Gabriel J. Shuldiner: The Poetry of Black — Raphy Sarkissian

“Can there be a more hypnotic colour than black?” is a question that impulsively arises when we encounter a work by Gabriel J. Shuldiner

14 February 2021

A New York Gallery Field Trip February 2021 – Ilka Scobie

A wave of cautious optimism motivated me to hit the frigid downtown streets. Luckily, this gallery field trip coincided…

31 January 2021

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Lakwena Maciver: Review-Interview Hastings Contemporary – Revd Jonathan Evens

Born in 1986 to an English mother and a Ugandan father, Lakwena Maciver studied graphic design at the London College of Communications, graduating in 2009.

26 January 2021

Sean Scully: Geometry as Gesture as Perception  – Raphy Sarkissian

A momentous exhibition staged at the Museum of Fine Arts—Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, “Sean Scully: Passenger—A Retrospective” celebrates

21 January 2021

Made in USA Ed Ruscha An American Perspective – Revd Jonathan Evens

Ed Ruscha: OKLA at Oklahoma Contemporary is the first exhibition to examine Ruscha’s work within the context of those formative years in Oklahoma

14 January 2021

Robert Smithson: The Archetypal Nature Of Things – Revd Jonathan Evens

Robert Smithson explores interests in cartography, geology, architectural ruins, prehistory, philosophy and religion.

17 December 2020

Aliza Nisenbaum: Portraits That Subvert Traditions – Tate Liverpool Alice Lenkiewicz

Aliza Nisenbaum is a painter, living and working in New York. Describing herself as torn between wanting to be a social worker or a painter

16 December 2020

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Lets The Paint Tell The Story – James Payne

Fly In League With The Night, at Tate Britain covers Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s work from her graduation in 2003 to the present day, with some paintings made during lockdown. 

12 December 2020

Cosmic Patches And Quilts Five Exhibitions – Revd Jonathan Evans

‘Here as in Heaven’ is the title of Ndidi Emefiele’s current exhibition, a body of work representing the artist’s philosophical attempt to understand the tragic death of her sister.

10 December 2020

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Billy Childish: The Timeless Present – Neugerriemschneider Berlin – Edward Lucie-Smith

Billy Childish has been around a long time. He is not only an artist but a poet and a composer of music.

3 December 2020

Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch Exploring The Inner Self – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tracey Emin is one of the two major survivors from the so-called YBA (Young British Artists) Group that made such a lot of noise in the 1990s.

25 November 2020

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Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford Present Visual Culture Throughout History – Edward Lucie-Smith

The big new Thames & Hudson book Shaping the World, by Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford, turns out to be a good deal better than the truly appalling plug for it recently published in The Sunday Times’ Culture Magazines, but it still exhibits a few problems.

19 November 2020

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Joseph Wright of Derby A New Book By Matthew Craske – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new book on Joseph Wright of Derby by Matthew Craske is a massive tome. Published by the Paul Mellon Center for British Art, it is entirely worthy of the artist’s high reputation.

8 November 2020

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Niki Gorick: What Actually Exists – Edward Lucie Smith

Visual art continues to flourish, despite the imminence of winter, in open-air city spaces.

3 November 2020

Maggi Hambling: Powerful Often Sinister Paintings – Edward Lucie-Smith

Now in her mid-70s. Maggi Hambling is a senior figure in British art. She doesn’t have much presence abroad

1 November 2020

Zanele Muholi Explores A Black Queer And Trans South Africa – Sue Hubbard

“I am re-writing a Black Queer and Trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our existence, resistance and persistence” -Zanele Muholi

29 October 2020

JMW Turner: Narrating A Modern World – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

There can be no doubt that the new show devoted to Turner at Tate Britain is a meaty affair. The gallery is fortunate in the fact that a great deal of Turner’s legacy is in its own possession, and that other British galleries also own important examples of his work. In present circumstances, with the coronavirus still raging, this will have saved the organisers a great deal of trouble.

26 October 2020

Navigating Downtown NYC Galleries During A Pandemic Autumn 2020 – Ilka Scobie

As museums and galleries open to eager viewers, I took the easy way out and have only ventured to walking distance galleries. Luckily, this limited geography includes four stellar downtown shows.

18 October 2020

Bruce Nauman, Damien’s New Show And Painter Mark Edwards – London Autumn Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

In the midst of the chaos in the London art world caused by the current pandemic an artist occasionally shows up who seems serenely separated from the ongoing turmoil.

11 October 2020

Everyday Heroes: Southbank Exhibition Celebrates Low-paid Key Workers

How to celebrate the continuing vital and sacrificial contribution of key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic? Clap for Carers united the nation early on in lockdown but was thought to have become politicised and was vulnerable to the criticism that it distracted attention from a necessary focus on the low wages paid to many care workers.

11 October 2020

Entwining Spiritualism And Art – Three Shows – Revd Jonathan Evens

Once upon a time in modernism, the interlacing of art and religion was rendered invisible. Art was not just for art’s sake but was exclusively about art. For Clement Greenberg and his followers, art that was pure and autonomous was art that was self-critical and self-defining.

8 October 2020

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Sin At The National Gallery Dreamsongs Colnaghi – Edward Lucie-Smith

In present circumstances, both public and private galleries have had to think hard about what is practical and within their reach to do. Sometimes they come up with curiously similar solutions. This is the case with two shows that have just opened in London – one at the National Gallery and the other at Colnaghi in St James’s.

8 October 2020

Royal Academy’s Free Of Bombast Summer/ Winter Exhibition  – Sue Hubbard

The Royal Academy Summer Show has an unbroken record. Still, this year, due to the pandemic, it’s being held in the winter rather than the summer

1 October 2020

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Artemisia Gentileschi Exhibition Opens At London’s National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition has opened at the National Gallery at long last. It is accompanied by a handsome, fully illustrated hardcover catalogue. The hassle is that you have to book your slot to see it.

16 September 2020

Some Fresh Blood: New London Grads Saatchi Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

London Grads Now, the new show currently on view at the Saatchi Gallery, won’t be with us for long. It is due to close on 25 September.

13 September 2020

Quentin Blake and Victor Pasmore A Discursive Conversational Piece – Jude Cowan Montague

Quentin Blake and Victor Pasmore Hastings Contemporary: I’m standing for the first time inside the Hastings Contemporary

30 July 2020

Ai Weiwei A Disturbing History Of Bombs IWM Marina Vaizey

Ai Weiwei IWM: History of Bombs. Little Boy, Fat Man, Daisy Cutter, Snake Eye, Grand Slam, Tomahawk, Tsar Boba, are seemingly innocuous even childlike labels for toys or games. But they are seared into the historic memory and are the actually terrifying, curious official nicknames of objects that are weapons in wars of mass destruction and attrition. The first two are those of the 1945 atomic bombs unleashed on Japan. Daisy Cutter (1970) did just that, flattening swathes through the forests of Vietnam.

27 July 2020

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Anish Kapoor Country House Splendour – Stuart Semple

Anish Kapoor Houghton Hall Norfolk:  Have you ever felt like you want to ring your mum to tell her you think you might have left an important part of your brain somewhere in a field in Norfolk? Well, this whole experience is a bit like that!

19 July 2020

Wartime London Explored in Paintings – Marina Vaizey

London was never invaded, but London has been at war. The look of London during the Blitz and after is captured in this marvel of a picture book, Wartime London in Paintings by Suzanne Bardgett, which reminds us of the superb collections of Modern British art held at the Imperial War Museum.

16 July 2020

Anish Kapoor Bringing Heaven To Earth – Houghton Hall – James Payne

“Anish Kapoor is a magician,” says Lord Cholmondeley in his introduction to this exhibition. His ancestral seat, Houghton Hall is presenting the largest ever exhibition of outdoor sculptures by Kapoor, including stone pieces he has been making for 25 years but never shown in the UK. Quite a coup for Cholmondeley who it seems has pulled off some magic of his own.

13 July 2020

Revisiting the Decameron – Flowers Gallery Online – Edward Lucie-Smith

An online show called Revisiting the Decameron, curated by Laura Gascoigne, has recently gone up on the Flowers Gallery web-site. It runs until 9th of August.

11 July 2020

Sean Scully: Rhythm, Restraint, Splendor – Raphy Sarkissian

Painting, sculpture, architecture: here is a triumvirate wherein painting and sculpture remain in commanding dialogue with architecture throughout the impressive output of Sean Scully, as exemplified in the exhibition titled INSIDEOUTSIDE currently on view at the Villa Waldfrieden and the Cragg Foundation Sculpture Park in Wuppertal