Walking round an auction house the realities of market prices never cease to amaze me. At Christies recently, for example,… Read More
Bad news: things may change fairly soon, but it’s not a simple matter to get to Venice at the moment…. Read More
I visited three places not so typically associated with art last weekend: Beckenham, Penge and Reading. But all had their points:
Bridget Riley: ‘Measure for Measure 45’, 2020 Repetition provokes us into considering what’s changed – or what hasn’t – and… Read More
In ‘Art, Life and Everything’, Julie Umerle chronicles her life as an artist from 1978-2010. She hasn’t had an easy ride – for example, she’s never been represented by a mainstream gallery – but…
Plenty of shows bring together paintings of figures and objects in unusual contexts or brought into unexpected conjunctions: the words ‘uncanny’ and ‘enigmatic’, ‘disturbing’ and ‘surreal’ are likely to be invoked. But, even if the paintings are good, you need more to turn such a display into a compelling whole. Two current exhibitions demonstrate how:
The first London Gallery Weekend (4-6 June) felt a very positive initiative, conveniently revealing the scale of London’s commercial art… Read More
last Saturday I toured six galleries at the comparative margins – Leytonstone, Woolwich, north Bermondsey (as opposed to trendy Bermondsey Street), Camberwell and Kennington – and the standard was excellent. Nor did it prove hard to get around by bus and tube…
I wait years for a really good dandelion painting to come along, then – on the same day – see… Read More
It’s perfectly possible for artists to be funny, yet tackle serious issues. And who doesn’t enjoy humour? Just now, there are plenty of shows up to illustrate just that.
I had thought some of London’s galleries might close for good at the end of lockdown, but there’s no sign of any such trend. Rather, several have made good use of the last year’s hiatuses to relocate, typically to superior spaces.
There’s a surfeit of new things to see just now, as pretty much every commercial gallery in London – and… Read More
Skarstedt’s fascinating new exhibition Painter / Sculptor brings together a sculpture and a painting by nine artists who, says the… Read More
No doubt some galleries will close, but to counter that there are some new developments. Sticking with the Mayfair zone:
Curiously, my first two visits without appointment on my first trip to London this year featured three part vertically-stacked abstractions –
There’s something enticing about knowing what artists look like, even though it isn’t usually relevant to the work. Performance artists… Read More
Who’s the most important Dutch photographer of the 20th century? I’m a fan of the largely street-based work of Ed van der Elsken (1925-90).
Kim Tschang-Yeul: ‘Waterdrops’, 1979 ‘If I were called in / To construct a religion’, wrote Philip Larkin, ‘I should make… Read More
Two market developments have attracted recent attention: A Damien Hirst edition limited by time and Beeple’s NFT sale..
In a fair the size of FIAC – 215 galleries, normally in Paris in October but also online in March this year – there’s no shortage of themes one can bring together. Here are four offerings across which I detected some sort of connection:
SOUTH SOUTH is an online community to bring together galleries with at least 40% of their artists coming from the ‘Global South’. Its lockdown-driven first commercial initiative with 50 galleries runs to March 7th.
Considering it’s fairly small (750,000) a lot of interesting work is made by artists in or from Winnipeg in Canada –
Much modern art uses unusual materials. The primacy of paint, canvas and marble are long gone. Often the material feeds… Read More
What is it like to be an octopus? Would that be a better model for how an AI might be regarded as ‘intelligent’ than assessing how its responses differ from the human? And what would that mean for the way people look at the world?