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’.

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 […]