8 April 2019

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Global Art And The Cold War – John J Curley – Book Review – Edward Lucie-Smith

It is not often that one comes across a book on contemporary, or near contemporary, art that shifts one’s view of what it is, how it has developed, and that direction those developments are likely to take in future.

1 April 2019

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Recommended London Art Exhibitions April 2019 – Paul Carey-Kent

Shows To See: Up Now in London: Paul Carey-Kent gives us his focus on the London galleries and what to see for April 2019.

31 March 2019

John Kirby: The Torment Underlying The Civilised Facade – Revd Jonathan Evens

The art of painting is to still time and motion. As a result, the moment at which the artist chooses to freeze time is of real significance. The moments selected by John Kirby are those that reveal dis-ease.

28 March 2019

Passionate About Drawing: Roger Malbert Unveils Hand Drawn Action Packed – Clare Henry

For 34 years the wonderful Roger Malbert headed up Hayward Gallery Touring, overseeing literally thousands of contemporary art exhibitions that toured to public galleries & museums outside London & were seen each year by half a million folk in over 45 places. An amazing career, & a hard act to follow.

28 March 2019

Vincent Van Gogh His Very British Legacy – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tate Britain has one very good reason to offer us a Vincent Van Gogh show, which is that it is sure to raise attendances at an institution fighting to get them.

27 March 2019

Sorolla: National Gallery And Mike Nelson – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two shows have just opened at major London institutions –Sorolla at the National Gallery and Mike Nelson at Tate Britain. Different as they are, they both give one cause to reflect on the current situation in British art. Indeed, about what is happening to British culture in general.

27 March 2019

Anne Imhof: The World As A Durational Techno Sex Performance

After catching only the last few moments of the atmospheric Faust (2017) at the 57th Venice Biennale, I was excited to discover that Anne Imhof was this year’s BMW Tate Live commissioned artist.

26 March 2019

Liliane Tomasko: Mapping The Human Psyche – Kerlin Gallery Dublin

In Liliane Tomasko’s current exhibition at Kerlin Gallery, the veil between the conscious and unconscious world is swept away.

Paris Exhibitions March 2019 – Zoltan Alexander

Taking the last glimpse of freedom of our united Europe before the grand departure of Britain, (if ever), I went to Paris for precisely 30 hours to visit a handful of exhibitions everyone is talking about.

21 March 2019

Anne Imhof Sex Installation Opens At Tate Modern

A brand new large-scale commission by Anne Imhof has been unveiled at Tate Modern.

19 March 2019

Archaeologies Charlie Smith London – Davina Jackson Pontone – Edward Lucie-Smith

Two of the most consistent of these in terms of quality are Charlie Smith London, situated above a pub in Shoreditch; and the Pontone Gallery, just a step away from Sloane Square. Both of these galleries have just opened slightly unexpected shows.

17 March 2019

David Salle, Martin Parr and William Monk Kick Off The Spring Gallery Season – Edward Lucie-Smith

The London exhibition scene is currently so enamoured with dead avant-gardists that it was a pleasure to see work by the well-established American artist David Salle (b. 1954)

14 March 2019

Dead Artists Abound In New London Art Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment Tate Modern offers retrospective exhibitions of three very different artists – Bonnard (French), Franz West (Austrian) and Dorothea Tanning (American).

11 March 2019

Jeff Koons: Inflated Banality With An Impenetrable Surface – The Ashmolean – Paul Black

Jeff Koons has brought his blingy kitsch to the world’s oldest public gallery. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is presenting the master of hollow trinkets in an exhibition curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal and the artist himself.

9 March 2019

Henry Moore Helmet Heads Historic Armour And Modernism – Jude Cowan Montague

Henry Moore Helmet Heads: As an etcher, I have a long term interest in armour as one of the early applications of the process.

9 March 2019

Louis-Leopold Boilly And The 19th Century Parisian Bourgeoisie – Edward Lucie-Smith

Sometimes the dear old National Gallery here in London comes up with a nice surprise. Their new one-room, free entry exhibition is devoted to the work of the French painter Louis-Leopold Boilly, who lived from 1761 to 1845

3 March 2019

Ken Currie: Protest Defeat And Victory – Revd Jonathan Evens

Violence is to be found everywhere and at all times, even where people pretend that it does not exist. That is the argument made by Jacques Ellul, French philosopher, sociologist, lay theologian, professor, and noted Christian anarchist.

2 March 2019

The Renaissance Nude Exposed – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The RA’s new exhibition The Renaissance Nude, upstairs in the Sackler Wing of Burlington House, tackles an ambitious theme – the portrayal of the nude in Western art, from c. 1400 until the 1530s.

2 March 2019

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Dorothea Tanning The Doors of Perception – Tate Modern – Jude Cowan Montague

Dorothea Tanning is the artist, face hidden to me back then, who drew and painted a short series of paintings that I have loved since a child.

27 February 2019

Upcoming Curators Review Exhibitions at Annka Kultys / Cell Project Space

Exhibitions at Annka Kultys and Cell Project Space reviewed by upcoming curators who are students of Sarah Sparkes’ course How to be an Independent Curator course at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London.

27 February 2019

Franz West: Tate Modern And David Zwirner London – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Franz West show at Tate Modern, with a smaller spin-off at the London branch of Zwirner, the late artist’s long-time dealer, presents the critic with a series of dilemmas.

23 February 2019

Diane Arbus Street Of Secrets – Hayward Gallery – Sue Hubbard

My favourite thing is to go where I’ve never been’ wrote the photographer Diane Arbus, the poor little rich Jewish girl who walked on the wild side.

21 February 2019

Phyllida Barlow vs Elizabethan Treasures – Edward Lucie-Smith

Phyllida Barlow has long been one of the heroines of the professional contemporary art establishment here in Britain

20 February 2019

Don McCullin A Major Retrospective – Tate Britain – Jude Cowan Montague

A major retrospective of the war photographer Don McCullin at Tate Britain showcases his images from Vietnam, Northern Ireland and more recently Syria alongside pictures of poverty in the East End and working-class life in northern England. McCullin’s trajectory is key to the level of emotion that I feel when I see his landscapes There’s […]

20 February 2019

Is This Art Today? 4 London Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

A group of recently opened shows, very different from one another, raise questions about the direction the visual arts are now taking.

17 February 2019

Upcoming Curators Review Zabludowicz And New Art Projects London

Exhibitions at the Zabludowicz and New Art Projects reviewed by upcoming curators who are students of the How to be an Independent Curator course at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London.

16 February 2019

All the Rembrandts Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – Sue Hubbard

With his Bob Dylan mop of curls and pug nose, he looks every inch the rebellious teenager that he was.

7 February 2019

Tracey Emin: Personal Real And Imaginative – Jude Cowan Montague

I visited the white, white cube for the Emin show a day after the people-jammed preview opening. I’m a little allergic to crowds so rely on the Facebook grapevine for a feel of how sardine-packed the gallery felt. With queues stretching around the block.

6 February 2019

New London Exhibitions February 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

There’s a conflict of impulses in the art world just now. On the one hand, there is a desire to reflect what’s going on in society.

6 February 2019

Glasgow Exhibitions Winter 2019 – Clare Henry

GLASGOW’s reputation has risen & fallen over the years. 1990 saw a peak. The city is now in a trough.

31 January 2019

Bill Viola And Michelangelo A Fairground Magical Mystery Tour – Edward Lucie-Smith

The catalogue for the new Bill Viola show at the Royal Academy – also featuring a group of Michelangelo’s best, most finished drawings – is careful to point out that it is not really proposing a rivalry, or even a close kinship, between the two artists.

28 January 2019

Utopia Through Nostalgia The Koppel Project Hive – Jude Cowan Montague

Molly Brocklehurst curated this small group show to a grand idea that stems from her own work as a painter; to use art to examine the philosophical and existential reality of looking back at memory itself.