Reviews

 

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

30 May 2017

HOKUSAI A Most Influential Alien By Edward Lucie-Smith

Until the Modern epoch, and indeed right up to the present day, Hokusai was by far the most influential non-European artist to impact European...

27 May 2017

British Modern Masters Explored In New York Exhibition At Rosenberg & Co

Everyone in Britain was torn apart by World War ll. Artists were hungry, dislocated and like everyone else had lost their sense of safety...

26 May 2017

Wayne Thiebaud Beneath The Icing On The Cake – Edward Lucie-Smith

The now very senior Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) has often found himself classified as a Pop artist, largely because a large part of his...

22 May 2017

Philip Guston Laughing At Nixon While Living With Trump – Edward Lucie-Smith

Hauser & Wirth have demonstrated an impeccable sense of timing by presenting their Richard Milhouse Nixon show, 'Laughter in the Dark, Drawings from 1971...

18 May 2017

An Intimate Look At Photo London By Paul Carey Kent

Paul Carey-Kent has sifted through Photo London the UK's leading photography fair to put together this themed pick of what caught his eye. The...

16 May 2017

Phyllida Barlow Great Henges Bright Coloured Forms Venice Biennale – Sue Hubbard

I remember, some time ago, a film in which a young interviewer asked Louise Bourgeois, then in her 90s, what it was like to...

15 May 2017

Venice Biennale 57 From An Artist’s Perspective Hedley Roberts Picks Twelve

Artist Hedley Roberts Picks Twelve of the best from the`57th Venice Biennale

11 May 2017

Giacometti An Artist Of Distance Not Intimacy By Edward Lucie-Smith

Tate Modern’s new Giacometti show, following hot on the heels of a recent show dedicated to the same artist at the National Portrait Gallery,...

10 May 2017

Pavilion of Humanity Where Objection is Exhibited At The Venice Biennale

I had the privilege to share this incredible Art journey with Michal Cole.

9 May 2017

Kazem Hakimi: Chip Shop Photographer’s Breakthrough Show Reveals The Real Oxford

Artlyst has attended Modern Art Oxford, for the opening of 'Kazem Hakimi: Portraits from a Chip Shop', a fascinating and very personal exploration of...

8 May 2017

Mat Collishaw: Forms Of Illusion And Truth By Sue Hubbard

Desire is at the basis of most human behaviour from sex and procreation to the pursuit of beauty and death. According to Freud our...

7 May 2017

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye A Powerful Reinvigoration Of Figurative Painting By Ilka Scobie

The seventeen new portraits created specifically for the New Museum show continues Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s powerful reinvigoration of figurative painting.

5 May 2017

Is Ashley Bickerton Damien Hirst’s Bitch By Edward Lucie-Smith

One has been waiting for some time for Damien Hirst to exhibit an artist in some fashion at least resembling himself.

4 May 2017

Picasso As Minotaur: Gagosian London By Edward Lucie-Smith

The Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors show now on view at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill neatly pips Tate Modern to the post. On 8th May Tate...

1 May 2017

Darren Coffield: In Pursuit of Things Past By Yseult Nash

In Pursuit of Things Past is a small but significant showing of work by the artist and author, Darren Coffield. The show includes four...

28 April 2017

Art Now: A Pale Corporate Shadow Of A Former Anarchic Practice – Sue Hubbard

The other night I went to the private view of Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson’s performance that forms part of Tate Britain’s Art Now,...

28 April 2017

Richard Long At Houghton Hall Norfolk An Inspired Pairing

Richard Long, the four-times Turner Prize nominee and one-time winner (1989), is one of the leading figures of conceptual and land art. His latest...

19 April 2017

David LaChapelle – Materialistic Beauty And Everlasting Youth – First Venice Solo Show

Lost+ Found is David LaChapelle’s first solo show in Venice. The exhibition expanding over four floors presents a survey of LaChapelle’s work from his...

16 April 2017

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Michelangelo Plaster Casts More Convincing Than Sebastiano – National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The current Michelangelo & Sebastiano show at the National Gallery here in London is very much the kind of exhibition that one feels a...

12 April 2017

Henryk Hetflaisz – An Illumined Brush Captured In Time

Henryk Hetflaisz's latest collection of photographs elevates the viewer into the realm of mystic form and enduring light.

6 April 2017

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The Selfie – Narcissism Or Serious Form Of Art? By Edward Lucie-Smith

From Selfie to Self-Expression at the Saatchi Gallery represents a return to form, after a recent series of dead-on-arrival exhibitions held in this space....