Reviews

 

16 April 2019

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Sean Scully National Gallery – Rembrandt and Now Gagosian – Edward Lucie-Smith

At first glance, the Sean Scully show that just opened at the National Gallery in London couldn’t be more different from the exhibition not...

14 April 2019

Raqib Shaw Landscapes Of Kashmir – Pace NY – Ilka Scobie

Kashmiri born, London based Raqib Shaw has created his first dazzlingly immersive and multicultural landscape series.

13 April 2019

Richter and Snyder Two London Spring Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Gerhard Richter show currently in the smaller of Gagosian’s three London galleries is maybe best described as “a bit of a tease”.

11 April 2019

Edvard Munch: Ibsenian Imagery And Isolation – Edward Lucie-Smith

A new exhibition of work by the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch now at the British Museum claims to be the biggest ever devoted to...

11 April 2019

Johan Van Mullem – Unit London – Oliver Malin

Unit London & their emergence as a leading gallery brand on Instagram, (355K people can’t be that wrong?) are a serious force to be...

10 April 2019

The GHost Parlour – Sarah Sparkes – New Art Projects London

The GHost Parlour, Sarah Sparkes’ solo exhibition at New Art Projects London, intimately explores the theme of ghosts and spirits, a subject which has...

8 April 2019

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Global Art And The Cold War – John J Curley – Book Review – Edward Lucie-Smith

It is not often that one comes across a book on contemporary, or near contemporary, art that shifts one’s view of what it is,...

1 April 2019

Woman Artist Filmmakers Takeover FACT Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz 

FACT Liverpool: Erika Beckman’s film, ‘Cinderella’ created in 1986 is a strange slip of time. I was quite intrigued by the film. At first,...

31 March 2019

John Kirby: The Torment Underlying The Civilised Facade – Revd Jonathan Evens

The art of painting is to still time and motion. As a result, the moment at which the artist chooses to freeze time is...

28 March 2019

Passionate About Drawing: Roger Malbert Unveils Hand Drawn Action Packed – Clare Henry

For 34 years the wonderful Roger Malbert headed up Hayward Gallery Touring, overseeing literally thousands of contemporary art exhibitions that toured to public galleries...

28 March 2019

Vincent Van Gogh His Very British Legacy – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tate Britain has one very good reason to offer us a Vincent Van Gogh show, which is that it is sure to raise attendances...

27 March 2019

Sorolla: National Gallery And Mike Nelson – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two shows have just opened at major London institutions –Sorolla at the National Gallery and Mike Nelson at Tate Britain. Different as they are, they...

27 March 2019

Anne Imhof: The World As A Durational Techno Sex Performance

After catching only the last few moments of the atmospheric Faust (2017) at the 57th Venice Biennale, I was excited to discover that Anne...

26 March 2019

Liliane Tomasko: Mapping The Human Psyche – Kerlin Gallery Dublin

In Liliane Tomasko’s current exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, the veil between the conscious and unconscious world is swept away.

19 March 2019

Archaeologies Charlie Smith London – Davina Jackson Pontone – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two of the most consistent of these in terms of quality are Charlie Smith London, situated above a pub in Shoreditch; and the Pontone...

17 March 2019

David Salle, Martin Parr and William Monk Kick Off The Spring Gallery Season – Edward Lucie-Smith

The London exhibition scene is currently so enamoured with dead avant-gardists that it was a pleasure to see work by the well-established American artist...

14 March 2019

Dead Artists Abound In New London Art Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment Tate Modern offers retrospective exhibitions of three very different artists – Bonnard (French), Franz West (Austrian) and Dorothea Tanning (American).

11 March 2019

Jeff Koons: Inflated Banality With An Impenetrable Surface – The Ashmolean – Paul Black

Jeff Koons has brought his blingy kitsch to the world's oldest public gallery. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is presenting the master of hollow...

9 March 2019

Henry Moore Helmet Heads Historic Armour And Modernism – Jude Cowan Montague

Henry Moore Helmet Heads: As an etcher, I have a long term interest in armour as one of the early applications of the process....

9 March 2019

Louis-Leopold Boilly And The 19th Century Parisian Bourgeoisie – Edward Lucie-Smith

Sometimes the dear old National Gallery here in London comes up with a nice surprise. Their new one-room, free entry exhibition is devoted to...

3 March 2019

Ken Currie: Protest Defeat And Victory – Revd Jonathan Evens

Violence is to be found everywhere and at all times, even where people pretend that it does not exist. That is the argument made...

2 March 2019

The Renaissance Nude Exposed – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The RA’s new exhibition The Renaissance Nude, upstairs in the Sackler Wing of Burlington House, tackles an ambitious theme – the portrayal of the...

2 March 2019

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Dorothea Tanning The Doors of Perception – Tate Modern – Jude Cowan Montague

Dorothea Tanning is the artist, face hidden to me back then, who drew and painted a short series of paintings that I have loved...

27 February 2019

Upcoming Curators Review Exhibitions at Annka Kultys / Cell Project Space

Exhibitions at Annka Kultys and Cell Project Space reviewed by upcoming curators who are students of Sarah Sparkes’ course How to be an Independent...

27 February 2019

Franz West: Tate Modern And David Zwirner London – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Franz West show at Tate Modern, with a smaller spin-off at the London branch of Zwirner, the late artist’s long-time dealer, presents the...

23 February 2019

Diane Arbus Street Of Secrets – Hayward Gallery – Sue Hubbard

My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been’ wrote the photographer Diane Arbus, the poor little rich Jewish girl who walked on...

21 February 2019

Phyllida Barlow vs Elizabethan Treasures – Edward Lucie-Smith

Phyllida Barlow has long been one of the heroines of the professional contemporary art establishment here in Britain

20 February 2019

Don McCullin A Major Retrospective – Tate Britain – Jude Cowan Montague

A major retrospective of the war photographer Don McCullin at Tate Britain showcases his images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria alongside...

20 February 2019

Is This Art Today? 4 London Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

A group of recently opened shows, very different from one another, raise questions about the direction the visual arts are now taking.

17 February 2019

Upcoming Curators Review Zabludowicz And New Art Projects London

Exhibitions at the Zabludowicz and New Art Projects reviewed by upcoming curators who are students of the How to be an Independent Curator course...

16 February 2019

All the Rembrandts Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – Sue Hubbard

With his Bob Dylan mop of curls and pug nose, he looks every inch the rebellious teenager that he was.

12 February 2019

Pig Out: Chinese Open Underground Art Exhibition Q Park – Jude Cowan Montague

It can be touch and go whether it's on or not each year. The logistics are huge. The goodwill required for this annual impromptu...