Autumn is a good time to visit the Venice Biennale, it being cooler and less crowded than earlier in the year. Moreover, the 2022 edition is considered one of the best and the central exhibition, ‘The Milk of Dreams’, has been particularly widely praised. So here are my tips for the first time visitor:
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Seoul, seems to be the upcoming art city at the moment. This week sees the first Korean edition of Frieze,… Read More
Hiraki Sawa: installation view of the Attic Shed in flown, 2022 Fancy a quiet stroll around some shows? It’s tricky… Read More
Every five years the massive documenta show in Kassel, Germany, looks to anticipate the art world’s curatorial trends. documenta fifteen (to Sept 25) has been curated by Indonesian artist collective Lumbung inviting other collectives to issue invites.
Perhaps it is to be expected that plenty of flowers featured in London galleries at the height of an over-hot summer. For example:
It’s easy to think Fontana’s ‘cut’ works are all the same, aside from the number of slashes and the colour…. Read More
There are 1,465 works in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, a third of them in the two galleries curated by Grayson Perry, who declares his approach ‘democratic’. So there’s no lack of options for making a selection of, say, six.
Masterpiece is unusual in bringing together ‘art’ and ‘non-art’, as well as ancient, old, modern and new, and a wide geographical range. Here are ten highlights from the 130 stands to illustrate the mix:
Art Basel and it’s satellite fair seem to be back to normal this year. There’s plenty of variety – more so than at Frize London last year –
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Camille Pissarro in 1900 Do you fancy owning a Pissarro? Perhaps you’ve been to his most substantial UK show in… Read More
Edward Munch, very much a painter, is easily Norway’s most famous artist, and a new 13-floor building – ‘Munch’ as it is styled – was recently opened in his honour. Walking around Oslo, though, it would be easy to think that sculpture is the national preference: statues dot the streets and I visited four sculpture parks. For example:
Lubaina Himid: from ‘Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service’, 2007 Two current shows mine parallel strategies with effect to foreground… Read More
Perhaps, then, the studio is slipping towards historic status. Not that there’s anything wrong with a historic survey (‘A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920 – 2020’ to 5 June)
It’s easy to find that, because there’s a time limit on changing exhibitions, you concentrate on those becasue you might miss them and never quite get round to looking at institutions’ permanent holdings, deep in the memory as they may be. So on visiting major new shows recently, I’ve also thought: let’s take a ride out, see what we can find…
Woking may not be trendy… but it’s only 19 train minutes from Clapham Junction and has a new shopping centre! What do you mean, you still don’t want to go? It also has plenty of art at the moment:
Now the show in Leeds presents a 50-50 mixture of glass specialists and wider-ranging artists working in the material, all illuminatingly categorised by the material property foregrounded in the processes used. ‘SOLID’ features cast or moulded glass; ‘GAS’, sculptures made by blowing into the glass; ‘LIQUID’ the results of manipulating molten glass. Here’s one of each that order:
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The Royal Academy’s ‘Man and Beast’ offers the chance to see many prime paintings by Bacon
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What to see in London in February? Here’s my pick of ten shows which are (a) free and (b) open… Read More
Some galleries – the Hayward is exemplary in this regard – close for years to refurbish, only to leave re-visitors… Read More
I hadn’t clocked University College London as much of an art destination until recently: sure, the campus between Euston and Warren Street boasts the agreeably off-beat Grant Museum of Zoology and Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, but art?