19 September 2021

Rebound Ramblings: New York City Art Week 2021 RoundUp – Ilka Scobie

With major as well as offbeat art fairs, ranging from the Armory at the massive Javits Center (where I last went for my Covid vaccination) to tiny storefronts selling transgressive signage

16 September 2021

Brash Is Beautiful – Yinka Saves The Day At Royal Academy Summer Show

Held every year since the Summer Exhibition is the world’s oldest submission exhibition with works selected and hung by Academicians.

16 September 2021

International Autumn Art Exhibition Reviews – Revd Jonathan Evens

Periodic reviews of exhibitions around the globe can highlight a range of work in a range of styles in many different galleries.

4 September 2021

The Lost Leonardo Film Review by James Payne

James Payne reviews the new film “The Lost Leonardo” directed by Andreas Koefed and encounters a thrilling journey through the murky world of art.

27 August 2021

Mark Woods An Uncanny And Taboo World – James Payne

James Payne explores the curious world of Mark Woods in his exhibition Absorption at Cross Lane Projects, Kendal.

17 August 2021

Roger Cecil: A Once In A Generation Welsh Painter – Revd Jonathan Evens

Aged 21, after just one week, Roger Cecil walked away from his scholarship at the Royal College of Art to make art on his own terms at home in Abertillery.

13 August 2021

Tino Sehgal: Location, Nature And Pandemic – Blenheim Palace – Revd Jonathan Evens

The female participant in Tino Sehgal’s ‘Kiss’ is stretched out on the floor, head arched, looking back, as her partner moves in slow motion

26 July 2021

Lucian Freud: Real Lives In Focus Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz  

Lucian Freud – Real Lives is the first exhibition of his work in the North West for thirty years. Widely regarded as a master of modern…

26 July 2021

Edge to Edge The Cello Factory Review by Simon Streather

Edge to Edge features artists who use hard edges of some kind in their work but who are not necessarily defined by them. Simon Streather takes a closer look at the artists in this show.

20 July 2021

Michael Armitage And The Power Of Art – Royal Academy – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Meek Gichugu’s No Erotic Them Say, included in this show, traumatised the imagination of Michael Armitage as a child.

11 July 2021

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Sidney Nolan: Colour of the Sky – Auschwitz Paintings – Revd Jonathan Evens

The Australian modernist Sidney Nolan was among those responding in this way, but his responses have remained unseen and unappreciated within his archive until very recently.

8 July 2021

Paula Rego Ambiguous Persuasive and Subversive Tate Britain – Marina Vaizey

Paula Rego (b 1935) is an artist who is vividly expressive and imaginative in her use of colour deployed in the service of brilliantly choreographed compositions.

6 July 2021

Judy Chicago Unleashes Her New Autobiography – Edward Lucie-Smith

The dust-jacket of this handsome new book proclaims that ‘Judy Chicago is America’s most dynamic living artist’.

3 July 2021

Climate Art Residencies Unveiled At Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Late, as often can be the case with our timetable, we arrived at Bridge Point Rye creative arts centre at a deserted exhibition.

28 June 2021

Rachel Kneebone: A Complex Tableau Of Organic And Geometric Forms – Revd Jonathan Evens

Rachel Kneebone, “I am excited and delighted to be showing 399 Days in the YSP Chapel, a space that resonates in a special way with my work

11 June 2021

Cacophony: Four Iranian Artists AB-ANBAR Cromwell Place – Sue Hubbard

Few in the West will have been to Tehran. We are either likely to think of an exotic Persia full of sultans and hareems

9 June 2021

Barbara Hepworth: Symbols Of Art & Life – Hepworth Wakefield – Revd Jonathan Evens

Looking back on her work, Hepworth identified three important sculptural forms to which she continually returned.

9 June 2021

Rodin: Suffering And Conflict – Tate Modern – Revd Jonathan Evens

To stage a major Rodin exhibition in 2021, the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante is particularly appropriate …

3 June 2021

Modern British Artists At The Beach Hastings Contemporary – Jude Cowan Montague

Jude Cowan Montague explores Seaside Modern: Art and Life on the Beach at Hastings Contemporary.

27 May 2021

David Hockney: Sequentially Spring Royal Academy – Marina Vaizey

David Hockney is, for a variety of reasons, a British National Treasure. Why? It is stunningly evident in the special exhibition of paintings done last year, which explores, sequentially, the arrival of spring unfurling over three months in his four-acre garden in rural France.

24 May 2021

Eileen Agar: A Surrealist Trailblazer Whitechapel Gallery – Sue Hubbard

As a new young arts writer, I once went to Eileen Agar’s flat in Kensington. I honestly didn’t know who she was at that time. The flat was quite conventional, except for a few collages on the walls and her famous Bouillabaisse hat – constructed of cork and decorated with a large orange plastic flower, a blue plastic star, assorted shells, glass beads and starfish – sitting on a stand.

20 May 2021

Ryoji Ikeda And Matthew Barney The End Of Silence – James Payne

James Payne embraces the end of silence after months of lockdown in two new exhibitions: Ryoji Ikeda at 180 The Strand and Matthew Barney at the Hayward Gallery.

16 May 2021

Model Maquette Scale Illusion and Space at The Cello Factory – Simon Streather

The exhibition ‘Model Maquette’ arrives in a protracted time of pandemic fright, a time when most people’s worlds have literally shrunk. Suggestions of either imaginative flight or claustrophobia become all the more poignant.

12 May 2021

Tony Cragg Imposing And Authoritative Houghton Hall – Marina Vaizey 

Tony Cragg is the latest artist to be featured in the magnificent grounds of Houghton Hall, Norfolk this Spring and Summer.

25 April 2021

Archie Brennan At Dovecot Studios Edinburgh. – Shockingly Overdue! – Clare Henry

Archie Brennan was a creative genius and pioneer who transformed tapestry from a method of slavish, rigid reproduction, replication and restriction into one of innovation, imagination, immediacy and wit.

21 April 2021

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Rachel Whiteread: A Beguiling New Exhibition At Gagosian – Marina Vaizey

The Gagosian Gallery on Grosvenor Hill is a subtly magnificent slab of grey. particularly appropriate for the art of Rachel Whiteread.

20 April 2021

Martin Wong and Aaron Gilbert P.P.O.W. Review Ilka Scobie

Art created during a crisis can be a powerful catharsis for both artist and audience. P.P.O.W presents two artists.

15 April 2021

London Art Exhibitions Are Back – Paul Carey-Kent

Paul Carey-Kent is back on the London Gallery trail with some exciting offerings for April and May this Spring.

28 March 2021

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Architectural Envelopes: The Modern Art Museum – Charles Saumarez Smith

The underlying momentum of this remarkable and provocatively thoughtful book, The Art Museum in Modern Times by Charles Saumarez Smith

24 March 2021

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KAWS: Reinventing Appropriation Brooklyn Museum – Raphy Sarkissian

Upon entering the Brooklyn Museum to view “Kaws: What Party”, the visitor is confronted by a colossal and strikingly iconic sculpture

18 March 2021

Arthur Jafa: The Art Of Cutting And Pasting – Revd Jonathan Evens

Since childhood, Jafa has cut pictures out of books and magazines, pasting them into new contexts. Black potention is an awareness.

11 March 2021

Kati Vilim: Optical and Tactile ─ Raphy Sarkissian

Kati Vilim’s work is seemingly weightless so as to float off into the ether, planar surfaces intercept and overlap, at once asserting the flatness of the canvas and transfiguring abstraction into illusions of solid bodies.