Reviews

 

22 January 2017

Desperate Artwives Explore Issues Of Personal Identity Loss And Motherhood

Desperate Artwives Exhibition is an exhibition of many voices; it is a collection of imaginative and engaging artworks made by members of the Desperate...

19 January 2017

Paul Carey Kent’s Unofficial London Art Fair Awards 2017 Revealed

The verdict: "It seemed a little more even - and so a little duller - than usual this year": less dire stuff, less outstanding...

10 December 2016

Is Figurative Painting An Essential Form Of Art Making? By Edward Lucie-Smith

Painter’s Painters at the Saatchi Gallery picks up the theme of figurative painting as a still essential and central form of art making and...

5 December 2016

London Art Exhibitions Chosen By Paul Carey-Kent December 2016

Paul Carey- Kent chooses his pick for December 2016 through the new year.

5 December 2016

Rauschenberg Prodigious Powers Of Innovation And Self-invention By Edward Lucie-Smith

I’m always left in two minds about Robert Rauschenberg. On the one hand, there is his enormous influence on the course of today’s contemporary...

5 December 2016

Jimmy Cauty Delivers A Post-Brexit, Post-Trump Disaster-Scape. Merry Christmas

A shipping container covered in graffiti sits among the dreaming spires of Oxford, and my partner hears a rather haughty voice remark '...Well I...

5 December 2016

Jane England’s Turn and Face The Strange A Time Capsule Of 1970’s / 80’s Demimonde

JANE ENGLAND: TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE a new book reviewed by Paul Carey -Kent

5 December 2016

Ominous Walhalla: Anselm Kiefer’s Resoundingly Ambitious New Exhibition By Edward Lucie-Smith

Just occasionally, however, there’s a show in a commercial gallery that’s so resoundingly ambitious and so self-evidently important that it’s bound to cause a...

22 November 2016

Rivalrous Artists: Sebastian Smee The Art Of Rivalry Reviewed By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Art of Rivalry is a relief in art critical terms. It is well and clearly written, with no pretentions. Sebastian Smee is currently...

22 November 2016

Gavin Turk Both A Trickster And A Culture Hero By Edward Lucie-Smith

Damien Hirst has become a major patron, in addition to being a celebrated artist. When he stages a show at his Great Newport Street...

17 November 2016

Modern Art Oxford, The Vanished Reality: Temporal, Sociological, And Cultural Locations

Modern Art Oxford presents its final exhibition in a series of shows celebrating the Gallery's 50th anniversary; concluding its KALEIDOSCOPE series with 'The Vanished...

15 November 2016

Bourgeois Bliss in Somerset Edward Lucie-Smith Gets His Wellies On

I’ve just made a visit – a first but not the last, I hope – to the much talked about Hauser & Wirth set...

14 November 2016

Salon Design and Art Show Park Avenue Armory New York 2016

Walking the steps into the The Salon Art and Design show I really did not know what to expect. We are 2 days past...

14 November 2016

Radical Ensor At The RA – Review By Edward Lucie-Smith

When I visited the Royal Academy’s in many ways excellent new show devoted to the Belgian Symbolist/Expressionist painter James Ensor, I was, much as I enjoyed...

4 November 2016

Sean Scully – Paint Speaks Louder Than Words By Edward Lucie – Smith

Sean Scully now increasingly seems like the most remarkable abstract painter of his generation – this, at a time when abstract art, abstract painting,...

30 October 2016

FIAC 2016 a cheerful moment in Paris

I love Paris … and even more during FIAC. This year, in particular, the city of lights became the vibrant hub of the Art...

28 October 2016

Paul Nash – A Modernist Paradox by Edward Lucie-Smith

The elegant new Paul Nash retrospective just opened at Tate Britain offers a welcome contrast to some of the dismal offerings that have been...

26 October 2016

Thirty Hours Of Art In Amsterdam By Paul Carey Kent

Paul Carey-Kent travels to Amsterdam to report 'DAUBIGNY, MONET, VAN GOGH AND MORE: 30 HOURS IN AMSTERDAM'

25 October 2016

Picasso Portraits – master of transformations at National Portrait Gallery by Edward Lucie-Smith

The Picasso portrait show now at the National Portrait Gallery and the big Abstract Expressionist exhibition on offer at the Royal Academy are both...

25 October 2016

Hepworth Prize For Sculpture: Conceptual, Kinetic, Buoyant And Poetic

Finally, the UK has a sculpture prize - The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture - at The Hepworth, Wakefield. The prize has been created to...

24 October 2016

Dia Al Azzawi Conflict And Humanitarian Crisis Starkly Depicted In Paint

Dia Al Azzawi is in every way shape or form a painter’s painter. His application and layering of colour can be rich and sublime...

22 October 2016

Rodin’s Relationship To Dance Explored In New Unashamedly Academic Courtauld Exhibition

The Courtauld Gallery's small, intimate, two room exhibition is devoted to a little-known body of work made by Rodin in the last two decades...

18 October 2016

Marilyn Marilyn Monroe Exhibition Curated By Whoopi Goldberg Unveiled In NY

Review of Mana Contemporary NY presents: Marilyn: Character Not Image September 25, 2016 – October 22, 2016 Curated by Whoopi Goldberg

16 October 2016

Looking Back at Frieze London 2016 by Edward Lucie-Smith

Never previously have the Frieze Art Fairs here in London seemed larger, grander, or surer of their place in the universe of contemporary culture.

15 October 2016

Picasso Portraits – master of transformations at National Portrait Gallery by Edward Lucie-Smith

 London is unusually rich in important exhibitions at the moment, and sometimes these events seem to enter into a dialogue with each other. This...

13 October 2016

Above And Beyond Caravaggio: Just How Far Beyond By Edward Lucie -Smith

The new Beyond Caravaggio show in the sepulchral depths of the new wing of the National Gallery deserves to draw a large and enthusiastic...

12 October 2016

JMW Turner And John Akomfrah: Ocean Drama At Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary is presenting the exhibition 'JMW Turner: Adventures in Colour'; and in association with the great British painter's reflections on light, colour, and...

10 October 2016

Crossroads Art Fair A Beautiful Collation Of Thought Provoking Global Art

‘Life imitates art, far more than art imitates life’, is the well known Oscar Wilde quote, suggesting the notion that we look for significance...

10 October 2016

Hercules Segers And Frans Post: A Very Contemporary Golden Age At Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam is currently presenting a particularly experimental and mysterious artist from the Dutch Golden Age: Hercules Segers. This exhibition is the first...

10 October 2016

Laura Battle Touches the Celestial Heavens with Her Paint Brush

In Redhook N.Y. (upstate not Brooklyn) artist Laura Battle puts together puzzles, drawings, astronomy, symbols, signs, and transcendental visual universes. She is a Bard Art...

10 October 2016

Richard Long Exhibits At The Judd Foundation In New York

“Richard was busy doing these pieces, and a trail of mud was going to the basement,”  said Flavin Judd, curator of the Judd foundation. Created by American...

3 October 2016

Francis Bacon Guggenheim Bilbao Exhibition Reveals Influences Of The Great Masters

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is currently featuring a retrospective of the 20th century British/Irish artist Francis Bacon. Considered one of the most important artists...