Reviews

 

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...

12 December 2019

Nan Goldin: Sirens – Marian Goodman Gallery -Jude Cowan Montague

Nan Goldin is an American photographer who has chronicled her life for art gallery-goers. Her themes include intimacy, moments from an encounter with the...

12 December 2019

Mario Testino: East – Hamiltons – Edward Lucie-Smith

At Hamilton's, London's premier commercial gallery specialising in photography, it offers a series of images by Mario Testino

5 December 2019

Eco-Visionaries: Moralistic Participation – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Eco-Visionaries show just opened at the Royal Academy, in its new set of galleries (easiest entry via Burlington Gardens) embraces the current fashion...

4 December 2019

Vienna’s Spectacular Exhibitions Of Durer, Caravaggio and Bernini – Paul Carter Robinson

Vienna knows how to produce a blockbuster, and this Autumn/Winter season they have mounted two. For the first time in nearly twenty years, a...

28 November 2019

George IV: The Art Of Spectacle – Queen’s Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Queen’s Gallery, behind Buckingham Palace, is the place where the British Royal Collection Trust displays its treasures. The latest exhibition there – George...

26 November 2019

Tessa Traeger – New Art Centre – Roche Court – Sue Hubbard

Fog was rising over the Wiltshire fields and the majestic beeches of Roche Court Sculpture Park dripping with November rain when we arrived for...

25 November 2019

Anselm Kiefer: Everything is connected – Jude Cowan Montague

White Cube, in this instance, seems the perfect place for this exhibition. So perfect I feel it is over-designed. The perspex boxes of wires,...

20 November 2019

Dora Maar: Shedding The Muse Label – Sue Hubbard

In 1998 the first sales of the Dora Maar collection were put on sale in Paris. They revealed a life dedicated to photography, painting...

19 November 2019

Steve McQueen: Year 3 – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

I increasingly get the feeling that the two London Tates are struggling to know what to do with the huge central spaces that are...

19 November 2019

Three London Shows November 2019 – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the nation plunges towards Brexit, and, as the official galleries - specifically the two big London Tates - grow more and more self-satisfied...

8 November 2019

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Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2019 Returns To NPG – Edward Lucie-Smith

The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize has come round once again, just as the announcement went out that the NPG will very soon close its...

4 November 2019

You Feel Me: A Place Without Division – FACT Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz

I found this latest exhibition at FACT Liverpool thought-provoking. It challenges the way we view the world and what we are being taught to...

29 October 2019

Bridget Riley: Dynamic Interactions And Optical Wizardry – Edward Lucie-Smith

At a time when there is a continual fuss about giving ‘fair representation’ to women artists, many of whom were not, in fact, central...

28 October 2019

Lucian Freud / Antony Gormley Two RA Autumn Shows – Edward Lucie-Smith

Lucian Freud / Antony Gormley, two shows at the RA, both by contemporary British artists. Apparently very different from one another

24 October 2019

Nam June Paik Outstripped By Technology Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

Nam June Paik (1932-2006) was a Korean-born artist who lived and worked in Japan, Germany and the United States. He played a considerable role...

20 October 2019

Tearing up the Rule Book: Paintings By Day Bowman at Atelier Melusine

There’s something very irresistible in Day Bowman ’s abstract paintings, currently showing on two floors of what was once an épicerie/cordoniere and its living...

20 October 2019

Sterling Ruby: Gagosian – Britannia Street – Edward Lucie-Smith

The main items in Sterling Ruby’s exhibition at Gagosian Britannia Street (his first solo show with the gallery here in London) are huge works...

20 October 2019

Victoria Crowe: Half Century Of Painting – Edinburgh – Clare Henry

Beauty. Not a word used much today. Not a popular concept. Not necessarily an accolade. Yet Victoria Crowe creates beauty with her every brushstroke,...

17 October 2019

The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood Re-evaluated – Edward Lucie-Smith

All too often, when there is a sudden enthusiasm for a particular cause, those promoting it achieve the opposite of what they intend. This...

14 October 2019

The Turner: An Exhibition of Past Turner Prize Nominees – Clare Henry

Glasgow: Love it or loathe it, the Tate Turner prize is here to stay. It's a huge accolade. And you don't need to win....