Reviews

 

16 October 2017

Harrison Pearce – Conflicting Forces of Desire and Menace By Richard Dorment

Harrison Pearce meticulously constructs kinetic sculptural installations out of industrial machinery, silicon and rope.

13 October 2017

R U Being Served? Art At Fortnums And Whiteleys – Edward Lucie-Smith

Such is the pressure on gallery space that quite important exhibitions now take place in all sorts of strange places. Sometimes, quite literally, they hide...

10 October 2017

Duchamp And Dali Two Iconic 20th-Century Artists – Edward Lucie-Smith

Duchamp And Dali - Royal Academy: This provocative little show at the R.A., done in parallel with the same institutions big retrospective for Jaspers...

10 October 2017

Jake And Dinos Chapman – Suicide Vests And Contextualising Goya – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new show by Jake and Dinos Chapman at Blain-Southern – their first outing with this prestigious dealer, offers a full-on re-interpretation of Goya’s...

10 October 2017

Alexander De Cadenet Inside The bronze Apple By Amanda McGregor

The bronze apple of creation called ‘Creations’ that Alexander De Cadenet placed on the Henry Moore Alter in the centre of the St Stephen...

6 October 2017

Two Friezes – More Is Less By Edward Lucie-Smith

The two Frieze art fairs held simultaneously in London every year are now, according to received opinion, the biggest temperature taking, temperature raising events in the whole of...

6 October 2017

Dan Colen Free-Spirited And Up For Anything – By Edward Lucie-Smith

Just occasionally, an exhibition manages to take me unawares. This was very much the case with Dan Colen’s new show at Damien Hirst’s splendid...

4 October 2017

28 September 2017

Degas – The Impressionist Movement’s Odd Man Out By Edward Lucie-Smith

Degas often seems like the odd man out, among the leading artists of the Impressionist Movement.

26 September 2017

Roy Lichtenstein: Ben-Day Dots And Printer’s Ink – Tate Liverpool

This is the first public gallery show of Lichtenstein’s paintings to be held in Britain since Tate Modern's well-attended retrospective in London, in 2013.

25 September 2017

Society Running on Empty at White Cube by Edward Lucie-Smith

From the Vapor of Gasoline, the odd title of the new mixed exhibition at White Cube Mason’s Yard comes from a slogan Jean-Michel Basquiat...

22 September 2017

Jasper Johns: Who Am I? A Retrospective By Edward Lucie-Smith 

Often enough in his career, Jasper Johns has issued statements that say in effect: ‘Who am I? The truth is that I don’t think I...

21 September 2017

Basquiat Boom The Hero In His Own Play By Edward Lucie-Smith 

The new Jean-Michel Basquiat show at the Barbican titled Basquiat: Boom For Real comes with a thumping big hardback catalogue published by Prestel.

18 September 2017

Bartholomew Beal – Maslen and Mehra Reviewed By Edward Lucie-Smith

BARTHOLOMEW BEAL FAS - There’s a paradoxical situation in the art world right now, Both here in Britain and, according to what I see on the Web, abroad.

17 September 2017

Scythian Gold Sinister Riches British Museum By Edward Lucie-Smith

The British Museum’s new exhibition, Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia, marks another triumph for the B.M’s  policy of allying itself to Russian institutions.

15 September 2017

Unveiled – The Oscar Wilde Temple by David McDermott and Peter McGough NYC

Twenty years in the planning, the Oscar Wilde Temple gloriously debuted in New York City’s Church of the Village. The artist duo David McDermott...

14 September 2017

 Jean Dubuffet: Art Naked Without Pretensions By Edward Lucie-Smith

There’s no doubt that the Jean Dubuffet show just opened at Pace here in London would be entirely worthy of a great museum.

13 September 2017

Paul Cary -Kent Chooses His Must See Exhibitions For September 2017

Up Now in London - Paul Carey-Kent chooses the best of the Autumn season's start. 

28 August 2017

Alma Tadema Cinematic Blockbuster Painting – By Edward Lucie-Smith

At first glance, the late Victorian grandee who works is now in a show at Leighton House, and today’s culture hero Damien Hirst, leader...

24 August 2017

Ralph Steadman’s Ark – Species Threatened With Extinction By Edward Lucie-Smith

Ralph Steadman has just published a very handsome new picture book, folio size, entitled Critters, about species threatened with extinction.

21 August 2017

Drawing As An Encounter Between Artists And Sitters By Edward Lucie-Smith

The latest stage in the National Portrait Gallery’s endeavour to reach out beyond its original remit – paintings and sculptures, often of not much...

17 August 2017

Bram Bogart: Focus On Boundaries Of Painting At The Saatchi Gallery

This Summer, the Saatchi Gallery will be hosting the second of a series of exhibitions under the new SALON programme within the Gallery's Duke...

15 August 2017

Is Daniel Richter In The Same League As Peter Doig?

Daniel Richter has shaped painting in Germany as few others have done, since the 1990s. He slots in well with important painters such...

10 August 2017

Harland Miller – Voyage To The End Of Pop Art – Edward Lucie-Smith

Harland Miller’s rather handsome exhibition at White Cube, Mason’s Yard, looks more like the end of something than the beginning of something. There are...

1 August 2017

Matisse Cultural Appropriation And His Studio RA Review By Sue Hubbard

The artist’s studio is both a practical workshop and the workshop of the mind, a place of reflection and play, of doubt and hard...

1 August 2017

Arabic calligraphy Another Islamic Winner Saatchi Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

Hot on the heels of the Princess Zeid show at Tate Modern, which runs until October 8th, is a much smaller and shorter-lived exhibition...

23 July 2017

Sarajevo’s Mersad Berber – Memorial For A Local Hero By Edward Lucie-Smith

Mersad Berber was one of the very few artists from the former Yugoslavia who managed to acquire an international profile for himself.

20 July 2017

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Forging The Future Of Feminist Art By Paul Black

Modern Art Oxford is currently presenting the first posthumous exhibition of works by Rose Finn-Kelcey (1945–2014).

16 July 2017

Hella Jongerius Playing With Colour By Edward Lucie-Smith

As Hella Jongerius’ fascinating exhibition at the Design Museum proves, it is getting more and more difficult to draw a firm, unyielding line between...

15 July 2017

Islamic Women Explore Their Identities In London Exhibition – By Edward Lucie-Smith

There happens to be quite a spectrum of feminist and what one might (maybe tactlessly) call ethnic exhibitions on view in London right now. They demonstrate rather...

13 July 2017

Black Power! Tate’s Latest Right On Exhibition Explores African American Art

A challenging and intelligent new show at Tate Modern asks rather more questions than it actually succeeds in answering.

12 July 2017

Chris Ofili Tapestry Magic At The National Gallery By Edward Lucie-Smith

Chris Ofili’s big tapestry, commissioned by the Clothworkers’ Company and now on view at the Sunley Room at the National Gallery, doesn’t seem to...