Sometimes the best art is born out of a mistake. It is this type of accidental trial and error that keeps the Turner Prize winning artist Richard Deacon on his toes, as a practitioner of fresh ideas and innovations.
22 May 2017
Hauser & Wirth have demonstrated an impeccable sense of timing by presenting their Richard Milhouse Nixon show, ‘Laughter in the Dark, Drawings from 1971 & 1975’, first seen in their New York gallery in 2016 – that is to say actually before Donald Trump won the American presidency in December of that year.
18 May 2017
Paul Carey-Kent has sifted through Photo London the UK’s leading photography fair to put together this themed pick of what caught his eye. The most impressive Photo London yet runs 18-21 May. Art Fairs are not by their general nature intimate experiences, but photography as a medium is certainly capable of intimacy. So it was interesting to hunt down the latter within the former…
Photo London returns for its third edition with a swagger this year, confidently asserting its position as a premier international photo event. Like it or not, it has become the event around which all photography in London now revolves, and in this edition, it goes someway towards justifying its gravitational pull.
16 May 2017
I remember, some time ago, a film in which a young interviewer asked Louise Bourgeois, then in her 90s, what it was like to become famous at her advanced age. The tiny, bird-like figure replied acerbically: “I ‘ave been ‘eer all along.” Phyllida Barlow has, also, been here all along.
15 May 2017
Artist Hedley Roberts Picks Twelve of the best from the`57th Venice Biennale
11 May 2017
Tate Modern’s new Giacometti show, following hot on the heels of a recent show dedicated to the same artist at the National Portrait Gallery, is nevertheless welcome for the comprehensive view it gives of one of the major stars of the Modern Movement.
10 May 2017
I had the privilege to share this incredible Art journey with Michal Cole.
9 May 2017
Artlyst has attended Modern Art Oxford, for the opening of ‘Kazem Hakimi: Portraits from a Chip Shop’, a fascinating and very personal exploration of a local community.
8 May 2017
Desire is at the basis of most human behaviour from sex and procreation to the pursuit of beauty and death. According to Freud our psyches see-saw between the two conflicting points of Eros and Thanatos. Mat Collishaw has always been interested in origins and in what goes on behind the veil of social givens and norms.
4 May 2017
The Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors show now on view at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill neatly pips Tate Modern to the post. On 8th May Tate Modern unveils Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame Tragedy, its first ever solo show devoted to this most celebrated of all Modern Movement artists.
28 April 2017
Richard Long, the four-times Turner Prize nominee and one-time winner (1989), is one of the leading figures of conceptual and land art. His latest exhibition at Houghton Hall in Norfolk is an inspired pairing. The location flawlessly blends his work in terms of scale, locality and sentiment. Each piece is given space to breathe and […]
19 April 2017
Lost+ Found is David LaChapelle’s first solo show in Venice. The exhibition expanding over four floors presents a survey of LaChapelle’s work from his early career till today.
The current Michelangelo & Sebastiano show at the National Gallery here in London is very much the kind of exhibition that one feels a great institution ought to be doing: spaciously presented, tirelessly scholarly, you couldn’t wish for a better introduction to these major names in Italian Renaissance art.
12 April 2017
Henryk Hetflaisz’s latest collection of photographs elevates the viewer into the realm of mystic form and enduring light.
From Selfie to Self-Expression at the Saatchi Gallery represents a return to form, after a recent series of dead-on-arrival exhibitions held in this space. It’s good to be able to say welcome back.
4 April 2017
On entering the ground floor gallery at Tate Liverpool, I look around and see eleven works by the American artist Ellsworth Kelly, three of which I recognise and one that seems familiar from the cover of one of my art books.
Paul Carey-Kent Gives us his choices of the best London Art Exhibitions for April 2017
2 April 2017
I’ve always liked the Other Art Fair, on in London from now till April 2nd. But I’ve never quite known what to say about it.
29 March 2017
By the time you get round to reading this – I’m writing on the evening after the press preview – Tate Modern will have launched its latest enterprise – A BMW Tate Live Exhibition entitled Ten Days, Six Nights. It here’s now. It won’t be here long. In other words, blink and you’ll miss it.
26 March 2017
Maggi Hambling here, boomed a deep rasping well-spoken voice down my mobile, ‘I was told to call you back so here I am doing as I am told’. And as unlikely as it may seem that the indomitable Hambling would ever do as she was told, I find myself interviewing her mid-Howard-Hodgkin exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
23 March 2017
Howard Hodgkin died just two weeks before the opening of the current retrospective of his work at the National Portrait Gallery.
22 March 2017
51% Remember Her – 100 Women Artists Exhibition: Heading down the Barking Road to E13 may not seem like the most obvious place to locate a large exhibition of art on International Women’s day. The venue being the splendid Memorial Community Church that contains a tower with a belfry and a grand balcony. Apart from the tower, which has functioned previously as a gallery, such architecture creates a challenge for a curator but also engenders an alternative experience with work constantly revealing itself in unexpected places.
20 March 2017
The current Paolozzi exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery is, for an old stager like me, a bit of a puzzle. There was a time when Paolozzi was a very big deal – one of the major innovators in British art, the destined successor to the first generation of major British Modernists, chief among them Henry Moore.
The Lives of Others is two exhibitions of work by German refugee artists at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum from 29 March – 18 June 2017, while Chaim Stephenson: Between Myth and Reality at St Martin-in-the-Fields (to Wednesday 10 May) showcases work by an artist with a lifelong concern for people driven from their homes.
16 March 2017
The Design Museum’s new exhibition, Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution, is in many respects a great improvement on its rather incoherent opening show (or collection of shows).
9 March 2017
Pairing the work of contemporary artist Gillian Wearing with the innovative early-twentieth century photographer Claude Cahun is an inspired choice by the National Portrait Gallery. Despite being born 70 years apart, the two female artists address similar themes around gender, identity, masquerade and performance.
8 March 2017
The Michael Andrews show currently at Gagosian’s Grosvenor Hill Gallery offers a series of paradoxes, some perhaps intended by the gallery, others maybe not. It presents the artist (1928-1995) as a now half-forgotten figure, whose once substantial reputation has been overtaken by that of a number of his contemporaries.
7 March 2017
The first solo show in London of Mahama a young maitre in African contemporary art has been mounted at White Cube Bermondsey.
6 March 2017
These enfant terribles of the art world pose, dress and act as if they had just walked out of one of the late Jo Brocklehurt’s artworks, an exhibition of which, “Nobodies & Somebodies” was opening at the House of Illustration at the same time on the same night.
It’s a week of art fairs in New York. The Armory Show, held in a crowded, bustling convention center on the Hudson River is the biggest of the fairs and indicative of the art markets changing economic landscape.