning even, and the deep blue of the sky reminds you why Van Gogh, countless artists and photographers […]

18 July 2016

Camberwell MA Arts Degree Shows 2016

This year’s Camberwell College of Arts Postgraduate Summer Show is taking place in Camberwell’s Wilson Road space. I actually think this space is a lot more open and easier to navigate than the main college. MA Book Arts I started by looking at MA Book Arts. Although labelled ‘book arts’, this section contained a huge […]

17 July 2016

Three Summer Shows in New York’s Chelsea You Shouldn’t Miss

There are many wonderful summer shows up right now in Chelsea, from group shows to solo exhibitions, sculpture to painting to mixed media; you certainly get a little taste of everything. While I enjoyed many exhibitions, there are three that left a strong impression on me: Annie Pearlman/Adrianne Rubenstein/Alyson Vega at White Columns, Skins: Body as Matter and Process at […]

16 July 2016

Carlo Carra Both A Revolutionary And A Conservative – Blain/Southern London

A number of the major commercial galleries in London now offer shows which are, in terms of interest and quality, very much on a level with what one finds in London’s major public galleries. The new exhibition at Blain/Southern in Hanover Square offers a good example of this. Entitled Carlo Carrà, Metaphysical Spaces, it considers the career of one of the […]

14 July 2016

Theaster Gates: Powerful Mid-Career Retrospective For Major African American Artist

There’s a prescient timeliness to “True Value” – a powerful mid career retrospective of artist, anthropologist, and activist Theaster Gates. This major black American artist is known for his sculpture, performance and large-scale building reclamation.  Gates is also Artistic Director of the Rebuild Foundation, a non-profit community arts organisation based in his neighborhood, Chicago’s Southside, which remains one of the more dangerous precincts […]

13 July 2016

What’s Up In Russia? Stop By London’s Pushkin House Cultural Centre

Few things are more confusing to the aficionado of contemporary art than the simple question ‘What’s going on in Russia?’ A current show, entitled Drawing: No Limits, at Pushkin House, the Russian cultural centre in London, makes a valiant if not entirely successful to answer this question. Not entirely successful because it gives a chaotic impression of what can now be […]

13 July 2016

Liverpool Biennial Is The Place To Be For Art This Summer

The ninth edition of the Liverpool Biennial got off to an impressive start last weekend with a varied array of events and exhibitions to see. Every two years international artists are invited to participate in what has now become one of the world’s most respected art biennials. The year’s theme examines the city’s past, present and future. Some […]