8 December 2021

Arcadia: Grove Square Galleries The Marchioness of Bath Beckons – Simon Tarrant 

The first black Marchioness in British history – beckoned the art world last week to a charity art auction hosted by London’s latest art house, Grove Square Galleries.

5 December 2021

Diasporan Identities: Life Between Islands Caribbean British Art – Tate Britain – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Stirring it up or creolisation is taken by this exhibition as a defining characteristic of British Caribbean artists.

2 December 2021

Chris Gollon: Gimme Some Wine – IAP Fine Art – Mary Rose Beaumont

Gollon’s work should be seen in the context of North European  Painting. He is heir to the tradition which produced painters such as Breughel and Bosch

30 November 2021

Lubaina Himid: So Many Competing Ideas Tate Modern – Sue Hubbard

She’s the oldest artist to have won the Turner Prize (she is now 67). Born in Zanzibar, Lubaina Himid returned

29 November 2021

Paula Rego: An Intimate Look – Victoria Miro

The artwork of Paula Rego, whose career spans an impressive half-century, has been largely informed by her childhood in Portugal, the tension of her conservative upbringing with the looser morals of her London experience at the Slade school of art, and her relationship with her parents.

20 November 2021

Damien Hirst A Mass Floral Tribute – Fondation Cartier Paris – Lee Sharrock

It came as a surprise to learn that ‘Cerisiers en Fleurs’ (‘Cherry Blossoms’) is Damien Hirst’s museum exhibition in France

20 November 2021

Isamu Noguchi: Socially Engaged Art – Barbican Centre – Revd Jonathan Evens

Isamu Noguchi thought art should improve the way people live and believed sculpture could ‘be a vital force in our everyday life.

16 November 2021

Pablo Bronstein: A This-World Vision Of Hell – Revd Jonathan Evens

The work and practice of Pablo Bronstein addresses two common misconceptions. The first concerns art and is to do with the perception that the contemporary art world no longer teaches, values or rewards the traditional skills of drawing. 

9 November 2021

Laura Knight Documenting A Long Forgotten Britain – Sara Faith

Through its latest exhibition, Laura Knight MK Gallery hopes that a new generation will discover the work of this artist

3 November 2021

Bosco Sodi: In The Beginning Of Wisdom – Revd Jonathan Evens

The Konig Gallery. This is an appropriate space for the display of Bosco Sodi’s work which is taken from the ground and made on the ground.

26 October 2021

Women in Abstraction / Alice Neel People Come First – Guggenheim Bilbao – Paul Carter Robinson

Two exceptional touring exhibitions have converged at the Guggenheim Bilbao, one from the Centre Pompidou titled ‘Women in Abstraction’. The other is a retrospective exhibition of the New York figurative painter Alice Neel titled, ‘People Comer First’.

23 October 2021

Lucy McKenzie Master Of Trompe-l’œil Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz 

It’s a challenging and wonderful exhibition by a woman artist, Lucy McKenzie, Glasgow born, Brussels – based

23 October 2021

George Condo Lockdown Works Hauser & Wirth – Revd Jonathan Evens

There is an explosion of paint at Hauser & Wirth in the latest exhibition by George Condo. The energies of emergence and encounter surge…

19 October 2021

Theaster Gates Clay As A Profound Metaphor – Revd Jonathan Evens

In the beginning, there was Clay. Clay was without form. Thus begins Theaster Gates’ ‘A Clay Sermon’,

19 October 2021

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Cristina Iglesias Unveils Sea Cave (Entrance) Installation At Malta’s MICAS Art Weekend

Malta’s MICAS International Art Weekend 2021 has witnessed the unveiling of a stunning new sculpture by the artist Cristina Iglesias.

17 October 2021

Reflection A Journey Through Sunlight The Cello Factory Review

One of the notable characteristics of The Cello Factory is its copious natural light making it the perfect space for the “Reflection” exhibition, and the show has unique qualities that set it apart. Many of the works aim to intrigue the visitor through their surfaces and colours changing as one’s viewpoint moves, while others transform according to the changing light in the gallery and some do both.

10 October 2021

Mark Rothko: Mesmerising And Intimate Works On Paper – Revd Jonathan Evens

Among Mark Rothko’s artistic philosophies, he held that painting was a deeply psychological and spiritual experience

8 October 2021

Farsad Labbauf Revisiting Fragments and Entities – Isa Freeling

Do not miss Artist Farsad Labbauf’s new show ‘Revisiting Fragments and Entities’, which opened recently in Chelsea at Roya Khadjavi Projects

5 October 2021

Duncan Grant An Enigmatic Bohemian Rhapsody – Marina Vaizey

The artist Duncan Grant (1885-1978) was a charismatic, much-loved central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, a collection of friends, including the writer Virginia Woolf, the critic Clive Bell, the painter Vanessa Bell – Virginia’s sister – and the deeply influential economist and writer Maynard Keynes that has fascinated scholars and readers for decades. Their intertwined relationships and sexualities, not to mention intellectual and artistic achievements, have proved of lasting fascination from the latter half of the 20th century and on into the present, with an ever-growing audience nourished by academic studies, major biographies, popular books and exhibitions.

2 October 2021

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Turner Prize 2021: A Collective Experience – Sue Hubbard

In a year dominated by the pandemic, it was decided not to award the Turner Prize to an individual but to a collective.

1 October 2021

The Last Temptation of Christo – L’Arc de Triomphe: Wrapped – James Payne

James Payne has been to Paris to see Christo’s wrapping of L’Arc de Triomphe.

Napoléon’s monument to himself has been turned into a memento mori for our times, and Le petit caporal would not have approved.

28 September 2021

Emily Speed: Body Architecture Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz

Emily Speed’s new exhibition at Tate Liverpool is based upon the human body and related very much so to architecture.

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.