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 […]

10 May 2016

Philip Guston’s Last Decade of Abstraction Hauser & Wirth NY

This highly focused exhibition of thirty six paintings and fifty three drawings presents Philip Guston’s last decade of abstraction.  The rugged forms and bravado brushstrokes are imbued with figurative possibilities, and the limited palette of gray black, salmon pink and verdant green have a prescient power, later revealed in Guston’s final and explosive figurative works. […]

9 May 2016

Thomson & Craighead: Orwellian Party Paranoia At Carroll/Fletcher

Carroll/Fletcher is currently presenting Thomson & Craighead in ‘Party Booby Trap’, the art duo’s second exhibition with the gallery, filling the space with a plethora of 21st century post-millennial fears. The show even includes the artists first fragrance ‘Apocalypse’, 2016, not as unpleasant as the concept of this paranoia-inducing assault on the nervous would have […]

4 May 2016

Barry Flanagan: The Absurdist Subversion Of Form At Waddington Custot Galleries

Waddington Custot Galleries is currently presenting the maverick Clement Greenberg-chewing Barry Flanagan in ‘Animal, Vegetable, Mineral’. The show is a survey of Flanagan’s works from the 1960s, 70s and 80s, curated by Dr. Jo Melvin, including displays of material from the Estate archive, including preliminary works, and photographs. Fifty years after the artist’s first solo […]

2 May 2016

Berlin Gallery Weekend 2016 Paul Carter Robinson Chooses Six Of The Best

Just returned from Berlin Gallery Weekend and much to report. Choosing six of the best is never easy, as I must have visited over 100 galleries and artists studios, over the four day period. I have chosen two international galleries, Spruth Magers and Blain Southern which both excel in wow factor exhibitions as well as four Berlin […]

1 May 2016

Luminous And Nourishing Nikolai Astrup Painting Norway

There are just three weeks left to go and see the breathtaking work of little known Norwegian artist Nikolai Alstrup at The Dulwich Picture Gallery. A rare treat indeed, this is the first time Astrup has had a solo show in the UK. The stunning exhibition has been seamlessly curated by three world renowned experts taking the viewer on a […]

27 April 2016

Giacometti And Klein A First Rate Sumptuous Juxtaposition At Gagosian London

A sumptuous exhibition at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London presents the work of two of the 20th century’s greatest artists, juxtaposed in what turns out to be ‘a match made in heaven’. Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein may not seem to be an obvious choice of artists for a two man show, however, there are stylistic similarities […]

25 April 2016

Bosco Sodi: The Alchemist Of Aesthetics At Blain|Southern London

Yūgen is Blain|Southern’s first exhibition by artist Bosco Sodi, and takes its title from a multi-layered Japanese concept, describing the evocation of inexplicably deep emotions in response to aesthetic creation, which extends to a sense of awareness and acceptance of impermanence. Sodi’s new work features rock sculptures ranging in size, and large-scale impasto paintings made […]

23 April 2016

Darren Coffield And Francis Bacon: Magicians of Matter And Light

The Herrick Gallery, London is currently presenting a selection of drawings by Francis Bacon and new paintings by Darren Coffield. It is stated that both artists create figuration with a twist: both manipulate the language of the human figure in art, reinterpreting the form through disturbing subversion. But there is another twist to this exhibition: […]

21 April 2016

Richard Prince: The Joke Is In The ‘Re-telling’ At Sadie Coles HQ

Sadie Coles HQ is currently presenting an oeuvre of twelve works by the great American appropriation artist Richard Prince. ‘Cartoon Over Cartoon’ is a reprisal of the artist’s preoccupation with jokes and cartoons, and shares a relationship with the artist’s ‘Hippie Drawings’ from the late eighties. Prince’s practice is appropriation. As the inventor of Re-photography […]

19 April 2016

Gustav Metzger, Yoko Ono, David Maljkovic – Among Artists At Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford presents the second exhibition in KALEIDOSCOPE, the Gallery’s year-long programme of unfolding exhibitions to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The second show in the gallery’s programme, ‘A Moment of Grace’ takes its title from an observation by German artist Gustav Metzger – founder of the Auto-Destructive art movement in the 1960s – that […]

12 April 2016

Warrior Artists At OVADA: Paul Black Reviews The Collective’s Latest Work

Warrior Studios Collective consists of 12 artists – founded in the late 1980s in a railway arch in South London – and currently finds itself residing at the OVADA Gallery in Oxford, for a month-long residency creating an ongoing multi-media installation inspired by and referencing the Hannover Merzbau of Kurt Schwitters, referring back to Cubism […]

9 April 2016

Ingram Collection Health and the Body Exhibition Breathes life Into Royal College of General Practitioners

The Royal College of General Practitioners recently opened it’s doors to the art world. Will this stunning, recently-renovated Grade II* listed Edwardian building, complete with mosaic floors and tiled grandeur become a hothouse for the arts? Absolutely yes, with The Wellcome Collection and British Library only a stones throw away, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t . Stepping out of […]

5 April 2016

Eileen Cooper, Wang Guangle, Eduardo Chillida: Paul Black’s West End Review

Wang Guangle: Yellow – Pace Gallery London – until 16 Apr 2016 Image: Wang Guangle, Yellow, installation view, Pace Gallery London. Photo: P A Black © 2016. Pace Gallery London is currently displaying ‘Yellow’, the first solo exhibition of work by Chinese artist Wang Guangle in Europe. The artist’s practice is an attempt to address […]

2 April 2016

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

Paul Carey-Kent curates his choices of London art exhibitions for April 2016. His rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows are all on view now. Anna Barriball: New Works @ Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square – Soho   To 7 May: www.frithstreetgallery.com     Night Window with Leaves, 2015 –  Pigment and beeswax picture varnish on paper,            235 […]

31 March 2016

Yinka Shonibare: End Of Empire, Conflict, And Dominion At Turner Contemporary

Artlyst travelled to sunny Margate and Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery to view two major works by leading contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The new pieces have been created as part of the 14-18 NOW programme of World War 1 Centenary Art commissions, and coincides with the gallery’s fifth anniversary. Image: Yinka Shonibare, The British Library, […]

28 March 2016

Leon Golub: Heroes and Villains Still Raw and Brutally Existent

Leon Golub was a hero to some. In the fifties, his figurative work went against the grain when abstraction was de rigueur in the art world. In the sixties, his Vietnam and Napalm series of paintings, raw and brutally existent, were condemnations of the war. Then, in the mid-70’s, a creative crisis set in, perhaps brought on by the end […]

26 March 2016

Tate And Barbican Focus On Heavy Hitting Spring Photography Exhibitions

It’s interesting to compare the curatorial approaches to the two densely comprehensive photography group shows on at the the moment: ‘Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers’ at the Barbican, curated by Martin Parr and ‘Performing for the Camera’ at Tate Britain, for which Simon Baker was the lead curator. Parr and Baker […]