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 […]

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 […]

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 […]