13 May 2016


Turner Prize 2016 The Artbytch Verdict Is Out And WTF

This week Artbytch looks at the announcement of the shortlisted Turner Prize nominees for 2016.

6 May 2016


V&A’s Bizarre Decision To Ban All Sketching At Undressed Is Pants

I know I’m a little late to the party here but several people have been asking me what I make of the V&A’s bizarre decision to ban all sketching at its exhibition on underwear. I’m perhaps not as outraged as some are at it, as I do harbour a controversial view that sketching in art galleries […]

5 May 2016


Francis Bacon: Alice Herrick And Clive Jennings Discuss The Ravarino Drawings

The Herrick Gallery, London is currently presenting a selection of drawings purportedly by the great British painter Francis Bacon, lent by Cristiano Lovatelli Ravarino to David Edwards, the brother of John Edwards, to whom Bacon left everything when the artist died in 1992. These works are juxtaposed with new paintings by Darren Coffield. But the […]

16 April 2016


Gavin Nolan Sixty Second Interview With Artlyst’s Paul Carter Robinson

Gavin Nolan’s latest exhibition at Charlie Smith London consists of recent paintings depicting versions of historical figures. The show runs from  14 April – 15 May. Combining hyper-realism with abstraction and mark making, his mostly intimate oil paintings reveal the heroic and fragile nature of the subjects and meditate on creativity, language, legacy and obsolescence. […]

8 April 2016


Microsoft Rembrandt vs Microsoft Republican Candidate In Bad Toupee

The news of a new Rembrandt is bound to set tongues wagging. And any preconceived doubts about its authenticity are immediately allayed: it looks convincingly like any other Rembrandt. Actually, it’s a little too convincing, and if it looks like every other Rembrandt, that’s because that’s exactly what it is.  Arriving a little too late for April […]

25 March 2016


Tracey Emin’s Unintentionally Unironic Zoolander-style Who Am I Quest

When learning of Tracey Emin’s decision to marry a rock of course the first thing the less charitable parts of our minds would be thinking will be along the lines of “well no one else would” or “someone has to”, etc. and other grumpy-expression shaming opinions. But I’ll leave that filmly unsaid, and instead ponder on […]

22 March 2016


A Restoration: Elizabeth Price And Paul Black In Conversation

Paul Black has visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford to meet Turner Prize, and 2013 Contemporary Art Society Award winner Elizabeth Price, and view Price’s latest video work; a response to the collections and archives of the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums, in partnership with the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, where the artist teaches. […]

18 March 2016


R. Crumb vs Allen Jones What A Lovely Pear And Other Double Entendres

A couple of years ago, for this very publication, I lambasted the Royal Academy for its Allen Jones retrospective, which applauded a career that unrelentingly and without deviation objectified women. The point which illustrates his latent misogyny is the fact that while his sculptures may have been seen as subversive to the general anti-woman culture of the 60s at the time, […]

11 March 2016


Hashtag-Ironic: Banksy Geo-profiling Study A Big Fat Waste Of Funding

Did Shakespeare really write all those plays? I find myself not even caring that much whether he did, or was aided, or – as some who like to stir things up have suggested – he was actually someone else, someone different from the earring wearing fuzzy headed one we see in most portraits. What matters is that […]

4 March 2016


Is Loving Vincent Yet Another Lousy Filmic Portrayal Of A Dead Artist?

I’m apprehensive of the announcement by Oscar winning Breakthru Animation studios of “the world’s first feature-length painted animation,” ‘Loving Vincent’. Over 100 artists trained to mimic the painterly style of Van Gogh will create one painting per frame, creating possibly the most long winded animation feature ever. It is set around 120 of his paintings, and […]

26 February 2016


David Hockney: Brimming With Talent But Such A Miserable Git

I would love to say I’ve met David Hockney: I admire him enormously as a draughtsman, especially innumerable portraits capturing likeness with minimum effort and brush-stroke. He just can, and does, execute perfectly first time, which is an extremely rare gift (something Tracey Emin can only dream of). This is why he is worth celebrating, to […]

24 February 2016


Turning Silver Into Gold: Michael Joo And Paul Black In Conversation

Michael Joo was kind enough to talk to Paul Black about the fascinating nature of his practice, and the artist’s new exhibition Radiohalo, at Blain|Southern London. The show is a major exhibition of new works by the acclaimed conceptual artist, and is Joo’s largest solo show in London to date. Here, the artist presents his […]

19 February 2016


Museum Blockbusters: A Cat In A Mona Lisa Wig Could Have Done Better

The Noordbrabants Museum exhibition of Hieronymous Bosch – one of my favourite painters of bestial grotesque nastiness

12 February 2016


Fake Warhol Fake Rothko: Who Are The Losers Here

The issue of fakes is alluring headline fodder: what is it that is so compelling about forged artworks? Once could say it places greater emphasis on what makes the real deal a genuine article; though the limelight tends to fall on the fake works themselves, obscuring the original talent which it so brazenly tramples over. It […]

5 February 2016


Damien Hirst: Another Basement Conversion In Hampstead And Other Tales

I‘ve spent many a year working in Knightsbridge and Belgravia, and the tell-tale signs of a cellar dig out – blocked off scaffolding with conveyor belts emerging into a skip – pop up like mushrooms in the area. The relative smallness of these works give no hint to just how massive the below caverns are becoming: […]

29 January 2016


Oscars Row Highlights The Scarcity Of Successful Black Visual Artists

Last week we had Saatchi falsely bending to women artists, this week with the Oscars furore we look at another overlooked section of the population: it seems it takes a worthy film about slavery with plenty of ‘Issues’ being addressed in order to merit black artists (Steve McQueen in 2013), rather than, y’know, actually rewarding them for […]

15 January 2016


Champagne Life: Let’s Pop A Cork And Celebrate Feminism

There’s something not quite right about the latest show at the Saatchi Gallery. Champagne Life is so named after one of featured artist, Julia Wachtel’s works: an ironic contrast between the glamorous exhibition opening and the long hours spent in a miserable studio. Or is it – more convincingly – simply brown nosing of the show’s […]

8 January 2016


Beyond The Valley Of Caravaggio And Other Exhibitions To Bytch About

Happy New Year, bytches. Late in 2014 I began salivating over the announcement of the National Gallery’s autumn blockbuster for 2015 featuring no fewer than 70 Goya portraits. God it was wonderful. In 2015 galleries surprised me with some pleasant turns of ingenuity – I discovered obscure pastel genius Liotard at the Royal Academy, and my […]

29 December 2015


A Year Of Blatant Art Consumerism Our 12 Days Of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A partridge in an Ai Weiwei Tree  This year has been a sort of ‘homecoming’ for Ai Weiwei: with his passport returned galleries all around the UK welcomed his return with a flurry of activity, including a retrospective of his work at the […]

18 December 2015


Art 2015 Sum-up: Lawsuits, Over Inflated Auctions And Cultural Armageddon

It’s been a year of everyone suing everyone else, grappling over intellectual property, and spending too much at the auctions. Only yesterday a dispatch box used by Maggie Thatcher sold for £200k plus commission at Christie’s, smashing its initial timid estimate of under £5,000. I watched the sale unfold in which a collective hysteria seemed […]

11 December 2015


Christmas Art And Shopping And More F-ing Gift Shopping

I know I bytch a lot about how museums should remain free to enter, and how it’s not so bad to accept cash from a giant evil global oil conglomerate to achieve this goal. Also to this end – staying free that is – I’m even not against some good hard wringing of customer’s cash […]

8 December 2015


Assemble: Turner Prize Winners In Conversation With Artlyst – Exclusive Interview

Assemble, the 2015 winners of this years coveted Turner Prize are a collective consisting of 18 members. Their practice crosses fields of design, architecture and craft to create playful installation environments. They were nominated for their Granby Four Streets project which saw the transformation of a dilapidated group of terraced houses in Liverpool into works […]

4 December 2015


Art Basel Miami The Black Friday Of All Art Fairs

What’s the difference between the art fairs of Miami Beach and Black Friday/Cyber Monday? The answer is, both are enormous shopping centres growing in size each year as new ‘retailers’ join the bandwagon, though while the latter is upfront about offering bargains and rockbottom prices, those that attend the former are also out to find […]

1 December 2015


Artbytch Announces Her Best And Worst London Exhibitions Of 2015

Without doubt the best exhibition all year has been Goya: The Portraits at the National Gallery. What makes a great exhibition is a fantastic concept, executed with diligence and rigour. The National has achieved the rarity of finding a new angle through which to explore an otherwise heavily exposed artist. This is something that can […]

27 November 2015


Osborne’s U-Turn On Arts Cuts Just A Sign Of The Times

We’re safe, it seems, for now. George Osborne has finally realised – or rather his aides have realised and quickly back peddled – that not only would the massive arts cuts we were all dreading would be a “false economy” (duh), but that the Tories would well and truly be in the shit when it […]

27 November 2015


OPINION: Shepard Fairey’s Eiffel Tower Installation Reflects The Freedom Of Paris

The famed street artist Shepard Fairey has recently revealed his contribution to the climate and sustainability debate in Paris, ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP21) in the french capital. The artist’s massive sphere – a truly global Christmas bauble for the city – dangled between the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower. […]

20 November 2015


Paris The Mindless Culmination Of World Heritage Deniers

I’m for once at a loss as to where to start this week. How can one begin to wrap one’s mind around the spread and aggression of the IS atrocities, with the mindless culmination with last Friday’s attacks in Paris and Beirut? This is the desired effect: one of terror and confusion. It is a […]

17 November 2015


OPINION: Paris Terror Attacks – Art Must Express Egalité

In light of the recent events in Paris, Artlyst reflects on the artists engagement with society in times of socio-political crisis; either influencing or being influenced by events; surely works should remind and speak directly to concerns relating to human rights, and freedom of speech? There were seven coordinated terror attacks in Paris carried out […]

11 November 2015


OPINION: Southwark Council’s Shameful Rejection Of 800 Artists’ Studios

After Boris Johnson recently called for new artists’ studios and cultural spaces it seems that little is changing for the betterment of London artists, or the capital’s cultural evolution. This important cultural plea came as the London Mayor published guidance for councils, planners and developers on protecting arts venues – and with good reason – […]

10 November 2015


Alexander Calder: Kinetic Sculpture Pioneer Stirs Tate Modern Curators Podcast

The UK’s largest ever exhibition of Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is currently on at London’s Tate Modern. Calder is considered one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of kinetic sculpture. He played an essential role in shaping the history of modernism. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture brings together approximately 100 works […]

28 October 2015


OPINION: Boris Johnson Calls For New Artists’ Studios And Cultural Spaces

Boris Johnson has called for new artists’ studios and cultural spaces. This important cultural plea comes as the London Mayor publishes guidance for councils, planners and developers on protecting arts venues – and with good reason – as artists continue to be priced out of the UK capital, as developers move in, stripping London of […]

23 October 2015


Art Review Power 100: Time To End The Machiavellian Power List

Each October Art Review publishes its Power 100. A list that always reflects the power brokers of the art world, and not – sadly – its genuine power: that of true creative expression and its influence on our culture. This year international art dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth have topped this year’s Power 100. The […]