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 […]

27 June 2015

Chelsea College of Arts Degree Show 2015 – Abject Dynamism Prevails

Chelsea has established itself as one of London’s most prestigious art and design colleges and over the years has produced an illustrious alumni including Anish Kapoor, Steve McQueen, Haroon Mirza, Mariko Mori, Mike Nelson, Chris Ofili and Mark Wallinger. Its Grade ll listed Pimlico campus – a former military site constructed around a parade ground – […]

26 June 2015

Goldsmiths Investigative Spirit Shines In 2015 BA Fine Art Degree Show

Goldsmiths has, over its 110-years of existence, developed a well-earned reputation as one of London’s pioneering institutions of contemporary art across a range of interdisciplinary approaches. Its rich academic history has ensured an international legacy of learning that has introduced us to some of the most influential practitioners of our day: figures like Damien Hirst, […]

25 June 2015

Fitzrovia Galleries London Reviewed By Alice Pelot June 2015 Round-up

There are as many galleries in and around Fitzrovia as there are specialty coffee shops lurking down its cobbled side streets. At any given time, there are bound to be over a dozen exhibitions running, and most committing great effort to the inclusion of international and emerging artists.  It is not appropriate to condone the […]

24 June 2015

Barbara Hepworth: Innovative Sculpture For A Modern World Circa 1963

The day after the Summer solstice is a good day to see the work of Barbara Hepworth. However you need to ask yourself the question, is it still relevant circa 2015?  Much of her work has a primeval feel to it with her love of natural materials from the many variety of woods to stone, marble and alabaster; the […]

23 June 2015

Jenny Holzer: Unveils Her New War Paintings At The Venice Biennale

Jenny Holzer’s twenty large works got their starting point from government documents concerning the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq post-9/11 related to the global war on terror. These documents were released under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which provides public access to military records. The documents include memoranda, diplomatic communications, autopsy reports, […]

22 June 2015

The Ruskin School Of Art Degree Show 2015: Highlights

Artlyst has attended the Ruskin Degree Show 2015 to take a look at what the prestigious Oxford School may offer the art world in the near future. The school dates from 1871, when John Ruskin first opened his School of Drawing, the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art has enjoyed a variety of guises, […]

22 June 2015

Art Basel 46 In Pictures By Paul Carey – Kent

Here’s a rather perversely democratic choice of just one piece each from a dozen categories: Art Basel’s gallery section; Art Unlimited (the main fair’s hall of 74 separate installations); the Liste, Volta and Solo Project and Photo alternative fairs; the Art Parcours works out and about in the city; other external installations; the commercial gallery spaces in Basel itself; […]

21 June 2015

Art Basel: Satellites Of Love – Volta Liste Scope Etc 2015

So, after an evening spent in Mulhouse, as that is only reasonable place to stay within a half an hour radius of Basel, it actually wasn’t so bad, a quick train ride and viola. There was an incident involving coffee being spilt in the back seat of a taxi to the train station that created a little bit of local upset, […]

18 June 2015

Richard Prince: New Portraits – Gagosian Gallery – The Great Baudrillardian Joke

Provocative ‘selfies’ and pseudo-glamour shots decorate the walls of Gagosian Davies Street – taken directly from other peoples Instagram accounts by the master of Appropriation Art himself – Richard Prince. The artist has again been raiding Instagram for images of the largely unknown, with a series of ‘New Portraits,’ which has also included celebrities, models, […]

17 June 2015

Open West: International Contemporary Artists On View At The Wilson

Curators Lyn Cluer Colman and Sarah Goodwin, established the open west in 2007, and so started an annual open submission exhibition for international artists practising contemporary art. The show is now on display at The Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum, until the 28th June, and offers the chance to see pieces from a range of disciplines: ceramics, photography, installation, painting, and sculpture. This year […]

16 June 2015

The Slade Graduate Shows A Dissection of Contemporary Life

Degree Show season is upon us once again, and a trip to the Slade School of Art is an opportunity not to be missed for art-lovers and aspiring collectors alike. For an institution that has introduced us to figures as diverse as Mona Hatoum, Martin Creed and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd; it is not surprising that the Slade should […]

15 June 2015

RA Schools Show Launches The Next Generation Of Aspiring Artists

The RA Schools Show is an annual summer exhibition showcasing the diverse final projects of its emerging artists. Held in the contemporary studios hidden deep inside the very core of this most historic institution, the show is a rare opportunity for members of the public to encounter works of Britain’s next generation of artists at the […]

12 June 2015

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015 – Michael Craig-Martin Delivers Pop-Arty Hues

For the past 247 years the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has brought with it a cultural overview of contemporary art in the capital, and this year’s exhibition holds 1,100 works for the avid collector to peruse at their leisure – but [as usual] it might take a while. The show has been co-ordinated by Goldsmith’s […]

10 June 2015

Carsten Holler: Of Slides Robotic Beds And Flying Machines What Next

Ominous black corridors, giant slides, flying machines and moving beds are all part of what has been billed as this summer’s blockbuster London show. Belgian artist Carsten Höller’s ambitious new survey exhibition ‘Decision’ opened today at the Hayward Gallery, London and runs until 6 September. Höller’s first career as a scientist (he was phytopathologist engaged […]

5 June 2015

James Turrell Drenches Norfolk’s Majestic Houghton Hall In Colour

 Light is a powerful substance – James Turrell The Magnificent Palladian Houghton Hall in Norfolk, built by Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole by Colen Campbell and James Gibbs with interiors by William Kent owned by the 7th Marquess of Cholmendeley, is currently hosting an exhibition ‘Lightscape’ by the renowned American artist James Turrell. Artlyst was privileged to attend a […]

4 June 2015

Justin Mortimer: Kult – Parafin Gallery – The Beauty In Something Terrible

Parafin Gallery presents Justin Mortimer, Kult. The British painter’s latest London exhibition of recent works. Mortimer’s response to the figure via the artist’s a psychological mise en scene of necrotic hues and frail bodies, slightly shifts focus as the artist’s imagery undergoes a slight thematic alteration, and heads towards a possible change in painterly practice. […]

2 June 2015

Agnes Martin: Blink And You May Miss The Entire Point Of Her Practice

Agnes Martin is not an easy artist to warm to at a first glance. In fact, if you blink, much of her work is so subtle you can miss the entire point of her practice. It is without a doubt work that must be experienced first hand by a gallery visit, not through photographic reproduction. It […]