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 […]

2 June 2015

Ben Woodeson: Obstacle – Berloni Gallery – The Physics Of Mortality

Berloni Gallery presents its latest exhibition with Ben Woodeson’s ‘Obstacle’. The viewers journey through this exhibition could be described as a somewhat precarious encounter, met at first glance with a manufactured, collection of Minimalist assemblages, products of the juxtaposition of manufactured and found works, the works could be seen as a stripped back, clean homage […]

24 May 2015

Art15 and Photo London Reviewed By Paul Carey – Kent

Paul Carey-Kent has gone on the prowl to find his top choices at the formidable Art15 and Photo London which both opened on 20 May. The third edition of ART15 and the debut of Photo London over the same late May week. Cross-over was minimal – I spotted only a couple of works in both […]

18 May 2015

Chiharu Shiota Creates Enchanting Japanese Pavilion For 56 Venice Biennale

When I visited Chiharu Shiota’s studio a year ago in Berlin, she had just been invited to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale along with the curator Nakano Hitoshi who organised a solo exhibition of her work in Kanagawa in 2007. She was truly honoured and mentioned that representing Japan in Venice has always been […]

17 May 2015

UK vs Poland and Romania At 56th Venice Biennale National Pavilions

It seems the art world has gone mad, with everyone rushing from one art event to another crossing countries and continents –jet settings in a flurry to catch the next VIP Preview, the next big thing to talk about. Busy speculating on  “best 10 artists” or “ the next emerging artists” in this art fair or another.  Short sited crowed filled with what […]

12 May 2015

Venice Biennale 56 Official UK and Ireland Artists Lead The Pack

The British Pavilion This year’s Venice Biennale had a powerful presence from both the UK and Ireland. Sarah Lucas’ British Pavilion was strong both in visuals and concept. The yellow painted walls made the sculpture appear to float in golden sunshine or was it vitrines of golden shower fluid. The sculptures came in two styles big yellow balloon forms depicting Franz West […]

11 May 2015

Singapore Pavilion Makes A Successful Come Back At Venice Biennale Arsenale

After a brief hiatus in 2013, Singapore returns to Venice this year with a pavilion in the historic Arsenale, in the newly restored Sale d’Armi building,.  It is an important year for the City State which is celebrating its 50 anniversary, and its the soon-to-be-opened National Gallery demonstrates its willingness to grow as a centre for artistic production and research in Asia. Charles […]

9 May 2015

Peter Doig and Sean Scully Grand Exhibitions Staged In Venetian Palaces

As well as the events mounted in the two main centres, the Arsenale and the Giardini, the Venice Biennale hosts a number of official collateral exhibitions. The advantages of seeing these collateral events are they are often housed in one of the many Palazzos dotted all over Venice or in the lesser known Museums which are often converted from these palazzos. Two such exhibitions are Peter Doig at the Palazzetto Tito and Sean Scully: Land and Sea at the Palazzo Falier. Both artists are showing new works, many of which have been conceived especially for these shows.

8 May 2015

Korean Pavilion: Moon Kyungwon And Jeon Joonho – Venice Biennale 2015

In the Korean pavilion, Artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho are presenting new site-specific work ‘The Ways of Folding Space & Flying’ (2015). The new multi-channel film installation is curated by Lee Sook-kyung of the Tate Research Centre Asia-Pacific and the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee at Tate. She was previously Exhibitions & Displays Curator at […]

7 May 2015

Historical Futures – Apricot Gallery – The Temporality Of Materials

Historical Futures brings together the work of Blair Cahill, Cheryl Papasian, Necole Schmitz and Alex J Wood at the Apricot Gallery, London. Located off the bustling street of Brick Lane you are greeted by a long, narrow room filled with strange artefacts. Apricot Gallery is housed in the refurbished Rag Factory where you get a […]

7 May 2015

Venice Biennale Satellite Exhibitions: Following The Political Trail

Venice Biennale is set in on of then most unique and beautiful places on earth- Venice, Italy. The biennale lasts from 9 May to 22 November 2015, with official biennale pavilions featuring the best of each countries’ artists, while the central pavilion for the 56th Biennale is curated by Okwui Enwezor. Okwui set the path […]

6 May 2015

Fiona Rae – Timothy Taylor Gallery – An Abstract Subversion Of Identity

Timothy Taylor Gallery presents its fourth solo exhibition by British artist Fiona Rae. This new series of greyscale paintings from 2014–2015 marks a significant development in the YBA artist’s practice, alongside these paintings, a series of small-scale charcoal drawings will be shown, a new expressive medium not previously explored by the artist. There appears to […]

3 May 2015

Berlin: Vibrant Art Community Comes Alive During Gallery Weekend

Just back from Berlin and thinking about all of the significant art that I saw on my three day trip. I’m quite sure that I missed plenty, but anything as well organised by this vibrant arts community will produce an excess of compelling and ‘worth a visit’ shows.  First on my list, carrying on from Thursday where […]

3 May 2015

Whitney Museum Chelsea: A Culturally Responsible New Yorker’s First Impression

I took advantage of the member preview days before the actual May 1st launch to visit the new Whitney Museum in Chelsea.  As an art enthusiast, a mid-level aesthete and a culturally responsible New Yorker I have attended important exhibitions at the major New York museums for over the last 30 years. So I felt […]