13 April 2022

Auerbach Unseen An Unflinching Vision Newlands House Gallery – Claudia Barbieri Childs

Newlands House Gallery in Petworth, Sussex, is showing more than 65 paintings and smaller works on paper by Frank Auerbach,

11 April 2022

Raphael The Human And Divine – National Gallery – Rev Jonathan Evens

Raphael’s brief career shaped the course of Western culture like no other artist; this was so whether his work was affirmed or his influence rejected.

31 March 2022

Camille Pissarro Catalyst of Impressionism Ashmolean Museum – Nico Kos Earle

Upstairs, on the third floor of the Ashmolean, is a show that will quietly break your heart. Entitled Pissarro: Father of Impressionism (12 June 2022), this major exhibition of works drawn from the Ashmolean’s collections as well as international loans, spans Pissarro’s entire career.

28 March 2022

Damien Hirst The Visceral Reality Of Death – Revd Jonathan Evens

Everything Damien Hirst does is controversial, from the initial shock of the new – the sensation of the YBAs – through his use of assistants, his choice of materials, the ethics of his use of animals, the plagiarism claims, the claims and counterclaims of ‘bad art,’ through to the commercialism of his overall operation.

23 March 2022

Ali Cherri: Artist in Residence  National Gallery – Revd Jonathan Evens

Ali Cherri, as an artist growing up in Lebanon during the Civil War, embodying traumatic experiences of catastrophe and violence

19 March 2022

Maggi Hambling And Faith Ringgold The Matriarchs of March – Ilka Scobie

Women’s history month in New York City heralds two amazing women artists whose long inspirational careers are celebrations of feminism and creativity. Maggi Hambling Real-Time Marlborough Gallery Maggi Hambling suffered a heart attack last week on the eve of her first solo exhibition in New York.

16 March 2022

Ai Weiwei Juxtaposes Politics and Artefacts Kettle’s Yard – Lee Sharrock

Kettle’s Yard, part of the University of Cambridge, is the venue for a new exhibition of celebrated contemporary artist Ai Weiwei (born 1957, Beijing). Titled ‘The Liberty of Doubt’, the solo show curated by Andrew Nairne explores our perception of authenticity and truth and the value we place upon material things, which is very pertinent for the era of Fake News and disinformation that we are living through. 

13 March 2022

Audrey Flack Carlo Crivelli And Robert Indiana – March Diary – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Audrey Flack found her signature style during the 1960s. Originally an Abstract Expressionist, she moved through New Realism to Photorealism.

10 March 2022

Love Is In The (Open) Air Robert Indiana Sculpture YSP – James Payne

Even if you don’t know Robert Indiana’s name, you know his most popular work, LOVE. Cited as the most known artwork in the world, it is, in fact so famous that many people may not even realise it’s an artwork at all.

9 March 2022

A Look Inside The Artist’s Studio – Whitechapel Gallery

The artist’s studio is a timeless, complex space. A place where artists go to work, to think, providing both inspiration and comfort, as well as an actual physical place to go to create and experiment.

1 March 2022

Surrealism Outside The Usual Story – Tate Modern – Revd Jonathan Evens

Surrealism: Beyond Borders presents an expansive and hugely varied retelling of the story of Surrealism that challenges the Paris-centric traditional art history tale of its flourishing.

26 February 2022

Whistler’s Symphony In White Royal Academy

Walking into Whistler’s Woman in White exhibition, one does not know quite what to expect. After all, it is a bold choice to construct an exhibition based solely around one painting.

13 February 2022

Louise Bourgeois: Vision Of The Safe Womb – Hayward Gallery – Sue Hubbard

is a mythmaker and a storyteller. A chronicler of the self who has used her life to create narratives that speak of female desire

3 February 2022

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Van Gogh Self Portraits The Infinite And The Ordinary – Revd Jonathan Evens

In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent Van Gogh wrote, ‘I’d like to paint men or women with that je ne sais quoi of the eternal,

3 February 2022

NYC Gallery Scene Round-Up February 2022 – Ilka Scobie

Omicron’s on the decline, the snow is grey and slushy, and the city unveils eclectic and exciting art.

27 January 2022

Francis Bacon: Birth Copulation And Death – Royal Academy – Sue Hubbard

If there is one image that Bacon made his own above any other, it is the mouth contorted in a scream or grimace.

23 January 2022

Marvellous Icons: The London Jesuit Centre – Revd Jonathan Evans

The London Jesuit Centre and Farm Street Church currently have a marvellous exhibition of icons by Dr Irina Bradley, one of the leading iconographers in the UK.

13 January 2022

Leigh Bowery Still Entertaining And Relevant – James Payne

The performance artist Leigh Bowery died of AIDS-related illness on New Year’s Eve 1994 at only 33 years old. He didn’t tell anyone he was sick – except his best friend, Sue Tilley. When she asked him what she should tell people when he died, he said: “Tell them I’ve gone to Papua New Guinea”.

3 January 2022

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George Rickey A Life In Balance – Clare Henry

George Rickey was a lone star who created new, mesmerising, enthralling sculptures defined by movement.

12 December 2021

Betsy Bradley: Chasing Rainbows – Ikon Gallery – Alice Lenkiewicz

I was pleased to be invited to review Betsy Bradley’s first solo exhibition, Chasing Rainbows, at Birmingham’s IKON Gallery.

11 December 2021

Albrecht Dürer Travels Of A Renaissance Artist – National Gallery London – Revd Jonathan Evens

Albrecht Dürer, himself, lived in Nuremberg throughout his life but made several significant European journeys.

8 December 2021

Arcadia: Grove Square Galleries The Marchioness of Bath Beckons – Simon Tarrant 

The first black Marchioness in British history – beckoned the art world last week to a charity art auction hosted by London’s latest art house, Grove Square Galleries.

5 December 2021

Diasporan Identities: Life Between Islands Caribbean British Art – Tate Britain – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Stirring it up or creolisation is taken by this exhibition as a defining characteristic of British Caribbean artists.

2 December 2021

Chris Gollon: Gimme Some Wine – IAP Fine Art – Mary Rose Beaumont

Gollon’s work should be seen in the context of North European  Painting. He is heir to the tradition which produced painters such as Breughel and Bosch

30 November 2021

Lubaina Himid: So Many Competing Ideas Tate Modern – Sue Hubbard

She’s the oldest artist to have won the Turner Prize (she is now 67). Born in Zanzibar, Lubaina Himid returned

29 November 2021

Paula Rego: An Intimate Look – Victoria Miro

The artwork of Paula Rego, whose career spans an impressive half-century, has been largely informed by her childhood in Portugal, the tension of her conservative upbringing with the looser morals of her London experience at the Slade school of art, and her relationship with her parents.

20 November 2021

Damien Hirst A Mass Floral Tribute – Fondation Cartier Paris – Lee Sharrock

It came as a surprise to learn that ‘Cerisiers en Fleurs’ (‘Cherry Blossoms’) is Damien Hirst’s museum exhibition in France

20 November 2021

Isamu Noguchi: Socially Engaged Art – Barbican Centre – Revd Jonathan Evens

Isamu Noguchi thought art should improve the way people live and believed sculpture could ‘be a vital force in our everyday life.

16 November 2021

Pablo Bronstein: A This-World Vision Of Hell – Revd Jonathan Evens

The work and practice of Pablo Bronstein addresses two common misconceptions. The first concerns art and is to do with the perception that the contemporary art world no longer teaches, values or rewards the traditional skills of drawing. 

9 November 2021

Laura Knight Documenting A Long Forgotten Britain – Sara Faith

Through its latest exhibition, Laura Knight MK Gallery hopes that a new generation will discover the work of this artist

3 November 2021

Bosco Sodi: In The Beginning Of Wisdom – Revd Jonathan Evens

The Konig Gallery. This is an appropriate space for the display of Bosco Sodi’s work which is taken from the ground and made on the ground.

26 October 2021

Women in Abstraction / Alice Neel People Come First – Guggenheim Bilbao – Paul Carter Robinson

Two exceptional touring exhibitions have converged at the Guggenheim Bilbao, one from the Centre Pompidou titled ‘Women in Abstraction’. The other is a retrospective exhibition of the New York figurative painter Alice Neel titled, ‘People Comer First’.