Reviews

 

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...

30 July 2018

Christopher Le Brun Tranquil And Elegant – Lisson Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

I went to see Christopher Le Brun’s new exhibition, a solo at one of the branches of the Lisson Gallery.

29 July 2018

Another Europe: Open-Air Photo Show King X

Boris stay away: this is outdoors, free and in-your-face pro-EU

28 July 2018

R.B. Kitaj – A Lost Leader – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’ve just been reading a remarkable book, published last year, that seems to have received almost no attention here in Britain, save for a...

24 July 2018

Tomma Abts: A Delicate Dance Of Colours And Shapes – Edward Lucie-Smith

The show at the Serpentine Sackler marks another step forward in reputation for this German-born but British-resident painter, who has lived and worked in London...

23 July 2018

Yves Klein: Kind Of Blue – Blenheim Palace – Edward Lucie-Smith

The presentation of work by Yves Klein in the staterooms of Blenheim Palace, the stateliest of all Britain’s stately homes, is part of a...

22 July 2018

Sacred Noise: Explores Religion, Faith And Divinity – Revd Jonathan Evens

Sacred Noise explores themes of religion, faith and divinity in post-war and contemporary art through 30 works shown at Christie’s

18 July 2018

Roderic O’Conor Shadows And Stripes – National Gallery Of Ireland- Paul Carter Robinson

Roderic O'Conor is very much someone who was historically in the right place at the right time.

17 July 2018

Mythos Against Innovation – Charlie Smith London – Edward Lucie-Smith

Charlie Smith London has long been one of the most reliable innovative galleries in Shoreditch.

15 July 2018

Olga Tobreluts: What The Russians Are Doing Now – Edward Lucie-Smith

A fascinating visit to Trieste, for the opening of a show by Olga Tobreluts, an artist whom I’ve known personally since the fairly early...

11 July 2018

Banksy Goes Mayfair Pest Control Speaks Out

The appearance of a new Banksy in London can create quite a media frenzy.

10 July 2018

Hanne Kemfor The Sublime And The Ridiculous – Jude Cowan Montague

Hanne Kemfor has hung a few of her scribed, rubbed, trailed, scratched, brushed, gestured surfaces in the foyer of the Barbican Library.

4 July 2018

Two Sleepers: Bernice Sidney At Saatchi And Ali Nedaei, Cama Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

As the London art world heads towards its customary deep summer hiatus, various exhibitions manifest themselves that might not perhaps attract attention at a...

2 July 2018

Sam Ivin: Physically Scratched Portraits Of Asylum Seekers Exhibited

Such a simple idea, yet one which combines prophecy and emotive impact as it speaks truth to power - Sam Ivin physically scratches portraits...

28 June 2018

The Afterlife Of Michael Jackson In Pictures – Edward Lucie-Smith

When I first heard that the National Portrait Gallery here in London was planning to do an exhibition about Michael Jackson, the very famous...

27 June 2018

Christine Borland: A Moving Tribute To Veterans Everywhere – Clare Henry

World War 1, was one of the bloodiest wars in all history, with a total of 41 million dead. The UK suffered over a...

21 June 2018

Christo’s Grave Monument In The Serpentine – Edward Lucie-Smith

What is a mastaba? Some dictionaries will tell you that the word means a bench, but more usually it’s a term used to describe...

20 June 2018

Ed Ruscha And Thomas Cole – National Gallery Exhibits Two American Painters – Edward Lucie-Smith

Though we have plenty of experience of and access to American art here in Britain, this means chiefly American art from the 20th century.

19 June 2018

Brian Clarke: Sculpting With Photons At The Sainsbury Centre – Paul Black

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, and celebrated stained glass artist Brian Clarke can remember when the centre was merely a sketch on the...

18 June 2018

Frida Kahlo Artist or Cult Figure? Making Her Self Up at V&A

Frida Kahlo's life is so interwoven with her art that there is little separation. Her biography is well-known, and so is her image. The...

13 June 2018

Three Women Painting Big – Painting Loud – Newport Street Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery has a new show entitled True Colours.

11 June 2018

RA’s 250th Anniversary A Triumph Of The Wall? – Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s celebration of its 250th-anniversary show has met with hosannas in the press, with maybe the loudest of all coming from those who...

10 June 2018

Marc Chagall: Reassessing The Breakthrough Years – Guggenheim Bilbao – Paul Carter Robinson

Marc Chagall is an enigma. On one hand he is one of the most successful 20th-century artists, in the major auction rooms, with paintings...

7 June 2018

Aftermath – Emerging from the Catastrophe of WWI – Tate Britain – Edward Lucie-Smith

Aftermath is at last a good solid show at Tate Britain, rather than something anxiously politically correct, and equally anxious to demonstrate just how...

4 June 2018

Howard Hodgkin’s Last Stand? Late Paintings Gagosian – Edward Lucie-Smith

The current show of late paintings by Howard Hodgkin at Gagosian Grosvenor Hill is, for me, a melancholy occasion.

1 June 2018

Charles March Photography Palazzo Borghese Rome – Edward Lucie-Smith

I’m just back from the opening of Charles March photography show at Palazzo Borghese in Rome. His work, often on a very large scale,...

26 May 2018

Schiele / Woodman A Keen Sense Of Grotesque And Distortion – Alice Lenkiewicz

There is a sense of the grotesque to the work of Egon Schiele. His gnarled and crooked drawings of nudes are strong but isolated...

22 May 2018

Julian Schnabel: A Light That Failed – Edward Lucie-Smith

Julian Schnabel currently occupies an ambiguous position in the art world, which his new solo exhibition at Pace is likely to do little to...

20 May 2018

Tacita Dean Landscapes Royal Academy – Sue Hubbard

I have admired much of Tacita Dean’s earlier work. Her blackboard drawings, including her piece on the deluded round-the-world-yachtsman, Donald Crowhurst.