19 July 2022

Allora Festival Of Art And Cinema Puglia – Virginie Puertolas-Syn

I was delighted to attend the first edition of the Allora festival (Art & Cinema) in Ostuni, Puglia, which took place at the end of June, not only as an Art lover but also as a Puglia lover.

Channeling Andrew Wyeth: Jeffery Becton And Andrea Hamilton Between Two Worlds – The Poetics of Coastal Places

It is a work that has deeply influenced the practice of countless artists, in particular fine art photographer Jeffery Becton.

2 July 2022

George Shaw: Reanimating The Post War Council Estate – Sue Hubbard

The British painter George Shaw embraced the liminal spaces of the council housing estate of his childhood to create paintings…

19 June 2022

Summer Art Shows In NYC Three Exhibitions Not To Miss – Ilka Scobie

Marina Adams What Are You Listening to? LGDR I first saw Marina Adams’ bold, beautiful abstractions in a 1998 show at the wonderful “Art in General. The group show,” Crossing Lines”, curated by Denyse Thomasos and

11 June 2022

Theaster Gates Black Chapel Serpentine Pavilion – Sue Hubbard

Built by the Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, a one-time urban planner turned artist, in collaboration with the award-winning British architect Sir David Adjaye OBE, Black Chapel sits somewhere between sculpture and architecture.

5 June 2022

Cornelia Parker A Conceptual And Sculptural Vision Tate Britain – Lee Sharrock

Cornelia Parker’s inaugural survey show in London spans a 35-year period, from the 1980s through to 2022…

2 June 2022

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Hew Locke And The Christian Roots Of Carnival – Tate Britain – Revd Jonathan Evens

The word carnival derives from Latin expressions meaning either to remove meat or say farewell to meat. These indicate the Christian roots of carnival which are to be found in the period leading up the fasts of Lent.

29 May 2022

Seafaring Hastings Contemporary A Symbiotic Experience – Jude Montague

In a stormy wind, the choppy waves of the Stade Hastings felt dangerous. No fishing boats could be seen out today on the lively sea, although the working beach was active with a few tidying up and taking care of things on land.

Steven Campbell Dressing Above Your Station Fashion And Textiles In His Work – Clare Henry

Fashion and Textiles in the Life and Work of the Artist Steven Campbell tells his story using the thread of his dramatic outfits.

23 May 2022

Les Lalanne, Schütte And Gursky London Spring Exhibition Highlights – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Les Lalanne, the late French wife and husband artistic duo, are the dreamers who re-enchant.

18 May 2022

Sensuous Sickert and Philpot Two Major UK Solo Exhibitions – Rev Jonathan Evens

The first major exhibition of Glyn Philpot R.A. (1884-1937) in almost 40 years is currently at Pallant House Gallery, while Tate Britain has the first major retrospective of Walter Sickert at Tate in over 60 years. The differences and similarities between these two artists whose careers overlapped are instructive.

9 May 2022

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Radical Landscapes: A Reaction To Nature – Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Radical Landscapes, but it went beyond my expectations. As usual, Tate Liverpool has developed a thought-provoking and in-depth exhibition on this subject.

4 May 2022

New York In Focus Whitney Biennial Plus Gallery Round-Up – Ilka Scobie 

The Whitney Biennial is big, sprawling across the entire museum, featuring 59 artists and bravura curation.

21 April 2022

London Art Fair 2022 A New Seriousness – Sue Hubbard

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the art world. Fairs have been cancelled, galleries closed and artists confined to their studios. The London Art Fair, which was supposed to have taken place in January, finally opened its doors on the 20th of April.

14 April 2022

13 April 2022

Auerbach Unseen An Unflinching Vision Newlands House Gallery – Claudia Barbieri Childs

Newlands House Gallery in Petworth, Sussex, is showing more than 65 paintings and smaller works on paper by Frank Auerbach,

11 April 2022

Raphael The Human And Divine – National Gallery – Rev Jonathan Evens

Raphael’s brief career shaped the course of Western culture like no other artist; this was so whether his work was affirmed or his influence rejected.

31 March 2022

Camille Pissarro Catalyst of Impressionism Ashmolean Museum – Nico Kos Earle

Upstairs, on the third floor of the Ashmolean, is a show that will quietly break your heart. Entitled Pissarro: Father of Impressionism (12 June 2022), this major exhibition of works drawn from the Ashmolean’s collections as well as international loans, spans Pissarro’s entire career.

28 March 2022

Damien Hirst The Visceral Reality Of Death – Revd Jonathan Evens

Everything Damien Hirst does is controversial, from the initial shock of the new – the sensation of the YBAs – through his use of assistants, his choice of materials, the ethics of his use of animals, the plagiarism claims, the claims and counterclaims of ‘bad art,’ through to the commercialism of his overall operation.

23 March 2022

Ali Cherri: Artist in Residence  National Gallery – Revd Jonathan Evens

Ali Cherri, as an artist growing up in Lebanon during the Civil War, embodying traumatic experiences of catastrophe and violence

19 March 2022

Maggi Hambling And Faith Ringgold The Matriarchs of March – Ilka Scobie

Women’s history month in New York City heralds two amazing women artists whose long inspirational careers are celebrations of feminism and creativity. Maggi Hambling Real-Time Marlborough Gallery Maggi Hambling suffered a heart attack last week on the eve of her first solo exhibition in New York.

16 March 2022

Ai Weiwei Juxtaposes Politics and Artefacts Kettle’s Yard – Lee Sharrock

Kettle’s Yard, part of the University of Cambridge, is the venue for a new exhibition of celebrated contemporary artist Ai Weiwei (born 1957, Beijing). Titled ‘The Liberty of Doubt’, the solo show curated by Andrew Nairne explores our perception of authenticity and truth and the value we place upon material things, which is very pertinent for the era of Fake News and disinformation that we are living through. 

13 March 2022

Audrey Flack Carlo Crivelli And Robert Indiana – March Diary – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Audrey Flack found her signature style during the 1960s. Originally an Abstract Expressionist, she moved through New Realism to Photorealism.

10 March 2022

Love Is In The (Open) Air Robert Indiana Sculpture YSP – James Payne

Even if you don’t know Robert Indiana’s name, you know his most popular work, LOVE. Cited as the most known artwork in the world, it is, in fact so famous that many people may not even realise it’s an artwork at all.

9 March 2022

A Look Inside The Artist’s Studio – Whitechapel Gallery

The artist’s studio is a timeless, complex space. A place where artists go to work, to think, providing both inspiration and comfort, as well as an actual physical place to go to create and experiment.

1 March 2022

Surrealism Outside The Usual Story – Tate Modern – Revd Jonathan Evens

Surrealism: Beyond Borders presents an expansive and hugely varied retelling of the story of Surrealism that challenges the Paris-centric traditional art history tale of its flourishing.

26 February 2022

Whistler’s Symphony In White Royal Academy

Walking into Whistler’s Woman in White exhibition, one does not know quite what to expect. After all, it is a bold choice to construct an exhibition based solely around one painting.

13 February 2022

Louise Bourgeois: Vision Of The Safe Womb – Hayward Gallery – Sue Hubbard

is a mythmaker and a storyteller. A chronicler of the self who has used her life to create narratives that speak of female desire

3 February 2022

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Van Gogh Self Portraits The Infinite And The Ordinary – Revd Jonathan Evens

In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent Van Gogh wrote, ‘I’d like to paint men or women with that je ne sais quoi of the eternal,

3 February 2022

NYC Gallery Scene Round-Up February 2022 – Ilka Scobie

Omicron’s on the decline, the snow is grey and slushy, and the city unveils eclectic and exciting art.

27 January 2022

Francis Bacon: Birth Copulation And Death – Royal Academy – Sue Hubbard

If there is one image that Bacon made his own above any other, it is the mouth contorted in a scream or grimace.

23 January 2022

Marvellous Icons: The London Jesuit Centre – Revd Jonathan Evans

The London Jesuit Centre and Farm Street Church currently have a marvellous exhibition of icons by Dr Irina Bradley, one of the leading iconographers in the UK.