19 March 2019
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
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
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 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: As an etcher, I have a long term interest in armour as one of the early applications of the process.
9 March 2019
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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 has long been one of the heroines of the professional contemporary art establishment here in Britain
20 February 2019
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
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
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
With his Bob Dylan mop of curls and pug nose, he looks every inch the rebellious teenager that he was.
7 February 2019
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
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.
31 January 2019
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
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.
24 January 2019
Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992) is now one of the less-clearly remembered of the New York Abstract Expressionists, especially here in the UK. He was however amply exhibited in America during his lifetime
21 January 2019
Bonnard was one of those betwixt and between artists, part of the Modern Movement
18 January 2019
Rebecca Scott’s huge oil paintings of defaced magazine pages: it’s a visceral exhibition by a confident painter, secure in her style, able to wow us with colour.
The New Year revels are over. It’s January, and the art world is back to work. The first sign of this stirring is the London Art Fair 2019 that returns to the capital from 16-20 January.
16 January 2019
A couple of years after Lynette Yiadom Boakye dazzled New York with her solo show at the New Museum, she returns to the city with 35 new paintings.
15 January 2019
Mayfair’s Golden Oldies: Bernard Jacobson At 50 and Stephen Buckley @ Mayor Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith
The Bernard Jacobson Gallery in the heart of London has had a long connection with artists’ prints and printmaking since it first opened its doors, on a different site to the current one, in 1969.
13 January 2019
This Christmas and New Year it was an exhibition at the sternly Modernist – yes, with a big M – De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea. The artists on view were not precisely contemporary: a strange half-forgotten pair called Grace Pailthorpe and Rueben Mednikoff.
9 January 2019
When I visited art college studios as a jealous English student in the 1980s, the cool, edgy artists had pictures of skinny, edgy women in tea shirts, naked.
7 January 2019
Irving Penn (1917-2009) was one of the great stars of 20th century American photography, at a time when the United States was becoming the world’s leader in this art form.