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An unusual group of 11 previously unpublished letters – written by a young Lucian Freud to his first girlfriend, Felicity Hellaby has sold at Sotheby’s for £122,500 – over thirty times the pre-sale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, […]

3 July 2013


House Of Peroni Showcasing Cutting Edge Art And Design Opens In London

House Of Peroni, an ambitious project sponsored by the celebrated Italian brewery is showcasing the work and ideas of some of the biggest  creative names in Italy. The project opened its doors last night to an enthusiastic crowd of art-lovers and industry insiders. The guests were treated to a futuristic art and design exhibition which […]

14 June 2013



The Floating Cinema, a 10-week programme of events throughout summer 2013, returns to London’s waterways next month.  The Floating Cinema has been designed by Duggan Morris Architects in partnership with artists and filmmakers Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie (aka Somewhere) and is conceived as a collection of ‘extraordinary cargoes’ placed atop a traditional, industrial canal barge.  The Floating Cinema […]

17 March 2013

John Piper: Effortless Mastery of Composition and Technique

Jack Castle looks at a new London exhibition of John Piper, an artist who is long overdue for reevaluation. John Piper is strangely ageless although he looks old, perhaps partly because fashion began to turn away from him. In the same way that the traditional or canonical route of art history began to bend away […]

15 March 2013

London West End Area Art Reviews By Jack Castle – March 2013

Edwina Leapman, Annely Juda Fine Art, 28th February – 28th March 2013 Monochrome really belongs to Yves Klein, but as Edwina Leapman was also a devotee in the 1960s, at first glance these ‘New Paintings’ from 2012 are down that similar and well-trodden path. But Edwina Leapman and Annely Juda beg to differ, and as […]

21 February 2013


Artist Cooks Up Horse Meat Controversy With London Installation

A piece of art surprised commuters in the capital yesterday as Patrick Thomas, debuted his latest provocative piece, ‘Moo’, to the public, making more than a subtle nod to the current horse-meat scandal in the UK. The Berlin-based British artist, known for creating powerful messages through the use of iconic images, previewed ‘Moo’ at Leicester […]

31 January 2013


Contemporary Artists Light Show Opens At The Hayward Gallery

A new exhibition which explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways has opened at the Hayward Gallery in London. Titled, ‘Light Show’, the exhibition showcases artworks created from the 1960s to the present day, including immersive environments, […]

29 January 2013


Barbara Nessim’s Provocative Feminist Drawings And Paintings V&A London

The internationally renowned American artist and illustrator, Barbara Nessim has donated a collection representing some of her most significant artworks to the V&A in London. Nessim’s distinctive line and style have graced the cover of nearly every major American magazine, including Time, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. Her work ranges from provocative drawings […]

26 January 2013

Death: A Subject For Art And Debate Wellcome Collection London

So it falls to me to review “Death” so soon after the death of someone I knew. His name was Chris Jones, who died in a car accident on Sleaford Road, Metheringham, Lincolnshire, at 5.30pm Christmas Day, 2012. He was an incredibly nice man, 23 years old, with an enormous heart and a smile that […]

23 January 2013


Richard Prince Deconstructs An Iconic Aura With New Paintings

A new exhibition of paintings by Richard Prince, his first exhibition in London since his ‘Continuation’ retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery in 2008, will be held at Sadie Coles in London. These fourteen expansive canvases build upon a series of works inspired by Picasso which was unveiled at the Museo Picasso, Malaga, in 2012. Each […]

15 January 2013


11th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival’s Box of Visual Delights

Now in it’s 11th year, the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival (7-17th March) returns to give audiences across London and the UK an opportunity to celebrate the best of Polish Cinema and the visual arts with an exceptionally diverse line-up. This year’s edition offers a feast for the eyes with a programme of insightful and inspiring screenings, exhibitions, interactive workshops […]

6 January 2013


Mr Brainwash Beatles Mural Erased From Oxford Street

A 5 meter high mural of the Beatles by the French born American artist Mr Brainwash, which was the centrepiece of his first London exhibition, has been painted over by the owners of the former Royal Mail sorting office, on the corner of Museum Street.The monumental painting of the Fab Four, wearing bandanas over their […]

27 October 2012


Francesco Clemente First Major London Exhibition In Seven Years Announced

Blain|Southern have announced an exhibition of new works by Francesco Clemente, the artist’s first London show in seven years. This recent series titled , ‘Mandala for Crusoe’, brings together fourteen paintings developing Clemente’s singular pictorial language, gathering together myriad cultural references and merging timeless symbols, iconic imagery and philosophies. Inspired by the symbolism of the […]

25 October 2012


Queen’s Visit Marks 60 Years Of London BFI Cinema

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II visited BFI Southbank today marking 60 years of the BFI’s first permanent cinema on London’s South Bank – the National Film Theatre (NFT) in a celebration of British film in this Jubilee year. Hosted by BFI Chair, Greg Dyke and BFI CEO, Amanda Nevill, The Queen unveiled a commemorative 60th […]

2 October 2012


Affordable Art Fair London Returns In Two Locations This Autumn

The Affordable brand returns to both North and South London with two major fairs this Autumn. Their signature Art Fairs at Battersea and Hampstead  Battersea Park: 25-28 October 2012 Hampstead Heath: 1-4 November 2012 are legendary for offering quality contemporary art by UK and international artists, sporting affordable price tags. Art enthusiasts shopping on a […]

29 July 2012


Kate Middleton Features Heavily In New Mr Brainwash Exhibition

Mr Brainwash the less talented star of Banksy’s Oscar nominated film “Exit Through The Gift Shop” has announced his imminent arrival in London on 5th of August for the official opening of his UK solo show. The Exhibition is being mounted in The Old Sorting Office, a 1950’s brutalist monstrosity made redundant by the slow […]

20 July 2012


Hans Stofer Tinkering With Paint And Other Stuff

ArtLyst Review By Jack Castle There is a story going around about a Chinese painter who was tasked by the emperor to draw a crab. The painter asked for ten years, servants, a house, etc.. After ten years the emperor turned up and asked for his crab. The painter had not started, and asked for […]

13 July 2012


Artist Edgar Mueller Turns Portobello Square Into Bottomless Pit

Edgar Mueller the internationally renowned street artist has been commissioned as part of the InTRANSIT Festival to create a large-scale 3D illusion painting on Portobello Square, W10. Titled “Evolution” the design will transform the square into an interactive public artwork. From July 16 – 31 the public can actively place themselves within the finished artwork […]

12 July 2012


Bhopal Installation Highlights Dow Chemical Sponsorship Of 2012 Olympics

A forty-foot multimedia installation by Indian artist Singh Jodha is coming to London on 18th July in time for the Olympics. Most of the work has been shot at the now sealed Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal (India) a location that continues to poison the soil, air and water of its surrounding areas. The images […]

2 July 2012


Pace To Open David Chipperfield Designed London Gallery

Pace the New York based international gallery is set to open a 9,000 square foot space in London’s Mayfair. Located at 6 Burlington Gardens, directly north of the Royal Academy’s Burlington House, Pace’s gallery will occupy the west wing of the building, which is owned by the R A. Plans are to have it redesigned […]