Reviews

 

4 July 2019

Felix Vallotton: A Lost Prophet – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

Felix Vallotton, the subject of a new exhibition on view now, at the Royal Academy, was a betwixt and between sort of artist. Swiss...

3 July 2019

Alexander Calder Stories: Spectacular New Exhibition Centro Botín – Jude Cowan Montague

When the boats sail past on a summer's day and the light falls gently, and we're solstice-awake in the long days, Alexander Calder reels...

30 June 2019

Contemplating the Spiritual in Contemporary Art – Revd Jonathan Evens

Contemplating the Spiritual in Contemporary Art a new exhibition at Rosenfeld Porcini is proof, if proof is needed, that there is no shortage of...

29 June 2019

FairforSaatchi: The Making Of A Summer Fixture – Simon Tait

A new contemporary and modern art fair at the Saatchi Gallery has just opened as a "pop-up" during the London Summer fair season. Organised...

27 June 2019

Cindy Sherman NPG Retrospective A Major Blockbuster – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Cindy Sherman retrospective just opened at the National Portrait Gallery is a major blockbuster, illustrating all aspects of a very prolific career.

25 June 2019

Scott Eaton Artist Plus AI – Edward Lucie-Smith

A rather too brief exhibition, well hidden away in the bowels of Somerset House and not mentioned in the official handout listing what is...

25 June 2019

Donald Sultan Huxley-Parlour Sam Jackson Charlie Smith London 2X Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

This is the time of year when London's grandee galleries – official and commercial – are so busy presenting us with blockbuster shows that...

18 June 2019

Paula Rego Where The Personal Is Political – Marina Vaizey

All art is perforce autobiography, and every picture tells a story. How could it be otherwise? No outstanding artist almost literally makes visual these...

18 June 2019

Natalia Goncharova: Luboks, Icons And Russian Avant-Gardism – Edward Lucie-Smith

Born in 1881, Natalia Goncharova was a full generation older than Lee Krasner and came from a very different background from that of Krasner’s...

17 June 2019

Gender Fluidity Celebrated In New Hayward Gallery Exhibition – Teo Robinson

Kiss My Genders at the Hayward Gallery curated by Vincent Honore is a dynamic voyage and vivacious celebration of infinite representations of gender-diversity, gender...

16 June 2019

Keith Haring: A Sign Of The Times – Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz

The highly anticipated first UK exhibition of Keith Haring's work has opened at Tate Liverpool. It is vast, covering most aspects of his work...

15 June 2019

Mark Dean Mediating Between Creation And Creator – Revd Jonathan Evens

In his book, God in the Gallery: A Christian Approach to Modern Art Daniel Siedell suggests that many works of modern and contemporary art...

15 June 2019

Bartolome Bermejo And The Paper Museum – Two Free Exhibitions – Edward Lucie-Smith

Once again the National Gallery offers a small, free, finely crafted show devoted to an Old Master painter that few people will know much...

11 June 2019

Oscar Murillo A Cultural Hero Of Sorts – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’ve just read a piece on the web complaining that the one area of the contemporary art world where gender equality is making no...

10 June 2019

Francis Bacon – The Power Of The Illicit – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new Francis Bacon show at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill is something of a landmark event. It contains a sumptuous array of top-quality works. Only...

9 June 2019

Keith Tyson – Enrique Martínez Celaya Two London Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

If you want to take the temperature of the London art world, here are two places to do so. One is the show for...

8 June 2019

Faith Ringgold and Luchita Hurtado – Two Women Artists Of A Certain Age

I was looking at the tapestries with painted and sewn figures, the colourful designs of pioneering activist and artist Faith Ringgold when I heard...

6 June 2019

Lee Krasner Abstract Expressionist – The Barbican – Edward Lucie Smith

The catch-up continues: two more female artists, from different phases of the now safely defunct Modern Movement, are now being given their due. They...

2 June 2019

Frank Bowling: In The Presence Of A Significant Painter – Sue Hubbard

It’s rare to walk into an exhibition and be bowled over (forgive the pun). To encounter work that touches the heart as well as...

28 May 2019

Four London Art Exhibitions To See – June 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

London's posher galleries offer exhibitions of all kinds right now, but they tend to have a slightly depressing characteristic in common. The artists concerned...

26 May 2019

Manga: Masterpieces Of Narrative Art – British Museum – Edward Lucie-Smith

It is bold of the British Museum to embark on an exhibition of Japanese Manga in their most significant and grandest temporary exhibition space...

26 May 2019

Vicky Crowe: 50 Years Of Painting – Clare Henry

Venice, the Pentland Hills, Prince Charles?" They may not have a lot in common, but all have provided Vicky Crowe with significant inspiration. They also...

25 May 2019

Anish Kapoor: Splashing Bloody Wombs And One Penis – Jude Cowan Montague

I can't see an Anish Kapoor exhibition at the moment. I can't talk about Anish Kapoor at the moment. Not without the first thing...

25 May 2019

Leonardo Da Vinci A Man Of Seductive Charm – Edward Lucie-Smith

This will be a great year of Leonardo celebrations because 2019 marks five centuries since the great artist died and Leonardo is now one...

20 May 2019

Artificial Intelligence More Than Human – Barbican – Edward Lucie-Smith

Right now, the Curve Gallery at the Barbican has a big show entitled More Than Human that seems exceptionally relevant, not so much to...

18 May 2019

Piero Manzoni The grid And Everyday Materials – Ilka Scobie

Self-taught artist and avant-garde predecessor to the Arte Povera movement, Piero Manzoni was born to an aristocratic family in Soncino, Italy in 1933.

14 May 2019

Cathy Wilkes: Resurrecting The Forgotten British Pavilion Venice Biennale – Sue Hubbard

May you live in interesting times is the overarching theme of this year’s Biennale. Dystopia and dissonance are everywhere played out in the themes...

14 May 2019

Whatever Happened To Anthony Caro? – Three Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

Whatever happened to Anthony Caro? In Jonathan Jones’ new book about the history of British art from Hogarth to Banksy, Caro gets about half...

5 May 2019

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Jonathan Jones Sensations – Book Review – Edward Lucie-Smith

Jonathan Jones’ new book from Laurence King Publishing is a quality job. Entitled Sensations, it bears on its back cover a recommendation from none...

2 May 2019

Bruce McLean Plus Three Other London Shows – Edward Lucie Smith

In a trough after its immediately pre-Easter excitements – Rembrandt at Gagosian, Sean Scully at the NG – the London art world looks faintly...

1 May 2019

Kathy Acker And I – ICA Retrospective – Paul Carter Robinson

I,I,I,I,I,I,I Kathy Acker is a fitting title for this quasi-retrospective exhibition which opened at the ICA on Tuesday night. In fact, it would have...

27 April 2019

Chantal Joffe: Her Own Sense Of Being – Victoria Miro – Sue Hubbard

Chantal Joffe Victoria Miro London: In his seminal 1972 book Ways of Seeing, the late John Berger claimed that: ‘A woman must continually watch...