Reviews

 

20 June 2018

Ed Ruscha And Thomas Cole – National Gallery Exhibits Two American Painters – Edward Lucie-Smith

Though we have plenty of experience of and access to American art here in Britain, this means chiefly American art from the 20th century.

19 June 2018

Brian Clarke: Sculpting With Photons At The Sainsbury Centre – Paul Black

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, and celebrated stained glass artist Brian Clarke can remember when the centre was merely a sketch on the...

18 June 2018

Frida Kahlo Artist or Cult Figure? Making Her Self Up at V&A

Frida Kahlo's life is so interwoven with her art that there is little separation. Her biography is well-known, and so is her image. The...

13 June 2018

Three Women Painting Big – Painting Loud – Newport Street Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery has a new show entitled True Colours.

11 June 2018

RA’s 250th Anniversary A Triumph Of The Wall? – Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s celebration of its 250th-anniversary show has met with hosannas in the press, with maybe the loudest of all coming from those who...

10 June 2018

Marc Chagall: Reassessing The Breakthrough Years – Guggenheim Bilbao – Paul Carter Robinson

Marc Chagall is an enigma. On one hand he is one of the most successful 20th-century artists, in the major auction rooms, with paintings...

7 June 2018

Aftermath – Emerging from the Catastrophe of WWI – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

Aftermath is at last a good solid show at Tate Britain, rather than something anxiously politically correct, and equally anxious to demonstrate just how...

4 June 2018

Howard Hodgkin’s Last Stand? Late Paintings Gagosian – Edward Lucie-Smith

The current show of late paintings by Howard Hodgkin at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill is, for me, a melancholy occasion.

1 June 2018

Charles March Photography Palazzo Borghese Rome – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’m just back from the opening of Charles March photography show at Palazzo Borghese in Rome. His work, often on a very large scale,...

26 May 2018

Schiele / Woodman A Keen Sense Of Grotesque And Distortion – Alice Lenkiewicz

There is a sense of the grotesque to the work of Egon Schiele. His gnarled and crooked drawings of nudes are strong but isolated...

22 May 2018

Julian Schnabel: A Light That Failed – Edward Lucie-Smith

Julian Schnabel currently occupies an ambiguous position in the art world, which his new solo exhibition at Pace is likely to do little to...

20 May 2018

Tacita Dean Landscapes Royal Academy – Sue Hubbard

I have admired much of Tacita Dean’s earlier work. Her blackboard drawings, including her piece on the deluded round-the-world-yachtsman, Donald Crowhurst.

18 May 2018

Katharina Grosse: Kaleidoscopic Matter And Energy – Zoltan Alexander

Monumental and breathtaking are the words that first come to my mind when I think of Katharina Grosse's site-specific installations.

16 May 2018

Out Of The Frame – Photo London 2018 – Edward Lucie-Smith

Photo London 2018 is, as usual, an overwhelmingly large event.

10 May 2018

Shape Of Things To Come: Abstract Photography Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tate Modern’s new show, Shape of Light, has already received negative reviews from The Independent, The Times, and The Sunday Times.

8 May 2018

Joseph Beuys: Thaddaeus Ropac London – Dear Dead Days! – Edward Lucie-Smith

I was from quite early on a convert to the cult of Joseph Beuys.

6 May 2018

Bill Viola: Quiet Contemplative Video Installation St Cuthbert’s Church Edinburgh

St Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh (Kirk of the Castle Rock and Princes St Gardens) is currently home to an outstanding video art installation by...

1 May 2018

Beyond Counter-Culture: Life On The Margins Explored Through Photography – Edward Lucie-Smith

In the society we now have, photography has become the dominant medium for conveying news, opinion, social criticisms of all kinds.

30 April 2018

Nancy Fouts: Subversive Humour Reigns Supreme – Flowers Gallery

Subversive humour reigns supreme as surrealist enigma Nancy Fouts continues her search for the mania and absurdity in the everyday.

29 April 2018

Joan Jonas: Portrayals Of Female Identity – Tate Modern  – Zoltan Alexander

One of the most important American video and performance artists Joan Jonas emerged in the late 1960s.

26 April 2018

Rodin – Ancient Greece And A Third Uninvited Presence – Edward Lucie-Smith

The longer I spent in the British Museum’s admirable new blockbuster show, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, the more keenly I seemed...

17 April 2018

David Mach Is Back With New Glasgow Installation/Exhibition – Clare Henry

In 1983 David Mach burst upon the media stage with his London Southbank giant Polaris car tyre submarine installation.

16 April 2018

Ilgiz Gimranov: Khrushchev’s Brutalist Housing Immortalised – Edward Lucie-Smith

At this low point in relationships between Russia and the West, it’s a good idea to remember how little we actually know about contemporary...

16 April 2018

Rene Magritte As Conceptual Artist – Edward Lucie-Smith

Art lovers have Magritte safely classified as a leading Surrealist.

10 April 2018

Richard Serra vs Hope To Nope – Edward Lucie-Smith

Sometimes two shows come along that seem perfectly timed to contradict one another.

5 April 2018

Claude Monet & Architecture Strictly A Revolution In Seeing – Edward Lucie-Smith

The National Gallery’s splendid new show, Monet & Architecture, caps a very rich Spring 2018 season of exhibitions in London

2 April 2018

Send In The Clowns: RWA Bristol Celebrates 250th Anniversary

Sawdust and Sequins – Royal West of England Academy, Bristol: Set in the spacious galleries at the RWA in Bristol this group show was...

1 April 2018

Sue Arrowsmith And Mathew Weir – Subtle Intimate Mark Making – MOCA London

Transference is the exhibition currently on at MOCA London, featuring artists Sue Arrowsmith and Mathew Weir.

31 March 2018

London Art Review Round-Up April 2018 – Paul Carey Kent

The noted writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows in London for April 2018. Paul currently freelances...

29 March 2018

Cool Modern America: A Dehumanised Modernist Dream – Paul Black

As Duchamp stated in 1915; “America is the country of the art of the future. Look at the skyscrapers!

25 March 2018

Cinthia Marcelle: Dark Matter Of Social Inequality – Modern Art Oxford

The Family in Disorder: Truth or Dare, sees Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle transform the architectural properties of Modern Art Oxford

25 March 2018

Michael Takeo Magruder: De / coding the Apocalypse – Panacea Museum – Revd Jonathan Evens

The Panacea Museum tells the story of the Panacea Society – a remarkable religious community formed in the early twentieth century.