8 January 2016


Beyond The Valley Of Caravaggio And Other Exhibitions To Bytch About

Happy New Year, bytches. Late in 2014 I began salivating over the announcement of the National Gallery’s autumn blockbuster for 2015 featuring no fewer than 70 Goya portraits. God it was wonderful. In 2015 galleries surprised me with some pleasant turns of ingenuity – I discovered obscure pastel genius Liotard at the Royal Academy, and my […]

20 May 2015


Art15 Launches Their Third Fair At London’s Olympia

Art15, which opens in London today for its third edition, was set up by two of the original founders of ART HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair, Tim Etchells and Sandy Angus. The latest edition further cements its position as a global art fair with a focused presentation of 134 international galleries from 41 countries.  […]

2 February 2015


National Gallery: Strike Won’t Close Country’s Second Most Visited Attraction

Staff at London’s National Gallery are to stage a five-day strike starting today, as a protest over the privatisation of jobs and services within the gallery. The walk-out will take place from this morning and carry on until the 7th February. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union stated that its members had voted by […]

24 January 2015


Luc Tuymans Quiet Restrained, And At Times Unsettling New Exhibition

Luc Tuymans is widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s, Tuymans continues to assert his relevance by addressing a diverse range of topics. In a new exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in London, the work remains quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling, his works engage equally with questions […]

24 January 2015


Christie’s London To Offer Prime Richter and Twombly In February Post War Sale

Christie’s will offer another outstanding week of auctions in February led by Gerhard Richter’s Vierwaldstätter See (Lake Lucerne), 1969, a sublime photo-painting of the famous Swiss Lake, held in the same private collection since 1973, which is presented during the Evening Auction in London on 11 February. Following the world record price of $69.6million achieved […]

12 January 2015


Henry Moore’s Maquette Studio To Be Recreated For London Exhibition

Henry Moore’s famous maquette studio will be recreated in a special exhibition curated by the Director of The Henry Moore Foundation, Richard Calvocoressi at Gagosian Gallery in Davies Street, London. Henry Moore: Wunderkammer – Origin of Forms, will run from 9 February – 2 April 2015. Henry Moore is best known for his large-scale sculptures that […]

8 January 2015


Luc Tuymans To Mount New Exhibition of Paintings In London

David Zwirner is presenting a new exhibition of paintings by the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans. On view at the London gallery, which Tuymans inaugurated in October 2012 with the exhibition Allo!, The Shore includes work specifically made for this space. Widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s, Tuymans continues […]

31 October 2014


Modern Panic III Curated by James Elphick of Guerrilla Zoo

Among many mobile sites of morbid origins, a crowd immersed itself in conversation, oblivious to the zoophical signs, the portrayals of decay and morosity, the vampiric outpourings, the dismembered cadavers, the distorted genitalia, the subtle torture instruments, the inquisitional glimpses. This was a plethora of Victorian oddities, the same objects we will find in the […]

31 October 2014


Chloé Meunier, The African and Caribbean Community in London.

When Chloé  Meunier speaks of photography, it is almost from a metaphysical perspective. Her cognitive trajectory is based on intuitive perception, but she leads us towards an understanding intimately linked to her deep love of language, a language rooted in emotion and empathy, a language as a root, rather than a system. She speaks of […]

11 October 2014

Pre-Frieze London Art Gallery Overview By Olivia McEwan

This weekend Artlyst reviewer Olivia McEwan covers the most talked about exhibitions to see before the Frieze sets in! This week sees a pleasing blend of the old and the new: selected entrants to the annual Illustration Awards are showing at Somerset House, while José Damasceno’s ‘Plot’ revitalises the Holborn library’s staid 1960s décor with […]

1 October 2014


London Gay Art Festival GFEST 2014 Visual Art Programme Announced

London’s LGBT cross-art annual event GFEST 2014 will showcase new visual and performance art works and films from Monday the 10th to Saturday the 22nd November. Breathtaking works that explore this year’s festival theme ‘Myths & Mythology’ include thought provoking feature and short films, paintings, video installation and photographic works along with cabaret acts as […]

11 August 2014


The Rise of Urban Sketching

A global artist collective, an art movement whose members use sketchpads as their canvas; the urban sketchers were founded by the Spanish born illustrator and journalist Gabriel Campanario. As Campanario worked for The Seattle Times, he saw a rise in location drawings within the blogosphere. This discovery prompted him to start a flickr group in […]

8 July 2014


Rembrandt’s Late Works Presented In New National Gallery London Exhibition

The National Gallery, London presents an important new exhibition, Rembrandt: The Late Works – the first ever in-depth exploration of Rembrandt’s final years of painting. Far from diminishing as he aged, his creativity gathered new energy in the closing years of his life. It is the art of these late years – soulful, honest and […]

26 June 2014

START Launches New London International Emerging Art Fair

In the over saturated world of international Art-fairs one could quite imagine that launching a new event in London would be a dangerous gamble. However, START London’s latest contemporary art fair has bucked the trend and come up trumps. The fair which brings together emerging galleries and new artists is the brain-child of the founders […]

23 June 2014


Dr Nicolas Penny To Retire As Director of London’s National Gallery

The Director of the National Gallery, London, Dr Nicolas Penny has announced his intention to retire from his role in 2015. His decision came as he reached his 65th birthday, last December. The exact date of his retirement will be 17 August 2015. The appointment of his successor Gabriele Finaldi was made by Prime Minister […]

19 June 2014


The Void And Emptiness Explored In New London Group Exhibition

The Space Where I Am is a new group show at Blain Southern exploring ideas of the void and emptiness from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition’s title is taken from philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s book The Poetics of Space(1958), which describes the lived experience of space and where he contended “it is better […]

14 April 2014


Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke Two Giants Of Painting New London Exhibition

One of the most interesting exhibitions this spring will be presented at Christie’s in London. Polke/Richter-Richter/Polke, celebrates two giants of painting: Gerhard Richter (b.1932) and Sigmar Polke (1941-2010). The show brings together 65 works from 30 collections to create the artists’ first joint show in almost 50 years, since their now legendary 1966 exhibition at […]

1 April 2014


Anselm Kiefer Wrestles The Darkness Of German History In New Retrospective

The first major UK retrospective of the highly acclaimed German artist Anselm Kiefer’s is coming to the Royal Academy in September. Kiefer for many years has been considered one of the most seminal artists of his generation. The show will span over forty years, starting from his early career to the present, correlating artwork from […]

24 March 2014

Peter Doig: Early Works Exude A Confident Refined Aesthete

London: For many artists, their early works are a cause for embarrassment or insecurity: they represent a delicate formative period, where experimentation is abundant, and style is gradually gauged. Perhaps this is also the case for Peter Doig, but it shouldn’t be, because this exhibition reveals a young, ambitious painter, inhaling the world around him. […]

26 February 2014


London Visual Mash-Ups Show History Is Alive In The Capital

These amazing new photos are creating a glimpse into London’s past by combining 18th and 19th century paintings with modern-day settings in Google Street View. Reddit user shystone recently mashed up these paintings of London. The results cover several iconic landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, the Thames River, and Trafalgar Square. Shystone’s views of the capital […]

20 February 2014


Peter Doig: The Early Works Presented In New London Exhibition

The early works by Peter Doig will be presented in a new exhibition at the Michael Werner Gallery, London. The show presents a comprehensive overview of Doig’s formative works from the 1980s and includes several paintings and drawings shown for the first time in the UK.  In a career spanning three decades, Peter Doig has […]

15 February 2014


Francis Bacon Portrait Realises £42 million In Christie’s London Auction

Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art London evening auction has realised a total of £124,192,000/ $206,158,720/ €151,017,472 selling 83% by lot and 95% by value and achieving the 2nd highest ever total for a European Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art*. The top price of the evening was paid for Francis Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer […]

12 February 2014


Lucian Freud Love Letters Go Under The Hammer At Sotheby’s

An unusual group of 11 previously unpublished letters – written by a young Lucian Freud to his first girlfriend, Felicity Hellaby has sold at Sotheby’s for £122,500 – over thirty times the pre-sale estimate. Written in an uneven hand, peppered with illustrations, and providing a fascinating insight into the artist’s early preoccupations, the letters attracted […]

9 February 2014


Art14 London Announces Not-for-profit Organisations Partnering With Fair

Art14 London, sponsored by Citi Private Bank, is pleased to announce the not-for-profit organisations that are partnering with the Fair and will exhibit there. With the support of Art14 London and its sponsors, University of the Arts London, Ikon Gallery and Delfina Foundation will all present works by selected artists who are closely associated with […]

9 February 2014


London Sees Highest Total for Any Day Sale Ever Held At Sotheby’s Worldwide

All eyes were on London last week as the city witnessed an unprecedented series of auctions led by Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Sotheby’s two-days of Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Art sales, brought a total of £215.8 million, the highest achieved for any sale series ever held anywhere in London. This record total represents an almost five-fold […]

18 January 2014


Art of The Surreal Christie’s Offers Key Works In February Auction

Christie’s highly anticipated annual evening sale ‘The Art of The Surreal’ will take place on 4 February, presenting some of the most remarkable works to be offered in the category to date. The auction is led by the most important early Magritte to come to auction in a generation, Les chasseurs au bord de la […]

9 October 2013

Death, Tragedy And Anti-semitism Explored In New Vienna 1900 Exhibition

Facing The Modern – The Portrait in Vienna 1900: Is a new exhibition at The National Gallery, London (9 October 2013 – 12 January 2014) Art Journalist Sara Faith takes a look at the dark undercurrent running through this significant exhibition. The period surrounding Vienna in 1900 conjures up an image of immense creativity in […]

25 September 2013


Ministructures: Tate Modern

As part of our Ministructures series, artist Lucy Sparrow has made felt versions of London’s landmarks. For each iconic building she stitches, we meet a Londoner connected with it. This week, we talk to James Pockson, 24, an architectural assistant working on the Tate Modern extension. Hi James! What do you think makes Tate Modern so great?‘Visually it’s so […]

25 September 2013


Ministructures: Buckingham Palace

As part of our Ministructures series, artist Lucy Sparrow has made felt versions of London’s landmarks. For each iconic building she stitches, we meet a Londoner connected with it. This week, we talk to Harry Matthew Dodd, 22, student and Director of the Centre of Performing Arts at the University of Westminster. A royalist, huh?‘I think we’re so lucky to have […]

19 September 2013


Snap shots of the Biennale of Chianciano 2013

With abstract works making faces at figurative ones, unintentionally, of course, the Biennale of Chianciano presented a rich offering. Certain emerging artists’ work could amaze or detain one’s attention for longer than expected.  Over a thousand people attended the event during the opening weekend. Guests ranged from local politicians, to journalists from national and international publications, […]

1 August 2013


Ministructures: We meet the woman who climbed the Shard

In the coming weeks, artist Lucy Sparrow is making mini versions of London’s iconic buildings out of felt. As part of our new Ministructures series, in which we interview Londoners with a connection to the big buildings of the capital, we chat to Victoria Henry, 32, Digital campaigner for oceans at Greenpeace and climber of The Shard […]

30 July 2013


Big Ben: we meet the Clockmaker at the Palace of Westminster

In the coming weeks, artist Lucy Sparrow is making mini versions of London’s iconic buildings out of felt. Our new Ministructures series, in which we interview Londoners with a connection to the big buildings of the capital, kicks off with Big Ben and Big Ben’s caretaker Paul Roberson, photographed holding ‘Little Ben’. Paul Roberson, 53, […]