Daniel Barnes

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Bold Gestures of Anti-Painting   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Ostrowski at Simon Lee November 28th, 2013 - January 31st, 2014
Posted 12/22/13
The paintings of David Ostrowski present us with a world almost entirely drained of colour, figuration and matter – and yet they are utterly beguiling. There is something about the stark minimalism and ambiguity of these paintings which we would rather deny but simply cannot resist. The press release for this exhibition takes the form of a question and answer session between Ostrowski and Harmony Korine. Although seeming to provide precious little information about the work, it sets the scene... [more]
Tranquillity in the Midst of the Circus: The Frieze Sculpture Park   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Matt Calderwood, Helen Chadwick, Alice Channer, Judy Chicago, Marilá Dardot, Elmgreen & Dragset, Gimhongsok, Jeppe Hein, Amar Kanwar, Joan Miro, Oscar Murillo, Peter Peri, Jaume Plensa, Norbert Prangenberg, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Takis, Bernar Venet, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Woods at Frieze London October 17th, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/15/13
The circus is coming to town. The tent is going up in Regent’s Park and the hordes of gallerists, collectors and devotees are moving in. It is time for the delicious and baffling spectacle that is Frieze London. Frieze is a mysterious beast. It is a super-capitalist cattle market for the artworld to show off and trade its most prized specimens. It is also a cultural welter where big time collectors, small time crooks, celebrities and artworld groupies gather for the inevitable theatrics. At... [more]
Divisions and Unity   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Know Hope at Lazarides Rathbone Place August 2nd, 2013 - August 31st, 2013
Posted 8/6/13
At the very moment that Israel and Palestine once again make solemn noises about final status negotiations, Tel Aviv-based artist Know Hope opens an examination of the artificial divisions that shape the human condition at Lazarides. The work is not principally about strife in the artist’s homeland, nor would be productive to read it as such. Know Hope’s concerns are further reaching, resonating as they do with an existential crux of loneliness and abandonment in a global community. He is... [more]
Gavin Turk: The Forgotten YBA   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Gavin Turk at Ben Brown Fine Arts Ltd April 26th, 2013 - June 14th, 2013
Posted 6/12/13
Gavin Turk: his work is mature and yet provocative; he has made a living as an artist and not sold out; and his ideas retain an urgency from not being overstated. But who is Gavin Turk? This exhibition provides a timely opportunity to unravel one of the forgotten stars of the YBA movement. Turk’s practice has often revolved around ideas concerning authorship, authenticity and value. ‘The Years’ reminds us that Turk handles these ideas with great intellectual subtlety rather than manufacturing... [more]
A Disneyland Illusion   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Random International at Barbican Art Gallery October 4th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2013
Posted 1/8/13
The prospect of walking into a room that is filled with one hundred square metres of torrential rain is not one that most of us would relish: but the prospect of playing god and controlling the rain is another thing altogether. Random International’s Rain Room latches on to this dichotomy by creating both a challenge and a source of euphoria with a deluge of rain that you can walk through without getting wet. As you enter the Barbican’s Curve Gallery, an attendant assures you that you will not... [more]
Seductive Immersion   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Hannah Sawtell at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) October 9th, 2012 - November 18th, 2012
Posted 11/2/12
Hannah Sawtell’s Osculator sublimely communicates, with more than a little uneasiness, one of the amazing and frustrating things about the internet: its inconceivable infinity, and its mixture of the useful and trivial. The title – Osculator – has a deliciously futuristic ring to it. It sounds like a mythical device, derived from some 1960s science fiction vision of how the 21st Century would be, characterised by a high-tech apparatus that allows every human being to see everything all the... [more]
Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Damien Hirst at Gagosian Gallery - Davies Street January 12th, 2012 - February 18th, 2012
Posted 1/15/12
Damien Hirst is making a spectacle of himself again. This time he thinks he is the Willy Wonka of the art world, producing sickly sweet spots from his mysterious factory and shipping them out all over the world to feed the insatiable hunger of the super rich. And the golden ticket is a personalised spot painting print for the first person who sees all eleven of the Gagosian shows. It’s the kind of showmanship we have come to expect from Hirst, and – despite our incredulity – we would be sorely... [more]
Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot II   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Damien Hirst at Gagosian Gallery - Britannia Street January 12th, 2012 - February 18th, 2012
Posted 1/15/12
The idea of one spot painting is mystifying enough, but the idea of hundreds of them in eleven galleries across the world is frankly preposterous. But this is exactly what is happening:  Gagosian is presenting ‘The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011’ simultaneously in all his galleries as a kind of survey ahead of Hirst’s retrospective at Tate Modern later this year. The result is surprisingly moving; whether it moves one to wonder or fury, this cacophony of spots offers an opportunity to... [more]
Karla Black’s nomination for this year’s Turner Prize rounds off a busy year. 2011 began with a group show from the Arts Council Collection at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Then followed the ultimate honour of representing Scotland at the 54th Venice Biennale in a pavilion curated by Glasgow’s Fruitmarket Gallery. Then came the Turner Prize nomination and the bookies seem to agree with the buzz in the artworld – Black is a strong contender and all-round favourite. Black makes... [more]
Laure Prouvost   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Frieze London October 13th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 10/7/11
Imagine a world where incomprehensible signs, piles of everyday detritus and cryptic instructions appeared in unexpected places as if from the ether. This is the world of Laure Prouvost, who is one of the eight artists commissioned for Frieze Projects 2011. For Projects, artists are commissioned to make a site-specific work for Frieze that is to last the duration of the fair, giving the art a visceral immediacy. Laure Prouvost creates installations that dangle clarity in the midst of... [more]
As a professional devotee of the East London art scene, I found myself transported into another world when I went for a wander around the private views in Cork Street W1. Private views are a staple of the art world: galleries open their doors after hours and provide drinks so that artists, curators, gallerists, critics and audiences can meet. Beyond this standard, however, there is a divide between East and West London galleries which reveals an art world replete with difference and rich in... [more]