As one of the participants in the globe-trotting EMPIRE 2 project, exhibiting the moving image on a world tour, I came to Paris for the project’s opening at Le100Ecs, an artist centre at 100 Rue de Charenton.
Twenty-one video and film installations, 11 hours plus of imagery created by today’s most radical image makers and at the beginning is an installation that takes us back to the beginning by mixing scientific history with Creation stories belonging to religious (Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, etc.), hermetic (Kabbalah, Freemasonry, etc.), and oral (Dogon, Inuit, Navajo, etc.) traditions.
1 November 2018
Arriving at Montparnasse, I don’t at first see any sign of the Gallery Granville. With its modest frontage, it’s located just off-road in a modern shopping centre.
31 October 2018
The R.A.’s show of drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, almost all of them loaned by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, arrives at a crucial moment in the long history of visual art.
30 October 2018
As is becoming more and more apparent, contemporary art in the United States is becoming increasingly regionalised. Which is to say, identified with one geographical location: California North or South, Louisiana, New Mexico, Seattle – rather than being an expression of American culture as a whole.
29 October 2018
Looking around the NPG’s new Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, I was immediately reminded of the fact that we are right in the middle of a culture war.
28 October 2018
Just as I had begun to despair of the future of video, or of video + installation, as mediums for genuinely convincing contemporary art, two major examples arrived to change my mind. One was the video by the Maori artist Lisa Reihana that forms part of the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy.
Celebrating the tercentenary of Glasgow University Hunterian founder, Dr. William Hunter obviously calls for a significant exhibition. This impressive memorable display, immaculately presented, is organised by the Hunterian Art Gallery in collaboration with Yale’s Centre for British Art where it travels next Spring.
The Alternative Miss World Pageant which took place at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Saturday night was a triumph of artistic anarchy.
Few painters have fascinated and enthralled over the centuries as much as Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525/30‒1569) Now, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna has unveiled the most comprehensive exhibition of this 16th-century Netherlandish painter ever compiled.
Artlyst recently visited the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, which is currently presenting Gauguin and Laval in Martinique
4 October 2018
Sean Scully is extremely widely known as a painter. Indeed, I might go so far as to say that he is as widely known as any contemporary painter now living.
3 October 2018
Structure tends to call to mind notions of order, stability and efficiency. It should perhaps come as no surprise that the artists featured in this exhibition most often pit structure against chaos and the ephemeral. One has the feeling that rather than having arrived at a definition, one leaves with more questions crowding around the […]
1 October 2018
Oceania, Royal Academy: To some extent, our ideas about what we call ‘primitive’ or ‘tribal’ art are still formed by what we have learned, during the last century or so, about the art of tribal Africa. African art had a major impact on the attitudes of the Cubists, and later on those of the Surrealists, […]
1 October 2018
The Space Shifters show at the Hayward lives up to its title, often in ways you don’t quite expect. This, in spite of the fact that it isn’t absolutely bang up to the minute. Many of the works on view aren’t all that new. There’s stuff here that does back to the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s […]
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