16 October 2015

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Frieze Trends Point To The Death Of The White Cube

Super architects Caruso St John are enjoying a ton of publicity at the moment, with the dual opening of the shiny new Hirst gallery in Newport Street (gushed over by me last week) and now the new Gagosian gallery branch in Grosvenor Hill, where Russian money flows. Such fabulous architecture commissioned by Larry Gagosian demonstrates […]

15 October 2015

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OPINION: Ai Weiwei And Anish Kapoor Inseparable At Frieze London 2015

Artlyst is again attending Frieze week, the 13th edition of Frieze London taking place in The Regent’s Park, from 14 to 17 October 2015. Having recently attended Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor’s march, after the artists joined forces for a walk across London, striding down London’s Piccadilly for an eight-mile journey to show solidarity with […]

9 October 2015

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Damien Hirst Reveals His Community Spirit By Opening New Public Gallery

Imagine, if you will, the following scene (sepia tint optional): a young student Damien Hirst gazing wide eyed at John Hoyland’s brilliantly colourful and zingy Rothko-like abstracts at Leeds Art Gallery. One day, he thinks, I will be as great a painter as he. Fast forward a couple of decades, and Hirst hasn’t proved himself […]

6 October 2015

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Jeff Koons: Anti-Consumerist Art Or Its Own Subject Matter?

In an interview with Austrian daily Der Standard, the most expensive living American artist spoke about his relationship to the art market. Jeff Koons did so after unveiling of his Balloon Venus (Orange) (2008-12) statue at the city’s Natural History museum. In a twist – that could be seen as quite an interesting turn in […]

2 October 2015

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Identity Crisis : Does The Turner Prize Justify Its Own Existence

With each year that passes the Turner Prize battles doggedly to justify its own existence. It appears to be suffering some kind of identity crisis stemming from the decreasing relevance its entrants have on capturing the actual zeitgeist of contemporary art. Art can be and is made from anything and by anyone – it has […]

2 October 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Tim Marlow And Adrian Locke Discuss Ai Weiwei At The RA

Artlyst recently attended the press view of the Royal Academy of Arts’ landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Ai Weiwei. Where the chief curators of this outstanding show, Tim Marlow, and Adrian Locke were kind enough to give Artlyst – and a host of other journalists – a tour of Ai Weiwei’s impressive retrospective. […]

22 September 2015

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How Artbytch Met Brian Sewell: Almost A Pastiche Of Himself

I met Brian Sewell only once while a student at the Courtauld Institute. As a fellow alumnus, he was attending a special event for alumni aged eighty or more. Stitching on a pleasant smile and wishing him an excellent visit, he quipped in response that the event was for the few people “who aren’t already […]

18 September 2015

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Ai Weiwei And Anish Kapoor: Far More Effective Than Guernica

What I admire about Thursday’s public march led by Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei eight miles across London is its resourcefulness and simplicity in its show of solidarity for the refugee crisis. Art in its usual form of protest is traditionally highly symbolic (think Guernica), provocative (that chap nailing his genitalia to Red Square), or […]

16 September 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Fig-2 Curator Fatos Ustek Discusses Artist Melanie Manchot

Fatos Ustek, Art Fund Curator at fig-2, has spoken to Artlyst about the latest installation as part of fig-2’s structure of fifty successive exhibitions realised on a weekly basis operating as a catalyst to manifest the aesthetic and critical currency of our times. In this instance focusing on artist Melanie Manchot. fig-2 is a revival […]

11 September 2015

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Damien Hirst: From Cynical Pharmacy To Saatchi-Style Private Gallery

Regular readers will know of the special reserve of bile I harbour for one Damien Hirst: the businessman peddling ‘art’ in a beyond-cynical way that would make Warhol choke on or at the very least regurgitate a little his oft quoted adage “good business is the best art”. It’s most worrying that the innumerable people […]

2 September 2015

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Art Under Austerity – Contemporary Art Abides Amidst The Greek Economic Crisis

In his 1965 novel The Magus, John Fowles describes the way in which so many Greeks “wished to leave Greece never to return, yet never learnt to accept their exile”. This condition, Fowles ruminates, is “the cost of being born in the most beautiful and most cruel country in the world.” At the risk of […]

24 August 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Curator Ciara Moloney Discusses Forgotten Austrian Artist Kiki Kogelnik

Modern Art Oxford presents the first solo exhibition in the UK of acclaimed Austrian artist Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997). Working in New York in the 1960s, Kogelnik was a well-known artist and contemporary of figures such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Despite her early popularity, Kogelnik’s work was often overlooked by institutions and slowly written […]

21 August 2015

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Dismaland: Wince-Inducing Yet Lacking Banksy’s Usual Cutting Satire?

It emerged in July that Disneyland Paris is allegedly charging German and British tourists up to 15% more than French visitors to the park. Behind the sparkly wholesomeness is, as usual, a faceless corporate conglomerate hyper-capitalist agenda at work. It’s timely then that Banksy has created his own satire of the brand – if you’re […]

18 August 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Penelope Curtis And Curator Chris Stephens Discuss Barbara Hepworth

Tate Britain is currently presenting the first major Barbara Hepworth exhibition in London for almost fifty years. Barbara Hepworth (1903–75) is most commonly associated with St Ives, Cornwall, where the artist lived from 1939 until her death in 1975. This major retrospective emphasises Hepworth’s often overlooked prominence in the international art world, of which she […]

3 August 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: James Turrell Discusses Light And How We Feel With Our Eyes

American artist James Turrell is currently presenting a site-specific light work at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, the piece is the culmination to the exhibition “LightScape: James Turrell”. Artlyst visited the stunning grounds of one of England’s finest Palladian houses to see a preview of the acclaimed American artist’s latest project. The spectacular 45-minute light display, which […]

30 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: James Turrell Discusses The Grand English Home And The Nature Of Light

American artist James Turrell is currently presenting a site-specific light work at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, as the culmination to the exhibition “LightScape: James Turrell”. Artlyst visited the stunning grounds of one of England’s finest Palladian houses to see a preview of the acclaimed American artist’s latest project. The spectacular 45-minute light display, which began at […]

24 July 2015

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Sexism In Art: And What We Perceive As Acceptable Body Depictions

So, I was about to launch into thoughtful musings on that inexplicable relationship between artist and muse and how the female body just happens to lend itself to being pored over to varying degrees of distraction. Egon Schiele is a classic example of an artist walking a very thin tightrope between viewing the female body […]

22 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Peter Doig In Conversation With Sir Nicholas Serota

During the preview week of the Venice Biennale Artlyst was privileged to attend a conversation between Peter Doig, the Turner Prize nominated artist and Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate. The talk took place in front of Doig’s new paintings at the beautiful historic rooms of the Palazzetto Tito (until October 4th 2015). The […]

17 July 2015

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The Role Of The Tormented Artist In The Twenty First Century

Click Here to Read: Sexism In Art: And What We Perceive As Acceptable Body Depictions Tormented by lack of critical success? Hate how your art genius is never recognized? Want to cut off your ear but don’t have a razor/pair of scissors to hand? Do a Turner-Prize Winning Artist Douglas Gordon and hack a theatre wall […]

15 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Curator Calvin Winner Discusses Francis Bacon Sketching And Sculpture

Artlyst spoke to Calvin Winner, Head of Collections at Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts, and co-curator of the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, to give us his opinion of Bacon’s process in relation to the artist’s unfinished work ‘Three Figures’ – one of three incomplete paintings that were exhibited in the exhibition. It was […]

14 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Hans Ulrich Obrist Discusses Gerhard Richter And Avro Pärt Collaboration

Artlyst recently visited the Witworth Gallery in Manchester and attended the premiere of a collaboration between two of the world’s most influential and enduring cultural figures – artist Gerhard Richter and composer Arvo Pärt. This beautiful and solemn work was premièred at the gallery as part of MIF15, where Richter and Pärt were in attendance. […]

10 July 2015

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Why Some Artists Die Poor And Others Die Rich Like Damien Hirst

OK, so admittedly Damien Hirst is still very much with us… But what can you say about an artist’s life’s work when they have died penniless and relatively unknown? The best way to answer is to reverse the question: why does it matter a damn that a collective of individuals have over a certain period encountered an […]

9 July 2015

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Freedom Of Panorama: Potential Law Change May Affect Us All

It would seem with recent events, artistic freedom is being threatened on a near-daily basis; firstly with a copyright change that has art publishers deeply disturbed due to the new regulation making copyright breach in Britain a criminal, rather than a civil offence – suggesting that we will now send art editors, and publishers to […]

7 July 2015

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Rotraut: Yves Klein’s Legacy: First London Solo Show In Fifty Years

A rare treat is on offer at 45 Park Lane in London – the first London solo show in over 50 years from Rotraut (b.1938). Presented by Swiss Galerie Gmurzynska, fourteen paintings and sculptures by the German-born artist Rotraut Klein-Moquay are on show and are for sale in the public spaces of the hotel. The sculptures, […]

7 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Pablo Bronstein Discusses His Latest Exhibition At Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary is currently presenting Pablo Bronstein and the Treasures of Chatsworth [House] for season one of The Grand Tour at Nottingham Contemporary, and a collaboration with Chatsworth House, from which the artist has chosen 62 works of fine and decorative art to bring to Nottingham Contemporary’s galleries to juxtapose with his own works and […]

5 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Grayson Perry Explores A House For Essex With A Tour

Artlyst travelled to Wrabness in Essex to meet Grayson Perry at the site of his latest project, ‘A House for Essex’. At once an architectural form and a particularly personal artwork for Perry, which has also created a new landmark for the village, close to the Essex coast. The building is a collaboration between FAT […]

3 July 2015

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Champagne Swillers Jostled By Sotheby’s Protesters With No Cigar For Bacon Pope

What’s the real value of a humble Dollar/Pound? For those champagne swillers who braved a loud and angry protest outside Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction Wednesday night, Warhol’s One Dollar Bill, hand painted in 1962, sold for a whopping £20.9m (estimated at only £13-18m). The enormous disparity between the mob outside, revealed to be a cleaning service […]

2 July 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Amanda Geitner Discusses Francis Bacon And Lisa Sainsbury

The Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts presents ‘Francis Bacon and the Masters’, bringing together over twenty-five major works by Bacon and juxtaposing them with old and modern masters, including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. The exhibition forms the culmination of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage […]

26 June 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Luc Tuymans – Domesticity, Plagiarism, And Politics – David Zwirner

The influential artist Luc Tuymans was recently back at David Zwirner, which was presenting an exhibition of the artist’s latest paintings, on view at the London gallery, which Tuymans inaugurated in October 2012 with the exhibition ‘Allo!’. The exhibition ‘The Shore’ includes work that the artist specifically made for the space. Tuymans is known for […]

26 June 2015

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Women Artists Shatter The Glass Ceiling – But At What Cost?

I should stand up for fellow art bitches and applaud this week’s lyst of the most wealthy female artists: were your gut feelings also instantly of “female artists are rich?”,or even, “female artists make money?”. What a happy event that we can congratulate ten women who’ve well and truly managed to quit the full time […]

25 June 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Hans Haacke Discusses His Fourth Plinth Commission

Hans Haacke is a leading figure in the contemporary art world. His work crosses boundaries of Conceptual, Minimal, Pop and site specific Land Art. He is best known for his investigations into hidden economies and politics including that of the art world and the suppressed histories of people and places. Mayor Boris Johnson along with […]

24 June 2015

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Artlyst Podcast: Jeremy Deller Discusses Andy Warhol And William Morris At Modern Art Oxford

At the age of 20, the Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller took up an invitation from Andy Warhol to hang out at the artist’s eponymous Factory. It was 1986 and Deller was an art history graduate, bumping into Warhol at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, where he was approached by one of Warhol’s entourage. The visit […]