Sculpture
Ibrahim Mahama; Fragments at White Cube

Ibrahim Mahama; Fragments at White Cube

Decaying and charred jute sack, disassembled wooden boxes and old flip-flops are items more likely to be found in a junk yard than the White Cube, one of London’s most prestigious commercial art galleries. But for renowned Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama, such materials allow him to find “ways of articulating the same idea in different...
Jean Tinguely at Nahmad Projects

Jean Tinguely at Nahmad Projects

A mechanical, groaning grating noise greeted me above the din of chatter at the opening of the solo exhibition of Swiss artist, Jean Tinguely (1925-1991), at Nahmad Projects on London’s Cork Street. It was dark outside when I arrived, and yet my eyes took a moment to adjust to the normally bright space of the gallery, evoking...
Barry Flanagan; Animal, Vegetable, Mineral at Waddington Custot Galleries – the original British sculptural maverick.

Barry Flanagan; Animal, Vegetable, Mineral at Waddington Custot Galleries – the original British sculptural maverick.

Barry Flanagan is pregarded as one of the fathers of British conceptual sculpture. His first solo show in London in 1966 (50 years ago since this one) was lauded as being progressive for its use of unusual and exhilarating materials. One critic described the show at London’s Rowan Gallery as “Animal, vegetable, mineral”, which seemed...
Mark Bern: The 3D Pixel Artist Who is Redefining Art

Mark Bern: The 3D Pixel Artist Who is Redefining Art

The Swiss artist Mark Bern has had a quite unorthodox journey into the art world. For years, Bern was creating art prints for himself on his computer . Two and a half years ago, he had a few friends over his place who complimented his work without realising it was created by him. After the...
Aristide Najean's glass sculptures - a new modernity in chandeliers

Aristide Najean’s glass sculptures – a new modernity in chandeliers

When one thinks of Venetian glass, images of grand pastel coloured chandeliers I strict symmetrical forms are what usually comes to mind. However one man, Aristide Najean has set out on a mission to literally smash the mould. Chandeliers are objects of both form and function – they represent as necessity of providing light within...
Alexander Calder at Tate Modern - a New Modernity for Mobiles

Alexander Calder at Tate Modern – a New Modernity for Mobiles

Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was one of the truly ground-breaking artists of the 20th century and, as a pioneer of kinetic sculpture, played an essential role in shaping the history of modernism. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture brings together approximately 100 works to reveal how Calder turned sculpture from a static object into a continually changing work...
Keith Sonnier, ‘Light Works’, MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain) Nice, France. 

Keith Sonnier, ‘Light Works’, MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain) Nice, France. 

Famously, Post-Impressionist painters flocked to the south of France in search of the area’s unique late summer light. Today, there’s a similar reason to head south: an important exhibition of over thirty light-based artworks by American artist Keith Sonnier. ‘Light Works’ at Nice’s MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain) is a major presentation of...
Chatsworth's – Art Out Loud Festival 2015

Chatsworth’s – Art Out Loud Festival 2015

Also known as ‘The Palace of the Peaks’, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is undoubtedly one of the country’s best-known and best-loved country houses. For many Londoners, however, making the trek to the Peak District can seem a bit much. A new event in Chatsworth’s programming this year...
Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

  Coming soon to Tate Britain is a retrospective of sculptures by the world-renowned British artist Dame Barbara Hepworth. The bold simple lines of her abstract sculptures with their harmonious and undulating interactions between positive and negative space are instantly recognisable worldwide.   Long overdue, this is to be the first major exhibition of her...
Yayoi Kusama | Pumpkins at the Victoria Miro Gallery

Yayoi Kusama | Pumpkins at the Victoria Miro Gallery

  Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most important living artists. Her distinctive style, born of an obsession with dots that she has nurtured since childhood, flowered in the late 50s early 60s when she moved to America and became an integral part of the New York avant-garde, rubbing shoulders with artists such as Andy...
Allen Jones Retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts

Allen Jones Retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts

  The human figure as a subject of artistic contemplation is as old as Art itself, this classical subject matter is at its best in the hands of a gifted draftsman and we have been blessed with many such artists throughout history who knew the curve of the body and the lines of the face...
STÜCK HIRN BLIND | JONAS BURGERT at the Blain|Southern Gallery

STÜCK HIRN BLIND | JONAS BURGERT at the Blain|Southern Gallery

  Enter a theatrical landscape occupied by tortured half-beings and toxic colour. Something isn’t right with the worlds created for us on Jonas Burgert’s canvases, like dreams turned into nightmares, we’re unsettled by what we see, yet it’s hard to pin down a tangible source for this feeling.   Thrown into the spotlight by the...
Joan Fontcuberta, Stranger Than Fiction - Media Space Gallery, Science Museum

Joan Fontcuberta, Stranger Than Fiction – Media Space Gallery, Science Museum

  Mind-blowing would be the term that best describes the experience at Joan Fontcuberta’s exhibition. The first room of the exhibition is called Fauna, 1987 and is a very elaborate documentation of a so-called ‘Professor Peter Ameisenhaufen’. A unicorn monkey, a great winged cat, a flying elephant, a cannibalistic rabbit, and various creatures with; missing...
Schizophrenogenesis: Damien Hirst at Paul Stolper Gallery

Schizophrenogenesis: Damien Hirst at Paul Stolper Gallery

  It’s impossible to ignore the fact that Damien Hirst has a solo show in Central London this month and the queue along Museum Street in the pouring rain on opening night proved the PR machine is definitely in full working order. An extension of Hirst’s pervious exploration of drugs and medication – see works...
This Month In Art - Malevich, Frieze London, Fierce Festival, Jake & Dinos Chapman

This Month In Art – Malevich, Frieze London, Fierce Festival, Jake & Dinos Chapman

  COMING TO AN END – Malevich – Until 26 Oct The first UK retrospective of Kazimir Malevich, held at Tate Modern, is ending this month. Works from collections in Russia, the US, and Europe have been brought together to tell the most comprehensive and complete story of this influential artist who inspired and helped shape modern...
Disobedient Objects - Fusing Art With Politics at the V&A

Disobedient Objects – Fusing Art With Politics at the V&A

Fusing art with politics is a challenge that many contemporary artists are now accepting with great zeal, as the creative sphere of the twenty-first century is able to pose an increasing threat to social norms. As one of the UK’s traditional art institutions in the UK it seems ironic, yet also progressive, for the Victoria...
Restless Futures at London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins

Restless Futures at London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins

  Showcasing the future of design practice, Central Saint Martins’ recent graduates show off their latest projects at the Restless Futures exhibition as part of London Design Festival.   There are the expected technology-attuned designs, such as a 3D printed sake set. Also the amusingly clever innovations; digital printable artwork controlled by sitting on a...
What’s Love Got to Do with It?

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

  What’s love got to do with it? Well, the artists exhibiting in the Hayward’s Project Space all have varying opinions on the subject. Specifically on the gestures both visual and verbal that we use to communicate love and the play of power between lovers as levels of longing and desire shift.   A clever...
Interview with Florentijn Hofman

Interview with Florentijn Hofman

Candid sits down with Florentijn Hofman – charismatic Dutch artist and creator of the famous floating Rubber Duck sculpture – at the building site of his first ever UK commission for Totally Thames, launching on 2nd September.  You’re most known for your massive sculptures of animals. Can you tell us a bit about your inspiration? I wouldn’t say...
Exhibitions to Explore This Month

Exhibitions to Explore This Month

  COMING TO AN END – Adrian Ghenie, Golems, Finishes on the 25th  Adrian Ghenie’s show Golems finishes on the 25th this month. His haunting paint-on-linen works are a play on the traditional meaning of the Jewish word ‘Golem’ which describes a small clay figure, brought to life by magic, capable of evil deeds and without a...
Reinterpreting our signs and symbols - Marina Vargas – “La muerte por las manos” Madrid

Reinterpreting our signs and symbols – Marina Vargas – “La muerte por las manos” Madrid

Life and death have always been closely connected and their symbols are always present. La muerte por las manos (or Death by Hands) titles the new exhibition by Marina Vargas at the Galeria Javier Lopez in Madrid. It is not a gloomy and dark exposition, as you might expect from a show that makes you aware of your...
Come and See – a collection of works by the brothers Chapman

Come and See – a collection of works by the brothers Chapman

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery is currently filled with sordid ‘artefacts’, Nazi toys, Ronald McDonalds, f*cking animals and Ku Klux Klan members. It could only be the Chapman Brothers… but will you be offended or enlightened? The Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London’s Hyde Park, although less than three months old, is making its mark with some...
Ana Mendieta: Traces

Ana Mendieta: Traces

This extensive retrospective of the late artist Ana Mendieta at the Hayward gallery marks and rightly acknowledges the importance of her body of work, previously unacknowledged, as highly influential within the art world of the 20th century.   Mendieta’s work is both beautiful and haunting as it draws on the life long pain the artist...
Saloua Raouda Choucair, Tate Modern

Saloua Raouda Choucair, Tate Modern

Choucair has been painting and sculpting for over six decades, pulling inspiration from both global influences and her islamic roots. Now a major success in Beirut where she was born in 1916, Choucair’s acclaim in the western world is long overdue as only now in her 90’s is she being recognised for her life’s work....
WickED Arts Festival

WickED Arts Festival

  This weekend it was the Hackney WickED Arts Festival, an annual event which is in its sixth year. It is an entirely free festival, featuring art exhibits, live theatre, music, craft stalls and food and drink, taking place over three days. It is spread across various locations, all accessible from Hackney Wick overground station,...
Katharina Fritsch Gets Cocky with the Fourth Plinth

Katharina Fritsch Gets Cocky with the Fourth Plinth

  Recently Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth got a bit ‘blue’. Up until recently the fourth plinth on Trafalgar Square lay empty for over 150 years due to an incomplete commission. Today we all know it as London’s most famous contemporary art platform to grace a public space. The ever changing plinth is a monument to...



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