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Maria Lassing at Hauser & Wirth London

Maria Lassing at Hauser & Wirth London

You may not be familiar with the name Maria Lassnig, but a new exhibition split across the blue-chip giant Hauser & Wirth’s two galleries on Savile Row is bringing the Austrian artist firmly centre stage. Lassnig died just over three years ago at the grand old age of 94, but her star is still firmly...
I, Claude Monet - The Life and Art of Monet Alive on Screen

I, Claude Monet – The Life and Art of Monet Alive on Screen

The latest in the pioneering series of Exhibition On Screen films directed by Phil Grabsky, I, Claude Monet offers a different approach from the usual. In place of the traditional, third person narrative, this film outlines Monet’s extraordinary career through carefully selected excerpts from the artist’s own letters, which number over three thousand. The letters,...
'Bruegel – Defining a Dynasty' at Bath’s Holburne Museum

‘Bruegel – Defining a Dynasty’ at Bath’s Holburne Museum

If you’ve ever been confused by the Bruegel family tree, you’re not alone. There are Pieters and Jans and Elders and Youngers, then further down the lineage, Kessels and Teniers become involved, and suddenly your head becomes foggy. But fear not, a new exhibition opening this week at the Holburne Museum in Bath is set...
ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983-1992, Park Seo-Bo at White Cube, Mason’s Yard

ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983-1992, Park Seo-Bo at White Cube, Mason’s Yard

South-Korean artist Park Seo-Bo’s latest solo show at White Cube Mason’s Yard has just opened in London; ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983-1992 and it divulges a series of paintings that bring the heart of the the Dansaekhwa movement to London. Also pronounced ‘Tansaekhwa,’ which means ‘monochrome painting’ in Korean, Dansaekhwa emerged from a group of artists in Korea in the...
John Baldessari: Miró and Life in General at Marian Goodman Gallery

John Baldessari: Miró and Life in General at Marian Goodman Gallery

A promised and provocative distraction from those cold and wet January blues is presented in the form of the generously reflective Miró and Life in General – a solo show of new works by the institutional conceptual artist, John Baldessari. Within the vast yet equally warming space of Marian Goodman Gallery in Soho, this exhibition is a self conscious investigation into...
Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery and Restaurant

Picasso Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery and Restaurant

Picasso’s portraits are some of the most well-known and instantly recognisable paintings of the 20th century. It’s also no secret that the Spanish artist spent his life trying to break down and re-establish the traditional values of painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture – and his most famous resource with which to do it, was the...
Australia’s Impressionists at the National Gallery

Australia’s Impressionists at the National Gallery

Australias’s Impressionists, ever heard of them? Yes, No? Well, I hadn’t. Not one of the 4 artists showcased in The National Gallery’s current exhibition even vaguely rung a bell. But I have to say, my loss, for their colour palette, subject matter and honest ingenuity is as intriguing and seductive as much of the work...
Bruce McLean: A Hot Sunset & Shade Paintings at Bernard Jacobson

Bruce McLean: A Hot Sunset & Shade Paintings at Bernard Jacobson

With occupations that include action sculptor, painter, ceramicist, filmmaker and performance artist to his name, Bruce Mclean’s latest solo show at Bernard Jacobson presents a warming reprieve from December in London. A Hot Sunset and Shade Paintings presents all new works made in the past year that explore light, shadows and heat. A versatile artist, well known and...
An Interview with Fabienne Verdier; Rhythms and Reflections at Waddington Custot

An Interview with Fabienne Verdier; Rhythms and Reflections at Waddington Custot

Fabienne Verdier is known for her fusion of Western and Eastern artistic values in her painting. Her practice is laced with theoretical concepts, as well as with the bodily physicality involved in creating such large-scale paintings. Fabienne, however, decided that she needed a new challenge to propel her work forward. Bruce Kovner, Chairman of the...
Victoria Miro Mayfair hosts 'Sim' by Maria Nepomuceno

Victoria Miro Mayfair hosts ‘Sim’ by Maria Nepomuceno

As the winter nights draw in closer, the opportunity to attend the private view of the Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno was a delightful reprieve from the Autumnal gloom. The show features a number of beautiful new sculptures by Nepomuceno, whose work combines a plethora of artistic methods. Her work often starts from a small element...
Africa My Africa - Connecting Boundaries at GAFRA

Africa My Africa – Connecting Boundaries at GAFRA

This week, the Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) in collaboration with Lahd Gallery, opened their joint exhibition, Africa My Africa – Connecting Boundaries. The show features four male artists of African heritage. The venue in Mayfair was packed with attendees, who mingled well into the night; admiring the works of Edward Akrout, Patrick Altes, Olayanju...
Beyond Caravaggio: Dark Matter and Salivating Detail

Beyond Caravaggio: Dark Matter and Salivating Detail

  The National Gallery’s winter blockbuster is here – and it isn’t one to miss. Beyond Caravaggio is the first major UK shows that explores the pure power that Caravaggio exerted in his works, and how this went on to influence his contemporaries in Rome, and further afield, turning Baroque on its head and inventing...
Pedro Paricio and Halcyon Gallery - Pop Meets Dreamy Surrealism

Pedro Paricio and Halcyon Gallery – Pop Meets Dreamy Surrealism

Pedro Paricio is a Spanish artist hailing from Tenerife, who has been creeping up on the contemporary painting scene in recent years, with great acclaim. After finishing an education in Fine Arts at art school in Barcelona, Paricio embarked on a series of global shows, including a solo exhibition at the Seyhoun Gallery in Los...
Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern - Breaking Free From Gender Politics

Georgia O’Keeffe at the Tate Modern – Breaking Free From Gender Politics

Georgia O’Keeffe radically broke from tradition and this summer the Tate celebrates the artist and pioneer of American abstraction that remains absent from British collections in an enthralling retrospective. The exhibition marks the centenary of O’Keeffe’s first show at Alfred Stieglitz’s 291 gallery, presenting themes of the private, erotic and American landscape in work spanning...
Graphic Artist Ben Eine at Casa Havana pop-up in London

Graphic Artist Ben Eine at Casa Havana pop-up in London

A two-week long Cuban-themed pop up is about to take residency in Soho, organised by the classic Cuban rum creators, Havana Club, which will explore the highlights of Cuban culture through the three godly pillars of food, music and colour. It’s a little known fact that Havana Club is the only Cuban rum part-owned by...
Spiritualism in Art Revealed at Courtauld Gallery

Spiritualism in Art Revealed at Courtauld Gallery

Given that the Courtauld Institute and Gallery, both part of the premises of London’s iconic Somerset House, boast such an impressive and art-historically significant permanent collection, any temporary exhibition hosted within the space must be not only mindful of the location and its heritage, but equally must be seen to be doing, and saying, something...
Caravaggio and the Painters of the North at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Caravaggio and the Painters of the North at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

Caravaggio, the master of Baroque, has for a long time been the fascination of art historians, lauded as the man of mystery and the one of the most celebrated painters ever. He is known for being the bad-boy of Baroque – ever since his 17th century life, rumours have swirled in abundance about the man...
Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art - Niki de Saint Phalle: Je Suis Une Vache Suisse

Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art – Niki de Saint Phalle: Je Suis Une Vache Suisse

At a time when many central London galleries – particularly in Cork Street – are closing it is exciting to find a new venture in the heart of traditional Mayfair. Omer Tiroche Contemporary Art opened just over a year ago in February 2015, but already seems a well-established presence on Conduit Street. The focus is...
Stuart Davis at The Whitney, New York - All That Jazz?

Stuart Davis at The Whitney, New York – All That Jazz?

Stuart Davis will be taking center stage at the Whitney this summer. The exhibition will chart the forty-year career of this child of the Ashcan and step-daddy of Pop, this all-American Modernist with his finger on the pulse and a beat to his brushstroke. Stuart Davis: self-professed Jazz Painter, are you hep to this jive?...
John Kørner at Victoria Miro – a journey of discovery

John Kørner at Victoria Miro – a journey of discovery

Copenhagen born John Kørner uses his painting as a method to exercise the mind – his images are mysterious visions that often feel like snap shots of an ambient dream. It was said that Rene Magritte would place his finger on the rim of a glass of water when falling asleep, and as he drifted...
Exhibition on Screen - Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Exhibition on Screen – Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Whether you’ve already enjoyed the beautiful Royal Academy exhibition or are not able to visit before it closes next week, this film – the latest in the current series produced by Exhibition on Screen – is essential viewing. The Royal Academy has brought together an eclectic and impressive collection of canvases that show the compelling...
Proprioception – Manuele Cerutti at the ICI in London

Proprioception – Manuele Cerutti at the ICI in London

Pro-pri-o-cep-tion: a word used primarily in the medical world, it refers to our body’s sense of its own movements and awareness of its positioning in space. Linked to kinaesthesia which refers to the movement alone, proprioception is concerned with the subtleties of our consciousness and rapport with and within our environment. Manuele Cerutti explores this...
Reza Derakshani: The Breeze at Dawn, at Sophia Contemporary Gallery - Iranian Abstract Art

Reza Derakshani: The Breeze at Dawn, at Sophia Contemporary Gallery – Iranian Abstract Art

Sophia Contemporary is the latest in a series of country specific galleries to open its doors in Mayfair. Hot on the foot of the Italianisation of Dover Street and Albemarle Street, springs of periphery galleries have opened in succession, often focusing on the arts of the Middle East and Asia. It’s a market that has...
Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934 – 1954 at Museum of Modern Art, New York

Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934 – 1954 at Museum of Modern Art, New York

Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, numerous artists, writers, critics and scholars pushed the boundaries of social thought and practice, revolutionised the arts and thereby developed the concept of Modernism. Perceiving the cultural changes in society following the industrial revolution, and to mirror the countless social, political and aesthetic transformations which followed, the...
Nikolai Astrup - Norway's Forgotten Painter

Nikolai Astrup – Norway’s Forgotten Painter

It is likely that you have heard of Edvard Munch. If you have not heard of him, you are likely to have heard of his most famous artwork, The Scream; and if that doesn’t jog your memory, the image would certainly be familiar Whilst Munch was painting the finishes touches on an artwork that would...
Lucien Freud - A Closer Look at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark - A touching insight

Lucien Freud – A Closer Look at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark – A touching insight

The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark recently showed a collection of etchings by one of the greatest British artists of the last century – Lucien Freud. The etchings give a heart-warming insight in to Freud’s charming mentality and affection for his sitters through carefully crafted lines that circumscribe personality. The 52 works borrowed...
Hugh L. Beattie – ‘London Ancient & Modern’

Hugh L. Beattie – ‘London Ancient & Modern’

Hugh Beattie’s recent paintings, currently exhibited at the Royal Opera Arcade in Mayfair, are a paean to the creative and enterprising spirit of London. There are few other cities in the world that have such a long history and yet are so open to bold, cutting edge architectural projects; the burgeoning skyline of the City...
Peter Blake: Portraits and People at Waddington Custot Galleries

Peter Blake: Portraits and People at Waddington Custot Galleries

While you might know him for his iconic cover design for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, British artist Peter Blake’s career expands well beyond this emblem of the 1960s. Though he is often called a Pop artist, Blake has turned his hand equally successfully to realist urban painting, illustration, collage, sculpture,...
Exhibition On Screen launches ‘Goya - Visions of Flesh and Blood’

Exhibition On Screen launches ‘Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood’

Open-air screenings of opera and ballet have become something of a summer event. With their popularity clear to see from the crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square, it is no wonder that the National Gallery should jump on board. They first collaborated with Exhibition On Screen back in 2012 to film ‘Leonardo from the National Gallery’,...
An interview with the artist Rebecca Grant

An interview with the artist Rebecca Grant

Rebecca Grant is a woman in high demand. She’s currently starring in the hit play “Dinner with Saddam” at the Menier Chocolate Factory and I caught up with her coming off the stage. Rebecca is a singer, dancer, and actress, but she is more than just a triple threat. She is bursting to the seams...



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