Posts in Art
A Review of Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause at Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York.

So wrote Germano Celant in 1967 in his post-exhibition manifesto, Arte Povera: Notes for a Guerilla War.  Celant, now the Artistic Director of the Fondazione Prada in (Milan), linked the Italian neo-avant-gardes conceptually, rather than with or to any formal or stylistic bases.  Celant saw the artists common desire to destroy "the dichotomy between art and life" with process-oriented practices.

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A Review of Further Away at Copeland Gallery, London

Where is Further Away? How far can our imagination carry us? To Cuba, to a place of little sense, to the boundary between life and death? The ten artists featured in this exhibition at Copeland Gallery do precisely that: they transport the viewer somewhere they have not ventured yet. Curated by India Dickinson, the journey begins with Ivo Morrison’s indigo fantasies, where oneiric worlds are shrouded in mystery and nostalgia.

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A Review of Joel Shapiro at Pace Gallery, London

Playful shapes in primary colours seem to defy gravity at Pace London this June. Joel Shapiro’s whimsically hung sculptures inaugurate the artist’s first solo exhibition at the London space, where seven vibrant sculptures and a selection of works on paper make for a subtle yet refined overview of Shapiro’s recent output.

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A Review of Ry David Bradley: 21th Century at PM/AM Gallery, London

Founded in early 2015 by Patrick Barstow, PM/AM is a gallery space, which aims to challenge the existing models that we use to interact with art. By introducing 3D glasses and ocular manipulation, Ry Bradley’s exhibition: 21th Century does just that. Juxtaposing the white and grey setting are Bradley’s kaleidoscopic pieces. French impressionism immediately springs to mind, as the paintings are reminiscent of Monet’s Water Lilies.

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A Review of Henry Hudson: Sun City Tanning at Sotheby's S2 Gallery, New York

When asked about the title of his exhibition at Sotheby's New York headquarters, Hudson responded, "Sun city tanning is actually the tanning salon next to my studio in east London.  When I Instagram, it always comes up as my location feed.   But I thought it worked well for the title of the show in regard to ayahuasca being the drug of the "kale" age, and how churches and public buildings in urban cities..

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A Review of the Turner Prize 2016 Exhibition at Tate Britain, London

Known for its cutting-edge commentary on contemporary art, the Turner Prize 2016 opened at Tate Britain, London on September 27th, marking its 32nd year in existence. As ever, this year’s prize attracted media scrutiny upon the early announcement of its four nominees back in May, inviting the usual refrains of  "is it art?" and "what does it mean?" Fittingly then, the exhibition opens with Helen Marten’s (purposefully) enigmatic installations. 

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A Review of the Georgia O'Keeffe Retrospective at Tate Modern, London

Georgia O’Keeffe’s retrospective at Tate Modern coincides with the much-anticipated Switch House extension, but has independently attracted thousands of summer visitors. It is perhaps because the great American modernist gave a voice to those influential female artists overlooked during the twentieth century. Curated by Tanya Barson, the exhibition brings together six decades of O’Keeffe’s work.

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The Painting with Light Exhibition at Tate Britain, London

Tate Britain’s first exhibition celebrating the birth of photography and its consequential impact on British art of the Victorian and Edwardian eras quite frankly lacks the pizzazz needed to make it flash. With the curators adopting a comparative approach, juxtaposing original photographs and oil paintings in a simplistic ' two works depict the same subject matter kind of way'  little is left to the imagination.

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A Review of Jorge Mayet's Broken Landscape at Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York

Heartbreak is at the root of Jorge Mayet’s latest exhibition Broken Landscape on view at Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York. Upon entrance the viewer is struck by a large upheaved tree, a hallmark of Mayet’s oeuvre and the repeated sculptural realization of this motif comprise his latest body of work. The uprooted trees fabricated from sponge, wire, papier-mâché, textiles and acrylics hang suspended in the gallery space creating an eerie hovering garden.

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The 'Closer to the Veg' Exhibition at the Fitzroy Park Allotments, London

The ordered chaos of the Fitzroy Park Allotments on the edge of Hampstead Heath has lately been invaded. It has been besieged by a series of installations and site-specific artworks in an exhibition entitled Closer To The Veg, so that it's now overrun with the likes of ring-necked parakeets. So different is this exhibition curated by Olga Mackenzie and Sasha Galitzine that it's drawn many curious Londoners to see work by 16 artists. 

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A Review of Olivia Steele's exhibition at the Circle Culture Gallery in Berlin, Germany

In June the Culture Circle Gallery hosted a private view of the American artist Olivia Steele’s (b. 1985) new body of work Faux Real. Born in Nashville, Tennessee the contemporary visual artist lives and works between Berlin and Mexico. Olivia's artistic style is distinctive as she employs the commercial medium of neon glass.

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The Dia:Beacon Gallery, New York

Richard Serra once said, “I consider space to be a material.” In the case of Dia:Beacon, the primarily Minimalist art collection né box factory, his words ring true. The expansive space located in the upstate New York township of Beacon does not overwhelm the artworks but instead enhances the viewer’s experience of being both with the works and within them. The broad hallways, high ceilings and labyrinthine layout allow visitors to quietly navigate their own route. 

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The Yayoi Kusama Retrospective at the Victoria Miro Gallery on Wharf Road, London

Born in 1929, the 87 year-old Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, has been producing iconic and thought provoking works for more than six generations. Having exhibited her work in both galleries and museums around the world for decades – her last UK retrospective was at the Tate Modern in 2012 - there seems to be no sign that Kusama has any intention of slowing down. She is, in fact, more prolific than ever before. 

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The Botticelli Reimagined Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

In the grand hall of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London sits a giant clam shell, occupied at any time by a tourist attempting to affect that pose: weight on one leg, hip pushed into an alluring curve, a hand raised over a breast, the other clutching an imaginary rope of salt-encrusted hair over their modesty. Such is the enduring popular appeal of Sandro Botticelli’s (1445-1510) most famous painting, Birth of Venus...

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A Review of Painting Made Me Do It at The Dot Project in Chelsea, London

Painting Made Me Do It is a group show focused on the physical act of painting with ideas drawn from Michael Blackwood’s documentary A Life Lived about Philip Guston. It features work from Hannah Bays, Asger Harbou Gjerdevik, George Little and Jessie Makinson - all of which have attracted serious interest across the London art world from the likes of  Saatchi and Marcus Harvey of Turps Banana. 

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A Review of the Frieze New York Art Fair on Randall's Island, New York City.

Over the past couple of years, Frieze New York has gained a reputation for being one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs with 202 galleries and 3 curated sections. Although Frieze has been running in Regent's Park, London since 2003, the New York version was only launched by Frieze Magazine in 2014. It's a testimony to the prestige upheld by the fair that New Yorkers..

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The Vogue 100: A Century of Style Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London

When I think of Vogue, I simultaneously think of glamour, beauty, haute couture and a world of unaffordable luxury that I will never be a part of. As I turn page after page of the latest edition, sipping my almond milk latte in a Parisian café in the septième I am, however, momentarily convinced that I am indeed a part of this world. 

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A Review of TEFAF Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands

TEFAF Maastricht’s reputation precedes it and after a couple of days wandering around this extraordinary art fair, there’s no doubt that it’s Europe’s finest. The collection of art, photography, jewellery and antiques does not try to provoke or shock; it is elegant and sophisticated. Running until the 20th March it's not too late to attend. The fair upholds its core values of excellence, expertise and elegance, as it’s notoriously difficult for exhibitors...

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The Champagne Life Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London

Staging its first all-female show and coinciding with their 30th Anniversary is the Saatchi Gallery latest exhibition Champagne Life. There is a belligerent issue around the notion of all-female shows. Arguably, this deliberate 'all-female' label could be perceived as tokenistic, but I put it down to the fact that female insurgence is trending. Remember the HeforShe campaign, ‘tampon tax’ outrage or that ‘equal pay’ debate? 

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The East Wing Biennial at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Set within the Courtauld Institute of Art, Artificial Realities is the twelfth edition of the East Wing Biennial, an iconic contemporary art exhibition in London. For the show artists have been brought together to explore the realm between reality and falsehood. With works by Anthony Gormley, Tracey Emin and Edmund de Waal, the sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations challenge the viewer to explore their own perception of reality. 

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