12 July 2016

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Unveiled For 2016 Liverpool Biennial

After a 30 year hiatus, the 2016 Bloomberg New Contemporaries has returned to the Bluecoat, Liverpool. The space works well with the installation heavy selection of art which has come mainly from the UK’s leading art schools. This year’s exhibition is again forming part of Liverpool’s Biennial 2016, of which New Contemporaries has been a […]

11 July 2016

David Hockney Yosemite Series: Digital Mischief In An Analogue World

Sly and obliquely, but also unmistakably, another Hockney show currently available in London, this time at Annely Juda Fine Art, the artist’s regular dealer, casts doubt on the proposition the Royal Academy exhibition of his recent portraits seems determined to put forward, which is that nothing can match a figurative painting made when directly confronting the subject, with no technology to modify […]

9 July 2016

Greg Smith Explores Cross Section Between Art And Computer Science

New York – Greg Smith is not your run of the mill artist. Holding both a MFA from Hunter College and a PhD in Physics from Harvard, Smith’s work plays off of contemporary trends in a clever way, highlighting technology’s effect on all aspects of artistic production. His current exhibition at Susan Inglett Gallery, Zero Width Non-Joiner, explores the cross […]

7 July 2016

Elizabeth Price: New Whitworth Exhibition Creates A Story Within A Dream

‘IN A DREAM YOU SAW A WAY TO SURVIVE AND YOU WERE FULL OF JOY’, the current central exhibition at the Whitworth, Manchester, is Elizabeth Price’s profusely original feat of curatorship. Claiming herself that she approaches the curating of an exhibition in a similar way to which she would create art, this becomes perfectly clear upon visiting her exhibition and reading her elucidations. […]

6 July 2016

Georgia O’Keeffe On My Mind Edward Lucie-Smith Surveys The Retrospective

Georgia O’Keeffe, now the subject of a large solo show just opened at Tate Modern, is a slightly odd case in the story of American art. She became famous very early, thanks to the efforts of her patron, lover and eventual husband Alfred Stieglitz, who, in addition to being a leading Modern Movement photographer, was […]

6 July 2016

London Art Exhibitions For July 2016 As Recommended By Paul Carey-Kent

Art critic Paul Carey-Kent gives Artlyst his recommendations for London Art Exhibitions around the Capital for July 2016. There are still a number of great things to see before the August drought.  Katherine Murphy: Decay @ Patrick Heide, 11 Church St – Edgeware Road  To 17 Sept: www.patrickheide.com Labour + Repetition = Decay (no.9), 2015Katherine Murphy gives obsession […]

3 July 2016

RCA Photography Curiously Austere But Edgy At 2016 Degree Show

The work of this year’s RCA photography is curiously austere by the institution’s’ standards. Some of the work is so straight as to make the viewer seek a level of irony possibly missed. Not only has the manipulation of the image/print been eschewed, but there isn’t any coloured perspex to be seen anywhere. Other fashionable […]

1 July 2016

A Promenade Down The London Summer Art And Antiques Fair Corridor

Art and antique fairs are in full swing in London right now. On successive days I went to the VIP opening of Masterpiece, located near Chelsea barracks, in a vast temporary building that looks as if it is made of solid brick but isn’t, and also to the Olympia Art & Antiques Fair on a […]

30 June 2016

David Hockney Portraits: A Panoramic Glimpse Into The Life Of A National Treasure

David Hockney has, after a much reported domestic catastrophe in Bridlington – the untimely death of a young member of his entourage – returned to the peace and quiet of California. He nevertheless remains a British National Treasure. No other British artist enjoys so much affection, combined with real solid celebrity, among his compatriots. The huge turn out for the Private View […]

30 June 2016

British Creative Flair Celebrated At Two Sonar Festival’s In Barcelona

Last week, Barcelona opened its door to the 22nd edition of Sónar Festival, welcoming an eclectic and international roster of talented artists and reaffirming its position of a catalyst for building relationships between the world of music, creativity and technology.  If Sónar Festival is primarily known for its carefully curated music line up, Sónar+D and Sónar PLANTA associated programmes are getting […]

24 June 2016

Maria Lassnig: Baconian Inevitability Lingers At Tate Liverpool

Artlyst has travelled to Tate Liverpool which is currently presenting the first UK retrospective of late Austrian artist Maria Lassnig in an exhibition that runs in parallel with the gallery’s survey of Francis Bacon’s use of the space frame in ‘Invisible Rooms’. The show features 40 large scale paintings, the exhibition spans the Lassnig’s entire […]

23 June 2016

FOUND: Cornelia Parker Curates Royal Academicians At The Foundling Museum

Artlyst has attended the Foundling Museum, London, currently presenting the exhibition ‘FOUND’ curated by Foundling Fellow and Royal Academician Cornelia Parker. The artist was invited to curate an exhibition of over sixty outstanding artists with a varying range of practices to respond to the theme of ‘found’, reflecting on the Museum’s heritage and collection. The […]

20 June 2016

The Ruskin School Of Art Degree Show 2016: The Highlights

Artlyst has returned to the Ruskin School of Art, for the BFA and MFA exhibitions 2016, after investigating the school’s ‘Preliminaries’ exhibition, which highlighted the burgeoning talents of Ruskin’s first year; now we explore the graduating artists of this prestigious school, bringing you some of the best work on offer from a collection of young […]

19 June 2016

Art Basel And Manifesta 2016 Round- Up By Paul Carey Kent

Paul  Carey-Kent travels to Switzerland to visit Manifesta in Zurich and Art Basel 2016 ZURICH: MANIFESTA, PICABIA, DADA AND THE OVERLOOKED Maurizio Cattelan / Edith Wolf-Hunkeler project, 2016 There’s plenty of interesting stuff in the artfest which is Zurich and Basel this week. Both deliver a winning combination of what you might call big wow and little […]

17 June 2016

The Slade School Of Art Postgraduate Degree Show 2016: The Highlights

Artlyst has attended The Slade School Of Art MA MFA PhD Degree Show 2016 to investigate the fresh and exciting new talent that the prestigious London art school will soon offer up to an unsuspecting art world. This renowned institution dates from 1868 when solicitor and philanthropist Felix Slade bequeathed funds to establish three Chairs […]

14 June 2016

Louise Nevelson: Recreating A Slightly Mournful Age In Black

The big campaign to give more recognition to women artist is gathering pace at Tate Modern, with a solo show by Mona Hatoum on view and one by Georgia O’Keeffe opening soon. It’s high time – t would be churlish to deny that. Now Pace London has joined in, with a big show devoted ton the work of Louise Nevelson […]

12 June 2016

The Broad Presents Largest Private Collection Of Work By Cindy Sherman

The Broad, LA newest contemporary art museum, presents its inaugural special exhibition on June 11th – Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life. The museum, which opened last September, boasts the largest collection of the inimitable photographer’s works, exhibiting pieces from throughout her career spanning nearly half a century. The exhibit will be the first major solo […]

10 June 2016

Alex Katz Drive-by Art: An Exploitation of Flatness By Edward Lucie-Smith

Alex Katz (b. 1927) is a senior figure, in all senses of that term, in the American art world, but perhaps not quite such a big deal here in London as some of this compatriots and contemporaries. If you are Jasper Johns (b. 1930) you get the Courtauld Gallery, side by side with major Impressionists and Old Masters. If you are Chuck […]

9 June 2016

Bhupen Khakhar Naive Painter Or Brutally Effective Ironist

Appropriately entitled ‘You Can’t Please All’, the show at Tate Modern for this celebrated Indian artist is first international respective of his work to be held anywhere since his death in 2003. The handlist to the exhibition rashly asserts that Khakhar ‘played a central role in modern Indian art.’ This claim is difficult to sustain because one of the […]

8 June 2016

Richard Wilson’s Duo Vision Helps Evolve Royal Academy Summer Show 2016

This year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is the 248th edition and opens to the public next week on 13 June.  One of the founding principles of the Royal Academy was to mount an annual exhibition open to all artists in order to finance the training of young artists in the Royal Academy Schools.  Accordingly, the Summer […]

7 June 2016

Dorothy Cross: Mystics, Rationalists, And Temporal Ponderings At Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford is currently presenting works by Cork-born artist Dorothy Cross, as part of KALEIDOSCOPE: Mystics and Rationalists, the Gallery’s year-long programme of unfolding exhibitions to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The show Features Karla Black, Daniel Buren, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Yoko Ono, Amy Sillman, and Dorothy Cross. Cross works in sculpture, […]

7 June 2016

The Ruskin School Of Art Preliminaries Exhibition 2016: The Highlights

Artlyst has attended the Ruskin Preliminaries 2016 to investigate the burgeoning talent that the prestigious Oxford art school may unleash upon the art world in the not too distant future, and examine the student’s potential response to the school’s historical relationship with drawing. The Ruskin dates from 1871, when John Ruskin first opened his School […]

31 May 2016

New London Art Exhibitions June 2016 By Paul Carey Kent

Paul Carey-Kent curates his choices of London art exhibitions for June 2016. His rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows are all on view now. Tomma Abts @ Greengrassi, 1a Kempsford Road – Kennington To 18 June: www.greengrassi.com Menso 2016 – acrylic & oil on canvas and bronze 48 × 38 cm    2006 Turner Prize winner Tomma Abts has […]

25 May 2016

Yayoi Kusama: Mesmerising Attractions Despite Queues Like Disneyland

It’s six o’clock on a warm spring night, I head to down to the Victoria Miro Gallery in Islington to the private view of the much-anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibition. I’m early but there’s a long queue that stretches all the way down Wharf Road and I trudge to the back. After 45 minutes of waiting and […]

23 May 2016

Andy Warhol: ‘Brand-Warhol’, Celebrity Friends And Soup Cans At Halcyon Gallery

Halcyon Gallery is currently presenting its first exhibition devoted entirely to the works of Andy Warhol. The show has over one hundred pieces on display, including graphics, portfolios and original works on paper and canvas. The exhibition explores Warhol’s works from the artist’s early illustrative works of the 1950s, through to Warhol’s Pop Art heyday […]

23 May 2016

Francis Bacon: Striking New Exhibition Unveiled At Tate Liverpool

Invisible rooms is a captivating, major new exhibition of works by the artist Francis Bacon. It displays more than thirty paintings alongside rarely seen drawings and documents.  As well as painting the human figure, Bacon also took inspiration from  photographic reproductions showing a range of approaches to his subject matter. This is the largest Francis Bacon exhibition ever staged in the north of England. […]

20 May 2016

Jeff Koons – The Art Of Not Quite Now By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Jeff Koons exhibition, entitled with the single word ‘NOW’, is the latest exhibition to be presented in Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, a series of beautiful spaces designed by architects Caruso St John. There is, in fact no nicer space for showing contemporary art now available in London. It knocks spots off (no pun intended) […]

19 May 2016

Martine Syms: Inherited Images, Inherited Identities At ICA London

The ICA London’s Upper Gallery is currently presenting the exhibition ‘Fact & Trouble’ by American artist Martine Syms, exploring the space between lived experience and its representation in everyday life, and contemporary media. The artist presents her latest video series ‘Lessons’ – an ongoing project – which the gallery describes as a long, incomplete poem […]

18 May 2016

Mona Hatoum: Hair, Electricity And Barbed Wire Tate Modern

Mona Hatoum’s work, as collected together in this retrospective, neatly straddles recent preoccupations at the great institution where it currently resides. There’s quite a lot to do with performance art, though the artist seems to have moved away from this in recent years. There are political echoes from the ever-turbulent Middle East. Hatoum was born in Beirut to a Palestinian family in […]

16 May 2016

Guan Xiao: The Victor’s Privilege – Rewriting History At The ICA London

The ICA London is currently presenting the work of Chinese artist Guan Xiao. The artist employs mainly sculpture and video, exploring the influence of the proliferation of the digital image as the primary form of information exchange. Xiao works with appropriated video clips found on the internet juxtaposed with sculptural elements and installation, exploring ‘ways […]

14 May 2016

Curated Choices: London Art Exhibitions May 2016 By Paul Carey -Kent

Paul Carey-Kent curates his choices of London art exhibitions for May 2016. His rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows are all on view now. Lisa Milroy: Out of Hand @ Laure Genillard, 2 Hanway Place – Tottenham Court Road To 25 June: www.lglondon.org Handbag, 2014, mixed media. approx 90 x 100 x 25cm.  (FXP Photography, London) Lisa […]

11 May 2016

Keith Coventry: A Disposable Modernist Dystopia At Pace Gallery London

Pace London is currently presenting White Black Gold, an exhibition of new works by London-based artist Keith Coventry. The artist has been exploring the relationship between Modernism and its manifestations in the contemporary via two new bodies of work; Coventry questions Modernism’s ‘utopian promise’, deconstructing its power via juxtapositions with post-modern contexts. With more-than-telling titles […]