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.

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