Posts in London
A Review of Raphael Albert's Miss Black and Beautiful Exhibition at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place in Shoreditch, London

The photographer Raphael Albert (1935-2009) established himself as a cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in West London between the late 1960's and 1980's. His archive documenting popular community events as well as his collection of model portfolios has allowed for a both extensive and detailed exhibition, which celebrates a community often overlooked within mainstream fashion and culture.

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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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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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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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An Interview with the British Photographer Kurtiss Lloyd off Brick Lane, London

The British photographer Kurtiss Lloyd and I first met at the Nomadic Community Garden off Brick Lane, London. There we spent an afternoon talking and taking photographs of the street art. Finding his way to photography through an interest in dance, Kurtiss grew up in an English mining town without any artistic training. But he soon found his way into the fashion world, collaborating with brands like Dior, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Philip Tracey. 

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A Review of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.

Co-ordinated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and described by him as “unpredictable, stimulating and startling”, this year's Summer Exhibition focusses on the importance of artistic partnership. Throughout the galleries, Wilson presents the viewer with the pairing of single pieces of work in an attempt to demonstrate the connection formed through creative dialogue. He seeks to showcase the power of art and its ability to create empathy, as we are reminded that we often observe it from a perspective other than our own.

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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 the Photo London Fair 2016 at Somerset House, London

Photo London was only launched in 2015 but this year’s event, held at Somerset House, was a world-class gathering. Founders Michael Benson and Fariba Farshad brought together 85 of the world’s leading photography galleries, supplemented by special exhibitions by the likes of photo-journalist Don McCullin, Russian photographer Sergey Chilikov and Turner-nominated artist Craigie Horsfield.

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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 Art16 Contemporary Art Fair at Kensington Olympia, London

Art16 brings together an exciting roster of over one hundred contemporary art galleries from thirty countries all over the world, creating a highly immersive cultural experience for its visitors. The programme caters to both established and emerging galleries, providing a useful platform to exhibit artistic talent from a cross-section of diverse art scenes. Hosted at Kensington Olympia, London...

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A Review of Nick Danziger's Photography Exhibition Eleven Women Facing War, London

Nick Danziger’s current exhibition Eleven Women Facing War at the Imperial War Museum, London is a testimony to commitment to telling the stories of women affected by conflict and its legacy. Danziger has spent the last twenty-five years visiting the world’s poorest and most desecrated areas, using his lens to give a voice to those forgotten by the global media. 

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A Review of the Performing for the Camera Exhibition at Tate Modern, London

Photography has been in use since the 19th-century as a means of documenting ephemeral forms of artistic expression that would otherwise be lost forever. The Tate Modern’s new major photographic exhibition Performing for the Camera shows how two separate mediums can be inextricably linked to one another. It includes an array of artists such as Yves Klein, Robert Mapplethore and Jeff Koons and brings together 500 images from the last 150 years which show how both mediums...

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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 Frank Auerbach Retrospective at Tate Britain, London

Frank Auberbach’s retrospective at Tate Britain has been met critical acclaim for the originality of his impasto portraiture and landscapes. Given the contemporaneous exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art and its popularity at Frieze Masters, there’s a revived interest in his work. Despite the influence of painters like Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud upon his work, there’s an independence to his aesthetic. 

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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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Exclusive Coverage of the Tate Modern X Drips & Runs Collective's Street Art Collaboration, London

Drips and Runs is a London-based collective of street artists who engage with digital art by live streaming the creation of their murals. A quick browse of the social platforms of artists like Saki & Bitches, Seeds One and Himbad and it’s clear that their careers as individual street artists are booming. As they come together...

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Highlights of the Frieze Masters Art Fair in Regent's Park, London

As always, Frieze Masters in Regent's Park, London was an elegant affair. Each stand was carefully curated and painted in delicate hues of charcoal, dove grey and white. Despite the regulated colour palettes of the walls, the fair couldn’t be accused of monotony given the juxtaposition of classical and contemporary works. With immersive installations like Gallery Hyundai’s Untitled (TV and Stone) and Helly Nahmad’s Mental Asylum...

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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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An Interview with the British painter Hugo Hamper Potts in his London Studio.

The British artist Hugo Hamper Potts and I met on an autumnal evening of Soho exhibition openings before the beginning of the Frieze art fair. Dressed in an assortment of workman's attire and textured fabrics, his sartorial flare was aligned with his character. The 24 year-old painter was born into a family of artists and is now based in London and works in an Elephant Hotel studio alongside his artistic partner Jack Penny. 

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