Elmgreen & Dragset have transformed the ground floor exhibition space at The Whitechapel Gallery into a disused municipal swimming pool complete with cracked tiles, fallen fluorescent lights, peeling plaster and scaffolding posts
13 September 2018
Audrey Grant’s latest exhibition of paintings is drawn from Des Meeres der Liebe Wellen* (The Waves of Sea and Love) a piece by the 19th Century Austrian dramatist Franz Grillparzer.
I’ve just returned from Riga the capital of Latvia in the Baltics and I’m still reeling from the energy that this small dedicated artist community has to offer.
Ahhh London in the Summer, and what better way to soak up the weather but to see a few shows. Paul Carey-Kent picks the best London exhibitions not to miss in July 2018
There was a huge pair of medical looking rubber gloves attached to St John’s Church tower, wafting in the breeze. 20-foot arms drawing you into the Waterloo festival
The initial omens are not good. As you go into Masterpiece 2018, the first thing that greets you – though ‘greets’ is the wrong word, it stands there as if trying to block your entry
18 June 2018
Frida Kahlo’s life is so interwoven with her art that there is little separation. Her biography is well-known, and so is her image. The brightly dressed artist in traditional Mexican clothes with her prominent monobrow. The pain and suffering she endured first through childhood polio and subsequently through a tram crash are well documented.
200 WOMEN who will change the way you see the world is fittingly showcased at Pen and Brush, New York
The noted writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent gives us his rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows in London now.
17 April 2018
In 1983 David Mach burst upon the media stage with his London Southbank giant Polaris car tyre submarine installation.
CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH: genius, idol, Glasgow’s golden boy. Celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth began this weekend at Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Last week I was a guest at the magnificent Houghton Hall, one of the most impressive Palladian houses in Britain.
JENNY SAVILLE’S show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh is long, LONG overdue.
On one of the coldest days this year I climbed down many steps into the deep railway cut that is Glasgow’s Queens Park Station. Here, next to a tiny ticket office, is perhaps one of the UK’s strangest galleries.
Camden Arts Centre is currently presenting the first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom of Giorgio Griffa, an Italian abstract painter who has been closely linked to the Arte Povera movement.
Up Now in London – Paul Carey-Kent chooses his favourite exhibitions for March 2018.
27 January 2018
For those of us who remember the state of the Hayward Gallery before the just completed rehab, the current Andreas Gursky show, which celebrates its re-opening
Paul Carey-Kent chooses his top exhibitions for 2017
The monumental installation Double Bind by the late Spanish artist Juan Muñoz was first seen in spectacular form in 2001
There are many superb shows that open the New York art season. Here is a totally random selection of autumnal exhibitions.
We know it’s late September because the Turner Prize is with us again.
A major new exhibition dedicated to the environments created by the Italian artist Lucio Fontana has opened at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan
Trying to get hold of Rachel Whiteread to talk about her new exhibition at Tate Britain, her largest to date is rather like attempting to gain an audience at the White House.
8 July 2017
A small confession to make here: I wrote a brief text for the catalogue of this show because Jamaica is where I originally come from. The subject of the exhibition is Jamaican art, manifested in its relationship to religion.
6 July 2017
The G F Watts Gallery, near Guilford, with one of very few art spaces in Britain that is basically dedicated to a single artist. Equivalents, perhaps, are Leighton House in Kensington, the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham, and maybe – just maybe – Damien Hirst’s splendid new gallery in Newport Street, Vauxhall. There, however, the great Damien has been careful to show work by artists other than himself, though most of what is on view comes from his own collection.
5 July 2017
Everyone has a “somewhere else” in their lives Howard Hodgkin said in 1992. “My somewhere else is India”. Howard Hodgkin was 32 when he first visited that vast country. At Eton, he’d been shown a 17th-century Mughal painting by a teacher and in his 20s had become, despite modest means, something of a collector of Indian art. A meeting with Robert Skelton, […]
4 July 2017
A fascinating exhibition linking ‘Portraying a Nation’ and ‘The Evil Eye’ with works by August Sander and Otto Dix is currently showing at Tate Liverpool.
What people choose to describe as ‘a masterpiece’ is usually pretty much a matter of context. On the whole, at this annual beanfeast for conspicuous consumers, you won’t find much in the way of graffiti art lurking around, though it’s just possible that you might be confronted with a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat now that he’s included in the pantheon of artists with multi-million dollar price tags.
28 June 2017
This year’s big graduation show of work by Fine Arts students from the Royal College of Art is both inspiriting and at the same time just a little bit depressing.
23 June 2017
This intimate exhibition of eighty watercolours from the Anglo-American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) has opened at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
22 June 2017
I confess I had a few reservations about the Fahrelnissa Zeid retrospective now at Tate Modern.