Welcome to the Artlyst printable pull-out International Art Fair Guide 2020. This is our curated choice of the events not to miss in the Contemporary Art calendar.
2 January 2020
We’ve just welcomed in not only a new year but a new decade. So let’s look forward to the exciting exhibitions that will be on offer in London during 2020.
A New Year, a new decade – I’ve been thinking about all the things I currently don’t like about the contemporary art scene here in Britain. Most of all, I don’t like its pervasive self-righteousness, the ever-increasing assumption that ‘official art’ has all the answers.
In 1987, in a eulogy given at a Memorial Mass for Andy Warhol, the art historian John Richardson revealed the extent of Warhol’s Catholic devotion and faith. Richardson shared with the congregation of 2,000 at New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral that Warhol had attended Mass several times a week at the St. Vincent Ferrer parish, […]
17 December 2019
Artlyst has produced a helpful guide to the closing times of the major London museums and galleries during the 2019 Christmas holiday period.
On the surface, Conrad Shawcross’ sculpture retains the appearance of scientific rationality.
The 18th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach takes place in the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Centre from 5-8 December 2019.
Two new exhibitions of work by the highly regarded painter Victor Willing (1928-1988) are currently on display at Hastings Contemporary and the Turps Gallery in S.E. London. The retrospective in Hastings is the first significant show of his work since his untimely death from multiple sclerosis in 1988.
Christopher Clack says; I have been making images for as long as I can remember, and for as long as I can remember there has always been an element of religious imagery or content in the work I have produced.
28 October 2019
An exhilarating multi-media deep dive into the New York punk scene of the late 70s and early 80s, “She Got Her TV Eye On Me” showcases the work of video artists, Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong.
Visiting Valletta Malta is an intoxicating experience for adventurous travellers to the island. It is located just south of Sicily (136 miles) and around 700 miles off the coast of Libya. The weather in mid-October is a consistent 25c a welcoming climate to enjoy art and cultural sites, all in abundance.
As everyone must know by now, FIAC one of Europe’s most important fairs opened for the VIP preview today at the Grand Palais in Paris.
14 October 2019
The floors of Tartmus are dedicated to an exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the Pallas Art School which opened in 1919.
From Botticelli to Tillmans. 160 of the world’s leading galleries at Frieze, 130 at Frieze Masters, over 1000 international artists. No sign of the Brexit-uncertainty and escalating political instability. No sign that Britain is in the midst of an economic and political crisis. Dealers did good business.
The exhibition Let’s Go Camping with Tom of Finland at Cross Lane Projects celebrates the work and influence of the iconic queer artist and comics creator ahead of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Frieze London is in full throttle with day two of the previews underway at the time of writing. I spent the first day walking around with curator Lee Cavaliere and artist-writer Michael Petry. Each year there is an outstanding trend which clearly manifests and this year it is weaving. Here are my top ten picks from the Fair, in no order.
On my way to Tate Modern in the rain, last night, I smiled, thinking just how much Susan Hiller would have liked that there was to be an evening there in her honour. Susan could be famously grumpy and the last time we had lunch together she spent much of it complaining that the Tate […]
Recently the Guardian newspaper here in Britain offered yet another of those ‘best of’ lists to which both the print press and websites of various kinds are now addicted. In this case, what it listed was ‘the best art of the 21st century’.
The influx of immigrants into any vernacular urban culture has always been a gamechanger, and there is no better example than Paris at the turn of the 20th century.
7 September 2019
Matilde Damele creates screenprints on black plastic bin bags, screenprints of migrants on bold backgrounds painted with house paints named after the positivity and stability they are not afforded, birdcages housing a variety of found and bought objects
For three years, artists Chris Simpson and Jude Cowan Montague have been curating a two-week residency during the second two weeks in August in the Italian mountain town of Atina in Frosinone, Lazio. We get a lot of support from the community who are delighted to see contemporary culture in their ancient town The residency […]
2 September 2019
Summer is over, but there is much to look forward to this Autumn. Here is the Artlyst guide to twelve exhibitions not to miss opening Autumn 2019.
William Hood, when writing of Fra Angelico at San Marco, noted that the ‘translucent surfaces’ of the architecture ‘shimmer in the soft currents of light gliding over from just outside’.
Micky Johnson is a Musician, Entrepreneur, and Gallerist. He is also an enthusiastic collector of British Contemporary Art.
When someone attacked Michelangelo’s Pieta with a hammer in the 1970s, the sculpture was severely damaged. It was restored and put back on display at the Vatican. A few years later a paranoid schizophrenic slashed Rembrandt’s masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ putting a gaping hole in the canvas with a bread knife, at the Rijksmuseum.
30 July 2019
The enthusiasm for this cartoon character runs through the arts and writing community internationally. Moomin is not just for children.
Pipoca (Paola de Ramos) invited me to participate in an art exhibition and residency at Hirvitalo, Pispala, Tampere, Finland in July 2019, the theme – Tavaissa – ‘in the sky’. As part of this summer experience
20 July 2019
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, a special exhibition, ‘Queen Victoria’s Palace’ is launched at this year’s Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace (20 July – 29 September 2019). The display will tell the story of how the young monarch turned an unloved royal residence into the centre of the social, cultural and official life of the country.
The unassuming Hunterian Gallery in Glasgow, perched next to the University library, houses stunning paintings by the Glasgow Boys (and Girls) and the Scottish Colourists, and very occasionally plays host to international exhibitions that would cause any art connoisseur’s eyes to bulge.
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.
4 July 2019
Summer has finally arrived in the UK so if you’re planning on heading out of London, Artlyst has put together a list of twelve exhibitions to see around the UK. Don’t miss the Keith Haring extravaganza at Tate Liverpool; major sculpture exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park including David Smith and Damien Hirst as part of Yorkshire Sculpture International; seaside photography at Turner Contemporary and painting shows galore from early 20th century masters such as Vuillard to contemporary giants Bridget Riley and Paula Rego and historical exhibitions such as Last Supper in Pompeii at the Ashmolean.