Reviews

 

26 May 2020

BP Portrait Award Survives Online – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the National Portrait Gallery closes its doors, not just in response to the Coronavirus epidemic, but in preparation for a three-year rehab, the...

18 May 2020

Photographer Don McCullin Online At Hamiltons – Edward Lucie-Smith

The ways of the art market are pretty strange. Hamiltons, a leading gallery here in London that specialises in photography, have just put a...

17 May 2020

Home Alone Together Twenty Five Artists – Revd Jonathan Evens

Home Alone Together: We are told that home is where the heart is, but also that, while we can travel the world in search...

11 May 2020

Botanical Mind Online: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree – Revd Jonathan Evens

Spring 2020 was to have been an appropriate season for the launch of one of the Camden Arts Centre’s most ambitious exhibitions to date....

6 May 2020

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The Last Leonardo Art Porn For Millennials – Edward Lucie-Smith

Ben Lewis’s book The Last Leonardo, subtitled ‘A Masterpiece, A Mystery and the Dirty World of Art’, has now appeared in paperback after its...

30 April 2020

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London’s New Art Scene Creative Britain 1962-68 – Edward Lucie-Smith

Here's a handsome new volume, well-illustrated, but more social history than art book, which tells of the emergence of London as an international art...

23 April 2020

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Infamous Colony Room Relived In New Book – Edward Lucie-Smith

Darren Coffield’s well-presented Tales from the Colony Room, Soho’s Lost Bohemia, memorialises an epoch in the London world of the arts that now seems...

16 April 2020

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Artemisia Gentileschi A Retrospective Online – Edward Lucie-Smith

The much-anticipated Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition at the National Gallery in London has now been indefinitely postponed, to the disappointment of many.

9 April 2020

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Piranesi Drawings – Neoclassical Visions – Edward Lucie-Smith

This handsome soft-cover catalogue published by Thames & Hudson for the British Museum was intended to commemorate an exhibition that hasn’t in fact taken...

26 March 2020

Edmund de Waal Books Thousands of Books British Museum – Marina Vaizey

Books written in exile by the exiled. It is this phenomenon, the triumph of the human spirit in dire circumstances, that is the focus...

19 March 2020

Titian: A Pity To Miss – National Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Titian show at the National Gallery in London has arrived at a particularly inauspicious moment. Major public galleries in Europe are shutting their...

16 March 2020

Drawn To Another World Alexander Hinks – The Cello Factory

What is this ‘other world’ Alexander Hinks is drawn to and asks that we be drawn into? His current exhibition at ‘The Cello Factory’ spans...

12 March 2020

Andy Warhol Multiple Identities – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) has, even since his death more than thirty years ago, retained a central position in the world of contemporary art.

9 March 2020

Among The Trees A Sense Of Loss – Edward Lucie-Smith

Among the Trees which just opened at the Hayward Gallery, is an ambitious exhibition that has all the best intentions, and somehow fails to...

4 March 2020

Aubrey Beardsley: A Sensual Sometimes Erotic Divertissement – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the exhibition catalogue notes, the Beardsley show that just opened at Tate Britain is the first comprehensive survey of his work to have...

27 February 2020

Young Rembrandt: Influencer Of His Generation – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’ve always liked the exhibitions at the Ashmolean in Oxford. They offer sensible examples of art historical explanation - something that can’t always be...

25 February 2020

David Hockney: Two Major Shows Open In London – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the National Portrait Gallery prepares for its long sleep - three years with its doors firmly shut - it is not surprising to...

20 February 2020

Masculinities: An Extremely Interesting, Timely Event – Edward Lucie-Smith

After a plethora of exhibitions featuring women, women’s art, women’s attitudes of the world, it comes as a relief to find a big London...

18 February 2020

Los Angeles Gallery Visit February 2020 – Edward Lucie-Smith

I am just back from a quick trip to Los Angeles, which gave me a lot to consider - chiefly about how different the...

15 February 2020

Caravaggio / Bernini: Baroque Wonderment Vivacity And Horror – Sue Hubbard

Most great artistic movements begin as a reaction to the art and times that precede them. Impressionism in the 19th century. Surrealism, Dadaism and...

9 February 2020

British Baroque: Vintage National Triumphalism – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie Smith

Entering the new British Baroque show (as one does) from Tate Britain’s central upstairs space, currently, home to a multitude of group photographs of...

7 February 2020

Brandt And Moore: A Shared British Vision – Hepworth Wakefield – Sara Faith

A new exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield features two very British artists with crossover interests. The photographer Bill Brandt (1904-1983) and sculptor Henry Moore...

5 February 2020

Radical Figures: A New Art Movement? – Edward Lucie-Smith

The rather splendid show of new figurative painting, now on view at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, boasts that it is the first event of...

5 February 2020

Fugitive Artists Display Powerful Images At Turner Contemporary

'We Will Walk—Art and Resistance in the American South' is one of the most powerful and important shows I've seen. It is co-curated by the...

4 February 2020

Rose Wylie: Harnessing A Rebellious Energy – Paul Carter Robinson

Rose Wylie has become one of the leading British contemporary artists of her generation. In the last decade, her work has come to the...

29 January 2020

American Pastoral Art Celebrated In New London Show – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new American Pastoral exhibition at Gagosian’s Britannia Street space is of museum quality, even if what’s on show doesn’t always seem to relate...

22 January 2020

Picasso Exhibition Triumphs With Rarely Seen Works On Paper – Edward Lucie-Smith

Wow! This show is a real blockbuster! Spread out in the main exhibition galleries of the Royal Academy. It gives an excellent idea of...

21 January 2020

West End Gallery Mixed Bag – Edward Lucie-Smith

The 2020 art world is coming sluggishly to life and some early offerings are, it must be said, a bit disappointing.

19 January 2020

 New York Gallery Walkabout Winter 2020 – Ilka Scobie

Ilka Scobie takes a look at the first New York exhibitions for 2020 and discovers a few surprises along the way.

2 January 2020

Charlotte Salomon: The Holocaust’s Illustrated Epilogue – Ria Higgins

On 7th October 1943, Charlotte Salomon was deported to Auschwitz. She was 26 years old and five months pregnant. She probably died the day...

18 December 2019

Theaster Gates: Racial, Ethnic And Religious Minglings – Alice Lenkiewicz

The exhibition, AMALGAM by Theaster Gates, now showing at Tate Liverpool is an experience not to be missed with a poignant message for our...

15 December 2019

Baseera Khan: A Compelling Body Of Work – Isa Freeling

Walking into the Simone Subal Gallery on the lower east side, which was once ironically a hub for immigrants, I am taken aback by...