Posts in Fine Art
A Review of Inside: Artists and Readers at HM Prison Reading by Artangel

Inside is both very beautiful, and very painful. - Beautiful because of the art that has been assembled, and the architecture of the prison itself.  Painful because the prison does not, at first glance, look so terrible.  It even resembles university halls of residence.  Were they not called “cells” with bars at the windows and doors that lock from the outside, these would be premium, en suite rooms. But they are not, and never were. At one point the toilets were ripped out so that inmates could not use the pipes as a form of communication. 

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A Review of Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest at the New Museum, New York

“Help me,” reads a cool, white neon sign on the fourth floor of the New Museum, adjacent to Pipilotti Rist’s installation, 4th Floor to Mildness. It is a portent, an augury. It is visual representation, almost an echo, of a sound bite from Rist’s Selbstlos im Lavabad (Selfless In The Bath of Lava) (Bastard Version), (1994), which is in the museum’s stairwell gallery. Whether you go top down (recommended) or bottom up, this exhibition is vexing and often discomforting.

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An Interview with Conceptual Artist Anna Fafaliou in her Dalston studio

The conceptual artist Anna Fafaliou and I first met after a talk I gave on ‘artists of the digital generation,’ but ironically we had actually shared an Instagram flirtation before that. Just as her beautifully curated digital presence has attracted thousands of followers, her purist white installations and sculptures are continuing to make waves across the international art scene. Anna’s unique work explores the relationship between object, memory and space as well as the interplay 

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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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An Interview with Scottish Artist William Foyle in his Shoreditch Studio.

William Foyle and I met many years ago at a ceilidh in the Scottish Borders. We were reunited in his East London garage studio. William is a British painter who bravely embarked on his career as a painter or what he described as 'a five year journey of the soul' without any formal training. His paintings consider vulnerability and endurance as they explore...

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The Afro Basaldella Exhibition at Connaught Brown, London

Alongside exhibitions of Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri’s work in Mayfair this month, we now have another post war Italian painter joining the ranks. Afro Basaldella’s exhibition has just opened at the Connaught Brown gallery on Albemarle Street, London. Despite it being the night before the Frieze art fair’s private view, the gallery was overflowing with collectors, painters and...

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An Interview with the Artist and Curator Andrew Hancock at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch

Andrew Hancock is a London-based artist and curator. I had the pleasure of interviewing him at the Ace Hotel before a tour of Shoreditch's graffiti. Looking into the the internal mechanisms of the 'art world', he's worked at Christie's, White Cube, The Royal Academy, Frieze Art Fair and Saatchi. In 2013 Andrew co-founded ARTNAKED and became Art ...

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The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, London

This autumn is the 1:54 Contemporary African Art fair’s third edition, with a staggering 14 of the 38 galleries coming from Africa to celebrate the multiplicity and diversity of contemporary African art. Led by Touria El Glauoi, the fair has built provincial art scenes in African countries, promoting artistic production and cultural identity amongst those artists. Designed by the award-winning architectural...

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