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A Review of Anjum Singh: I Am Still Here at Talwar Gallery, New Delhi

Anjum Singh’s autobiographical exhibition I Am Still Here at Talwar Gallery in New Delhi, has easily been one of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2019. To the delight of many, Singh has declared her return to the global art scene after her shocking cancer diagnosis in 2014.

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A Review of 黄宇兴 Huang Yuxing: 物华 Essence of Landscape at König Galerie, London

The unassuming entrance to the König Galerie and series of corridors leading to the exhibition room create a sense of isolation, a clean slate from which to view the highly saturated works of Huang Yuxing. Having never visited the gallery before, it was a curious space with low ceilings and beams, between which individual works were nestled.

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A Review of Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

There is a lot to take in from Luchita Hurtado’s first public solo exhibition. Her lengthy career, still continuing today, is exhibited in a near 80-year chronology by the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. The cyclical nature of the exhibition pays homage to the environmental themes and of course the exhibition’s very own title.

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A Review of Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection, New York

Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection sings beautifully. If you look closely enough you can feel the presence of both melody and counterpoint. In this exhibition, Edmund de Waal, a ceramist known for his porcelain vessels ˗ and the clean, minimalist structures in which he has arranged his pieces since 2005 ˗ engages in dialogue with the permanent holdings of The Frick Collection, addressing the weight of history, of art, of porcelain, and ever attentive to the cadences of life.

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A Review of Manolo Blahnik: An Enquiring Mind at The Wallace Collection, London

When I first heard about An Enquiring Mind, curated by The Wallace Collection's director, Dr Xavier Bray and legendary luxury shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, I was equal parts intrigued and apprehensive. Slyly written between the lines of the romantic promotional poster was the age-old question: What is Art? Art meaning the cerebral and moving rather than the merely ‘decorative’ or the distastefully frivolous?

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A Review of WORD PLAY: Language As Medium at The Bonnier Gallery, Miami

WORD PLAY: Language As Medium, is a tightly curated exhibition on view at The Bonnier Gallery in Miami, Florida through July 20, 2019.  It features works by artists Fiona Banner, Benjamin Bellas, Mel Bochner, David Moreno, Kay Rosen, and Damon Zucconi, and slyly explores the philosophical underpinnings of language. The exhibition's catalogue essay provides the viewer with an overview of the role of language as conceptual art within the context of Postwar Art. 

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An Interview with Venetia Berry in her Studio in Brixton, London

Venetia Berry is a London-based artist known for her abstract nudes rendered with gestural brushstrokes and uplifting colour palette across her painting and ceramics. A graduate of Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and the Royal Drawing School, London she seeks, “to reverse the male gaze, challenging the archetypal sexualised female nude.”

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A Review of Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu at Lisson Gallery, London

By proposing a fresh and alternative definition – or lack thereof – of Chinese contemporary art, guest curator Victor Wang presents a symphony of dynamic, multi-disciplinary and insightful artworks by nine brilliant Chinese contemporary artists. The show unfolds to, and together with, the viewer as an open and unremittingly changing discourse, its currents imbued with a penetrating and movingly authentic echo of individual agency. 

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A Review of Oscar Murillo: Manifestation at David Zwirner, London

Upon entering David Zwirner, one is affronted by three large, deep-red canvases which occupy and overpower the primary wall of the main gallery with their assured presence. These new manifestation works at first push the audience away, asking the viewer to beguile in their pigmented facades from a distance, then following a pause, draws them in with textural details, liminal text and the jarring churnings of visceral brushstrokes.

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A Review of Lee Krasner: Living Colour at Barbican Art Gallery, London

The Barbican retrospective, the first in Europe for over fifty years, presents some one-hundred works, many of which are available to the UK public for the first time. Organised chronologically, and ranging from early monochromatic, cubist drawings to large scale, colourful abstract paintings, it finally debunks the myth of Krasner as merely the wife of Jackson Pollock.

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A Review of William Foyle: Landscapes at Asia House, London

Entering Asia House, I was immediately struck by the overflow of glittering figures adorned in all manner of extravagance; each in silent competition with the other. Air kisses were exchanged, delicately gloved hands waved at exquisitely tailored suits, crisp bubbling champagne was poured, and at the centre of this frenetic whirlpool was Scottish artist William Foyle and his eleven landscapes.

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A Review of Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern, London

It felt like Dorothea Tanning found me, rather than the other way around. I had heard of a friend’s suicide days before seeing the exhibition, and could see this tragedy’s tendrils creeping through too many lives. But the chain-reactions this set off were not clean or comprehensible – they had spikes. 

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A Review of Tristano di Robilant: Youth at Tristan Hoare, London

In an essay on the poet Enrique Lihn’s In the dark room, the writer Alejandro Zambra says: ‘childhood is, then, a time in the service of ghosts, a place to put images that, seen from the present, form a kind of foundation. A difficult foundation, of course, unsteady: the darkroom is where photographs are developed, where images appear, for the first time fixed on paper, that both authorise and destroy identity’.

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A Review of Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears at White Cube, London

White Cube is showing a ‘Fortnight of Tears’ by Tracey Emin – showing sculpture, neon, film, photography and drawings focusing on the artist’s trauma. A radical departure from previous shows, it deals with the artist’s womanhood, sex, loss, bereavement and renewal through a range of newly developed mediums.

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A Review of Henry Hudson at Hannah Barry Gallery, London

Gone are the days of Hudson’s ultra-bright psychotropic jungle scenes; instead we are treated to pastel-coloured ski slopes with a custom Scagliola floor to match. The exhibition is performative, energising and entirely aesthetic yet, despite all of the niceties, there is an underlying sense of foreboding.

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An Interview with Rich Stapleton, Photographer, at Connolly, London

Rich Stapleton, photographer and co-founder of Cereal magazine, lives and works in Bath. His subject matter focuses on travel and lifestyle and his signature style has been described as having a sense of ‘calm and quiet elegance.’ Known for his clean, sharp aesthetic, Rich is always travelling. Be it Palm Springs, Italy or Japan, he favours natural light and chronicles his discoveries both digitally and on film.

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A Review of Rio Azul by Beatriz Milhazes at White Cube Bermondsey, London

A sun-drenched Sunday afternoon in Bermondsey was the perfect setting to see White Cube’s new show, a large-scale exhibition of works by prominent Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. Entering the stark white space, I felt almost as if I had been transported away to the exotic climes of Brazil - as if when I exited the glass doors I would step out onto the Copacabana. 

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A Review of Eddie Peake at South Gallery White Cube Bermondsey, London

Once an exhibition cautions against nudity it feels more like a promise than a warning, but now that we are more difficult to shock, it seems that nudity needs a sense of purpose or joviality. Said warning appears upon entry to the South Gallery of White Cube Bermondsey and in light of Eddie Peake’s previous installations like Touch 2012, I imagined I would be in luck.

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