Reviews

 

7 March 2017

Ibrahim Mahama: An Artist’s Monument To Modern Ghana – White Cube

The first solo show in London of Mahama a young maitre in African contemporary art has been mounted at White Cube Bermondsey.

6 March 2017

Jo Brocklehurst Explores Gender, Punks And Fetish Clubs In Posthumous Exhibition

These enfant terribles of the art world pose, dress and act as if they had just walked out of one of the late...

5 March 2017

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Armory Show 2017 Indicative Of Art Market’s Changing Economic Landscape

It’s a week of art fairs in New York. The Armory Show, held in a crowded, bustling convention center on the Hudson River is...

1 March 2017

Bluecoat Tercentenary Celebrated With 106 Previously Exhibited Artists On Public View

2017 marks Bluecoat’s tercentenary, making it the oldest building in Liverpool city centre and the UK’s first arts centre: quite an achievement.

1 March 2017

Maria Lassnig Seamlessly Melding Figurative and Abstract Painting Hauser and Wirth London

There is no doubt that Maria Lassnig can paint. Whatever style from her early abstracts through to her figuration she handles paint fluently, her...

28 February 2017

March Choices – London Art Exhibitions 2017 By Paul Carey-Kent

Paul Carey-Kent publishes his March Choices 2017 - Up Now in a London Gallery near you.

26 February 2017

Crash Goes The American Dream c1930 RA Unveil Timely Painting Exhibition

Exhibitions in major galleries are usually planned years ahead. So it is the Royal Academy’s good fortune that their two excellent shows Revolution: Russian...

25 February 2017

Mersad Berber: Pera Museum Launches An Opulent Allegory of Bosnia

Mersad Berber (1940 – 2012) is one of the greatest and the most significant representatives of Bosnian – Herzegovinian and Yugoslav art in the...

24 February 2017

Rembrandt Vs. Trump – The Leiden Collection, Revolution At The Louvre

Artlyst has travelled to Paris to the Musée du Louvre, which is currently presenting a selection of masterpieces by 17th-century Dutch painters from the...

13 February 2017

Restless Revolutionaries: A Timely Look At Russian Art By Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s new exhibition, hot on the heels of its magnificent Ab-Ex show, is entitled Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932. That is, it aims to...

11 February 2017

Liliane Tomasko Bridging Reverie And Reality Marc Straus NY

I would argue that the hardest thing to do, for a seasoned, well-trained, and technically savvy artist, is to paint like a child. After...

11 February 2017

Vanessa Bell The Bloomsbury Group’s Creative Bohemian Matriarch Dulwich Picture Gallery

Vanessa Bell, (30 May 1879 – 7 April 1961) the creative bohemian matriarch, artist, co-founder and muse of the Bloomsbury Group has her first...

9 February 2017

Jim Dine – Heart Surgery And Singing Poets A Beautiful Cacophony

Jim Dine, the American pop artist (born 1935) has unveiled a new exhibition of his latest works on paper at Alan Cristea in London....

8 February 2017

David Hockney According To Himself – Review By Edward Lucie-Smith

It seems a long time since Tate Britain had a real blockbuster show. Even the Turner Prize, once a focus of popular attention, has...

5 February 2017

Bilbao Gongs And Bongs Paul Carey Kent The Guggenheim And More

BILBAO GONGS AND BONGS Paul Carey-Kent has just spent 30 hours in Bilbao, mostly focused on the opening of Abstract Expressionism at the Guggenheim...

2 February 2017

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American Abstract Expressionism Triumphs At The Guggenheim Bilbao

It is rare that I feel an exhibition is important enough to review twice on Artlyst but in the case of the Abstract Expressionist...

31 January 2017

A Rogues Gallery Of Art Dealers And Bureaucrats By Edward Lucie-Smith

There’s a fascinating new book just out. The candid title is 'Rogues’ Gallery: A History of Art and Its Dealers. The author, Philip Hook,...

30 January 2017

Nadine Talalla Brings Life To Dead Abject Feelings of Womankind

  The emergence of female artist’s in 2017 gives an opportunity to find discourse and insight into our contemporary culture, integration, position and sense...

28 January 2017

New York Exhibition Notes Curated by Ilka Scobie

It’s been a challenging time in New York City and art has provided some relief from politics. A recent roundup of three current and...

27 January 2017

London Art Exhibitions February 2017 Chosen By Paul Carey-Kent

London is a great city for art! Paul Carey-Kent regularly produces some of the best recommendations for London Art Exhibitions on a rolling basis.

22 January 2017

Desperate Artwives Explore Issues Of Personal Identity Loss And Motherhood

Desperate Artwives Exhibition is an exhibition of many voices; it is a collection of imaginative and engaging artworks made by members of the Desperate...

19 January 2017

Paul Carey Kent’s Unofficial London Art Fair Awards 2017 Revealed

The verdict: "It seemed a little more even - and so a little duller - than usual this year": less dire stuff, less outstanding...

10 December 2016

Is Figurative Painting An Essential Form Of Art Making? By Edward Lucie-Smith

Painter’s Painters at the Saatchi Gallery picks up the theme of figurative painting as a still essential and central form of art making and...

5 December 2016

London Art Exhibitions Chosen By Paul Carey-Kent December 2016

Paul Carey- Kent chooses his pick for December 2016 through the new year.

5 December 2016

Rauschenberg Prodigious Powers Of Innovation And Self-invention By Edward Lucie-Smith

I’m always left in two minds about Robert Rauschenberg. On the one hand, there is his enormous influence on the course of today’s contemporary...

5 December 2016

Jimmy Cauty Delivers A Post-Brexit, Post-Trump Disaster-Scape. Merry Christmas

A shipping container covered in graffiti sits among the dreaming spires of Oxford, and my partner hears a rather haughty voice remark '...Well I...

5 December 2016

Jane England’s Turn and Face The Strange A Time Capsule Of 1970’s / 80’s Demimonde

JANE ENGLAND: TURN AND FACE THE STRANGE a new book reviewed by Paul Carey -Kent

5 December 2016

Ominous Walhalla: Anselm Kiefer’s Resoundingly Ambitious New Exhibition By Edward Lucie-Smith

Just occasionally, however, there’s a show in a commercial gallery that’s so resoundingly ambitious and so self-evidently important that it’s bound to cause a...

22 November 2016

Rivalrous Artists: Sebastian Smee The Art Of Rivalry Reviewed By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Art of Rivalry is a relief in art critical terms. It is well and clearly written, with no pretentions. Sebastian Smee is currently...

22 November 2016

Gavin Turk Both A Trickster And A Culture Hero By Edward Lucie-Smith

Damien Hirst has become a major patron, in addition to being a celebrated artist. When he stages a show at his Great Newport Street...

17 November 2016

Modern Art Oxford, The Vanished Reality: Temporal, Sociological, And Cultural Locations

Modern Art Oxford presents its final exhibition in a series of shows celebrating the Gallery's 50th anniversary; concluding its KALEIDOSCOPE series with 'The Vanished...

15 November 2016

Bourgeois Bliss in Somerset Edward Lucie-Smith Gets His Wellies On

I’ve just made a visit – a first but not the last, I hope – to the much talked about Hauser & Wirth set...