Ahhh London in the Summer, and what better way to soak up the weather but to see a few shows. Paul Carey-Kent picks the best London exhibitions not to miss in July 2018
31 March 2018
The noted writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows in London for April 2018. Paul currently freelances for Art Monthly, Frieze, Elephant, STATE, Photomonitor, Border Crossings and World of Interiors, and has a weekly online column at FAD Art News.
Up Now in London – Paul Carey-Kent chooses his favourite exhibitions for March 2018.
2 January 2018
With Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 behind us we return to the normality of the London art gallery offerings.
Paul Carey-Kent chooses his top exhibitions for 2017
8 December 2017
It’s hard to complain about the big institutional shows on display just now
29 October 2017
London is awash with more must see international exhibitions than perhaps any other city in the world. Paul Carey-Kent is out and about visiting many of the great shows on offer.
13 September 2017
Up Now in London – Paul Carey-Kent chooses the best of the Autumn season’s start.
There’s seems to be more on than usual over August, partly due to a new trend for shows running July-September
5 June 2017
Paul Carey-Kent Offers Artlyst his choice of the best London Art Exhibitions to see in June 2017
18 May 2017
Paul Carey-Kent has sifted through Photo London the UK’s leading photography fair to put together this themed pick of what caught his eye. The most impressive Photo London yet runs 18-21 May. Art Fairs are not by their general nature intimate experiences, but photography as a medium is certainly capable of intimacy. So it was interesting to hunt down the latter within the former…
28 February 2017
Paul Carey-Kent publishes his March Choices 2017 – Up Now in a London Gallery near you.
19 January 2017
The verdict: “It seemed a little more even – and so a little duller – than usual this year”: less dire stuff, less outstanding material.
5 December 2016
Paul Carey- Kent chooses his pick for December 2016 through the new year.
2 October 2016
Paul Carey-Kent gives us his selection of what to do in London during Frieze week. There’s quite the overload of art. So if you have time for Frieze and Frieze Masters, here are a dozen other things to do. Seni Awa Camara: Maternité Submergente, 1986 at Magnin-A, Paris 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Thurs-Sun at Somerset House). I […]
The START fair (15-18 Sept) is well-served by the Saatchi Gallery as a venue, and it’s an interesting mix of 60+ galleries from 35 cities. I won’t pretend that the quality is generally high. It’s badged as focusing on emerging artists, but most of those shown will probably never be all that visible. But it’s not a […]
12 September 2016
Paul Carey-Kent gives us his pick of the best London Art Exhibitions for September 2016 David Korty @ Sadie Coles, 1 Davies St – Mayfair To 1 Oct: www.sadiecoles.com I wasn’t fully convinced by David Korty’s last series of paintings, which lined up objects on shelves, white against a blue backdrop. But this development out of […]
31 July 2016
Now in London: Paul Carey Kent unlocks his choices of the best exhibitions in town in August 2016. Sam Lewitt and Lucy Raven: Wild Sync & Weak Vocals @ Piar Corrias, 54 Eastcastle St – Fitzrovia To 5 Aug: www.pilarcorrias.com Installation view of Sam Lewitt: A Weak Local Lexicon (MHTL), 2016 Entering Pilar Corrias, a well-established tease […]
6 July 2016
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 […]
31 May 2016
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 […]
It’s not so rare to find that the ideas to be unpacked behind explicitly conceptual art turn out, when you examine them, to be rather thin. John Stark’s work operates as something of an inversion of that: one’s initial attention is likely to be on the technical assurance with which he constructs an alluringly glossy realism through the hyper-controlled application of multilayered varnishes […]
14 May 2016
Paul Carey-Kent curates his choices of London art exhibitions for May 2016. His rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows are all on view now. Lisa Milroy: Out of Hand @ Laure Genillard, 2 Hanway Place – Tottenham Court Road To 25 June: www.lglondon.org Handbag, 2014, mixed media. approx 90 x 100 x 25cm. (FXP Photography, London) Lisa […]
2 April 2016
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 December 2015
Paul Carey-Kent gives us the latest in his rolling choice of ten, together with previous choices which you can still see… In the ‘too obvious’ category are three rather wonderful painting shows: Auerbach at Tate, Goya at the National Gallery, and Barry Schwabsky’s choices at White Cube, not to mention (oops!) the double at Hauser & […]
29 November 2015
Paul Carey-Kent curates his pick of the top London art exhibitions for December 2015 and into January 2016 Clem Crosby: My, my shivers / Rachel Goodyear: Fragments / Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture – Lampe VIII @ Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon St – Central To 9 Jan: www.houldsworth.co.uk Rachel Goodyear: Facing the Wall, 2015 Pippy Houldsworth has three shows by […]
The Bread and Jam series gives artists the run of a near-empty, soon-to-be-remodelled house in Brockley. In the third show, eleven artists explore the territory between order and disorder, potential and realisation, unformed and defined. Each has chosen a shape to insinuate or impose – to varying degrees – in advance of the fuller reshaping to come. There’s no suggestion that […]
7 November 2015
Never mind the various fairs, there are scores of interesting shows to see at the moment including plenty of big names: Goya, Escher, Fontana, Auerbach, Ai Wei Wei, Kentridge, Boetti, Twombly, Richter, Lanyon, Durham, Burri, Viola… And plenty more whose work I like: Rachel Rose, Emily Jacir, Nancy Holt, Phoebe Unwin, Dennis Loesch, Rodrigo Matheus, Katherine […]
14 October 2015
There’s a good balance at Frieze this year: between showy and quiet work, and between heavy and light themes. I would characterise my selections – suitably for out times – as somewhat disturbing. Yet they’re by no means outright scary or pessimistic – there’s too much beauty, invention and wit for that… […]
11 October 2015
Never mind the various fairs, there are scores of interesting shows to see at the moment including plenty of big names: Goya, Escher, Fontana, Auerbach, Ai Wei Wei, Kentridge, Boetti, Twombly, Richter, Lanyon, Durham, Burri, Viola… And plenty more whose work I like: Rachel Rose, Emily Jacir, Nancy Holt, Phoebe Unwin, Gordon Cheung, Sol Calero, […]
9 August 2015
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 […]
22 July 2015
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 […]