Reviews

 

18 September 2017

Bartholomew Beal – Maslen and Mehra Reviewed By Edward Lucie-Smith

BARTHOLOMEW BEAL FAS - There’s a paradoxical situation in the art world right now, Both here in Britain and, according to what I see on the Web, abroad.

17 September 2017

Scythian Gold Sinister Riches British Museum By Edward Lucie-Smith

The British Museum’s new exhibition, Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia, marks another triumph for the B.M’s  policy of allying itself to Russian institutions.

15 September 2017

Unveiled – The Oscar Wilde Temple by David McDermott and Peter McGough NYC

Twenty years in the planning, the Oscar Wilde Temple gloriously debuted in New York City’s Church of the Village. The artist duo David McDermott...

14 September 2017

 Jean Dubuffet: Art Naked Without Pretensions By Edward Lucie-Smith

There’s no doubt that the Jean Dubuffet show just opened at Pace here in London would be entirely worthy of a great museum.

13 September 2017

Paul Cary -Kent Chooses His Must See Exhibitions For September 2017

Up Now in London - Paul Carey-Kent chooses the best of the Autumn season's start. 

28 August 2017

Alma Tadema Cinematic Blockbuster Painting – By Edward Lucie-Smith

At first glance, the late Victorian grandee who works is now in a show at Leighton House, and today’s culture hero Damien Hirst, leader...

24 August 2017

Ralph Steadman’s Ark – Species Threatened With Extinction By Edward Lucie-Smith

Ralph Steadman has just published a very handsome new picture book, folio size, entitled Critters, about species threatened with extinction.

21 August 2017

Drawing As An Encounter Between Artists And Sitters By Edward Lucie-Smith

The latest stage in the National Portrait Gallery’s endeavour to reach out beyond its original remit – paintings and sculptures, often of not much...

17 August 2017

Bram Bogart: Focus On Boundaries Of Painting At The Saatchi Gallery

This Summer, the Saatchi Gallery will be hosting the second of a series of exhibitions under the new SALON programme within the Gallery's Duke...

15 August 2017

Is Daniel Richter In The Same League As Peter Doig?

Daniel Richter has shaped painting in Germany as few others have done, since the 1990s. He slots in well with important painters such...

10 August 2017

Harland Miller – Voyage To The End Of Pop Art – Edward Lucie-Smith

Harland Miller’s rather handsome exhibition at White Cube, Mason’s Yard, looks more like the end of something than the beginning of something. There are...

1 August 2017

Matisse Cultural Appropriation And His Studio RA Review By Sue Hubbard

The artist’s studio is both a practical workshop and the workshop of the mind, a place of reflection and play, of doubt and hard...

1 August 2017

Arabic calligraphy Another Islamic Winner Saatchi Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

Hot on the heels of the Princess Zeid show at Tate Modern, which runs until October 8th, is a much smaller and shorter-lived exhibition...

23 July 2017

Sarajevo’s Mersad Berber – Memorial For A Local Hero By Edward Lucie-Smith

Mersad Berber was one of the very few artists from the former Yugoslavia who managed to acquire an international profile for himself.

20 July 2017

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Forging The Future Of Feminist Art By Paul Black

Modern Art Oxford is currently presenting the first posthumous exhibition of works by Rose Finn-Kelcey (1945–2014).

16 July 2017

Hella Jongerius Playing With Colour By Edward Lucie-Smith

As Hella Jongerius’ fascinating exhibition at the Design Museum proves, it is getting more and more difficult to draw a firm, unyielding line between...

15 July 2017

Islamic Women Explore Their Identities In London Exhibition – By Edward Lucie-Smith

There happens to be quite a spectrum of feminist and what one might (maybe tactlessly) call ethnic exhibitions on view in London right now. They demonstrate rather...

13 July 2017

Black Power! Tate’s Latest Right On Exhibition Explores African American Art

A challenging and intelligent new show at Tate Modern asks rather more questions than it actually succeeds in answering.

12 July 2017

Chris Ofili Tapestry Magic At The National Gallery By Edward Lucie-Smith

Chris Ofili’s big tapestry, commissioned by the Clothworkers’ Company and now on view at the Sunley Room at the National Gallery, doesn’t seem to...

10 July 2017

Carla Raffinetti: Drawing A Way Out Of The Abyss New Exhibition

It is easy to dismiss the world of the ancestors and appeasing gods in a post-scientific Western society. Less so when burdened with...

10 July 2017

Raphael Drawings Appropriation On A Grand Scale By Edward Lucie-Smith

One telling feature of the show of Raphael drawings now at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is its timing.

8 July 2017

Jamaican Spiritual Art And Its Relationship To Religion By Edward Lucie-Smith

A small confession to make here: I wrote a brief text for the catalogue of this show because Jamaica is where I originally come...

6 July 2017

G.F. WATTS – Not Quite Michelangelo By Edward Lucie-Smith

The G F Watts Gallery, near Guilford, with one of very few art spaces in Britain that is basically dedicated to a single artist....

5 July 2017

Howard Hodgkin: India My Somewhere Else By Sue Hubbard

Everyone has a “somewhere else” in their lives Howard Hodgkin said in 1992. “My somewhere else is India”. Howard Hodgkin was 32 when he first visited...

4 July 2017

Otto Dix And August Sander – Observing The Rise Of German Fascism

A fascinating exhibition linking ‘Portraying a Nation' and ‘The Evil Eye’ with works by August Sander and Otto Dix is currently showing...

2 July 2017

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Virtual Masterpiece The Masterpiece Art Fair By Edward Lucie-Smith

What people choose to describe as ‘a masterpiece’ is usually pretty much a matter of context. On the whole, at this annual beanfeast for...

28 June 2017

What Direction? Royal College Of Art Degree Shows 2017 By Edward Lucie-Smith

This year’s big graduation show of work by Fine Arts students from the Royal College of Art is both inspiriting and at the same...

23 June 2017

John Singer Sargent A Magician Of Light Dulwich Picture Gallery

This intimate exhibition of eighty watercolours from the Anglo-American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) has opened at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

22 June 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid: In Pursuit of the Exotic Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

I confess I had a few reservations about the Fahrelnissa Zeid retrospective now at Tate Modern.

16 June 2017

Richard Smith Abstraction On The Periphery Of Recall By Edward Lucie-Smith

The small exhibition of work by Richard Smith currently at the Flowers Gallery in Cork Street offers, among other things, a demonstration of just...

8 June 2017

Grayson Perry Climbing The Populist Mountain Serpentine Review – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Grayson Perry show that just opened at the Serpentine Gallery offers both a very new version of now-obligatory populism in the promotion of...

5 June 2017

London Art Exhibition Picks June 2017 By Paul Carey -Kent

Paul Carey-Kent Offers Artlyst his choice of the best London Art Exhibitions to see in June 2017