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20130308040619-besnnuzcmaaxfko Armory 2013: An alien's A-Z of New York's premier art fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at The Armory Show March 7th, 2013 - March 10th, 2013
Posted 3/8/13

A is for... Art. Obviously.  B is for... Bloomberg. Read his speech in a particularly dispassionate manner, but apparently the Armory show is 'fun, and good for the economy!'  C is for.. Champagne. Free Pommery from 12 - 1 for some. Kudos for being the fair to crack open the booze earliest.  D is for...  Daytime drunks. Following indulgence in above mentioned compacted time frame. E is for...  Elitism. it still abounds, even across the pond. F is for.. Faux casual. The Armory Show lo... [more]

20130120234653-yuasa_-_the_world_without_words_-_courtesy_of_tag_fine_arts_1 What to buy at the London Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Fiona Banner, Langlands & Bell, Jonathan Callan, Keith Coventry, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Mary Anne Francis, Anya Gallaccio, Ackroyd & Harvey, Dan Hays, Kenny Hunter, Liliane Lijn, Julie Major, Cornelia Parker, Simon Periton, Alison Wilding at Business Design Centre January 15th, 2013 - January 20th, 2013
Posted 1/20/13

The most fun you can have at an art fair is to pretend you have money, make up an imaginary budget, then promenade snottily around, arousing gallerists, deliberating over what to buy. Some people of course do actually have money – god bless their souls for spending it on art, please keep doing so – and the London Art Fair is good for its unintimidating and unpretentious atmosphere – the Business Design Centre in Angel is so unglamourous, and stands are layered tightly together, so that you don’... [more]

Interview with Marcos Chaves  
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12/31/12

Rio de Janeiro, Dec. 2012: Marcos Chaves is a globally renowned artist, whose multi-layered conceptual practice–which includes drawings, video, photography, as well as large-scale site-specific projects and installations–has appeared everywhere from Moscow to Melbourne since the 1980s, as well as prolifically inside his native Brazil, where he is a treasured member of the artistic community. Rich with parody, Chaves’ work departs from his observations of modern conventions and appropriated value... [more]

GEOslant from London: A Tribute to Georgia Fee  
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Posted 12/30/12

My relationship with Georgia was very modern. I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person – she was based in the US and Paris, and I was in London. We were due to meet during Frieze in October this year while she was in Paris, when she was sadly taken ill, and eventually had to return to the US for treatment. We talked regularly, on Skype, and so on. Yet the connection we had was as real and genuine as any dear friend. Georgia exuded warmth – even virtually. She was kind in every intera... [more]

20121229111004-20120709_07_franklaws Alternative Top Ten of 2012   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/29/12

We love compiling retrospective round ups as much as the next. Our aim at Artslant in London is to cover as much as we can with an open mind: from the institutional blockbusters to one-night-only backstreeters, and with an appropriate breadth of voices. Hence we’ve come up with an alternative list to trade in (and, alright, rebuff just a little) the predictable choices on this year’s ‘best ofs’. 1. Lucian Freud at the National Portrait Gallery – swap for – Louise Bourgeois, Freud Gallery Freud proved his place... [more]

20121223134311-kensortaisgag1 Eighteen Apostles of Evil   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ken Sortais at Galleries Goldstein December 13th, 2012 - January 12th, 2013
Posted 12/23/12

Graffiti artists accept the emphemeral nature of their artwork – it’s intrinsic to their working method from the start. They don’t expect longevity; the impact of a work has to continue in some other, more subliminal way, to endure, and that all hangs on the first impression the viewer has of the work – another component that is key to the way a graffiti artist has to work. The omnipotent Nicholas Logsdail suggests in the latest issue of Elephant magazine that the YBAs is one of the only – if inde... [more]

20121120153549-catlin2012 Meet Justin Hammond: Massive in the art game   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/12

Justin Hammond is an independent curator, art writer and publisher. In 2007 he devised the Catlin Art Prize, an annual showcase for the most talented new artists in the UK and later went on to compile The Catlin Guide, widely recognised as the essential reference for collectors of emerging artists. In 2010 he published An Unspoken Arrangement to coincide with Alex Ball’s debut solo exhibition, and as part of The Makers' Union curated Mike Ballard's Whose Coat is that Jacket You’re Wearing?, hel... [more]

Interview with GAIS  
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11/19/12

Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 2012: I’d arranged to meet Gais at 2 pm at his gallery in Rio de Janeiro’s Humaita district. I’d been warned about Carioca time keeping, and not being inclined to punctuality myself, I easily forgave the artist when he arrived at 2.50, all smiles and reddish-bleary eyes. “He drank a lot,” the gallery staff explained, somewhat sheepishly – but in a way that implied this was not an unusual occurrence – and that suggested they were relieved he had showed at all. “Can I do the... [more]

20121016204425-opd_s_18 International Offerings at FIAC 2012   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at FIAC October 18th, 2012 - October 21st, 2012
Posted 10/16/12

FIAC is open to galleries from around the world, yet most of the stands are, inevitably, to be taken up by galleries already based in the capital itself, if not in nearby francophone nations (as James Thompson will tell you, that tendency may have to do with some facets of the French character). Whether the French will be receptive or not to the international offerings at this year’s fair – there is certainly scope to travel at FIAC. When approaching the fair as many shall do, as a gallery-goe... [more]

20121010192023-estudio-lamina Emerging and Alternative Spaces: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/10/12

Brazil is mind-bendingly big. It has a population of around 200 million, with a landmass of over 8,500,000 square kilometres. Which makes writing about its art scene naturally reductive. Gulp. What I’ll try to do then, is narrate some of the interesting things I did discover visiting two of Brazil’s most prominent international cities, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Clearing my head of kashasa, and getting over the size of the country (I am from the British Isles, which could fit into the coin poc... [more]

20121009091859-6399163949_e311dbf326_b Frieze Bites   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Frieze London October 11th, 2012 - October 14th, 2012
Posted 10/9/12

Frieze has become synonymous with "modern and cool" – or so says The Guardian. Whoever is saying it, it is true that there will be fashion magazines snapping street style shots of the COS-clad (COS in fact being one of the partners of Frame this year, Frieze’s embyronic sibling) visitors.  Frieze has built a brand that has made contemporary art "covetable", fashionable, and, the corollary would be, uninviting. So, what do London’s maverick art types really get up to during what is touted as the b... [more]

20120906172937-ella_finer__during_residency_at_the_arthaus_building__photography_by_kitty_walker__summer_2012_ LON Fall Previews: Sculpturally Inclined   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/6/12

Having been overshadowed by its omnipotent cultural kin – sport – this summer, this autumn should be a phlegmatic return for visual art forms in London. The vestiges of a turbulent few years, socially, economically and culturally, still remain in the city, however, it seems to have inspired a new spate of exhibitions that consider environments and space – from the contemplative, to the laconic and the humourous. Assessing the physical space around us, how it moulds us, and the way in which we... [more]

Interview with Frank Laws  
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8/19/12

London, Aug. 2012: As a viewer, art can roughly be divided into two categories: art that you think you could have done yourself, and art you definitely know you could never have done yourself, and wonder how any earthling was able to do. Frank Laws' work most certainly belongs to the latter category. I wrote about Frank Laws’ work for ArtSlant last in 2011, a small, awe-struck (and now somewhat cringe-inducing) article circumnavigating Laws’ first London solo exhibition, Dwellings. Since then, he has continued his work, as an in-hous... [more]

Interview with Pablo Delgado  
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7/23/12

London, July 2012: Pablo Delgado is a relative newcomer whose work has been quietly emerging on London’s streets, if you can spot it. His scattered miniature people paste-ups depicting all kinds of scenes from the everyday to the surreal, have become well-documented on the web. Reconfiguring images taken from the net, Delgado’s figures, only a few inches high, are something like Alice In Wonderland interloping with the Borrowers, living in a parallel world existing alongside our own. Not meant to... [more]

20120717093011-ryan_gander__i_is More Really Shiny Things That Don’t Mean Anything   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ryan Gander at Lisson Gallery July 11th, 2012 - August 25th, 2012
Posted 7/17/12

I haven’t written in a while and I’m feeling apprehensive about it. Mainly because I love Ryan Gander’s work, and liked his new exhibition at the Lisson Gallery a lot; and because the Lisson itself to me is still a slightly clinical/cynical space with a supercilious commercial backbite. Gander is in many ways the ideal kind of artist: conceptual without being obtuse, experimental with mode and media, appealing to the eyes and the brain. Though this exhibition, his second solo presentation at the Lis... [more]

20120708152711-yoko-ono-berlin-smile-1_press_page Yoko, Oh No - a conversation with Philippa Snow and Charlotte Jansen  
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Yoko Ono at Serpentine Gallery June 19th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
Posted 7/9/12

3:56 PM, Philippa Snow wrote: I read Adrian Searle's review of the show yesterday, and, as usual, he has expressed my views far more succinctly and in a far funnier way than I could have hoped to, but I soldier on regardless. 4:30 PM, Charlotte Jansen wrote: What the Guardian dude? I'm in two minds about reading before seeing, especially where Yoko is concerned... Isn't she a bit 'shit sleb'? 4:32 PM, Philippa Snow wrote: Yeah, that's him. I have to say, the last thing I wanted w... [more]

Interview with INSA  
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4/1/12

London, Mar. 2012 - There are many facets to INSA. As an artist, his work polarizes audiences. His latest installation project that opened for one night only on the 29 March in East London –  queues of fans lined up in the spring sunshine, hoping to be one of the first fifty guests through the door to pick up a free limited edition print – was no less divisive or provocative than previous works. Inside the installation, Self Reflection is Greater Than Self Projection, a heady maelstrom of spheres reflected a distorted,... [more]

20120303181814-hpimage Portrait of the Artist: Freud’s Irresistible Dualism   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Lucian Freud at National Portrait Gallery February 9th, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/3/12

''The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.'' The paradox, as defined by the late artist himself, is a focal quality contained in the exhibition presented at the National Portrait Gallery; Freud’s portraits are beguilingly close to their subjects --  “the paint is the person” – and yet at the same time, uncanny, strange. This impressive exhibition is packed with beauties of all shapes and sizes - from works on a smaller scale, such as the w... [more]

Interview with Lex Braes  
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2/26/12

Feb. 2012: Lex Braes is a Scottish-born, New York-based artist, working mostly with paint. His work, which spans over three decades, has been exhibited widely in both Europe and the US. His most recent show closed on February 26th, at the new gallery space Show Room 170 on the Lower East Side, and was, according to the artist, his best work since ‘Still’ (1998). The artist’s work can be seen at the National Academy’s The Annual 2012 group exhibition, open until April 29. I talked with Lex while... [more]

20120206215804-buckleyfatamorgana__11111_ Blur and Blind   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Laura Buckley at Cell Project Space January 20th, 2012 - February 26th, 2012
Posted 2/5/12

In Elizabeth Nielson’s perspicacious essay on Laura Buckley’s practice that accompanies the artist’s solo exhibition at Cell Project Space, Nielson, director of the Zabludowicz Collection, refers to the immersive aspect of "Fata Morgana", which, she elucidates, “denies interpretation and demands submission.” Submission is certainly one feeling Buckley arouses with her multifaceted installation, a walk-in kaleidoscope, comprised of hexagonal walls, mirrored entirely inside, and hooked up to a b... [more]

20120205201456-picture-2-238x300 Swaggering, cigarette puffing, self-ironic   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Emma Richardson at Londonewcastle Project Space February 2nd, 2012 - February 12th, 2012
Posted 2/5/12

Emma Richardson’s debut solo exhibition has generated a lot of excitement. The bassist/vox from Band of Skulls, Southampton’s most successful alt-rock outfit, was trained as a visual artist, and has returned to painting after a six-year hiatus, and with the luxury (or perhaps hindrance) of being an established musician. Londonewcastle’s Project Space on Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street is an intimidating venue for a solo show, but Richardson surely has the steely attitude from making it in the music... [more]

20111217202701-20101209205517-00720101210 London Art Fair 2012   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at London Art Fair January 18th, 2012 - January 22nd, 2012
Posted 1/28/12

Just over 25,000 visitors attended the 24th edition of the London Art Fair at Islington’s Business Design Centre, which ran over five days this month. Some will be surprised that the London Art Fair is the UK’s largest and longest running fair of contemporary art focused on London galleries. The London Art Fair has a more approachable, accessible, and welcoming feel, compared with other fairs in the city. Visiting it is a bit like seeing your school teachers in mufti – without the comfort of the... [more]

20120108111851-dh David Hockney at the Royal Academy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Hockney at Royal Academy of Arts January 21st, 2012 - April 9th, 2012
Posted 1/28/12

If art is considered in terms of culture, this new presentation of works by David Hockney at the Royal Academy excels at it. With a host of new paintings created specially for this major exhibition, alongside work from five decades in Hockney’s illustrious and prolific career, this is an obsessive ode to the English countryside –  and specifically, the Yorkshire Wolds. The RA was in reportedly poor health before its blockbuster Anish Kapoor exhibition of 2009, and it seems determined ever sin... [more]

Interview with Broken Fingaz Crew  
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1/15/12

Jan. 2012 - There are many reasons you should like Broken Fingaz. Hailing from the northern Israeli town of Haifa, the graffiti crew, (comprising members Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga) describe themselves as ‘gypsies’, and in the most positive sense, they embody the notion. They are intelligent without falling into the easy traps of political satire available to them; entrepreneurial without a note of capitalism; artistic without being flimsy. Indeed, their work inspires the positivity, aspirations and fa... [more]

20120108182130-1111abpic01 Alice Browne at Limoncello Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alice Browne at Limoncello Gallery November 24th, 2011 - January 14th, 2012
Posted 1/8/12

This is an impressive solo exhibition for an established artist, but becomes jaw-dropping when you discover Browne was born in 1986, and graduated only two years ago from Wimbledon College of Art. Not to say, however, that she is unaccustomed to rising to the challenge; this exhibition is already her second solo show of 2011, (the first being ‘Cave’ at the renowned Jerwood Project Space). Looking at her glowing list of group exhibitions, too, would make any recent art graduate froth with envy; se... [more]

20111107071119-gyan_panchal__scell Chain Chain Chain at Bischoff/ Weiss   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Loz Chalk, Nicole Cherubini, Susan Collis, Isabelle Cornaro, Leo Fitzmaurice, Lucie Gledhill, Gyan Panchal, Zoe Sheehan Saldana at Bischoff/Weiss November 25th, 2011 - January 28th, 2012
Posted 1/8/12

From the man behind the hugely successful current Postmodernism exhibition at the V&A, Glenn Adamson, comes this spin-off group exhibition in the heart of Mayfair. What Adamson brings to Bischoff/Weiss is a clarity which surely comes from curating such a major institutional show, that must be intelligible to a plurality of people. Taking the chain as a metaphorical starting point, Adamson has brought together a group of artists who he believes can ‘slow down’ the passage of what he refers to as... [more]

20111015060951-floyd_660 Chris Floyd at HOST   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Chris Floyd at FOTO8 Gallery November 3rd, 2011 - November 17th, 2011
Posted 11/13/11

HOST gallery, the exhibition space belonging to biannual photo magazine FOTO8, has reopened its premises on Honduras Street following a refurbishment hiatus, with a media-savvy show by one of their contributing photographers Chris Floyd. There’s a formula at play here; social-networking site plus celebrity plus art equals mainstream press attention and visitors dutifully filing through. And unfortunately, this exhibition smacks of it. The premise Floyd came up with for this exhibition was undeniably good: we live in a world led by the Internet, spending large portions of our time communicatin... [more]

20111025064725-npadilha_screen Eduardo Padilha at The Agency   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Deepa Chudasama, Eduardo Padilha at The Agency gallery October 29th, 2011 - December 16th, 2011
Posted 11/13/11

A sanctum of relief from grey late-Autumn London skies, The Agency’s new solo exhibition by Brazilian-born artist Eduardo Padilha is full of colour, and the warmth that comes from food-for-thought. Orbits, from which this exhibition takes its title, are a series of exquisite ephemeral sequins held loosely in dense wood panels with small panel pins. The effect of their scintillation, as they seem to almost drip from their shiny surfaces, is a play on pixelation, becoming a metaphor for contemporary... [more]

20110919225150-resize Nathalie Djurberg with music by Hans Berg at Camden Arts Centre   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nathalie Djurberg at Camden Arts Centre October 7th, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Posted 10/22/11

For anyone who somehow managed to miss it, or just to simply reassert: Frieze week in London is absolute mania. Galleries and artistic institutes are flooded and clamour to offer VIPs from around the globe more attractive frills – champagne receptions, private performances, exclusive viewings – and for those of us lower down the food chain, it’s the least pleasurable time of the year to attempt to view any kind of art, shunted along to make room for the people who are driving the market. Frieze rant aside, among the many e... [more]

20111015110538-mark-blower-111006-sophie-von-hellermann-0004 Sophie von Hellermann at Vilma Gold   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sophie von Hellermann at Vilma Gold October 7th, 2011 - November 6th, 2011
Posted 10/22/11

‘Feather-light’ and ‘weighty’ are the apparently contradictory terms in which Sophie Von Hellermann’s work is described; the dichotomous aspect of her painting is what has kept critics returning to Von Hellermann over a period of years. This new show at Vilma Gold, her fourth solo exhibition at the East London gallery, is no less divisive. Confounding viewers once again, Von Hellermann’s seemingly desultory series of acrylics on canvas - “I want the results to look as fleeting as the images th... [more]

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