10 October 2015

Cy Twombly’s Monumental Festive Canvases Inaugurate Gagosian’s Massive New London Gallery

Following their now longstanding inaugural tradition, Gagosian Gallery is exhibiting works by CY Twombly at their new location on Grosvenor Hill and in curatorial congruence at their nearby Davies Street location.  The new gallery, designed by Caruso St. John who also designed locations in Rome, Paris and on London’s Britannia Street, features two double-height gallery spaces, […]

2 October 2015

Turner Prize Sacrifices Visual Punch For Conceptual Filler In Glasgow

What do chorale singers, a craftsman’s showroom, a posh cafe with fur coats thrown over chairs and a library reading room have in common? Yes you guessed it – it must be Turner Prize time again!  This year the latest nominees for this most prestigious British art prize have gone north to Scotland for the first […]

23 September 2015

City & Guilds Of London Art School – MA Fine Art Show 2015

The City & Guilds of London Art School, a not for profit specialist institution of art training, recently displayed its MA Fine Art Show includes work from 13 graduating MA Fine Art Students, as well as interim work by 6 part-time students completing their first year of study. The show also featured exhibitions by three […]

22 September 2015

Ai Weiwei At The Royal Academy: The Human Face Of Duchamp

Artlyst recently attended the press view of the Royal Academy of Arts’ landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Ai Weiwei. The exhibition includes significant works from 1993 onwards, the date that marks Ai Weiwei’s return to China following more than a decade living in New York. The acclaimed dissident artist has created new, site-specific […]

22 September 2015

Art Works As Memos From The Past: Paris/Barcelona Gallery Roundup

What better place to begin an art vacation than with a visit to one of the 20th Century’s most contentious and influential sculptures at the Centre George Pompidou? The slippery slope of the readymade set in action by Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (featured in the Pompidou’s Modern art gallery space) and its history did not surface […]

14 September 2015

Artlyst Experiences Random International’s Rain Room At The Yuz Museum Shanghai

Artlyst recently travelled to Shanghai to visit the latest iteration of Random International’s Rain Room, recently installed at The Yuz Museum in the city. The installation is sponsored by Volkswagen, and marks the first display of Rain Room in China. The work was created by the British-German artist collective, which began with displays in London […]

11 September 2015

Contemporary Art History: Mayfair Gallery Round-Ups By Alice Pelot

A large number of the exhibitions in Mayfair for the fall season reach back to the fifties, revisiting conceptual art, geometric abstraction, and photography’s history. Emerging artists are exploring art historical themes of painterly voyeurism and commercial galleries are presenting participatory art works. One afternoon in the small spaces of Sprüth Magers, Stephen Friedman, Gagosian […]

10 September 2015

STUDIO By Dominic Beattie At The FOLD Gallery

Dominic Beattie, a promising young artist and native Londoner who was recently featured in the New Order II: British Art today exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, has come full circle to present a new solo exhibition of recent work at the Fold Gallery. Frustrated by the ‘historically-loaded’ convention of oil painting, he began to focus […]

28 August 2015

Massimiliano Gioni: A Subversive, Eclectic Portrait Of The Great Mother

In the land of the exalted Madonna, Massimiliano Gioni presents a subversive, eclectic and extraordinary portrait of  “The Great Mother.”  Like the brilliant 2013 Venice Biennale, which he directed, this exhibition presents superstar and outsider artists, with a decidedly transgressive  view.  Conceived as a temporary museum, the female images, exploring the mysteries of motherhood, begin at the turn of the twentieth century up to the present. […]

9 August 2015

London Art Exhibitions For August 2015 Chosen By Paul Carey Kent

Here is the latest in Paul Carey-Kent’s rolling top ten, together with previous choices which you can still still see… Alex Cecchetti: the printing house of hell @ Kunstraum, 15a Cremer St – Hoxton To 22 Aug: www.kunstraum.org.uk Dancing with a teapot, 2015 – oil on paper It says something for Alex Cecchetti’s charisma that the […]

5 August 2015

Liberties: Women Artists Explore The Sex Discrimination Act Of 1975

Curators Day + Gluckman have put on an exhibition of work by women artists. They have called it Liberties and they have hung it on a hook. The hook is the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act in 1975. That, coupled with the fact that the exhibition is sited in a prestigious law firm not far from the […]

5 August 2015

Shirley Baker And Summer Group Show At London’s Photographer’s Gallery

The two summer shows at the Photographers’ Gallery are of differing styles and subject matter, but unexpectedly complementary in terms their improvisational, ‘live’ dynamic. A deeply felt retrospective of Shirley Baker’s social documentary work from 1960’s Salford, jars and jostles with the large survey of approaches to music photography ‘We Want More’. It’s a clever […]

31 July 2015

Eileen Cooper : Love, Sex, Motherhood And Family New RA Drawings Exhibition

Eileen Cooper is the first female ever to hold the post of Keeper of the Royal Academy in its 247-year history, a post she has held since 2010 having been elected a Royal Academician in 2000 and as such she has strong ties with the Royal Academ. She also teaches at the RA schools along […]

25 July 2015

Pop Up To Mainstream London Art Exhibitions For July 2015

From pop-up art shows, corporate art collection shows, student final year shows to main stream commercial art galleries, final year Camberwell School of Art BA Illustration student, Florence Goodhand-Tait gives her selection of shows on in London during July. A collage exhibition is currently being held at The Print House in Dalston. The artists were […]

22 July 2015

Summer Art Exhibitions Not To Miss in London In 2015 By Paul Carey – Kent

Paul Carey-Kent one of London’s leading art critics give us his choices for summer art exhibitions not to miss. ‘Matthew Higgs and Clive Hodgson’ & ‘Figuratively’ @ Wilkinson, 50-58 Vyner St – Cambridge Heath To 16 Aug: www.wilkinsongallery.com   This is quite the smorgasbord: New York mutli-tasker Matthew Higgs pairs his droll found text works, extended here from isolated […]

20 July 2015

Life’s A Beach: Marc Quinn’s New Exhibition Explores Toxic Environmental Issues

A new exhibition of work by Marc Quinn is always an event in London. It’s not just that he’s on the short-list of successful artists from the YBA period who have made their mark in the glory days of Brit Art – but also the fact that for much of his career he has produced quality work. Some […]

19 July 2015

Obsessions Grow: Camberwell MA Degree Show 2015

Unlike the BA exhibition, there is more space to breath as there are fewer students involved. Walk into Camberwell College and turn right for the MA Select Showcase where Camberwell Space has selected a selection of work across the MA courses. The work that most strikes me are the miniature ceramic pots by Yuta Segawa – […]

18 July 2015

Hannah Collins Leads Three Must See London Photography Exhibitions

As the dry months approach, there’s still some strong work on show around London. some of it in unlikely venues. The idea of ‘Space’, both allegorical and literal, seems an overarching theme in the work of three different but very important photographic artists. First up is the Hannah Collins mini-retrospective at Camden Arts Centre. I […]

17 July 2015

Ben Uri Gallery Explores 100 Years Of Emigre Artists At Somerset House

The Ben Uri Gallery and Museum started life as an Art Society founded by Jewish émigrés in London’s Whitechapel 1915 and is the oldest Jewish cultural organisation in the UK.  To mark its centenary the gallery is staging a celebratory exhibition in Somerset House (2 July-13 December 2015).  The original Art Society was founded in […]

16 July 2015

Blow Up – Parafin Gallery – The Reversion Of Photography

Parafin London presents the group show Blow up, and features a group of leading and emerging painters including Hannah Brown, Mark Fairnington, Hynek Martinec, Justin Mortimer, Issa Salliander, Jonathan Wateridge, Uwe Wittwer and Clare Woods. The exhibition explores connections between contemporary painting and photography. Michelangelo Antonioni’s iconic film Blow Up offers the viewer a frame […]

14 July 2015

Les Rencontres Transforms Arles Into World Photography Capital This Summer

Les Rencontres d’Arles (from 6th July to 20th September this year) is to photography what the Venice Biennale is to Contemporary Art: an international gathering of photography lovers and professionals meeting each other and enjoying a feast of exhibitions under the sun of the old Roman city of Arles. This year however is quite special. It is the first edition by Sam Stourdze […]

13 July 2015

Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust – Royal Academy Of Arts – The Clockwork Utopia

The Royal Academy presents Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust, a survey of the artist’s complex and eclectic oeuvre exploring around 80 of Cornell’s intricate box constructions, assemblages, collages and films. The re-appraisal of the artist’s work comes some 35 years after the last major solo exhibition of Cornell in Europe, originating at the Museum of Modern Art, […]

12 July 2015

Royal College of Art Degree Show 2015 Intriguing Practices And Processes

The predominant presence of video in the Royal College of Art Graduate Exhibition characterizes many of the practices as interdisciplinary.  Video appears in the works of painters, sculptors, printmakers and performers.  Video monitors appear in the form of old technology from the era of Nam June Paik as sculptural objects in the work of Minsun Lee.  Digital faces and […]

11 July 2015

Engaging Goldsmiths M.A Photography Degree Exhibition 2015

As ever, this year’s Goldsmiths M.A in Image and Electronic arts (formerly Image and Communication) has on display a wide range of work, varied in scope and and medium. It’s a shame that this year’s exhibition was held before the iIne Art M.A and MFA shows, as, what with the tube strike as well, attendance […]

10 July 2015

Art In London’s West End: Round-Up July 2015 By Hannah-Rosanne Poulton

The West End is the undisputed geographical hub of London’s contemporary blue chip galleries. A site beholden to the recent expansion of major US galleries in tandem with a continued growth at the top end of the art market, the West End represents London’s significance as a powerful magnet for the wealthiest international collectors. Although this locale […]

7 July 2015

A Prologue To The Past And Present State Of Things: Delfina Foundation – Re-Staging Histories

A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things brings together thirteen international artists using performance as a medium through which to explore the complex histories of the Arab region and their global ramifications. Spanning three decades (1984-2005) the works share a conviction that performance opens up possibilities for negotiation with historical narratives, a […]

6 July 2015

Jackson Pollock: Revelations and Blind Spots New Tate Liverpool Exhibition

A must see exhibition, has opened at Tate Liverpool, displaying the powerful drawings, paintings, screen prints and sculpture by the New York Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock. The show focuses on the late paintings, particularly the black pourings made between 1951 – 1953. First exhibited in 1951 at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York, twenty of the […]

4 July 2015

City & Guilds: Artistic-Self Explored At London Degree Show 2015

The scent of congealing oil paint and residual saw dust particles waft through the entrance of the City & Guilds of London Art School 2015 Degree Show in Kennington. The school supports diverse artistic practices including stone and woodcarving, sculpture, painting, printmaking, conservation and conceptual installation and video works. The artists reviewed below preset a glimpse […]

3 July 2015

Genuine Voices Emerge In Royal College Of Art Graduate Photography Show

On the whole, this year’s’ Royal College of Art Photography graduates display a pleasing return to medium specific work and a move away from the installation based interrogations previous years. There is a faith in the image restored, it seems, and although there are works that engage with current photographic trends, one senses the emergence […]

1 July 2015

Carsten Nicolai – The Vinyl Factory Space – All Fact Is Theory

It’s a sultry Soho afternoon, its Pride weekend, and the streets are beginning to hum. The day before my visit, the US Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage is to be a nationwide right in America. In these circumstances its basically impossible not to like a rainbow coloured light display. Were it not for […]

30 June 2015

James Richards Juxtaposes Sound With Francis Bacon For V-A-C Collection Presentation

For the fourth and final presentation of works from the V-A-C collection, Moscow, Turner Prize nominated artist James Richards has selected Francis Bacon’s Study for a Portrait (1953) which is currently on show at the Whitechapel Gallery until 30 August 2015. Richards has created an immersive sound work for the exhibition, which envelops the redesigned […]

28 June 2015

Camberwell BA Degree Exhibitions 2015: A Review From Within

It was so nice to visit the Private View of the Camberwell BA show tonight and see all the graduates celebrating. The show is huge and a bit overwhelming as it contains work from so many students, so I am just going to choose a few of my favourites from each subject.  3D Design The […]