Reviews

 

10 December 2018

Richard Long: The Tide is High – Edward Lucie-Smith

There can be no doubt that Richard Long is one of the giants of British art. Or so a very impressive curriculum vitae would...

6 December 2018

Tomas Saraceno: On Air – Palais de Tokyo Paris – Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Tomas Saraceno “On Air” an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo is definitely one of the most extraordinary exhibitions I have ever seen. A...

4 December 2018

Chiharu Shiota:  Immersive Elegant Scarlet Threads – Blain|Southern – Edward Lucie-Smith

Today London’s official art world is full of enthusiasm for so-called ‘minority art’, made by artists of guaranteed ‘minority origin’. On the whole, however,...

2 December 2018

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Iain Baxter& &Information – Hales Gallery – Jude Cowan Montague

That famous aphorism 'the medium is the message' was spouted by Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian professor, philosopher and public intellectual back 1964, when his...

2 December 2018

Five Academicians: Glasgow Print Studio – Clare Henry 

You have to be reasonably senior to be an Academician of any sort. Put five together? The result is an exciting and extremely varied...

29 November 2018

Fernand Léger A Mechanical Visual Language – Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz

It was captivating to see the Fernand Léger exhibition (until 17 March 2019) at Tate Liverpool.

28 November 2018

Robert Rauschenberg Light-Hearted Works With Serious Meaning – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Robert Rauschenberg show Spreads: 1975-83 just opened at Thaddaeus Ropac here in London comes complete with a museum-worthy hardcover catalogue, and is indeed,...

26 November 2018

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2018 Round-Up – Jude Cowan Montague

It was a personal pleasure to visit this fair, now in its third year. The ambitious project has taken over the huge warehouse scale...

26 November 2018

Gordon Matta Clark: The Chaos Of The 1970s – Edward Lucie-Smith

Gordon Matta Clark died quite some time ago now – in August 1978. And he died quite young, aged only 35. However, like a...

20 November 2018

Josef Albers Life And Work – A New Book – Review Edward Lucie-Smith

Once you struggle through the fairly formidable Introduction to this biography – a chapter devoted to orientating the reader concerning Josef Albers’ major achievement,...

19 November 2018

Paul Lock: You Simply Are – Review Noho Showrooms – Simon Tarrant

Gauguin once reportedly exclaimed of self-taught artist Henri Rousseau’s self-portrait, “There is the truth and future! There is painting!”

18 November 2018

Hilma af Klint: Paintings For The Future – Guggenheim Museum NY – Ilka Scobie

Hilma af Klint’s abstract paintings first dazzled me when I encountered her work in the 2013 Venice Bienalle.

15 November 2018

Perdita Sinclair An Impressive Visual Interpretation Of Micro-science – Jude Cowan Montague

Angiosperms (roughly flowering plants) produce an incredible variety of seeds that are dispersed in creative, innovative ways, sometimes involving tricksy relationships with particular animals.

14 November 2018

Alex Katz And Richard Smith Two Current London Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

Despite its title, Coca-Cola Girls, Alex Katz’s new show at Timothy Taylor doesn’t really belong in the realm of Pop Art. It does, however,...

11 November 2018

Mantegna and Bellini In Presence of the Triumphs – National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

This exhibition at the National Gallery is a landmark event. It brings together a rich selection of paintings, and some drawings, by two of...

10 November 2018

Peter Howson: The play is over – Flowers Gallery – Revd Jonathan Evens

‘Life-destroyer’, ‘get lost’, ‘monkeys’, ‘in bad faith’, ‘malediction’, ‘concealed dungeon’, ‘poison head’, ‘parasite’, ‘disenchantment’, ‘lechery’. The titles of Peter Howson's latest work, in translation...

7 November 2018

Bradley, Burden, Fischer and Pascali Four London Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

Here, lumped together for the sake of convenience in an overcrowded Autumn season, are four London galleries.

6 November 2018

Lorenzo Lotto Metaphors Through Gestures And Symbols – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tucked away in a group of spaces on the gloomy ground floor of the National Gallery is a superb exhibition that seems likely to...

5 November 2018

Modern Couples Shaped By The Society Of Their Time – Barbican – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Modern Couples show currently at the Barbican has eyes slightly too big for its own – or at any rate for my stomach....

4 November 2018

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EMPIRE 2 Project Moves To Paris – Jude Cowan Montague

As one of the participants in the globe-trotting EMPIRE 2 project, exhibiting the moving image on a world tour, I came to Paris for...

1 November 2018

Ann Grim: Carving Positive Messages Into The Dark – Jude Cowan Montague

Arriving at Montparnasse, I don't at first see any sign of the Gallery Granville. With its modest frontage, it's located just off-road in a...

31 October 2018

Klimt And Schiele: Naked Social Disruption – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s show of drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, almost all of them loaned by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, arrives at...

30 October 2018

African American Art vs Art From Africa In London – Edward Lucie-Smith

As is becoming more and more apparent, contemporary art in the United States is becoming increasingly regionalised. Which is to say, identified with one...

29 October 2018

Taylor Wessing Photo Prize 2018 Identity Politics And Culture War – Edward Lucie-Smith

Looking around the NPG’s new Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, I was immediately reminded of the fact that we are right in the...

28 October 2018

Raqs Media Collective – Caio Locke And Rammellzee Three Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

Just as I had begun to despair of the future of video, or of video + installation, as mediums for genuinely convincing contemporary art,...

27 October 2018

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William Hunter: Anatomy of the Modern Museum – Clare Henry 

Celebrating the tercentenary of Glasgow University Hunterian founder, Dr. William Hunter obviously calls for a significant exhibition. This impressive memorable display, immaculately presented, is organised by...

25 October 2018

Edward Burne-Jones Erotic And The Androgynous Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

I have various reasons for being interested in Edward Burne-Jones. Some are purely personal. For example, I happen to live in the area of...

22 October 2018

Georg Baselitz And Afro Gesture vs Figuration – Edward Lucie-Smith

It’s depressing how rapidly once-big art stars manage to fade nowadays. You blink your eyes, and suddenly they’re gone.

16 October 2018

Paul Feiler And The Rothko Factor – Redfern Gallery – Paul Carter Robinson

I first encountered the work of Paul Feiler (born Germany 1918 Died 2013) at his centenary exhibition held at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings...

15 October 2018

Puvis de Chavannes And Lydia Corbett – London Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) has turned into a kind of orphan in art historical terms.

10 October 2018

Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire – Saatchi Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

Black Mirror presents itself as ‘Art as Social Satire’, and there is indeed a real black mirror in the show.

9 October 2018

Anni Albers Weaves Her Way Into Art History – Tate Modern

Anni Albers is quite frankly a peculiar artist for Tate Modern to devote an entire solo exhibition.