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20121118104156-o Guns & Cameras   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sylvia Ballhause, Niki de Saint Phalle, Agnès Geoffray, Jean-François Lecourt, Christian Marclay, Steven Pippin, Émilie Pitoiset, Rudolf Steiner, Ria van Dijk, Patrick Zachmann at The Photographers' Gallery October 12th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
Posted 11/18/12

Shoot! Existential Photography has at its origins a fairground game that rose to popularity in the post-First World War years. The Photographic Shooting Gallery encouraged participants to shoot a gun at a target with the aim of hitting the bullseye, but whereas usually they would win a prize, in this variant at the centre of the target activated a camera and took a photograph of the shooter, capturing the moment the shot fired. The reward was a photograph of yourself in a situation in which you wo... [more]

20120501181911-dscf1784crop2300 The Other Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tony Broadbent, Wayne Mok at Ambika P3 May 10th, 2012 - May 13th, 2012
Posted 5/13/12

Only in its second year, the Other Art Fair offers a selection of one hundred artists who do not currently have gallery representation the chance to exhibit their work. In turn, Londoners get the chance to ‘buy direct from the artist’ -- an alternative to the swanky international art fairs.  Other than not being gallery-led, the crucial difference between this and Frieze, The London Art Fair, or the Affordable Art Fair, is real pocket-accessibility; prices here begin at £50, so the average art love... [more]

20120219142534-20120219061028-1 Kinetica Art Fair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Kinetica Art Fair February 9th, 2012 - February 12th, 2012
Posted 2/19/12

I’ve been to see a lot of serious exhibitions recently, the kind that attract the intelligentsia and the cultured public. Some left me awe-struck whilst others made me wonder where art is headed if assemblages of painted dolls and ladders are considered to be fine examples of contemporary art. A good show will always have an effect – good or bad - but once in a while you experience the elusive ‘wow’ factor. The kind of art you point others in the direction of in order to share the joy. The Kinetica Art Fair was one of... [more]

20120219062507-2 The Body in Women’s Art Now: Part 3   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Helen Carmel Benigson, Anne-Marie Schleiner, Miri Segal at ROLLO Contemporary Art January 20th, 2012 - March 2nd, 2012
Posted 2/19/12

I remember that feeling of starting university, the intense mix of abject fear and incredible newfound liberty.  Moving to a new place and being surrounded by new people, free to re-invent yourself. Now, with the rise and rise of social media, the opportunities for self re-invention have multiplied. We can highlight our halcyon days via Facebook, edit our tweets in a way you can never practice a conversation and even create a whole new persona on Second Life.  We’re free to manipulate the way in w... [more]

20110404235431-18_tracey_emin Alex Field's Top 5 Art Picks of 2011   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tracey Emin at Hayward Gallery May 18th, 2011 - August 29th, 2011
Posted 12/25/11

London 2012 is set to be a big year. Not only because the Olympics are coming to our city but also because the influx of tourists is inspiring our art institutions to pull out all the stops and put on big shows that promise to illustrate London’s role as one of the premiere destinations for art lovers. I suspected that because of this 2011 would be a lesser year, but I couldn’t have been more wrong; this year has been as outstanding for art events as I could have wished. Here are the top five Lon... [more]

20110929095322-cl Charmed Life at The Wellcome Collection   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Felicity Powell at Wellcome Collection October 6th, 2011 - February 26th, 2012
Posted 12/11/11

It’s not unusual to believe that a treasured object can bring you luck or keep you safe, or else can protect those you care about. I remember the belief in lucky charms starting when we were young, when crowding our exam desks with stuffed toys and trinkets that we knew would improve our chances of success were the norm. I had a lucky necklace with a charm that previously belonged to my grandmother that I wore to every single test from secondary school onwards. In contrast, I also had a necklace... [more]

20110831143337-bailey_press_image_72dpi David Bailey at Scream   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Bailey at Scream October 7th, 2011 - November 12th, 2011
Posted 11/5/11

The experiences of our childhood have a powerful impact on us as we grow up, no more so than when we experience violence and loss at a young age. Scream’s new exhibition of David Bailey’s paintings demonstrates how living through the bombing of London’s East End during World War II affected him in the most basic and touching way. Bailey is known internationally as a fashion and portrait photographer and first entered the industry in the late 1950s. Despite his immense success and global fame in... [more]

20110926082635-015_hibiscus_80x80cm Valeria Nascimento at Woolff   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Valeria Nascimento at Woolff Gallery October 14th, 2011 - December 13th, 2011
Posted 11/5/11

It’s not often that we get to stop and smell the flowers, or even really look at them. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have found that the mundanity of adult life gets in the way of a lot of the grand plans you make growing up. It’s amazing, for instance, how much of your time ends up being devoured by laundry and grocery shopping, let alone your commute. Visiting Valeria Nascimento’s new exhibition at Woolf Gallery reminds you just how much you end up missing when you lose yourself in the b... [more]

GEOslant: Children in Galleries   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/16/11

Children in galleries are a bit like Marmite – you love them or you hate them.  To some, they are unbiased viewers of art, the perfect receptacles for knowledge, waiting to be bitten by the art bug.  To others, they are tiny terrors invading the personal space and peace of everyone around them.  I remember being trapped in a room at the first Museum of Everything show in Primrose Hill, surrounded by screaming brats and vowing that I would never let my hypothetical children ruin anyone else’s quiet Sund... [more]

20111006032126-huyghe Christian Jankowski and Pierre Huyghe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/6/11

The Projects are always amongst the most exciting pieces at Frieze, offering as they do a less conventional approach to exhibiting. Surrounded by the endless international gallery stands, Projects tends to be more theatrical in tone, and allows the eight commissioned artists to be showmen. Last year I loved Simon Fujiwara’s Frozen, a series of imagined archaeological excavations that rightly won the Cartier Award 2010. This year I’m excited to see two installations in particular; Christian Jank... [more]

20111017080131-07-image-_untitled__2011 Georg Herold at Sadie Coles HQ   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Georg Herold at Sadie Coles - New Space September 14th, 2011 - November 5th, 2011
Posted 9/24/11

Sometimes the only reaction you have to a show is “hmmm…ok.” Not because the art is bad, or indeed because it is so spectacular that you are lost for words to describe it, but because the exhibition offers you nothing in the way of engagement. Georg Herold at Sadie Coles HQ is one of these: a selection of works arranged in a large, white space with no curatorial intervention whatsoever. Not bad, not wonderful. Herold offers two themes in this show: monumental human figures constructed from found materials and canvasses spread with... [more]

20110924110219-galleryveladkvnove Like rowing a boat; facing the way you came at Gallery Vela   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Nicolas Deshayes, Michael Fullerton, Alek O. Kate Owens, Jamie Shovlin at Gallery Vela September 2nd, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 9/24/11

On odd occasions, I take the Central line home from work and every time I do I enter the tube network with the same sense of optimism that this time it will be different – this time it won’t be insanely hot and overcrowded and this time I won’t regret not opting for the slightly slower Circle line where I get a seat. This optimism is never met with success, and each time I feel that sinking sensation of disappointment as the train pulls in. Like a rowing boat; facing the way you came gave me the same... [more]

20110807160203-lautrec2 Toulouse-Lautrec at The Courtauld Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Toulouse-Lautrec at The Courtauld Institute of Art June 16th, 2011 - September 18th, 2011
Posted 8/7/11

The coverage of the recent death of Lucian Freud has highlighted the intensity of relationship that can exist between artist and subject. His last model described him as both a consummate professional and a dear friend, emphasising the connection that can be established during hours of casual chat on the job. Of course, this level of empathy cannot always exist, but where it does the fruit it bears can far outweigh the artistic output alone. Pre-dating Freud, a prime example of this is the bond... [more]

20110703104142-mcgeb-00110-300 Barry McGee in Modern Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Barry McGee at Stuart Shave/Modern Art July 1st, 2011 - August 13th, 2011
Posted 8/7/11

There is something wonderfully untamed about street art. Not the basic tags that tarnish everything they touch, but real street art by artists who display their talent in unlikely places and express their experience of urban life through their work. These artists are inspirational in their defiance of the gallery space, and bringing art to the average person as they go about their business is no mean feat. In fact, it could be argued that taking art out on to the streets makes it infinitely more ac... [more]

20110404235431-18_tracey_emin Love is What You Want   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tracey Emin at Hayward Gallery May 18th, 2011 - August 29th, 2011
Posted 6/5/11

It took me twenty-five years to work out that being myself was actually an alright thing to be. That’s when I stopped making excuses for not doing things I knew would make me uncomfortable and gave in to blissful weekends spent cooking and wandering around galleries, rather than feeling like I should be out being groped and sweated on in a crowded club like I was at seventeen. I’m still twenty-five; this revelation was recent and a long time coming. I suspect it takes other people much less... [more]

20110507014140-rn Egon Schiele at Richard Nagy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Egon Schiele at Richard Nagy Ltd. May 19th, 2011 - June 30th, 2011
Posted 6/5/11

I used to go and visit galleries in Scotland with an intensely feminist friend and the same thing always happened. We would walk past a Renaissance nude and my friend would become enraged that the artist had portrayed his subject with no body hair whatsoever. Rubens’ women, for instance, are smooth, curvaceous, perfect: 17th century embodiments of beauty and fecundity. In reality, we’re not quite like that; looking groomed takes a lot of, well, grooming.In contrast, Egon Schiele painted his women in... [more]

20110212080850-fervor I Know Something About Love   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Yang Fudong, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Shirin Neshat, Christodoulos Panayiotou at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art March 9th, 2011 - May 22nd, 2011
Posted 4/10/11

On some level I suspect we all think we know a little about love, or at least the fundamentals of human relationships. Some get lucky and fall for the one next door, whilst it takes the rest of us – the vast majority – a few more goes before the right one makes their entrance. With each fall we learn a bit more, not only about how best to pick ourselves up, but also what we need in a soul mate. I would imagine that the four artists who have contributed to this show have lived throug... [more]

20110212083317-go Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern January 19th, 2011 - April 25th, 2011
Posted 4/10/11

“The last time I was here,” my friend whispered as we walked into Gabriel Orozco’s show, “I sort of kicked a sculpture. It was really big and I thought it might make a sound like a gong, and I was right.” While the Tate has strict policies against touching works of art, somehow I don’t think Orozco would disapprove of tactile interaction between work and viewer. Some of his pieces actively encourage hands-on engagement and many are highly constructed in the sense that the physi... [more]

The Slant on Clay Sinclair  
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2/21/11

London, Feb. 2011 - ArtSlant London writer Alex Field had the opportunity to meet with Clay Sinclair to explore his painting practice, his history, and what inspires him to create. Sinclair shows with Woolff Gallery in London, UK and has shown in the Miami International Art Fair, Art London, Art Chicago, and the Affordable Art Fair London and Amsterdam. Clay Sinclair, you & me; Courtesy of Clay Sinclair “You want me to tell you what happiness is?”Clay Sinclair sits back with his Corona, confident in the knowledge that he has fin... [more]

20110114093552-gsk-web-10835 GSK Contemporary: Aware   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marina Abramović, Azra Akšamija, Maja Bajevic, Handan Börüteçene, Hussein Chalayan, Alicia Framis, Meschac Gaba, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Andreas Gursky, Mella Jaarsma, Kimsooja, Claudia Losi, Susie MacMurray, Marcello Maloberti, La Maison Martin Margiela, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Alexander McQueen, Yoko Ono, Maria Papadimitriou, Grayson Perry, Cindy Sherman Hon RA, Gillian Wearing RA, Dai Rees, Katerina šedá, Helen Storey, Acconci Studio, Rosemarie Trockel, Sharif Waked, Yohji Yamamoto, Andrea Zittel at Royal Academy of Arts January 12th, 2011 - January 30th, 2011
Posted 1/23/11

There are many that argue that art is elitist; a medium enjoyed only by those specifically educated to decipher and appreciate it, or sufficiently “cultured” to willingly choose paintings and sculpture over pursuits with more mass-appeal.  These sceptics are right in that whilst art is available to everyone, not everyone is interested, and by default this makes art the premise of the few rather than the many.  On the other hand, being able to wander around the Royal Academy on a Sunday afternoo... [more]

20110123154310-p1010464 Woolff Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Woolff Gallery December 6th, 2010 - January 21st, 2011
Posted 1/23/11

The games we make up as children aren’t that different from those we play as adults. I was an avid story-teller as a child and would make up all sorts of fantasy worlds for my toys, imagining epic adventures and the type of glamorous life I thought I might one day lead. Only children are programmed to make their own fun. When we’re older, we play different games, and they stay predominantly in our heads. My favourite is “If I could eat anything on this menu, what would I have?” in whi... [more]

20101027142927-00120101028 Nocturne   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Maya Hewitt at Bischoff/Weiss November 5th, 2010 - December 18th, 2010
Posted 11/14/10

No matter how full you stuff your life with fabulous friends and glittering occasions, there are times when the grey creeps up on you. Those are the days when the glass is half empty, motivation is lacking and everything seems mundane and inexplicably sad. Maya Hewitt understands those grey moments in much the same way that Munch understood paranoia and Gauguin understood naked Tahitian ladies. Nocturne, her five piece exhibition at Bischoff Weiss, showcases these moments, from the c... [more]

20101006003349-bour-8970-cb_lglr-4bugx5 Fragments and Hangings   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Louise Bourgeois at Hauser & Wirth (Savile Row) October 15th, 2010 - December 18th, 2010
Posted 11/14/10

Fabric has an amazing ability to capture memories. When I was growing up, I had a duvet cover patterned with pastel clouds and scenes of fields, and I loved its peaceful colours and tranquil scenes. Two weeks ago my birthday boosted me painfully up into the 25 to 34 age bracket, and yet whenever I go home and find that, now faded, duvet on my old single bed, it reminds me of the cosy safety of childhood. The emotive power of fabric is at the core of Louise Bourgeois’ oeuvre, just as it is at the... [more]

20101019235252-sign Frame 2010   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Frieze London October 19th, 2010 - October 19th, 2010
Posted 10/20/10

        Like a cuppa after a busy day, Frame is the antidote to the rest of Frieze.  It is designed to showcase the work of young, individual artists in a space large enough for them to create something more exciting than the one or two smaller pieces they would be afforded by the more established gallery stands.  None of the galleries are more than six years old, and, similarly, the gallery crowd is noticeably younger as you move away from the main fair.  Gone are the gallery girls who look... [more]

20101019235252-sign Frieze Projects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Frieze London October 19th, 2010 - October 19th, 2010
Posted 10/19/10

Watching the people going into Frieze can be an experience in itself.  The scale swings wildly between overdressed Chelsea girls and the more extrovert Shoreditch kids; from fierce looking gallerinas to beautiful European men in suits and scruffier British boys with statement haircuts.  The highlights, however, were the young Asian man hanging around by the entrance dressed as a pirate and deep in intense conversation with an older man with large plastic glasses and a big bamboo shoot,... [more]

20100926080344-briccole_thumb Selfridges – Loft Living   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Selfridges & Co September 9th, 2010 - October 9th, 2010
Posted 9/26/10

Selfridges as a display space for beautiful things makes a fair bit of sense.  It’s one of those department stores that encourages the casual viewer to dream, and for the more financially endowed to part with more than they intended to.  In the last fortnight, Selfridges has capitalised on its appeal by opening the largest shoe hall in the world, entitled the Shoe Gallery.  I love shoes as much as the next girl, but this was something else; rows upon rows of foot confectionery, and rows up... [more]

20100926072619-561630999_da6df5f9fa Central Saint Martin’s Window Display   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Window gallery September 12th, 2010 - September 27th, 2010
Posted 9/26/10

A couple of months ago, I wrote about the window display of a shop called Squint on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch. It is a boutique that sells antique furniture upholstered in brightly coloured, contrasting fabrics; the sort of pieces that you love in the window but that have no logical place in the average home. That window makes me happy every time I walk past it, not only for the colours and the vibrancy of the place amidst the general disrepair of Shoreditch, but also because it is the sort of... [more]

00220100606 Close Examinations   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at National Gallery June 30th, 2010 - September 12th, 2010
Posted 8/22/10

With my dual love of art and CSI, I was excited about Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries. The National Gallery has devoted the whole of the Sainsbury Wing’s basement exhibition space to an exploration of art forgeries, new discoveries and artistic mysteries, inviting the viewer to engage with the controversy surrounding some of our most beautiful works of art. Divided into six rooms and subject matters – deception and deceit, transformations and modifications, mistakes, s... [more]

Idoc Skin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Wellcome Collection June 10th, 2010 - September 26th, 2010
Posted 8/22/10

When I was fourteen I was asked to dissect a pig’s kidney in a biology lesson. I found myself completely unable to cut into the flesh and instead left it to my lab partner; I went on to study art history and she recently qualified as a doctor, so maybe our sensibilities are determined early. I have always been firmly of the belief that there are certain things that we just don’t need to see. Graphic violence, anything on the bloody side of medical; I’m quite happy keeping it all at arm’s le... [more]

00220100504 Rachel Khedoori – Hauser & Wirth   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rachel Khedoori at Hauser & Wirth London June 4th, 2010 - July 31st, 2010
Posted 6/20/10

Books as art; a valid medium with the same facility for portraying meaning as a painting or sculpture, or a separate art form altogether?  There is no denying that there are books which are in themselves works of art, but these tend to be illustrated manuscripts and ancient texts.  This is in no way intended to debase literature, which is an art in its own right, but when we pick up a novel the pleasure we expect to derive from it is focused on the quality of the story, the aut... [more]

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