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20120905010434-bispo A Higher Purpose   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Arthur Bispo do Rosário at Victoria and Albert Museum August 13th, 2012 - October 28th, 2012
Posted 9/5/12

Around Christmastime in 1938, Arthur Bispo do Rosário was confronted by a dazzling vision of Jesus surrounded by angels bathed in blue light. It was an episode that would define him: either, as he believed, as a messenger from God or, as he was diagnosed, as a paranoid schizophrenic who would spend the next fifty years as a resident of the psychiatric ward of Rio de Janiero’s Colônia Juliano Moreira. Bispo do Rosario believed it was his spiritual task to represent the universe through the objects... [more]

20120624131458-zemer_peled 2012 Graduates of the RCA   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Royal College of Art June 20th, 2012 - July 1st, 2012
Posted 6/24/12

When the RCA say that their 2012 graduation show is the biggest in their 175 year history, they’re not joking. Held simultaneously across their Kensington and Battersea campuses, this sprawling show brings together works from over 500 students across fine art and design disciplines including (but not limited to) painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, visual communication and printmaking. That’s a lot of ideas to negotiate in one show, and due to the nature of its layout (in fine art, mixed... [more]

20120122183922-c4rdsdrawing3 Anschlüssel: London/Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Maxime Angel, Daphne Warburg Astor, Frank Auerbach, Frank Badur, Irina Baschlakow, Peter Blake, Scott Blaser, KIRSTY BUCHANAN, George Charman, Helen Cho, David Connearn, Eva & Adele, Nadine Fecht, Maryclare Foa, Nick Fox, Joe Graham, Marc Gröszer, TAKAYUKI HARA, Bertram Hasenauer, Claude Heath, Björn Hegardt, ANDREW HEWISH, David Hockney, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Károly Keserü, Paul Kindersley, Paco Knöller, Ulrich Kochinke, Takehito Koganezawa, Astrid Köppe, Mark Lammert, Corinne Laroche, Valentin Emil Lubberger, David Murphy, Kazuki Nakahara, Thomas Qualmann, Giulia Ricci, Frances Richardson, Danny Rolph, Fiene Scharp, Hanns Schimansky, Andreas Schmid, Dennis Scholl, Gordon Shrigley, Heidi Sill, Bob and Roberta Smith, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Kate Terry, Annabel Tilley, Viktor Timofeev, Virginia Verran, Jorinde Voigt at Centre For Recent Drawing January 19th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2012
Posted 1/22/12

(image at top right: Virginia Verran, Bonner-space (words), 2011, Drawing. Courtesy of the artist and Centre for Recent Drawing) Most of us picked up a crayon to scribble before we could read or write. Whether we continue to draw or not, we’ve all experiences the primacy of that flow from brain, eye and hand into line onto a surface. Drawings are little windows into a person’s mind; as unique as a fingerprint, yet readable like a universal language. C4RD’s new exhibition, Anschlüssel: London/Berlin, demo... [more]

20120123082501-freshfaceinthedesert Avner Ben-Gal at Sadie Coles HQ   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Avner Ben-Gal at Sadie Coles HQ - South Audley St January 18th, 2012 - March 10th, 2012
Posted 1/22/12

It’s a cruel world, according to Avner Ben-Gal. In his paintings and drawings the Israeli-born artist unveils an uncanny world of shaken-up dream logic in which human forms are melded with Swiss Army knives, faceless women appear in graphic anatomical detail, and figures both human and fantasy appear in confrontation with each other. It’s the bad dream that haunts our waking hours, the sinister side of life that we try to brush away. Over two rooms, this exhibition at Sadie Coles takes in a se... [more]

20111226182914-new1 Jennifer West at Vilma Gold   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jennifer West at Vilma Gold November 13th, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Posted 11/20/11

There’s a long tradition of cameraless filmmaking that takes in the likes of Man Ray, Norman McLaren, and Stan Brakhage, so LA-based video artist Jennifer West is in good company. Whether her male counterparts applied substances to the celluloid surface via headbanging remains fairly doubtful, but this performative approach manipulating celluloid film is partly what sets West apart. The headbanging in question formed part of the making of her two Heavy Metal Sharks Calming films, inspired by an... [more]

20111103090500-jooney_woodward_full Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Michael Birt, Jasper Clarke, David Knight, Dona Schwartz, Jooney Woodward, Jill Wooster at National Portrait Gallery November 10th, 2011 - February 12th, 2012
Posted 11/20/11

Digital photography has gifted us the monkeys-and-typewriters theory in action: with no printing costs we can snap away and fluke ourselves a beautifully constructed shot. But pinpointing exactly what makes a magical photo and reproducing this by design not chance is a different matter, especially when it comes to portraits. When a photographic portrait works it’s incredibly powerful and nuanced; in a fraction of a second the photographer distills something of their complex subject. A truly af... [more]

20111016165751-grisaille_final_press_release-1 Grisaille at Luxembourg & Dayan   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Luxembourg & Dayan October 9th, 2011 - January 14th, 2012
Posted 10/16/11

An exhibition celebrating the use of grey paint doesn’t sound like the most spectacular of prospects; the pigeon amongst the peacocks of the gallery world if you will. But NYC gallerists Luxembourg & Dayan have demonstrated how limitation can be the mother of invention with the compact but compelling Grisaille, which inaugurates their new London space in Mayfair. Without colour dominating the works, other ideas can come to the fore, like form, texture, surface, shape and contrast as well as th... [more]

20110928112654-gr Gerhard Richter   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gerhard Richter at Tate Modern October 6th, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Posted 10/16/11

The world is divided into those who think painting is dead, and those who continue to do it anyway. German master painter Gerhard Richter is defiantly in the latter camp, and Tate Modern’s extensive survey of his fifty-year career at the easel shows this in spades. From the range of painterly concerns on show in Panorama, it seems that Richer has never let up. He continues to experiment with the application of paint and to question painterly representation, moving from his distinctive blurred phot... [more]

20110621022343-474 Look with all your eyes, look at Frith Street   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rachel Adams (1985 UK), Sara Barker, Neil Clements, Alex Dordoy, David Maljkovic, Helen Mirra, Rudolf Polanszky, Erin Shirreff at Frith Street Gallery July 15th, 2011 - September 30th, 2011
Posted 8/14/11

This year’s summer exhibition at Frith Street Gallery is a very monochrome affair, much like our summer in fact. Again it brings together works from the gallery’s stable of artists in a loosely-themed group show, this time entitled Look With All Your Eyes, Look, examining the concept of materiality and/or illusion in art through painting, sculpture and photography. It’s much smaller than 2010’s After the Volcano, occupying just the upstairs gallery and presenting work from only eight artists across an open-plan space. But space and sparseness (along wi... [more]

20110726165546-minor_revisions_image Minor Revisions at Tenderpixel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rebecca Chalmers, Cadi Froehlich, Cristina Garrido, Marina Kassianidou, Andrea Muendelein, Loizos Olympios, Gali Timen at Tenderpixel Gallery August 11th, 2011 - September 3rd, 2011
Posted 8/14/11

Found objects take pride of place in Minor Revisions, Tenderpixel’s new exhibition in which works from seven artists reappropriate pre-existing items that have never functioned as art before and turn them into exhibition pieces. Sure, conceptual art is not everyone’s cup of tea and artistic appropriation has had its detractors ever since Duchamp debuted his urinal, but this small group of contemporary artists are by no means the only ones still operating in this particular mode of artistic practice. Wh... [more]

20110717154632-key-1hugra Eyewitness - Hungarian Photography   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Royal Academy of Arts June 30th, 2011 - October 2nd, 2011
Posted 7/17/11

Asked to define what makes a great photographer, Robert Capa famously replied that, “It's not enough to have talent, you also have to be Hungarian.” And there’s some truth in it. Even a cursory inspection of the most influential photographers in world history turns up a remarkable number of Hungarians, whose aesthetic and innovations influenced every facet of the medium from war reporting to fashion photography to artistic abstraction. When you consider how deeply ingrained the photographic image ha... [more]

20110912032705-shape_shifting_211x14_11 Fireleap - Nan Goldin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nan Goldin at Sprovieri June 24th, 2011 - September 24th, 2011
Posted 7/17/11

Nan Goldin is a photographer less interested in capturing the decisive moment than gathering snapshots of those people closest to her over a prolonged period of time. Her images of friends and acquaintances since the 1980s, famously including drag queens, club kids and drug addicts, have imbedded in them a sense of time and development of her relationship with her subjects, as well as the way she collates images to create a portrait rather than summing it all up in one shot. This sense of intimacy and want... [more]

20110612063134-a-policeman-at-the-piccad-007 Christoph Büchel at Hauser & Wirth   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Hauser & Wirth London May 13th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011
Posted 6/12/11

Visiting Piccadilly Community Centre is probably one of the most disconcerting encounters with ‘art’ that I’ve ever had. This place does what it says on the tin: it’s a fully functioning, socially enriching community centre bang on Piccadilly in the space normally occupied by Hauser & Wirth’s up-market gallery. There’s a canteen, a prayer room, charity shop, access to the internet and a constantly rolling program of classes to enhance one’s physical and mental well being – hula hooping, la... [more]

20110612061332-rickard David Rickard at Sumarria Lunn   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Rickard at Sumarria Lunn Gallery June 9th, 2011 - July 1st, 2011
Posted 6/12/11

The interesting thing about David Rickard’s work is not that he leaves large chunks of its production up to chance, but how much structure and pattern surrounds this surrender to the unforeseeable. In this small yet well-put-together solo show at Sumarria Lunn, Rickard relinquishes part of his artistic control and lets the unknown creep in; the two are collaborators and the results are surprisingly coherent. Exhaust takes main stage in the show – a performance piece in which Rickard exhaled... [more]

20110424092303-budgeeinbelljar Un-Think   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nancy Fouts at Pertwee Anderson & Gold April 8th, 2011 - May 12th, 2011
Posted 4/24/11

Reminiscent of a 16th century cabinet of curiosities, Nancy Fouts’ Un-think presents a collection of curios manufactured by the artist to throw our ingrained view of everyday things, especially those from nature, thoroughly off kilter. Taking us back to a time when collectors would gather stuffed exotic birds, pictures of deformed people or strange foreign artifacts to delight at the freakish and strange, Fouts re-invokes a sense of the uncanny as she rolls out this plethora of whimsical... [more]

20110321075621-ww Places Strange and Quiet   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Wim Wenders at Haunch of Venison April 15th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011
Posted 4/24/11

Wim Wenders’ photographs are like establishing shots: the wide angle images at the beginning of film scenes that locate the action to follow. This is no surprise since they were taken as the filmmaker scouted for locations in countries including Brazil, Japan, Italy, Germany and the US, taking the roads less traveled to seek out the enigmatic, evocative places that haunt these large-scale images. The forty photos, spanning 1983 to 2011, play out over the walls of the Haunch of Veni... [more]

20110403202249-david_a_smith__banshee__2011__resin_feline_skeleton__el_wire__black_gloss_finish__46_x_60_x_20_cm Hybridity and Mutation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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KAYDE ANOBILE, Alice Bradshaw, James Drew, GABO GUZZO, Sadie Hennessey, Will Kendrick, Alex Kyriacou, Jan Manski, AMY MOFFAT, Piers Secunda, David A Smith, Kazuya Tsuji and Sam Zealey. at HRL Contemporary March 29th, 2011 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 4/3/11

This vibrant gathering of works from thirteen emerging and mid-career artists addresses the very prescient fact that change is the only constant. Taking a quote from Ovid’s Metamorphoses as a springboard – “nothing in the entire universe ever perishes… but things vary, and adopt a new form” – the show investigates how this state of continual flux and the rethinking that ensues can be captured and articulated through the form and context of art. The responses here come more in the... [more]

20110403065826-installation_view__ida_applebroog__hauser___wirth_london__savile_row__2011_-_8 Ida Applebroog   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ida Applebroog at Hauser & Wirth (Savile Row) March 17th, 2011 - April 30th, 2011
Posted 4/3/11

When she paints, Ida Applebroog treats the canvas like a three-dimensional object, a structure that she annotates with her distinctive monochromatic paintings. These canvases stand freely around the gallery, sometimes in groups, sometimes physically bolted together, other times jutting out from a wall, telling a story across the room like a three dimensional graphic novel. Hauser and Wirth’s Saville Row space is cavernous enough to accommodate many of these Marginalia paintings, across which Applebroog depicts human forms with bold outlines and economical detail using oil and resin. They are everymen, women an... [more]

20110201114909-spero_crucible_365 Jolly Macabre   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nancy Spero at Serpentine Gallery March 3rd, 2011 - May 2nd, 2011
Posted 3/5/11

Nancy Spero worked on the frontline defending the rights of female artists to express themselves creatively amongst the patriarchy of her contemporaries both in art and American society from the 1950s onwards. She also campaigned tirelessly in life and art against the atrocities of war. So it’s very much in this context of her conscience taking the lead that her retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery operates. It’s an exhibition where reading the notes and bearing in mind the conditions in... [more]

20110217011215-fisher_0 The Picture Plane   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Morgan Fisher at Raven Row February 24th, 2011 - April 24th, 2011
Posted 3/5/11

Across the elegant floors of Spitalfields’ Raven Row, Morgan Fisher’s work delves deep into the belly of Hollywood. Specifically classic Hollywood, where 35mm film was the standard industry format and Fisher began his career-long obsession with peering beyond the confines of the silver screen to reflect on the art form and the means of its production. The film Standard Gauge really helps establish the artist’s mindset. An ode to 35mm narrated by Fisher, it brings together off cuts of f... [more]

The Slant on Ben Rivers  
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2/21/11

London, Feb. 2011 - Ben Rivers currently has a solo exhibition on at Matts Gallery which showcases four 16mm films. The resulting work is a mix between science fiction and ethnographic investigation all set in several fantastical island landscapes. London ArtSlant writer Laura Bushell had the great opportunity to discuss his epic work Slow Action. Laura Bushell - You worked with writer Mark von Schlegell on the voiceover narrative for the film, can you tell me how that collaboration came about? Ben Rivers: I had been developing the film with an id... [more]

20101106120829-laura_bushell_profile Laura Bushell checks out Cineast Film Festival in London   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/6/10

After the kicking it has taken from recent government cuts, it’s a surprise that the UK film industry hasn’t just crawled off, put on a suit and got a ‘proper job’. But no, it’s still here, and if anything this climate of minimal budgets has given those filmmakers and artists used to making glorious moving images from peanuts a chance to seize some attention of their own. Granted, nobody knows how it’s going to pan out until, over the next few years, we begin to see the fruits of any labour that’s happe... [more]

20101019093955-264 Recalling Frames   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Maljkovic at Sprüth Magers London November 5th, 2010 - December 23rd, 2010
Posted 11/6/10

Being in the gallery space of Spruth Magers London is much like being on exhibition yourself; its floor-to-ceiling windows look onto the street, where passers by peer in at people viewing the art. Apt really for David Maljkovic’s exhibition, which takes as its formal springboard the process of framing and containing that film enacts on the people, places, and time it captures. In the windowed room in question, Maljkovic has set up a whirring 16mm projector which throws out flickering white images alongside the soundtrack of a scene from Orson Welles’ The Trial (1962), the... [more]

20101007020034-ds Douglas Sirk   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Urs Fischer at Sadie Coles - New Space October 6th, 2010 - December 11th, 2010
Posted 11/6/10

Adjacent to the festive consumerist glitz of Regent Street, the Sadie Coles gallery is inaugurating a brand new space with an exhibition of Urs Fischer mirror sculptures as dazzling as any designer shop window. Fischer has littered the space with a variety of giant mirrored boxes with views (front, back, sides and top) of everyday objects screen printed onto each side in hyper-real digital detail. Giant cigarette packets, high heeled shoes and oversized chairs dwarf viewers like a Pop... [more]

20101003160636-45_07laskkob Nights of Skoob Sadness at Flat Time House   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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John Latham at Flat Time House September 24th, 2010 - October 25th, 2010
Posted 10/3/10

John Latham (1921 to 2006) occupied a distinct position in contemporary British art placing his practice at the intersection between artistic, philosophical and scientific theories. Flat Time House in Peckham is his former residence and studio, open to the public since 2008 as a permanent gallery of his work, a changing exhibition space, and a centre for research into Latham’s theories about life and the universe. Walking down Bellenden Road, the space is not hard to spot: the... [more]

20101003145624-the_aspiration_factory1 Tom Crawford at Floor Ten Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tom Crawford at Floor Ten Gallery September 30th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010
Posted 10/3/10

          East London is a hub of up and coming art spaces, more densely populated with creatives than anywhere else. But since arty coolness attracts gentrification, so the artists themselves go in search of cheaper rents, making Bow the 00s equivalent of Hoxton in the 90s. Slightly less accessible than Hoxton, it’s a bit out of the way even for those of us used to seeking out art in Bethnal Green’s Vyner Street, but worth a visit to see art coming straight from the next generation, unme... [more]

Ellipsis_image_block_copy Ellipsis - into the unsayable.  
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Sonia Ali, Maxime Angel, Laura Bushell, Ewan Eason, Matthew Holder, Katie Honan, Lucinda Lloyd, Lucy Whitford at Debut Contemporary July 23rd, 2010 - July 29th, 2010
Posted 7/26/10

A fascinating and exciting show with eight new artists exploring 'what's unsaid.' Avoiding shock and obvious political messaging, each artist respects the mute quality of art, it's form of speechlessness and silent writing to probe the limits of the sayable - whether in terms of language and indentity, abstract qualities of fate or time, or the language of pencil, paper, paint, neon and latex. Materials are to the fore here (and perhaps at time an echo of arte povera) and the curators are to be... [more]

976ca68c9f8e55557d90ff4f0fb64c4c_0 Kupferstichkabinett- White Cube   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Miroslaw Balka, Georg Baselitz, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Tracey Emin, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Anselm Kiefer, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Raqib Shaw, Luc Tuymans, Rachel Whiteread at White Cube, Hoxton Square July 8th, 2010 - August 28th, 2010
Posted 7/25/10

Not the catchiest title perhaps, but Kupferstichkabinett is certainly a memorable show.  Referring to the collections of the German aristocracy which in turn lead to the more accessible print and drawing rooms in museums, this show draws on the past to prove that drawing is very much alive and kicking in contemporary art. Set up like a museum, with works densely hung on dark green walls, the show turns the White Cube into a museum of modern drawing, exploring its pivotal role in the pra... [more]

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