Reviews

 

4 May 2021

More London Art Exhibitions Spring 2021 – Paul Carey-Kent

Skarstedt’s fascinating new exhibition Painter / Sculptor brings together a sculpture and a painting by nine artists who says the gallery, ‘have mastered both...

25 April 2021

Archie Brennan At Dovecot Studios Edinburgh. – Shockingly Overdue! – Clare Henry

Archie Brennan was a creative genius and pioneer who transformed tapestry from a method of slavish, rigid reproduction, replication and restriction into one of...

21 April 2021

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Rachel Whiteread: A Beguiling New Exhibition At Gagosian – Marina Vaizey

The Gagosian Gallery on Grosvenor Hill is a subtly magnificent slab of grey. particularly appropriate for the art of Rachel Whiteread.

20 April 2021

Martin Wong and Aaron Gilbert P.P.O.W. Review Ilka Scobie

Art created during a crisis can be a powerful catharsis for both artist and audience. P.P.O.W presents two artists.

15 April 2021

London Art Exhibitions Are Back – Paul Carey-Kent

Paul Carey-Kent is back on the London Gallery trail with some exciting offerings for April and May this Spring.

4 April 2021

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Sean Scully: Philosophical Poetic Pastoral The 12 / Dark Windows – Revd Jonathan Evens

Sean Scully has created new works for this exhibition in the world in which we currently live, with 'the existential threat from COVID

28 March 2021

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Architectural Envelopes: The Modern Art Museum – Charles Saumarez Smith

The underlying momentum of this remarkable and provocatively thoughtful book, The Art Museum in Modern Times by Charles Saumarez Smith

24 March 2021

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KAWS: Reinventing Appropriation Brooklyn Museum – Raphy Sarkissian

Upon entering the Brooklyn Museum to view “Kaws: What Party”, the visitor is confronted by a colossal and strikingly iconic sculpture

18 March 2021

Arthur Jafa: The Art Of Cutting And Pasting – Revd Jonathan Evens

Since childhood, Jafa has cut pictures out of books and magazines, pasting them into new contexts. Black potention is an awareness.

11 March 2021

Kati Vilim: Optical and Tactile ─ Raphy Sarkissian

Kati Vilim's work is seemingly weightless so as to float off into the ether, planar surfaces intercept and overlap, at once asserting the flatness...

Gabriel J. Shuldiner: The Poetry of Black — Raphy Sarkissian

“Can there be a more hypnotic colour than black?” is a question that impulsively arises when we encounter a work by Gabriel J. Shuldiner

14 February 2021

A New York Gallery Field Trip February 2021 – Ilka Scobie

A wave of cautious optimism motivated me to hit the frigid downtown streets. Luckily, this gallery field trip coincided...

31 January 2021

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Lakwena Maciver: Review-Interview Hastings Contemporary – Revd Jonathan Evens

Born in 1986 to an English mother and a Ugandan father, Lakwena Maciver studied graphic design at the London College of Communications, graduating in...

26 January 2021

Sean Scully: Geometry as Gesture as Perception  – Raphy Sarkissian

A momentous exhibition staged at the Museum of Fine Arts—Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, “Sean Scully: Passenger—A Retrospective” celebrates

21 January 2021

Made in USA Ed Ruscha An American Perspective – Revd Jonathan Evens

Ed Ruscha: OKLA at Oklahoma Contemporary is the first exhibition to examine Ruscha's work within the context of those formative years in Oklahoma

14 January 2021

Robert Smithson: The Archetypal Nature Of Things – Revd Jonathan Evens

Robert Smithson explores interests in cartography, geology, architectural ruins, prehistory, philosophy and religion.

17 December 2020

Aliza Nisenbaum: Portraits That Subvert Traditions – Tate Liverpool Alice Lenkiewicz

Aliza Nisenbaum is a painter, living and working in New York. Describing herself as torn between wanting to be a social worker or a...

16 December 2020

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Lets The Paint Tell The Story – James Payne

Fly In League With The Night, at Tate Britain covers Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's work from her graduation in 2003 to the present day, with some...

12 December 2020

Cosmic Patches And Quilts Five Exhibitions – Revd Jonathan Evans

‘Here as in Heaven’ is the title of Ndidi Emefiele’s current exhibition, a body of work representing the artist’s philosophical attempt to understand the...

10 December 2020

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Billy Childish: The Timeless Present – Neugerriemschneider Berlin – Edward Lucie-Smith

Billy Childish has been around a long time. He is not only an artist but a poet and a composer of music.

3 December 2020

Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch Exploring The Inner Self – Edward Lucie-Smith

Tracey Emin is one of the two major survivors from the so-called YBA (Young British Artists) Group that made such a lot of noise...

25 November 2020

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Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford Present Visual Culture Throughout History – Edward Lucie-Smith

The big new Thames & Hudson book Shaping the World, by Antony Gormley and Martin Gayford, turns out to be a good deal better...

19 November 2020

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Joseph Wright of Derby A New Book By Matthew Craske – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new book on Joseph Wright of Derby by Matthew Craske is a massive tome. Published by the Paul Mellon Center for British Art,...

3 November 2020

Maggi Hambling: Powerful Often Sinister Paintings – Edward Lucie-Smith

Now in her mid-70s. Maggi Hambling is a senior figure in British art. She doesn’t have much presence abroad

1 November 2020

Zanele Muholi Explores A Black Queer And Trans South Africa – Sue Hubbard

"I am re-writing a Black Queer and Trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our existence, resistance and persistence"...

29 October 2020

JMW Turner: Narrating A Modern World – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

There can be no doubt that the new show devoted to Turner at Tate Britain is a meaty affair. The gallery is fortunate in...

26 October 2020

Navigating Downtown NYC Galleries During A Pandemic Autumn 2020 – Ilka Scobie

As museums and galleries open to eager viewers, I took the easy way out and have only ventured to walking distance galleries. Luckily, this...

18 October 2020

Bruce Nauman, Damien’s New Show And Painter Mark Edwards – London Autumn Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

In the midst of the chaos in the London art world caused by the current pandemic an artist occasionally shows up who seems serenely...

11 October 2020

Everyday Heroes: Southbank Exhibition Celebrates Low-paid Key Workers

How to celebrate the continuing vital and sacrificial contribution of key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic? Clap for Carers united the nation early on...

11 October 2020

Entwining Spiritualism And Art – Three Shows – Revd Jonathan Evens

Once upon a time in modernism, the interlacing of art and religion was rendered invisible. Art was not just for art’s sake but was...

8 October 2020

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Sin At The National Gallery Dreamsongs Colnaghi – Edward Lucie-Smith

In present circumstances, both public and private galleries have had to think hard about what is practical and within their reach to do. Sometimes...

8 October 2020

Royal Academy’s Free Of Bombast Summer/ Winter Exhibition  – Sue Hubbard

The Royal Academy Summer Show has an unbroken record. Still, this year, due to the pandemic, it’s being held in the winter rather than...