21 March 2019

Anne Imhof Sex Installation Opens At Tate Modern

A brand new large-scale commission by Anne Imhof has been unveiled at Tate Modern.

14 March 2019

Dead Artists Abound In New London Art Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment Tate Modern offers retrospective exhibitions of three very different artists – Bonnard (French), Franz West (Austrian) and Dorothea Tanning (American).

11 March 2019

Jeff Koons: Inflated Banality With An Impenetrable Surface – The Ashmolean – Paul Black

Jeff Koons has brought his blingy kitsch to the world’s oldest public gallery. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is presenting the master of hollow trinkets in an exhibition curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal and the artist himself.

9 March 2019

Henry Moore Helmet Heads Historic Armour And Modernism – Jude Cowan Montague

Henry Moore Helmet Heads: As an etcher, I have a long term interest in armour as one of the early applications of the process.

9 March 2019

Louis-Leopold Boilly And The 19th Century Parisian Bourgeoisie – Edward Lucie-Smith

Sometimes the dear old National Gallery here in London comes up with a nice surprise. Their new one-room, free entry exhibition is devoted to the work of the French painter Louis-Leopold Boilly, who lived from 1761 to 1845

3 March 2019

Ken Currie: Protest Defeat And Victory – Revd Jonathan Evens

Violence is to be found everywhere and at all times, even where people pretend that it does not exist. That is the argument made by Jacques Ellul, French philosopher, sociologist, lay theologian, professor, and noted Christian anarchist.

2 March 2019

The Renaissance Nude Exposed – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The RA’s new exhibition The Renaissance Nude, upstairs in the Sackler Wing of Burlington House, tackles an ambitious theme – the portrayal of the nude in Western art, from c. 1400 until the 1530s.

2 March 2019

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Dorothea Tanning The Doors of Perception – Tate Modern – Jude Cowan Montague

Dorothea Tanning is the artist, face hidden to me back then, who drew and painted a short series of paintings that I have loved since a child.

27 February 2019

Upcoming Curators Review Exhibitions at Annka Kultys / Cell Project Space

Exhibitions at Annka Kultys and Cell Project Space reviewed by upcoming curators who are students of Sarah Sparkes’ course How to be an Independent Curator course at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London.

27 February 2019

Franz West: Tate Modern And David Zwirner London – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Franz West show at Tate Modern, with a smaller spin-off at the London branch of Zwirner, the late artist’s long-time dealer, presents the critic with a series of dilemmas.

23 February 2019

Diane Arbus Street Of Secrets – Hayward Gallery – Sue Hubbard

My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been’ wrote the photographer Diane Arbus, the poor little rich Jewish girl who walked on the wild side.

21 February 2019

Phyllida Barlow vs Elizabethan Treasures – Edward Lucie-Smith

Phyllida Barlow has long been one of the heroines of the professional contemporary art establishment here in Britain

20 February 2019

Don McCullin A Major Retrospective – Tate Britain – Jude Cowan Montague

A major retrospective of the war photographer Don McCullin at Tate Britain showcases his images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria alongside pictures of poverty in the East End and working-class life in northern England. McCullin’s trajectory is key to the level of emotion that I feel when I see his landscapes There’s […]

20 February 2019

Is This Art Today? 4 London Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

A group of recently opened shows, very different from one another, raise questions about the direction the visual arts are now taking.

17 February 2019

Upcoming Curators Review Zabludowicz And New Art Projects London

Exhibitions at the Zabludowicz and New Art Projects reviewed by upcoming curators who are students of the How to be an Independent Curator course at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London.

16 February 2019

All the Rembrandts Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – Sue Hubbard

With his Bob Dylan mop of curls and pug nose, he looks every inch the rebellious teenager that he was.

7 February 2019

Tracey Emin: Personal Real And Imaginative – Jude Cowan Montague

I visited the white, white cube for the Emin show a day after the people-jammed preview opening. I’m a little allergic to crowds so rely on the Facebook grapevine for a feel of how sardine-packed the gallery felt. With queues stretching around the block.

6 February 2019

New London Exhibitions February 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

There’s a conflict of impulses in the art world just now. On the one hand, there is a desire to reflect what’s going on in society.

6 February 2019

Glasgow Exhibitions Winter 2019 – Clare Henry

GLASGOW’s reputation has risen & fallen over the years. 1990 saw a peak. The city is now in a trough.

31 January 2019

Bill Viola And Michelangelo A Fairground Magical Mystery Tour – Edward Lucie-Smith

The catalogue for the new Bill Viola show at the Royal Academy – also featuring a group of Michelangelo’s best, most finished drawings – is careful to point out that it is not really proposing a rivalry, or even a close kinship, between the two artists.

28 January 2019

Utopia Through Nostalgia The Koppel Project Hive – Jude Cowan Montague

Molly Brocklehurst curated this small group show to a grand idea that stems from her own work as a painter; to use art to examine the philosophical and existential reality of looking back at memory itself.

24 January 2019

Richard Pousette-Dart An Elegant Affair With A Covert Past – Edward Lucie-Smith

Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992) is now one of the less-clearly remembered of the New York Abstract Expressionists, especially here in the UK. He was however amply exhibited in America during his lifetime

21 January 2019

Pierre Bonnard: A French Painter Carrying Forward A Great Inheritance – Edward Lucie-Smith

Bonnard was one of those betwixt and between artists, part of the Modern Movement

18 January 2019

Rebecca Scott Beneath The Silk and Gloss – Jude Cowan Montague

Rebecca Scott’s huge oil paintings of defaced magazine pages: it’s a visceral exhibition by a confident painter, secure in her style, able to wow us with colour.

17 January 2019

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London Art Fair 2019 Returns With Solid Foundations – Sue Hubbard

The New Year revels are over. It’s January, and the art world is back to work. The first sign of this stirring is the London Art Fair 2019 that returns to the capital from 16-20 January.

16 January 2019

Lynette Yiadom Boakye In Lieu Of A Louder Love – Ilka Scobie

A couple of years after Lynette Yiadom Boakye dazzled New York with her solo show at the New Museum, she returns to the city with 35 new paintings.

15 January 2019

Mayfair’s Golden Oldies: Bernard Jacobson At 50 and Stephen Buckley @ Mayor Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Bernard Jacobson Gallery in the heart of London has had a long connection with artists’ prints and printmaking since it first opened its doors, on a different site to the current one, in 1969.

13 January 2019

Pailthorpe And Mednikoff The Birth of Psychorealism – Edward Lucie-Smith

This Christmas and New Year it was an exhibition at the sternly Modernist – yes, with a big M – De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea. The artists on view were not precisely contemporary: a strange half-forgotten pair called Grace Pailthorpe and Rueben Mednikoff.

9 January 2019

How Egon Schiele Became Egon Schiele – Fondation Louis Vuitton – Jude Cowan Montague

When I visited art college studios as a jealous English student in the 1980s, the cool, edgy artists had pictures of skinny, edgy women in tea shirts, naked.

7 January 2019

Irving Penn Paintings: A Kind Of Photographic Sub-Stratum – Edward Lucie-Smith

Irving Penn (1917-2009) was one of the great stars of 20th century American photography, at a time when the United States was becoming the world’s leader in this art form.

28 December 2018

Philip Colbert / Marshmallow Laser Feast – Saatchi Gallery- Review Edward Lucie-Smith

In the current context of London exhibitions, the unabashed rock-‘n’roll energy of the Philip Colbert Hunt Paintings’ show, recently opened upstairs at the Saatchi Gallery

28 December 2018

Jean-Michel Basquiat – Fondation Louis Vuitton – Review Jude Cowan Montague

Where are the black artists in the galleries? We think it’s bad now, what about during the 1980s? The early 1980s before Basquiat?