23 October 2021

Lucy McKenzie Master Of Trompe-l’œil Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz 

It’s a challenging and wonderful exhibition by a woman artist, Lucy McKenzie, Glasgow born, Brussels – based

23 October 2021

George Condo Lockdown Works Hauser & Wirth – Revd Jonathan Evens

There is an explosion of paint at Hauser & Wirth in the latest exhibition by George Condo. The energies of emergence and encounter surge…

19 October 2021

Theaster Gates Clay As A Profound Metaphor – Revd Jonathan Evens

In the beginning, there was Clay. Clay was without form. Thus begins Theaster Gates’ ‘A Clay Sermon’,

19 October 2021

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Cristina Iglesias Unveils Sea Cave (Entrance) Installation At Malta’s MICAS Art Weekend

Malta’s MICAS International Art Weekend 2021 has witnessed the unveiling of a stunning new sculpture by the artist Cristina Iglesias.

17 October 2021

Reflection A Journey Through Sunlight The Cello Factory Review

One of the notable characteristics of The Cello Factory is its copious natural light making it the perfect space for the “Reflection” exhibition, and the show has unique qualities that set it apart. Many of the works aim to intrigue the visitor through their surfaces and colours changing as one’s viewpoint moves, while others transform according to the changing light in the gallery and some do both.

10 October 2021

Mark Rothko: Mesmerising And Intimate Works On Paper – Revd Jonathan Evens

Among Mark Rothko’s artistic philosophies, he held that painting was a deeply psychological and spiritual experience

8 October 2021

Farsad Labbauf Revisiting Fragments and Entities – Isa Freeling

Do not miss Artist Farsad Labbauf’s new show ‘Revisiting Fragments and Entities’, which opened recently in Chelsea at Roya Khadjavi Projects

5 October 2021

Duncan Grant An Enigmatic Bohemian Rhapsody – Marina Vaizey

The artist Duncan Grant (1885-1978) was a charismatic, much-loved central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, a collection of friends, including the writer Virginia Woolf, the critic Clive Bell, the painter Vanessa Bell – Virginia’s sister – and the deeply influential economist and writer Maynard Keynes that has fascinated scholars and readers for decades. Their intertwined relationships and sexualities, not to mention intellectual and artistic achievements, have proved of lasting fascination from the latter half of the 20th century and on into the present, with an ever-growing audience nourished by academic studies, major biographies, popular books and exhibitions.

2 October 2021

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Turner Prize 2021: A Collective Experience – Sue Hubbard

In a year dominated by the pandemic, it was decided not to award the Turner Prize to an individual but to a collective.

1 October 2021

The Last Temptation of Christo – L’Arc de Triomphe: Wrapped – James Payne

James Payne has been to Paris to see Christo’s wrapping of L’Arc de Triomphe.

Napoléon’s monument to himself has been turned into a memento mori for our times, and Le petit caporal would not have approved.

28 September 2021

Emily Speed: Body Architecture Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz

Emily Speed’s new exhibition at Tate Liverpool is based upon the human body and related very much so to architecture.

19 September 2021

Rebound Ramblings: New York City Art Week 2021 RoundUp – Ilka Scobie

With major as well as offbeat art fairs, ranging from the Armory at the massive Javits Center (where I last went for my Covid vaccination) to tiny storefronts selling transgressive signage

16 September 2021

Brash Is Beautiful – Yinka Saves The Day At Royal Academy Summer Show

Held every year since the Summer Exhibition is the world’s oldest submission exhibition with works selected and hung by Academicians.

16 September 2021

International Autumn Art Exhibition Reviews – Revd Jonathan Evens

Periodic reviews of exhibitions around the globe can highlight a range of work in a range of styles in many different galleries.

4 September 2021

The Lost Leonardo Film Review by James Payne

James Payne reviews the new film “The Lost Leonardo” directed by Andreas Koefed and encounters a thrilling journey through the murky world of art.

27 August 2021

Mark Woods An Uncanny And Taboo World – James Payne

James Payne explores the curious world of Mark Woods in his exhibition Absorption at Cross Lane Projects, Kendal.

17 August 2021

Roger Cecil: A Once In A Generation Welsh Painter – Revd Jonathan Evens

Aged 21, after just one week, Roger Cecil walked away from his scholarship at the Royal College of Art to make art on his own terms at home in Abertillery.

13 August 2021

Tino Sehgal: Location, Nature And Pandemic – Blenheim Palace – Revd Jonathan Evens

The female participant in Tino Sehgal’s ‘Kiss’ is stretched out on the floor, head arched, looking back, as her partner moves in slow motion

26 July 2021

Lucian Freud: Real Lives In Focus Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz  

Lucian Freud – Real Lives is the first exhibition of his work in the North West for thirty years. Widely regarded as a master of modern…

26 July 2021

Edge to Edge The Cello Factory Review by Simon Streather

Edge to Edge features artists who use hard edges of some kind in their work but who are not necessarily defined by them. Simon Streather takes a closer look at the artists in this show.

20 July 2021

Michael Armitage And The Power Of Art – Royal Academy – Revd Jonathan Evens 

Meek Gichugu’s No Erotic Them Say, included in this show, traumatised the imagination of Michael Armitage as a child.

11 July 2021

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Sidney Nolan: Colour of the Sky – Auschwitz Paintings – Revd Jonathan Evens

The Australian modernist Sidney Nolan was among those responding in this way, but his responses have remained unseen and unappreciated within his archive until very recently.

8 July 2021

Paula Rego Ambiguous Persuasive and Subversive Tate Britain – Marina Vaizey

Paula Rego (b 1935) is an artist who is vividly expressive and imaginative in her use of colour deployed in the service of brilliantly choreographed compositions.

6 July 2021

Judy Chicago Unleashes Her New Autobiography – Edward Lucie-Smith

The dust-jacket of this handsome new book proclaims that ‘Judy Chicago is America’s most dynamic living artist’.

3 July 2021

Climate Art Residencies Unveiled At Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Late, as often can be the case with our timetable, we arrived at Bridge Point Rye creative arts centre at a deserted exhibition.

28 June 2021

Rachel Kneebone: A Complex Tableau Of Organic And Geometric Forms – Revd Jonathan Evens

Rachel Kneebone, “I am excited and delighted to be showing 399 Days in the YSP Chapel, a space that resonates in a special way with my work

11 June 2021

Cacophony: Four Iranian Artists AB-ANBAR Cromwell Place – Sue Hubbard

Few in the West will have been to Tehran. We are either likely to think of an exotic Persia full of sultans and hareems

9 June 2021

Barbara Hepworth: Symbols Of Art & Life – Hepworth Wakefield – Revd Jonathan Evens

Looking back on her work, Hepworth identified three important sculptural forms to which she continually returned.

9 June 2021

Rodin: Suffering And Conflict – Tate Modern – Revd Jonathan Evens

To stage a major Rodin exhibition in 2021, the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante is particularly appropriate …

3 June 2021

Modern British Artists At The Beach Hastings Contemporary – Jude Cowan Montague

Jude Cowan Montague explores Seaside Modern: Art and Life on the Beach at Hastings Contemporary.

27 May 2021

David Hockney: Sequentially Spring Royal Academy – Marina Vaizey

David Hockney is, for a variety of reasons, a British National Treasure. Why? It is stunningly evident in the special exhibition of paintings done last year, which explores, sequentially, the arrival of spring unfurling over three months in his four-acre garden in rural France.

24 May 2021

Eileen Agar: A Surrealist Trailblazer Whitechapel Gallery – Sue Hubbard

As a new young arts writer, I once went to Eileen Agar’s flat in Kensington. I honestly didn’t know who she was at that time. The flat was quite conventional, except for a few collages on the walls and her famous Bouillabaisse hat – constructed of cork and decorated with a large orange plastic flower, a blue plastic star, assorted shells, glass beads and starfish – sitting on a stand.