Reviews

 

14 October 2019

The Turner: An Exhibition of Past Turner Prize Nominees – Clare Henry

Glasgow: Love it or loathe it, the Tate Turner prize is here to stay. It's a huge accolade. And you don't need to win....

14 October 2019

Cabarets, Clubs And Modern Art – Barbican – Edward Lucie-Smith

A new show at the Barbican is devoted to the theme of Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art.

14 October 2019

Rembrandt-Velázquez And de Hooch: Two Major Autumn Exhibitions – Sue Hubbard

If you are planning an imminent trip to the Netherlands, there are two must-see exhibitions on at the moment. Pieter de Hooch in Delft:...

9 October 2019

Reading Stones & Beyond The Body Two Shows – Jude Cowan Montague

The stone tower of Saint Augustine is a dramatic setting for an art exhibition and has been host to some interesting shows by alternative...

8 October 2019

Cy Twombly, Gagosian – Song Dong, Pace – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two London shows from big commercial galleries reflect different but related aspects of the current international scene. One, at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill, is for...

7 October 2019

Bridget Riley, Rebecca Parker, Elizabeth Peyton Three London Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two exhibitions of modest size – Bridget Riley at Lindsey Ingram, and Rebecca Parker at Huxley-Parlour – both at the very centre of the...

7 October 2019

Mark Bradford: Monumental Excavations Of Humanity Hauser & Wirth – Sooz Belnavis

I am a painter, and as a painter, I tend to look at other painters work, under the scrutiny of deciphering the surface, the...

4 October 2019

Gauguin Not A Role Model For Our Time – Edward Lucie-Smith

Gauguin both is and isn't a hero for our time. In one sense it's brave of the National Gallery to mount a big show...

29 September 2019

Mona Hatoum: Emotional Formalism – Jude Cowan Montague

Burnt-out domesticity. Chicken-wire with burnt-black wood wedged inside in the shape of the chair.

28 September 2019

Do The Undone: John Giorno at Sperone Westwater – Ilka Scobie

“I had an idea in the late sixties, like putting my poems on matchboxes. I wanted to do poems on marble. I was a...

28 September 2019

Amy Sherald: The Heart of the Matter – Hauser & Wirth NY – Ilka Scobie

“I want to be my own connection to America,” Amy Sherald tells the rapt audience, at her spectacular inaugural show at Hauser and Wirth.

24 September 2019

Mark Leckey: The Power of Bleakness – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

Having just opened an exhibition devoted to the work of William Blake, who is, for all his eccentricities, a representation of art as we...

23 September 2019

Yassine Balbzioui – James Ostrer – Kristin Hjellegjerde London – Jude Cowan Montague

Yassine Balbzioui/James Ostrer - Kristin Hjellegjerde London: Masked figures in balaclava style hats, only their eyes visible peer directly at the viewer

22 September 2019

Damien Hirst Butterfly Genocide – White Cube – Edward Lucie-Smith

Damien Hirst’s show Mandalas, at White Cube Mason’s Yard, has already attracted indignant commentary in The Times. Rachel Campbell-Johnson’s review

20 September 2019

Maurizio Cattelan: Broken Plumbing And Leaky Democracy – Blenheim Palace – Paul Black

Maurizio Cattelan's 'Victory is Not an Option' is a perfectly timed exhibition that parodies Britain's long slide into populist self-destruction.

19 September 2019

Antony Gormley Plays With Our Perception of Space at RA

The Antony Gormley solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts opens on 21 September. It's a solo show rather than a retrospective but...

18 September 2019

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Blockbuster Rego, Freud And Murillo Books Released Autumn 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

A short time ago, it seemed as if making and publishing books about art – contemporary art, in particular, was a doomed enterprise.

14 September 2019

William Blake: Personal Realms Of Fantasy – Edward Lucie-Smith

William Blake is one of the heroes of British art. In some ways, however, his work fits uncomfortably into the current establishment set up.

9 September 2019

Peter Doig and Parisian Avant-Gardists Launch London Autumn Gallery Season – Edward Lucie Smith

Two exhibitions just opened at a pair of well-respected West End commercial galleries here in London, seem to illustrate the complexity of the contemporary...

5 August 2019

Urban Impulses Latin American Photography The Photographers’ Gallery London – Edward Lucie-Smith

Urban Impulses, the new exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery here in London, exemplifies the reasons why contemporary photography now so often seems to take...

1 August 2019

Cut And Paste: NGS Launches First-Ever Collage Survey Exhibition – Clare Henry

Billed as the first-ever COLLAGE survey exhibition in the world, this Edinburgh Festival fun extravaganza of 400 years of cut and paste art encompasses...

31 July 2019

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Company Curiosities: A Clash of Cultural Objects – Edward Lucie-Smith

I have personal reasons to be interested in this book – Company Curiosities, by Arthur Macgregor. A direct ancestor of mine, not however mentioned...

25 July 2019

Helene Schjerfbeck Finland’s Best Kept Secret – Marina Vaizey

Is the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946) the most fascinating artist the anglophone world has never heard of? The fashionable preoccupation with women artists...

25 July 2019

Ed Moses Qin Feng Blain|Southern London – Edward Lucie-Smith

The current Ed Moses paintings on display at Blain/Southern represent only a snippet of a very varied career.

23 July 2019

Emigrés Who Transformed the British Art World – Marina Vaizey

Brave New Visions, this special exhibition at Sotheby's George Street galleries, is a tell and show of the ways in which Britain's insular art...

18 July 2019

Art Exit 1939 – A Very Different Or Analogous Europe – Edward Lucie-Smith

There can be no doubt that Art-Exit: 1939, at the 12 Star Gallery in Europe House, Smith Square, is a highly political exhibition.

14 July 2019

Charlie Smith London Is 10 – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new show at Charlie Smith London celebrates, as the handout tells you, “a full decade’s operations in Shoreditch”. Within that period, the gallery...

14 July 2019

Fact Liverpool: Real Work Two Exhibitions – Alice Lenkiewicz

Liz Magic Laser has created an exhibition on the ground floor of Fact Liverpool as part of Real Work. This is an absorbing show...

10 July 2019

Olafur Eliasson: Work That Is Right Here Right Now – Edward Lucie-Smith

Olafur Eliasson is now a very big deal in the world of contemporary art

9 July 2019

Talking Maps: Geocentric Eccentricity At The Bodleian Library – Paul Black

Artlyst has attended Talking Maps, a new exhibition at the famous Bodleian Libraries, Oxford - a celebration of maps throughout history

7 July 2019

Takis Tate Modern Kevork Mourad Ismaili Centre – Two Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Greek artist Panayiotis Vassillakis, known simply as Takis, born in Athens in 1925, is a very senior member of today’s international avant-garde. His...

6 July 2019

Frieze Sculpture 2019 A 3D Non-Statement – Edward Lucie-Smith

It’s time for the annual show of sculpture in Regent’s Park, organised by the Frieze Art Fair, but opening far in advance of the...