25 May 2014

Mondrian Margate and Colour: Summer Art Abounds At Turner Contemporary

On a mild Spring morning I set off to Margate and the Turner Contemporary for a day inspired by colour and light.  Taking the high-speed train from St Pancras, I first encountered a giant 20 metres by 10 metres mosaic work of 44 brightly-coloured Perspex, tetris style, L shapes slotted together on the Grand Terrace […]

22 May 2014

Miles Richmond: Reinvents His Work Through Chromatic Energies

Miles Peter Richmond (1922-2008) was one of David Bomberg’s pupils at the Borough Polytechnic after the Second World War, becoming one of the founder members of the Borough Group in 1948 alongside Bomberg, Cliff Holden, Dorothy Mead and Edna Mann.  He continued to study, work, debate and exhibit with them and additional members until 1951 […]

21 May 2014

Laurie Simmons: Isolation, Identity Crisis And The Reinvention Of Culture

Laurie Simmons exhibition ‘Kigurumi and Dollers’ at Wilkinson Gallery in Vyner Street offers a critical observation into contemporary existence. Her photographs are both uncomfortable and alluring.  The artist utilises the irresistible striking imagery of “Kigurumi”;  a Japanese term for costume roll play, where a person dresses in the full body costume of a cartoon character […]

16 May 2014

Josef Albers: Bauhaus Compositional Practice In Black And White

This exhibition of Josef Albers focuses solely on the artist’s exploration of black throughout his life, with unexpectedly diverse pieces serving to highlight the vast inventiveness of one artist constrained to a single gradient. Combined with an equally constrained attitude towards composition and scale, the deliberate similarities of many compositional sequences in fact amplify the […]

14 May 2014

David Hockney iPad Drawings: The Evolution Of An Art Medium

David Hockney RA, has distinguished himself throughout his long and successful career as a gifted draughtsman; his confidence and strength of line characterises his work from single line portrait studies, to large scale paintings of LA in the 60s. So established is he that he can retire to Yorkshire and revisit his beloved landscape, and […]

12 May 2014

Chris Marker: A life long Obsession With Memory War And Politics

A Grin Without a Cat, at the Whitechapel Gallery till 22 June, is the widest Chris Marker retrospective ever shown in the UK. The visitor evolves through four sections organised around themes pivotal to Marker’s oeuvre: museum policies, travels, memory, war and politics. The non-chronological display of works demonstrates how these topics interlace to forge […]

11 May 2014

Pangaea: A Heterogenous Selection Of Contemporary Artists At The Saatchi Gallery

Around 200 million years ago, a supercontinent called Pangaea – containing what we now know as the earth’s seven continents – broke apart in a seismic split due to fissures in the planet’s tectonic plates. It was a historical event perhaps only comparable to the era’s Permian mass extinction, which wiped out an estimated 96% […]

10 May 2014

London Art Exhibitions To See In May 2014 By Paul Carey – Kent

TEN CURRENT CHOICES: Paul Carey – Kent Offers up a selection of the best art exhibitions for May 2014 The latest in his rolling top ten, together with previous choices which you can still see Nicole Wermers is known for explorations of consumer design, so perhaps it’s no surprise that when she saw a Roman […]

7 May 2014

Joseph Beuys Jorg Immendorff: Art And Its Revelatory Socio-political Ability

Art Belongs to the People is the second exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, taken from the collection of the Hall Art Foundation, and is again curated by the Foundation’s resident curator Sir Norman Rosenthal. The work of Joseph Beuys has been well represented in UK galleries for over four decades. The artist’s work has […]

5 May 2014

Open West 2014 Shows Ambitious Curatorial Vision In Cheltenham

The Art world is saturated with ” Art competitions” offering opportunities for artists of all levels to exhibit their work.  Many of these events end up mediocre at best, some bore the audience to sleep… only a  few do succeed in its ambitious curatorial vision. The Open West 2014 is certainly one of the few […]

2 May 2014

Alan Davie A Vigorous Impulsive Spiritual All Arounder At Tate Britain

This mini retrospective of the recently deceased Alan Davie (September 28, 1920 – April 5, 2014) presents eight of his works owned by the Tate, each representing a key point in the long and highly unique career of this artist, saxophonist and all round spiritualist. ‘All round spiritualist’ being a deliberately fluffy term; for Davie […]

27 April 2014

Polke/ Richter: Two Artists Spiralling Apart On A Vastly Different Stylistic Trajectory

When the co-curator of Christie’s historic new exhibition Polke/Richter-Richter/Polke, Darren Leak, wrote of his intentions to convey the two giants of the painting world’s “intimate dialogue”, nobody expected that to include the German pair taking a bath together – puckish, dripping, and youthful – or in bed, sharing an Antwerpian hotel room. Those images were […]

24 April 2014

Julian Schnabel: Bridging An Unconventional Road Between Figurative And Abstraction

Julian Schnabel’s new exhibition at “The Dairy” successfully accomplishes the rare act of combining abstraction and figurative painting all in one show. Its amalgam is enhanced by the use of photography (Ink jet printed canvases) and glossy resin.  In the 80s Schnabel’s use of unorthodox materials such as broken crockery and fibreglass created a controversy […]

24 April 2014

Matisse Swan Song Fizzes With Invigorating, Playful Energy: Tate Modern

There is little to fault in terms of curation of ‘The Cut Outs’, a chronological survey of Matisse’s late period of works constrained to the medium of paper and scissors rather than paint and brush, a progression forced by his ill health in this latter stage of his life. Where retrospectives often trace the origins […]

15 April 2014

Henri Matisse: Expressive Simplistic Colour And Pattern Painted With Scissors

Let’s not beat around the bush here – this is a stunning, uplifting, joyous exhibition that reminds everyone what Art is truly about.   Just entering the exhibition makes you fully aware that you are in the presence of genius.  Matisse is so confidant in his style that it appears effortless.  The joy comes from the […]

12 April 2014

Robert Capa: Concern And A Deep Love Of Humanity

“TODAY WAS ONE OF THE GREAT PICTURE DAYS IN LIFE’S OFFICE” read a cable from the editors of Life, a now-defunct photojournalism magazine, late at night on 10 June 1944. It was the day that they had received film negatives from the bloodsoaked D-Day landings, taken by a 30 year old Robert Capa, future founder […]

11 April 2014

Tale Of Two Cities: An Artist’s Pilgrimage From Transylvania To LA

The paintings of Marius Bercea, which are presented in Blain|Southern’s current show, recalls the artist’s personal pilgrimage from his home in Cluj, Transylvania to Los Angeles, California. Hypernova is split into two rooms; the hang in the first room is of concrete places from his travels, while the paintings in the second room are more […]

9 April 2014

SP-Arte Sao Paulo International Art Fair Round Up

SP-Arte, the São Paulo International Art Fair 2014, which ran from 2-6 April 2014 and celebrated its 10th edition this year, drew record attendance and was widely considered by dealers, collectors and curators alike to be the best edition of the fair to date. SP-Arte 2014 benefitted from leading international galleries attending for the first […]

1 April 2014

Martin Creed: First Major Survey A Multi Sensory Fun Fair

With 39 metronomes ticking at every possible speed, a one-note musical symphony, a rainbow of 1000 prints made using broccoli, projections of defecation, vomiting, and erections, you certainly can’t lambaste Martin Creed for a lack of variety – at least in form. This exhibition – that fills the whole of the spacious Hayward Gallery – […]

30 March 2014

The Great War in Portraits: A Painterly Remembrance National Portrait Gallery

Of all the events and memorial activities scheduled for this year to mark the centenary of the beginning of the first Great War – that bitter and ugly conflict of arguably worse fighting conditions than the Second World War; a spiralling, futile lottery of chance that several European countries found themselves mired in – one […]

29 March 2014

London Art Choices For April 2014 By Paul Carey – Kent

Paul Carey-Kent reveals his pick of the ‘ART’ Exhibition crop for London in April. It is a diverse gathering choices ranging from painting to installation to video art. The latest in his rolling top ten, together with previous picks will help you plan your month while stimulating  your retina, inner ear and spacial awareness. TEN […]

24 March 2014

Peter Doig: Early Works Exude A Confident Refined Aesthete

London: For many artists, their early works are a cause for embarrassment or insecurity: they represent a delicate formative period, where experimentation is abundant, and style is gradually gauged. Perhaps this is also the case for Peter Doig, but it shouldn’t be, because this exhibition reveals a young, ambitious painter, inhaling the world around him. […]

14 March 2014

Whitney Biennial 2014: The Last Blast Of Visual And Material Juice

I had the privilege of viewing this year’s Whitney Biennial with Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and artist Barbara Nessim, who had a one person show at the V&A a year ago.  We went there informed by a review written by the venerable NY art critic […]

12 March 2014

Peter Doig Transforms Montreal’s Winter Cold Into The Warmth Of The Caribbean

Peter Doig, In his latest exhibition, ‘No Foreign Lands’ at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM) displays his most recent millennial paintings, sketches and etchings based on the culture and his personal experience in Trinidad, where he moved in 2002.  The first room in the exhibition contains an explosion of monumentally scaled fluorescent coloured […]

10 March 2014

Ruin And Decay Explored In New Tate Britain Exhibition

Ruin Lust is the snappy but problematic title to this Tate Britain show which draws from its own collections to explore – in wildly abstract fashion – the continuing fascination with ruins, from the Eighteenth Century onwards. The less explicit the title, the less prescriptive to the content; the exhibition thus proceeds to consider ‘Ruin’ […]

9 March 2014

Whitney Biennial And ADAA: Ben Austin’s Armory Week Diary day 4

Dear reader, so here I am in Starbucks on 67th and 3rd, seems like this is the only place apart from McDonalds in New York where there is free WiFi, beggars can’t be choosers I suppose, so I will suck up their frothy overpriced crappy coffee. Today is bright and considerably warmer, feels like spring […]

8 March 2014

Onnasch Collection: Tracing The History of New York’s Art Scene 1950-1970

What is the difference between a museum survey show, showcasing New York’s art scene between 1950 and 1970 and a viewing of a private collection spanning the same period? I would say the answer probably lies in the unabashed passion and freewheeling initiative of the collector, particularly if that collector is Reinhard Onnasch. Let’s face […]

7 March 2014

High Volta Armory Week’s Best Satellite: Ben Austin’s Diary Day 3

So, here I am back at Neil’s Coffee Shop on Lex, having just had another heart stopping breakfast and enjoying the free refills. I have only two bars of WiFi but lots of battery life. Yesterday it was sub zero here, cold enough to freeze the proverbial nuts off a monkey made of brass, so […]

6 March 2014

Armory Week: Press Packs And Sausages Ben Austin’s Diary Day 2

New York 2014: So dear reader, I’m sitting here in my favourite diner ‘Neil’s’ on 70th and Lex nursing a horrible hangover. My breakfast of sausage, bacon, home fries and eggs (sunny side up, of course) has helped but still feeling sort of fuzzy from excesses of last night. It is damn cold here too, […]

3 March 2014

Up Now: Top Ten London Art Exhibitions March 2014 By Paul Carey-Kent

Art critic Paul Carey-Kent has released his latest, rolling top ten Current Choices of must see exhibitions, currently on view in London, in March. It represents a strong mixture of established and emerging artists. George Condo: The Discarded Human, 2013I kind of like the idea that my header image in March is something of a […]

2 March 2014

Art14 Stakes Out Its Territory Somewhere Between Frieze and London Art Fair

I don’t really know where to start in terms of a review of Art14, as it seemed to me like it was the ‘best of fairs and the worst of fairs’. In part it was cluttered and confusing, with no apparent thread and overriding feel.  By the entrance one found high-end galleries of note, sitting […]

23 February 2014

Hans Arp Franz West Myth, Body Interaction: Hauser & Wirth London

Hauser & Wirth on Savile Row’s current show, Chance – Form – Language (and a FRANZWESTigation), curated by Julian Heynen exhibits the works of both Hans Arp and Franz West. Arp was co-founder of the Dada movement in Switzerland and a significant figure in classical Modernism. The Hauser & Wirth show centers around the later […]