23 December 2016


The Art World NOW – Deconstructing The Avant-Garde By Edward Lucie-Smith

During the last few years, the world of contemporary art has undergone a number of drastic changes, which many leading participants seem extremely reluctant to acknowledge.

19 December 2016


Art Impacted – A Radical Response To Radicalisation By Revd Jonathan Evens

We face the world in which it appears ever more likely that a Clash of Civilisations will be played out on the world stage, potentially with weapons of mass destruction, as the axis of the world appears to have shifted significantly in this year of political shocks.

21 November 2016


The Art Of The Firing Squad: Execution Expressed In Painting

In art, the firing squad is composed as much in time as it is in space; in these first words of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, we encounter a plethora of narrative potential for past future heroism.

6 November 2016


Was Caravaggio A Good Christian? By Revd Jonathan Evens St Stephen Walbrook

Caravaggio – “What a man! What a painter, but what a man and what a believer.” Those are the words of François Bousquet, Rector of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, the church which, in the stunning Contarelli Chapel, houses the magnificent paintings which formed Caravaggio’s first major commission and made his reputation. Bousquet makes his assertion in the introductory film […]

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. […]

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 – […]

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 […]

21 October 2015


OPINION: Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower Dismaland-Style Disappointment

In light of Anish Kapoor’s Olympic Park ArcelorMittal Orbit tower losing £520,000 in 2014-15, burning through £10,000 every week, Artlyst thought it would re-evaluate Kapoor’s towering work. The sculpture/tower, was funded by the ArcelorMittal steel company to the tune of £16 million received £3 million in public funds It opened in 2012 as an observation […]

15 October 2015


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 […]

6 October 2015


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 September 2015


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 […]

9 July 2015


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 […]

22 June 2015


Richard Prince: Images Appropriated – Copyright Artlyst 2015 All Rights Reserved

Gagosian Gallery Davies Street is currently showing Richard Prince: New Portraits, a collection of appropriated images pulled from unsuspecting Instagramers accounts, including provocative ‘selfies’ and pseudo-glamour shots that decorate the walls of the gallery. The artist has continued his long-standing practice of appropriating images without permission to create his art, in this instance selling the […]

19 June 2015


Richard Prince: Instagram Art – Is Appropriation Art Appropriate?

The famed American artist Richard Prince is in the news again for his particular practice of appropriation, and as usual questions of copyright infringement have dominated the dialogue surrounding the works on sites such as Business Insider. Prince pulls the photographs from the Instagram pages of his subjects, which is in fact the digital version […]

14 June 2015


Visual Arts Overlooked On Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015

The Queens Birthday Honours list has again snubbed the Visual Arts. This is the second time since 2015 began, with the New Years Honours List thin on rewarding the Visual Arts sector, despite considerable cultural accomplishments. It is truly astounding that not one noted British visual artist has been presented with an order of chivalry in this […]

11 June 2015


Roger Hiorns In Race To Bury Boeing Aircraft Before Swiss Rival

The Turner Prize nominated artist Roger Hiorns plans to bury a jumbo jet for a site-specific installation near Birmingham. Meanwhile the Swiss artist Christoph Büchel has a similar plan in progress. Great minds think alike, perhaps they should collaborate? No this is heading for the biggest aviation competition since the ‘Space Race’ Mr Hiorns decommissioned plane will be installed […]

29 May 2015


Hoxton Artists: Redevelopment Or The Devolution Of Cultural Wealth

A decent studio space is hard enough to acquire in London but now it seems it’s also hard to hold on to it. Artists at the Cremer Street Studios have recently been told to sign letter in support for the destruction of their own working environment, yes you read that correctly. The group of over […]

10 May 2015


Blight Or Beauty: Steve Messam’s Red PaperBridge Unveiled In Lake District

Does art add anything to places of natural beauty? It seems to be popular at the moment for site specific art to interact with the landscape. Many well known artists such as Richard Serra have tried their hand at enhancing beauty spots, but is it successful? The subject needs to be addressed and the public needs to ask the fundamental question […]

4 May 2015


The Turin Shroud: From Cathedral To White Cube?

The Turin Shroud, one of Christianity’s most celebrated and hotly-debated relics, is back on display to the public for the first time in half a decade.More than one million people have already booked their tickets to see the piece of linen that devotees believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Many devoted individuals […]

3 May 2015


Art Interventions In The Natural World: An Outmoded Act Of Vanity?

After the recent arrest of Marco Evaristti in Iceland, when local landowners accused him of vandalism after the Danish-Chilean artist dyed the Strokkur geyser pink, Artlyst questions the morality of the artist appropriating nature as a canvas. Was this act a harmless intervention? or is it a signifier of our ever-growing dislocation from the natural […]

24 April 2015


Francis Bacon: Sketching And The Skeleton In The Cupboard

I remember viewing the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon: Working on Paper’, at Tate Britain in February 1999 with some scepticism. Bacon claimed that he never did preparatory work, didn’t draw, or make sketches before beginning work on one of his visceral creations. I really believed that these alleged snippets into Bacon’s apparently illicit practice of sketching […]

22 April 2015


Artnapping: Should Museums Pay The Ransom Or Lose The Art?

In 2013 Van Buuren Museum, Brussels, suffered a robbery in which several works of art were stolen from its collection; including ‘The Thinker’ (1907) by Dutch painter Kees van Dongen, estimated at a replacement value of €1.2 million, or over £861,000. Other works stolen in this audacious and swift art heist included a painting by […]

10 April 2015


Tate’s Chris Dercon Rumoured Resignation NPG’s Sandy Nairne Bows Out

Artlyst is not normally one for conspiracy theories, but we have noticed an alarming trend with the seeming exodus of London’s leading museum directors. This includes the resignation of Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, Dr. Nicolas Penny retiring from the National Gallery, and Director Penelope Curtis resigning from Tate Britain – everyone […]

1 April 2015


Rembrandt vs Damien Hirst The Art And The Ego

Rembrandt, unlike Vermeer who made extraordinary universes out of small rooms in the provincial town of Delft, needed to leave his native Leiden for Amsterdam in order to drape his sitters in exotic costumes and enjoy the worldly benefits that his remarkable talent afforded him. Slowly, from clean, crisp portraits and history paintings, atmosphere crept […]

25 March 2015


New Copyright Law Threatening To Put Artists And Publishers Behind Bars Is An Act Of Censorship

In light of recent decisions in the courts regarding the appropriation and use of images in works of art, that saw the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans found guilty of copyright infringement – after losing a legal battle in his home country over the alleged plagiarism concerning a portrait the artist created in 2011 – and […]

16 March 2015


Gustave Courbet Case: Facebook Revises Rules Over Banned Content

Facebook has unveiled a revised and extended version of its “community standards” – the rule book through which the company governs what is acceptable material uploaded to the site by its 1.4 billion users; expanding the categories that it deems as unacceptable content, further clarifying what regular users worldwide are NOT allowed to upload and […]

11 March 2015


Is Damien Hirst Recruiting Photo-realist Painters To Boost His Flagging Paintings?

Damien Hirst’s company Science UK LTD, has placed an advert for photo-realist painters. The ad, posted on the Jobs section of the Guardian, lists the following requirements for any applicant: “Experience of working with oil paint necessary, good colour matching skills, and attention to detail are essential for this position. Candidates must have a BA […]

4 March 2015


New UK Public Artworks Under Threat After The Demise Of The Paolozzi Arches

After the recent revelation that the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road station, were not destroyed by Transport for London, but in fact covertly spirited away to a storage facility in Norfolk – an act of seeming subterfuge, potentially allowing TFL the freedom to sell the work without the prying eyes of […]

3 March 2015


Eduardo Paolozzi Mosaic Arches Were Not Destroyed By TFL, But Stored

After the recent seeming destruction of the iconic Eduardo Paolozzi mosaic arches at Tottenham Court Road station, by Transport for London – an act that Artlyst believed to be one of the greatest acts of cultural vandalism in recent memory – It would now appear that the iconic work was in fact removed to a […]

27 February 2015


Art Museums Miss Out As Culture Secretary Announces £3m In Grants

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today, while visiting the Canal & River Trust’s Gloucester Waterways Museum that 25 museums across the length and breadth of England will benefit from grants worth £3 million. Only five of these institutions are Art Museums which include the V&A, Ashmolean, National Museums Liverpool, Wave Wolverhampton and The Birmingham Museum […]

12 February 2015


Damien Hirst Celebrates Valentine’s Day But It Breaks Our Hearts

Damien Hirst is celebrating Valentine’s Day in the form of a pop-up exhibition at Paul Stolper, presenting LOVE, an exhibition of prints and sculptural editions by the artist. The exhibition will run over Valentine’s Day, and focuses exclusively on the theme of love. The exhibition includes ‘LOVE Gold’, a portfolio of love-heart prints, each foil […]