Posts in Art
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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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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The Bruce Nauman Exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery, Paris

The American artist Bruce Nauman was born in Indiana in 1941. From MoMa to Deutsche Guggenheim and even the Venice Biennial, his work has travelled the world. Nauman is known for his interdisciplinary approach. Engaging with existential dichotomies like love and hate as well as pleasure and pain, he has worked across a diverse array of mediums. His fascination...

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The Soundscapes Exhibition at the National Gallery, London

I think that the Soundscapes exhibition at the National Gallery, London was what every art exhibition should be. There were only six paintings, but all of your senses were engaged and we left feeling enriched in mind, body and soul. What I loved about the exhibition was that it was one of the first times I've seen an audience sit, lie or stand before a work for more than the few seconds it takes to take a photograph or read the blurb. People were spending ten, even fifteen or ...

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The Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition at The Royal Academy, London

Richard Diebenkorn is an American modernist whose current retrospective at the Royal Academy has been declared a “blast of fresh air” by the Telegraph. Last exhibited in London at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1991, the time has come for his work to be reconsidered by a new generation. Moving between abstract expressionism, abstraction and figuration, we are swept up in the oeuvre of an artist who embodied the stylistic progression of twentieth-century American art.

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The Anselm Kiefer Retrospective at The Royal Academy, London

Following the annual Summer Exhibition and the Dennis Hopper retrospective it's been an impressive summer for art at the Royal Academy. The subject of their latest retrospective is "the colossus of contemporary art" Anselm Kiefer, the German painter and sculptor who was born in 1945. He illuminates the wonders of human experience by drawing from mythology, history and poetry. Known for his confrontational artwork, he finds inspiration in the holocaust survivor...

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The Jim Lambie Exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Bringing together twenty years of sculptural development, the exhibition captures the diversity of Lambie’s work. As part of The Edinburgh festival and Generation: 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, his retrospective has invited critical acclaim and brought thousands of visitors through the doors of The Fruitmarket gallery. The retrospective spans from 1996 to the present day in a timeline of his development as a conceptual artist.

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The Slow Art Movement Exhibition at L'institut Suedois in Le Marais, Paris

L’Institute Suedois , 11 Rue Payenne, Le Marais is famous for its nihilistic café and magical gardens obscured by the palatial exterior. The concept behind its exhibition was total rejection of the contemporary mass producing art in the 21st century, as the emotional impact is lost. A hypothesis which was pondered at length by the German aesthetics philosopher Immanuel Kant who believed that great art had to have a depth of soul beyond its aesthetic value. 

 

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The Martial Raysse Retrospective at Le Centre Pompidou, Paris

Le Centre Pompidou’s summer retrospective opens with a quote from Raysse, "Today’s art is a rocket in space. Prisunic supermarkets are the museums of modern art". The provocative artist Martial Raysse was born to a family of ceramicists in 1936 and became obsessed with the beauty of plastic as he worked amongst the New Realists of Nice. He moved to New York City to submerge himself in the Pop Art scene as...

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