Reviews

 

24 September 2018

Turner Prize Smug-Fest Crashes And Bores – Edward Lucie-Smith

Before I go any further, let me note that, on the very day this iteration of the annual Turner Prize exhibition was revealed to...

22 September 2018

Kimatica Studio – Transcendence A multi-sensory journey through the subconscious – Simon Tarrant

My first experience of performance artists Kimatica was when they won the 2014 Winter Pride Performance Art Awards

20 September 2018

Chok Yue Zan Explores Mnemosyne The Goddess Of Memory – Eva Wong Nava

Chok Yue Zan's latest series of works capture the environmental and familial fragmentation that he has come to be so familiar with.

19 September 2018

John Virtue At Fortnum’s – Alfredo Roldan At Pontone – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment the London art scene is not rich in bright young artists, elbowing their elders aside, eager to make themselves visible.

18 September 2018

Hugh Mendes Autorretrato – John Loker At 80 – Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the title of this fascinating new show at Charlie Smith London suggests, Hugh Mendes is here offering multiple self-portraits, in the form of...

17 September 2018

Iranian Artist Farsad Labbauf Reflects On Solar Cycle – Isa Freeling

Iranian born artist Farsad Labbauf reflects on the solar cycle. From where the sun rises in the East to where it sets in the...

13 September 2018

Audrey Grant at Panter & Hall An Exploration of the Human and Elemental

Audrey Grant's latest exhibition of paintings is drawn from Des Meeres der Liebe Wellen* (The Waves of Sea and Love) a piece by the...

11 September 2018

Daniel Richter: Why German Painting Still Dominates Europe – Edward Lucie-Smith

A new exhibition of paintings by Daniel Richter at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac exemplifies the way in which German painting has become dominant in Europe.

9 September 2018

Yayoi Kusama: The Master Of Infinity – Film Review – Isa Freeling

No doubt that when you hear the name Yayoi Kusama, images of the vivid twinkling lights from her infinity Mirror Rooms escape from your...

7 September 2018

The Fine Art Of Video Games – V&A – Edward Lucie-Smith

Video Games Rule! The Victoria and Albert Museum has just opened a large, ambitious exhibition devoted to video games.

5 September 2018

Spellbound: Enchanted By Magical Thinking At The Ashmolean Museum – Paul Black

The Ashmolean Museum's autumn exhibition Spellbound explores the timeless cross-cultural belief in magic through 180 objects - often strange and chilling - from the ritualistic,...

31 August 2018

The Nearly Identical Stars Of Cindy Sherman – Zoltan Alexander

Sprüth Magers presents Cindy Sherman’s first solo exhibition in the UK since her last show in 2011, with a body of work inspired by...

23 August 2018

Drag Race: Destabilising Stable Social Conventions – Hayward Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new show at the Hayward Gallery’s Heni Project Space – which basically means just a fairly small room on the ground floor, to...

21 August 2018

Britain’s Passion For Rembrandt Explored In New Scottish Exhibition – Clare Henry

Rembrandt can be a controversial figure. As the latest TV documentary tells us, the number of his paintings recognised as genuine varies with each...

19 August 2018

BP Portrait Award 2018 Following No Particular Path – Edward Lucie-Smith

The BP Portrait Award 2018 currently at the National Portrait Gallery offers interesting parallels with the London Open 2018 on view at Whitechapel.

18 August 2018

Art And The Consequences Of War Explored In Two Exhibitions

'Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One' at Tate Britain and 'Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 - 33' at Tate...

12 August 2018

London Open: Desperately Seeking Duchamp – Whitechapel Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery is a triennial event. As the curators, Emily Butler and Cameron Foote, say in their catalogue introduction...

7 August 2018

Magic Realism: Objectivity In Weimar – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Magic Realism Art In Weimar Germany 1919-33 show that just opened at Tate Modern is a welcome addition to what you can see at...

5 August 2018

Helaine Blumenfeld Translating Her Vision – Revd Jonathan Evens

Rupert Edwards, Director of the recent Sky Arts documentary ‘Hard Beauty’, describes the film’s subject, Helaine Blumenfeld, ‘Britain’s most successful sculptor you have never...

1 August 2018

White Cube Summer A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Edward Lucie-Smith

Memory Palace, an anthology exhibition currently occupying both White Cube spaces, the big one in Bermondsey and the smaller one in Mason’s Yard St...

30 July 2018

Christopher Le Brun Tranquil And Elegant – Lisson Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

I went to see Christopher Le Brun’s new exhibition, a solo at one of the branches of the Lisson Gallery.

29 July 2018

Another Europe: Open-Air Photo Show King X

Boris stay away: this is outdoors, free and in-your-face pro-EU

28 July 2018

R.B. Kitaj – A Lost Leader – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’ve just been reading a remarkable book, published last year, that seems to have received almost no attention here in Britain, save for a...

24 July 2018

Tomma Abts: A Delicate Dance Of Colours And Shapes – Edward Lucie-Smith

The show at the Serpentine Sackler marks another step forward in reputation for this German-born but British-resident painter, who has lived and worked in London...

23 July 2018

Yves Klein: Kind Of Blue – Blenheim Palace – Edward Lucie-Smith

The presentation of work by Yves Klein in the staterooms of Blenheim Palace, the stateliest of all Britain’s stately homes, is part of a...

22 July 2018

Sacred Noise: Explores Religion, Faith And Divinity – Revd Jonathan Evens

Sacred Noise explores themes of religion, faith and divinity in post-war and contemporary art through 30 works shown at Christie’s

18 July 2018

Roderic O’Conor Shadows And Stripes – National Gallery Of Ireland- Paul Carter Robinson

Roderic O'Conor is very much someone who was historically in the right place at the right time.

17 July 2018

Mythos Against Innovation – Charlie Smith London – Edward Lucie-Smith

Charlie Smith London has long been one of the most reliable innovative galleries in Shoreditch.

15 July 2018

Olga Tobreluts: What The Russians Are Doing Now – Edward Lucie-Smith

A fascinating visit to Trieste, for the opening of a show by Olga Tobreluts, an artist whom I’ve known personally since the fairly early...

11 July 2018

Banksy Goes Mayfair Pest Control Speaks Out

The appearance of a new Banksy in London can create quite a media frenzy.

10 July 2018

Hanne Kemfor The Sublime And The Ridiculous – Jude Cowan Montague

Hanne Kemfor has hung a few of her scribed, rubbed, trailed, scratched, brushed, gestured surfaces in the foyer of the Barbican Library.

4 July 2018

Two Sleepers: Bernice Sidney At Saatchi And Ali Nedaei, Cama Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the London art world heads towards its customary deep summer hiatus, various exhibitions manifest themselves that might not perhaps attract attention at a...