It’s been quite a year for statues. Normally no more than street furniture that no one bothers to look at – old white men standing on plinths in all weathers extolling some arcane ‘victory’ of the Empire
Rachel Howard’s Suicide Paintings were first shown at the Bohen Foundation in NY, in 2007 and the following year at London’s Haunch of Venison gallery. Left shocked and devastated by the suicide of an acquaintance who was found kneeling in an almost prayer-like position, suicide was, she realised, one of the last taboos.
A totally unauthorised and 100 % unofficial tribute to John Lennon celebrating (believe it or not) his 80th birthday is to take place at London’s Stash Gallery. Curator Harry Pye has selected 80 artists (some very well known) and asked them to make a work to mark the life and career of this great artist and cultural legend.
My latest conversation is with the graphic novelist Rachael Ball. She is an inspiring educator and an incredible visual storyteller, excellent at representing inner lives and tying it into a naturalistic narrative told in a comic book world.
Geraldine Swayne is a highly regarded painter known for her intimate portrait and figure paintings in enamel on copper, aluminium and canvas. Her subjects engage in everyday activities
Anish Kapoor Houghton Hall Norfolk: Have you ever felt like you want to ring your mum to tell her you think you might have left an important part of your brain somewhere in a field in Norfolk? Well, this whole experience is a bit like that!
Judges including Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of Tate, Hebru Brantley, contemporary American artist and Kate Bryan, Head of Collections for Soho House will select the winner, who will be commissioned to create an exhibition and site-specific installation at Miami Beach House during Art Basel Miami Beach
Galleries and museums around the world are reopening. Among the first exhibitions being shown that caught my eye were Leaves of Grass by Max Gimblett at Page Galleries in Wellington, the pairing of Kudditji Kngwarreye and Idris Murphy at Mitchell Fine Art in Brisbane, and Inspiration – Contemporary Art & Classics at Ateneum Art Museum in Helsinki.
The date was 13th June, When I first started writing this installment in this potentially infinite series, but everything I wrote felt stale. As it stands, Churchill is still standing, hoarding uncovered for a state visit from Macron.
Unless you’ve been stuck in outer space or Elon Musk has deployed you to test out the feasibility of luxury corporate space travel during the pandemic, you’ll be aware that we are currently experiencing the most significant global Black civil rights movement since 1968.
Artworks acquire layers of meaning over time. André Daughtry’s Weight is a video work from 2014 that attempts ‘to visualise societal projections on the black male body’.
Lockdown 2020 and the art world has been brought to a grinding halt. Major exhibitions that have taken years to plan and organize have been postponed indefinitely or scrapped altogether.
Today sees the launch of the Sequested Prize, a new self-portrait group award launched during the time of COVID-19, designed to create a platform of recognition and support to those working to establish or continue their artistic practice.
If this isn’t your first time visiting this series, thank you for your returning custom.
Whilst I will refrain from touting out the current word de jour again, the new normal, it’s hard not to feel the paradigm shift between our feet. I don’t know if I am wearing ice skates or roller blades if you know what I mean. Thankfully in this parish & in the literal meaning of that comes a recent piece scribed by the Revd Jonathan Evens.
4 March 2020
Despite the fact that this remarkable story has been the subject of fascination and debate for decades in books, films and documentaries this show will be one of the first times an exhibition has been focused on exploring the complex relationships Spencer had with his two wives through his painting.
Carolina Mazzolari is one of the key artists currently in an exhibition and auction sale at Sotheby’s to benefit Fine Cell Work, a charity and social enterprise working with prisoners.
9 February 2020
National Gallery Explores ‘Sin’ In New Exhibition – Interview Dr Joost Joustra Curator With Revd Jonathan Evens
The first exhibition in the UK exploring sin in art will be staged at the National Gallery this spring. ‘Sin’ will bring together paintings from the National Gallery’s collection dating from the 16th to the 18th century with loans from important private and public collections including modern and contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, and Ron Mueck.
3 February 2020
THEM is a new exhibition examining the work of an important group of artists who came to prominence in the early 1970s, including Duggie Fields, Andrew Logan and Derek Jarman. Curated by James Birch, the show’s title derives from an article of the same name written by the cultural historian Peter York for Harpers & […]
It wouldn’t be possible to take these pictures now – not least because the fabled Dean Street member’s Club (the Colony Room Club) is now someone’s living room
The noted writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended Contemporary and Modern art exhibitions in London now (December 2019).
21 November 2019
The Art and Christianity Awards are one of the more positive legacies of the new millennium, being set up in 2003 to draw attention to the abundance of creative responses to the Year 2000.
Le Biennial de Paris is an unusual anomaly of a fair. For one thing, it isn’t actually a biennial as it takes place every year, not every other.
I love summer not only because of the weather but although because it is a great time to venture to new territories to discover and to encounter new talents, new ideas.
This Summer Cornwall’s Eden Project has unveiled new permanent sculptural works by Julian Opie and Ryan Gander installed in the grounds. This tops up the collection which already includes works by Tim Shaw, El Anatsui, Studio Swine and Peter Randall-Page.
As already stated on this site, Leon Kossoff’s death on July 4 marked pretty much the end of an epoch. Of the for artists who led the so-called School of London – Bacon, Freud, Kossoff and Auerbach – only Auerbach now survives.
Paul Carey- Kent is in Basel for the worlds weightiest art fair Here are his top picks from the week the art world focused on its own form of sustainability.
9 June 2019
Churches hosting exhibitions and artists is a fantastic development says Almuth Tebbenhoff, co-curator of The London Group’s outdoor exhibition ‘Coming Good: Come Hell or High Water’ for The Waterloo Festival.
The Whitney Biennial 2019 is America’s oldest survey of contemporary art. Now in its 79th edition, this year’s event opened as the stock market began to sink.
It was a relief to step away from the hustle and bustle of the Giardini and Arsenale, the main venues for the 58th Venice Biennale, to visit exhibitions elsewhere.