Reviews

 

15 October 2018

Puvis de Chavannes And Lydia Corbett – London Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) has turned into a kind of orphan in art historical terms.

10 October 2018

Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire – Saatchi Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

Black Mirror presents itself as ‘Art as Social Satire’, and there is indeed a real black mirror in the show.

9 October 2018

Anni Albers Weaves Her Way Into Art History – Tate Modern

Anni Albers is quite frankly a peculiar artist for Tate Modern to devote an entire solo exhibition.

8 October 2018

William Tillyer: The Golden Striker – Esk Paintings – Edward Lucie-Smith

The William Tillyer show at Bernard Jacobson is an example of what I’m starting to think of as the current ‘golden oldie’ phenomenon in...

6 October 2018

Michelangelo Pistoletto A Reflective Life – Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Last Wednesday, before the Frieze frenzy, I attended the opening of the Michelangelo Pistoletto exhibition, “Origins and Consequences” at the Mazzoleni gallery in Mayfair....

4 October 2018

Sean Scully: Architecture Of The Sublime – Edward Lucie-Smith

Sean Scully is extremely widely known as a painter. Indeed, I might go so far as to say that he is as widely known...

3 October 2018

Boris Nzebo: Vicious Human On Human Encounters Exhibited At Jack Bell

Right by White Cube in Mason's Yard is the ancient green door, with the brass plate Jack Bell Gallery. Buzz, and the stale smelling...

3 October 2018

Defining Structure The Cello Factory – A Challenging And Enriching World

Structure tends to call to mind notions of order, stability and efficiency. It should perhaps come as no surprise that the artists featured in...

2 October 2018

Ugo Rondinone: Sublime Spiritual Images Of Prodigious Silence – Ilka Scobie

Ugo Rondinone explains as the last minute details of his current show are being attended to.

1 October 2018

Fifties Boys Club To Angel Hiding In Plain Sight – Amar Gallery – Zoltan Alexander

I had the privilege to have a private tour and a passionate talk with gallery owner, Amar Singh a few days before he opened...

1 October 2018

Oceania Royal Academy A Lasting Air Of Strangeness – Edward Lucie-Smith

Oceania, Royal Academy: To some extent, our ideas about what we call ‘primitive’ or ‘tribal’ art are still formed by what we have learned,...

1 October 2018

Space Shifters Hayward Gallery An Object Lesson In Contemporary Disorientation – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Space Shifters show at the Hayward lives up to its title, often in ways you don’t quite expect. This, in spite of the...

24 September 2018

Turner Prize Smug-Fest Crashes And Bores – Edward Lucie-Smith

Before I go any further, let me note that, on the very day this iteration of the annual Turner Prize exhibition was revealed to...

22 September 2018

Kimatica Studio – Transcendence A multi-sensory journey through the subconscious – Simon Tarrant

My first experience of performance artists Kimatica was when they won the 2014 Winter Pride Performance Art Awards

20 September 2018

Chok Yue Zan Explores Mnemosyne The Goddess Of Memory – Eva Wong Nava

Chok Yue Zan's latest series of works capture the environmental and familial fragmentation that he has come to be so familiar with.

19 September 2018

John Virtue At Fortnum’s – Alfredo Roldan At Pontone – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment the London art scene is not rich in bright young artists, elbowing their elders aside, eager to make themselves visible.

18 September 2018

Hugh Mendes Autorretrato – John Loker At 80 – Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the title of this fascinating new show at Charlie Smith London suggests, Hugh Mendes is here offering multiple self-portraits, in the form of...

17 September 2018

Iranian Artist Farsad Labbauf Reflects On Solar Cycle – Isa Freeling

Iranian born artist Farsad Labbauf reflects on the solar cycle. From where the sun rises in the East to where it sets in the...

13 September 2018

Audrey Grant at Panter & Hall An Exploration of the Human and Elemental

Audrey Grant's latest exhibition of paintings is drawn from Des Meeres der Liebe Wellen* (The Waves of Sea and Love) a piece by the...

11 September 2018

Daniel Richter: Why German Painting Still Dominates Europe – Edward Lucie-Smith

A new exhibition of paintings by Daniel Richter at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac exemplifies the way in which German painting has become dominant in Europe.

9 September 2018

Yayoi Kusama: The Master Of Infinity – Film Review – Isa Freeling

No doubt that when you hear the name Yayoi Kusama, images of the vivid twinkling lights from her infinity Mirror Rooms escape from your...

7 September 2018

The Fine Art Of Video Games – V&A – Edward Lucie-Smith

Video Games Rule! The Victoria and Albert Museum has just opened a large, ambitious exhibition devoted to video games.

5 September 2018

Spellbound: Enchanted By Magical Thinking At The Ashmolean Museum – Paul Black

The Ashmolean Museum's autumn exhibition Spellbound explores the timeless cross-cultural belief in magic through 180 objects - often strange and chilling - from the ritualistic,...

31 August 2018

The Nearly Identical Stars Of Cindy Sherman – Zoltan Alexander

Sprüth Magers presents Cindy Sherman’s first solo exhibition in the UK since her last show in 2011, with a body of work inspired by...

23 August 2018

Drag Race: Destabilising Stable Social Conventions – Hayward Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new show at the Hayward Gallery’s Heni Project Space – which basically means just a fairly small room on the ground floor, to...

21 August 2018

Britain’s Passion For Rembrandt Explored In New Scottish Exhibition – Clare Henry

Rembrandt can be a controversial figure. As the latest TV documentary tells us, the number of his paintings recognised as genuine varies with each...

19 August 2018

BP Portrait Award 2018 Following No Particular Path – Edward Lucie-Smith

The BP Portrait Award 2018 currently at the National Portrait Gallery offers interesting parallels with the London Open 2018 on view at Whitechapel.

18 August 2018

Art And The Consequences Of War Explored In Two Exhibitions

'Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One' at Tate Britain and 'Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919 - 33' at Tate...

12 August 2018

London Open: Desperately Seeking Duchamp – Whitechapel Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery is a triennial event. As the curators, Emily Butler and Cameron Foote, say in their catalogue introduction...

7 August 2018

Magic Realism: Objectivity In Weimar – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Magic Realism Art In Weimar Germany 1919-33 show that just opened at Tate Modern is a welcome addition to what you can see at...

5 August 2018

Helaine Blumenfeld Translating Her Vision – Revd Jonathan Evens

Rupert Edwards, Director of the recent Sky Arts documentary ‘Hard Beauty’, describes the film’s subject, Helaine Blumenfeld, ‘Britain’s most successful sculptor you have never...

1 August 2018

White Cube Summer A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Edward Lucie-Smith

Memory Palace, an anthology exhibition currently occupying both White Cube spaces, the big one in Bermondsey and the smaller one in Mason’s Yard St...