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.
16 June 2017
The small exhibition of work by Richard Smith currently at the Flowers Gallery in Cork Street offers, among other things, a demonstration of just how drastically once huge reputations can fade. Smith died last year, at the age of 84.
Right now, in terms of the shows, it’s offering the public, the Royal Academy is on a roll. There’s been one great, news-making exhibition after another, under the guidance of its Director of Exhibitions, Tim Marlow, who came to them from White Cube. Those whom Munnings would have dismissed as lunatics have taken over the […]
5 June 2017
Paul Carey-Kent Offers Artlyst his choice of the best London Art Exhibitions to see in June 2017
Sgt Pepper At 50 is the 50th anniversary of the original album by The Beatles and through this festival has become a newly ‘re-imagined album’ of artworks, theater, music and dance pieces.
30 May 2017
Until the Modern epoch, and indeed right up to the present day, Hokusai was by far the most influential non-European artist to impact European art.
27 May 2017
Everyone in Britain was torn apart by World War ll. Artists were hungry, dislocated and like everyone else had lost their sense of safety and home. Rosenberg & Co.’s current exhibition ‘British Modern Masters’ presents the artistic release of the emotional build up of what British artists had seen or perhaps done during the war.
26 May 2017
The now very senior Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) has often found himself classified as a Pop artist, largely because a large part of his subject matter – still lifes of commonplace objects (in his case often items of mass-produced food) – overlaps with the kind of things that members of the American Pop movement chose to depict.
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.