Posts tagged London
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 Diane Arbus: In the Beginning at Hayward Gallery, London

With some of the most recognisable photographs in existence, Diane Arbus (1923–1971), made her mark in New York and the art world forever with her singular method of portraiture. The latest show to honour her work was organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery.

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A Review of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition 2019: 'Anne Imhof: Sex' at Tate Modern, London

Anne Imhof's third solo exhibition, Sex, a highly anticipated followup to both Angst (2016) and Faust (2017) was unsurprisingly in keeping with the artists known aesthetic and mimicked the uneasy atmosphere of both her previous endurance performances. Elevated platforms, serpentine movements, dead-eyed stares, smoke and the odd bit of fire connect all three of Imhofs performances to date.

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A Review of Geta Brătescu: The Power of the Line at Hauser & Wirth, London

Hauser & Wirth homages Geta Brătescu in its latest exhibition, The Power of the Line. It explores the constantly evolving use of the line in the artist’s most recent works. The show was organised in close collaboration with the artist and Marian Ivan and Diana Ursan of Ivan Gallery, resulting in a highly introspective display.

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A Review of Bill Viola at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Though the curators of the RA’s Michelangelo / Bill Viola exhibition, Live Death Rebirth, frame the show as a ‘conversation’, it unavoidably sets the two artists up for conflict – one that Viola seems fated to lose. Clearly aware of this temptation, the show’s Introduction over justifies; ‘it is [their] commonality, rather than a suggestion that Viola is a “modern Michelangelo” that the exhibition illuminates’.

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A Review of Walter de Maria: Idea to Action to Object at Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London

An intriguing insight into the workings behind the subliminal sculptures of late artist Walter de Maria, Gagosian’s new exhibition ‘Idea to Action to Object’ presents over forty works on paper and several related sculptures, which are on view for the first time.

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A Review of Tom Wesselmann at Almine Rech Gallery, London

Almine Rech Gallery presents a provocative, uplifting survey of work made in the final years of Tom Wesselmann’s life. Large-scale Sunset Nudes (2002–4), are paired with painted aluminium wall assemblages dating from the same period, their maquettes on public display here for the first time.

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A Review of Petra Cortright: Pale Coil Cold Angel at Nahmad Projects, London

American artist Petra Cortright is sailing the wind of technology - her's is art of the post-internet age. She creates work, which explores society’s relationship with technology as approached from an artistic starting point. Pale Coil Cold Angel at Nahmad Projects delves deeper into the idea of creating work via new technologies.

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A Review of Rose Wylie: Lolita's House at David Zwirner, London

Rose Wylie is everywhere! Represented by blue-chip gallery David Zwirner, the 83-year-old painter continues to receive awards and embark on museum shows met with critical acclaim. Alongside female artists like Phyllida Barlow representing Britain at the last Venice Biennale at the age of 73, or Lubaina Himid's historic Turner Prize win last year, Wylie's moment in the spotlight is long overdue. 

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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 Slippage at The Post_Institute, Brixton, London

The corpus of postmodern abstraction and contemporary gambits on show demonstrated a clear hypothesis: the increasingly discursive fabric of painting in the expanded field. Drawing from this open legacy is the inaugural show of The Post_Institute, Slippage: Performative Utterances in Painting, an exhibition of five artists which similarly educes the hermeneutics of painting and its increasingly heterogeneous vernacular.

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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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A Review of Adventitious Encounters by Open Space Contemporary at Whiteleys, London

Walking into Whiteleys Shopping Centre, I was surprised by the setting of the Adventitious Encounters, an exhibition put on by the contemporary art platform Open Space Contemporary, which is based between London and Istanbul. However, I was eager to see it after a glance through the press release

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An Interview with Richie Culver at his Studio in Kensal Rise, London

British artist Richie Culver and I first met at his Bayswater studio, with the gentle thud of techno music reminding me that he’d recently returned from a tough couple of years in Berlin. A few years later, we're still in West London, but at his Kensal Rise space alongside Tim Noble and Sue Webster. I was met at the door by a soft-spoken Yorkshireman with arms decorated with the names of past lovers and dead friends.

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A Review of Colour, Order, System at Sid Motion Gallery, London

The gallery, which has this June celebrated one year since its opening, feels a staple of its surroundings and the latest show Colour, Order, System has as much dialogue with the street outside as it does between the works inside. Bringing together four artists, owner and director Sid Motion – the gallery’s namesake – has curated a show of delicate proportions and affiliations, and the title provides a rigorous underpinning of all the works on view.

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A Review of Eddie Martinez: Cowboy Town at Timothy Taylor

With white-washed walls, large colour-splashed figurative canvases, beautifully-bound catalogues and a seriously cool London address, Timothy Taylor is a contemporary art collector’s dream space. Currently exhibiting Eddie Martinez’s second solo show, Cowboy Town, Timothy Taylor has, yet again, shot the lights out.The paintings are raw, bold and predominantly figurative.

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An Interview with British artist Milla Eastwood in her Studio in Brixton, London

The Brixton-based painter Milla Eastwood and I first met at the preview of her critically-acclaimed solo exhibition Drunk on Colour at The Dot Project in Chelsea. Although I have always favoured gestural, abstract paintings, I was yet to experience her energy and dynamic colour palette. She composes her expressive work in her expansive Brixton studio, and sometimes even ventures to botanical gardens and natural landscapes.

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A Review of Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970's at The Photographer's Gallery, London

Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s brings together works by no less than 48 artists from the collection of Austrian renewable-energy giants Verbund - exhibited in Britain for the first time. It features film, performance, collage and photographic works arranged thematically across two floors of the expansive West-End space. Taking its title from the curator-coined term, the show offers what is then an extensive look at the work of these groundbreaking artists.

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