Reviews

 

1 November 2018

Ann Grim: Carving Positive Messages Into The Dark – Jude Cowan Montague

Arriving at Montparnasse, I don't at first see any sign of the Gallery Granville. With its modest frontage, it's located just off-road in a...

31 October 2018

Klimt And Schiele: Naked Social Disruption – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s show of drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, almost all of them loaned by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, arrives at...

30 October 2018

African American Art vs Art From Africa In London – Edward Lucie-Smith

As is becoming more and more apparent, contemporary art in the United States is becoming increasingly regionalised. Which is to say, identified with one...

29 October 2018

Taylor Wessing Photo Prize 2018 Identity Politics And Culture War – Edward Lucie-Smith

Looking around the NPG’s new Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, I was immediately reminded of the fact that we are right in the...

28 October 2018

Raqs Media Collective – Caio Locke And Rammellzee Three Reviews – Edward Lucie-Smith

Just as I had begun to despair of the future of video, or of video + installation, as mediums for genuinely convincing contemporary art,...

27 October 2018

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William Hunter: Anatomy of the Modern Museum – Clare Henry 

Celebrating the tercentenary of Glasgow University Hunterian founder, Dr. William Hunter obviously calls for a significant exhibition. This impressive memorable display, immaculately presented, is organised by...

25 October 2018

Edward Burne-Jones Erotic And The Androgynous Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

I have various reasons for being interested in Edward Burne-Jones. Some are purely personal. For example, I happen to live in the area of...

22 October 2018

Georg Baselitz And Afro Gesture vs Figuration – Edward Lucie-Smith

It’s depressing how rapidly once-big art stars manage to fade nowadays. You blink your eyes, and suddenly they’re gone.

16 October 2018

Paul Feiler And The Rothko Factor – Redfern Gallery – Paul Carter Robinson

I first encountered the work of Paul Feiler (born Germany 1918 Died 2013) at his centenary exhibition held at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings...

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,...