Reviews

 

14 December 2017

Edward Lucie-Smith Chooses Ten Exhibitions That Made A Difference In 2017

What were the best exhibitions in 2017? What's on my list of ten? The answers to this pair of questions really depend on which...

8 December 2017

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Dissidence In Russia – Edward Lucie-Smith

How times have changed! In the 1980s, during the closing decade of the Soviet Union, Russian dissident artists, emerging on to the world stage...

8 December 2017

Ten Recommended London Art Shows By Paul Carey -Kent December 2017

It’s hard to complain about the big institutional shows on display just now

2 December 2017

Becoming Henry Moore: The Birth Of Immutable Stone – By Paul Black

Once lauded as the greatest British artist of the 20th century, Moore has - in recent years - been usurped by the great sadomasochistic...

1 December 2017

Rose Wylie: Forget Age And Gender The Message Is The Painting – Edward Lucie-Smith

Rose Wylie is 83 years old. Her rise to fame has been fairly meteoric. Ten years ago few had heard of her, either in...

27 November 2017

ParisPhoto – Women House And Lyon Biennial – Virginie Puertolas-Syn – French Update

Autumn is always a hectic yet enjoyable season for the art lover in France - my favourite time of year in the busy art...

26 November 2017

Leftovers Exhibition Explores What Is Left Of Women When Mothering

The exhibition focuses on the idea of what is left of women when mothering.

22 November 2017

Modigliani: Inhabiting The Floating World – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new Modigliani show that just opened at Tate Modern is a very splendid affair, which doesn’t seem to offer a single weak link....

21 November 2017

Lubaina Himid: Lost Voices Of Slavery – Walker Art Gallery – Alice Lenkiewicz

Lubaina Himid's significant starting point for her exhibition 'Naming the Money', at the Walker Art Gallery is

20 November 2017

Focusing Real Life: London Photography Exhibitions Autumn 2017 – Edward Lucie-Smith

Having been downgraded by the early 20th century Modernists, portraiture is now, a hundred years later, making a significant comeback.

18 November 2017

Hannah Ryggen: Crafty Resistance Hidden In Plain Sight – Modern Art Oxford – Paul Black

The outstanding Scandinavian artist Hannah Ryggen finally receives her first major UK presentation at Modern Art Oxford. This hidden gem has finally been revealed,...

17 November 2017

Art Of Post-Soviet Actionism Explored At Saatchi Gallery

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism is perhaps the most interesting and relevant exhibition and performance event mounted at The Saatchi Gallery since its launch in...

10 November 2017

Reflections: Pre-Raphaelite Smoke and Convex Mirrors – Edward Lucie-Smith 

In a way, it’s a bit of surprise to find the Pre-Raphs, even some of the grander ones, on view at the National Gallery.

9 November 2017

Sean Scully: The Noble Legacy Of Constructivism MAMM Moscow

Sean Scully has been a driving force in Abstract painting since the 1980s.

8 November 2017

Red Star Over Tate Modern – Soviet Art In Context – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Red Star show comes rather late in a series of exhibitions here in Britain, designed to celebrate – or commemorate – the Russian...

7 November 2017

Monochrome Set: Painting in Black and White – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Monochrome show at the National Gallery has gained less coverage and generated much less enthusiasm that the current Living Gods show at the...

1 November 2017

French Impressionists: Refugee Painters In London – Edward Lucie Smith

Like quite a lot of grand museum exhibitions in London recently, this new show at Tate Britain doesn’t quite tell its announced story.

30 October 2017

Art Since 9/11 Capturing The Age Of Terror By Edward Lucie-Smith

The new show, 'Age of Terror: Art since 9/11' on the top floor of the London branch of the Imperial War Museum struggles to...

29 October 2017

Sam Jackson – Derek Ridgers At Charlie Smith London By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Sam Jackson-Derek Ridgers show currently on view at Charlie Smith London, and due to be seen again next April at the Galerie Heike...

29 October 2017

London Art Exhibitions November 2017 Explored By Paul Carey-Kent

London is awash with more must see international exhibitions than perhaps any other city in the world. Paul Carey-Kent is out and about visiting...

28 October 2017

James Alec Hardy Mysterious Liminal Space – Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

British artist James Alec Hardy is interested in the mysterious liminal space between knowing and not knowing, fact and fiction, and much of his...

26 October 2017

Cezanne Portraits Subversively In Motion National Portrait Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Cezanne portrait show at the National Portrait Gallery follows hot on the heels of the show of portraits by Soutine currently on view...

23 October 2017

Soutine Portraits Of The Inter-War Underclass Courtauld Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

This compact, high-quality exhibition at the Courtauld offers a fascinating sociological and psychological puzzle. Entitled Soutine’s Portraits, and subtitled Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys, it...

22 October 2017

Alphonse Mucha The Glory Of Art Walker Art Gallery Liverpool

I was very excited to see this exhibition. As a young girl, I was always fascinated by these images of graceful art nouveau women....

19 October 2017

Everything at Once: Temporary Compartments Into Which We Plunge – Edward Lucie-Smith

Everything at Once is the hopeful title of the vast exhibition currently being presented by the Lisson Gallery + Vinyl Factory in the Store...

17 October 2017

Iconoclasts / Calder  Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen – Edward Lucie-Smith 

This Week, Edward Lucie-Smith Reviews Two contrasting Exhibitions At the Saatchi Gallery London ICONOCLASTS – Saatchi Gallery Until 7 January 2018 The Iconoclasts show just opened at the...

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...