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 […]

20 March 2016

David Shrigley: Satirical Often Infantile Drawings And Text – New Exhibition Unveiled

The 2013 Turner Prize nominated, British artist David Shrigley launched his eighth solo show at London’s Stephen Friedman Gallery on Thursday 17th March. Shrigley uses a combination of acrylic paint and oil stick to create his satirical and sometimes subtly political drawings and texts. His new large-scale works on paper are mostly successful and the exhibition […]

17 March 2016

Paul Black Reviews: Mark Wallinger’s ID At Hauser & Wirth

Paul Black has visited Hauser & Wirth London, currently presenting Mark Wallinger’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery. The artist’s latest offering is spread across both Savile Row spaces, hosting a presentation of new paintings and multi-media works. Wallinger utilises Sigmund Freud’s terms, id, ego and superego in an interrogation of the psyche, the self, […]

14 March 2016

Paul Black Reviews: DAS INSTITUT At The Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Paul Black recently attended the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, which is currently presenting the first major exhibition of work by Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder in a UK public gallery. The artists are based in New York and London – and as well as their individual practices – Brätsch and Röder have worked collaboratively as DAS […]

14 March 2016

Matteo Fuzzi: Nocturnal Oceans And Dark Voids Explored In New Exhibition

Imagine if you will the ocean at night; the push and pull of the tide under a vast starlit sky, the hushing sigh of the waves that break at the murky shore where you walk barefoot in the sand. In front of the wholeness, the infinite entirety of the sea and the night, a man […]

7 March 2016

Sir Peter Blake: A Pinch Of Sgt. Pepper At The Harley Gallery

Paul Black travelled to the opening of the Harley Gallery, home to the historic Portland Collection of fine and decorative art, the gallery is also known for its inclusion of contemporary art from some of today’s leading artists – and its selection of miniature paintings dating back to the Tudor period, including works by Hans […]

6 March 2016

Stepping Into An Abandoned Museum The Art Show Park Avenue Armory

Lizanne Merrill and Isa Freeling Artlyst’s New York contributors were at the press view of ‘The Art Show’ at the Park Avenue Armory which they describe as “a completely different experience when the space is empty of visitors”. At the early afternoon press preview– while vacuum cleaners are roaring and booths are hung seamlessly, devoid […]

6 March 2016

Paul Carey-Kent Curates His Choices Of London Art Exhibitions For March 2016

Paul Carey-Kent curates his choices of London art exhibitions for March 2016. His rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows are all on view now. Thomas Mailaender: Gone Fishing @ Roman Road, 69 Roman Road – Bethnal Geen – and at Tate Modern To 15 April (Roman) / 12 June (Tate): www.romanroad.com In this satirically simple satire on […]

3 March 2016

Botticelli Appropriated: The Art Of Recycling Old Masters By Their Disciples – Reveiw

Not long after the National Gallery’s opening of Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, here is another exhibition showing an iconic artist’s influence on subsequent generations.  However, unlike the Delacroix, with Botticelli Reimagined at the Victoria and Albert Museum the very title suggests what to expect and so there is no disappointment involved.   At […]

29 February 2016

Warhol To Wallinger London’s Best Art Exhibitions March 2016

Gagosian’s Warhol and Avedon at their Britannia Street gallery is yet another Museum quality curation which juxtaposes the work of two post war artists, both tackling iconic celebrities and society portraiture. Both cross over in a massive billboard sized group portrait by Avedon of ‘The Factory’ superstars which include Viva, Gerard Malenga and the late, great, transgender Candy Darling. Worth […]

26 February 2016

Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats At Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Artlyst’s Japan correspondent Rachel Carvosso has attended “Takashi Murakami; The 500 Arhats” at the Mori Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo; the artist’s first large-scale Japan-based exhibition in the last 14 years, featuring works previously unseen in the country. The work of the exhibition title is a hugely ambitious project that boasts of being one of the “largest paintings […]

20 February 2016

Art Rotterdam 2016: The Modern Way With Bosch And Birds

A good fair needs a combination of quirky or spectacular extras, good location, plus of course  quality art in the main section. Add that the cool yet comfortable Citizen M hotel helped my mood, and  Rotterdam delivered well – Paul Carey-Kent The Extras Leonard van Munster: Ein Goldener Berg (top photo) The extras may seem an odd place to start. […]

17 February 2016

Delacroix Frustratingly Over Powered By The Works Of His Disciples

Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, the National Gallery London’s latest feature exhibition, sets out to give visitors the opportunity to (re)discover this important hugely influential 19th century master and to establish his enormous influence by exhibiting his works alongside those he influenced: household names such as Cezanne, Renoir, Gauguin and Matisse. Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) […]

17 February 2016

Paul Black Reviews: Andy Warhol At The Ashmolean – Celebrity And Death Anxiety

Artlyst has recently attended the new exhibition of works by Andy Warhol from the Hall Collection, curated by Norman Rosenthal, on show at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. This is the latest exhibition in a number of Rosenthal-curated shows from the collection to take place at the museum in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, and […]

15 February 2016

Paul Black Reviews: Michael Joo Radiohalo At Blain|Southern London

Paul Black has attended the new exhibition by New York-based artist Michael Joo, Radiohalo is a major solo exhibition of new artworks by the acclaimed conceptual artist. Joo works across a variety of media, incorporating themes of energy, nature, and technology, creating a complex and rich oeuvre, exploring identity and the body often by its […]

10 February 2016

Paul Black Reviews: KALEIDOSCOPE The Indivisible Present At Modern Art Oxford

Artlyst has attended the latest exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, The Indivisible Present, the first exhibition in KALEIDOSCOPE, a yearlong programme of unfolding exhibitions at the gallery in 2016 to celebrate Modern Art Oxford’s 50th anniversary. All the works on display will explore temporality in art as a celebration of the longevity of the gallery, […]