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The Ground Around – Vilma Gold   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Waseem Ahmed, Prunella Clough, Morris Cox, Norman Dilworth, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Saul Fletcher, Isa Genzken, Ull Hohn, Jochen Klein, Paul Nash, Manfred Pernice, Dan Peterman, Carol Rhodes, Wolfgang Tillmans at Vilma Gold June 6th, 2010 - July 11th, 2010
Posted 6/20/10
Art’s depiction of the earth has come a long way from the glorifying landscapes of Turner and Constable.  Landscape painting as a genre continues, and may well always retain its niche over the conservative mantelpiece, but the ways in which artists choose to represent the awesome power of the earth over its inhabitants, and indeed humanity’s attempts to master its surroundings, have branched out far beyond the picturesque watercolour.  Vilma Gold’s The Ground Around brings together t... [more]
SQUINT   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/28/10
Squint 178 Shoreditch High Street London E1 6HU Mon-Fri 10am–6pm Saturday by appointment Sunday 1pm-5pm +44 (0) 207 739 9275 The window of Squint genuinely makes me happy every time I walk past it.  The Company produces home furnishings in a patchwork of contrasting fabrics and colours, and re-upholsters furniture in rainbow tones, and  these marvels are set against a background of busily patterned wall papers in the window.  Come in, the display says, your hous... [more]
Shot by Kern – Kenny Schachter/ROVE   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Richard Kern at Kenny Schachter Rove May 20th, 2010 - June 26th, 2010
Posted 5/28/10
When I was at university I read a book entitled Ways of Seeing by John Berger.  It informed me of the fundamental difference between men and women in paint; the woman is always aware of being watched, whereas the man is ambivalent to his audience.  From that point on, even at my most distraught, I was always partially aware of how I would appear to someone entering the room, and whilst that increased consciousness didn’t influence my actions, it certainly rendered me much more se... [more]
Unto This Last, Raven Row   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Bayrle, Sarah Browne, Andrea Büttner, Alice Channer, Isabelle Cornaro, Dewar & Gicquel, Běla Kolářová at Raven Row May 20th, 2010 - July 25th, 2010
Posted 5/28/10
In his manifesto of social reform Unto This Last, John Ruskin wrote that all labour must be considered equal.  In the context of art at the time, this was taken to mean that the work of the artist and the work of the craftsman should not be divided hierarchically – with the expectation that the artist would come out on top – but should be equally viewed as technicians of beauty.  In the context of the exhibition Alice Motard and Alex Sainsbury have curated on the theme, Ruskin’s... [more]
The Book Club   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 5/8/10
The Book Club 100-106 Leonard Street London EC2A 4RHtel: 020 7684 8618     The Book Club on Leonard Street is about as far from the conventional establishment its name suggests as you can get.  Spread over two floors with a surprising amount of space, it acts as a restaurant and hangout during the day and an arts, literary and music venue at night, all with an undertone of booze and Shoreditch trendiness.  Their schedule for May alone is packed with magazine la... [more]
Forcefield: Videos, Seventeen   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Forcefield at Seventeen April 7th, 2010 - May 29th, 2010
Posted 5/8/10
        It is amazing the effect the exhibition space can have on the work on display.  Even the most original and exciting work can fail to fulfil its potential in the wrong environment, and likewise the best gallery curation can fall short if the pieces being arranged cannot hold their own.  The basement space beneath Seventeen is an unusual location for the display of art, but at the same time it is also the perfect place for the work it houses.  The three small rooms have the roughness... [more]
Tintype: Irregular Wasps   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ed Fornieles, Kasia Fudakowski, Andrew Gillespie, Eloise Hawser, Alan McQuillan, Sam Nias, Ruri O'Connell, Flora Parrott, Samuel Willimas at Tintype April 29th, 2010 - May 29th, 2010
Posted 5/8/10
        There is nothing more disappointing in art than an opportunity wasted.  I am referring not to pieces that don’t justify exhibition, or to galleries that leave treasures improperly displayed, but to artists who choose to leave their work un-named, opting instead for the anodyne “Untitled”.  My question is, why create a masterpiece and leave its existence unexplained, and, as such, open it up to either the “wrong” interpretation or, worse, no interpretation at all?  As someone who... [more]
Storm Thorgerson; Right but Wrong, Extended Album Art of StormStudios and Hipgnosis   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Storm Thorgerson at Idea Generation Gallery April 2nd, 2010 - May 2nd, 2010
Posted 4/18/10
      “I guess we try to do a performance to echo that given by the musicians, but often in a remote place, which then needs to be recorded / photographed or nobody would bloody see it.”  Storm Thorgerson’s creativity and humour has dominated a forty year career in which he has become known as one of the original and best album artists.  He has worked with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Catherine Wheel, amongst many others, and takes his influences from fine art, photography and graphic... [more]
The Association of Photographers Ltd 81 Leonard Street London EC2A 4QS Telephone: +44 (0)20 7739 6669Fax: +44 (0)20 7739 8707     I came across AOP Gallery quite by chance and instantly fell in love with it.  It’s a commercial gallery with two floors and lots of light, and feels exactly how galleries should – spacious without being too big, airy and uncluttered by extraneous design that distracts from the art on display.  Based in a converted warehouse, the white washed walls and exposed bri... [more]
Lu Chunsheng and Jia Aili: Counterpoints, Rivington Place Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jia Aili, Lu Chunsheng at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) March 31st, 2010 - May 15th, 2010
Posted 4/18/10
          Counterpoints at the Rivington Place Gallery consists of just four works, but raises many more questions.  Man and machine; which is the dominant force?  In creating machines stronger than ourselves, are we signing up for self-destruction?  Is film the best medium with which to demonstrate the complexity of a combine harvester?  Should artists be allowed to use video cameras if they have nothing productive to say through film? Man versus machine is the uniting theme between... [more]
The Gallery Cafe   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 3/7/10
The Gallery Cafe 21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL 020 8980 2092 link to the Gallery Cafe on Facebook Set in the basement of a pretty charity-owned Georgian house in Bethnal Green, the Gallery Cafe is all its name promises and more.  Established as a vegetarian and vegan cafe serving wholesome fare and the best chips in east London, the cafe also acts as an art gallery, a music venue and a teaching space. During the week the owners run workshops in sewing, knitting and other... [more]
"There's nothing left to write about"   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Graham Dolphin at Seventeen February 17th, 2010 - March 27th, 2010
Posted 3/7/10
        The loss we experience when a rock star dies is unlike any other.  A stranger who touches your life through their music becomes a friend you turn to in times of both joy and sadness, yet the relationship is entirely one-sided, an unrequited love between musician and fan based on a sense of shared experience.  Logic dictates that as the music lives on even when the musician does not, the relationship should essentially be unaffected, but the pain we feel when our idols die isn’t... [more]
Shock Factor   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lewis Amar, Fiona Banner, NOJ BARKER, Simon Bedwell, Jo Broughton, Steven Claydon, Oliver Clegg, Darren Coffield, Kim Coleman, Mat Collishaw, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Dobai, Cordelia Donohoe, Tracey Emin, Simon English, Lilah Fowler, Margarita Gluzberg, Anthony Green, Marcus Harvey, Polly Hayward, John Hilliard, Jenny Hogarth, Phillipa Horan, Sebastian Horsley, Barnaby Hosking, Henry Hudson, Marc Hulson, Thomas Hutton, Alison Jackson, Sarah Jones, Claire De Jong, Alan Kane, John Kindness, Joanna kirk, Pippa Koszerek, Jim Lambie, Michael Landy, Peter Liversidge, Dan Macmillan, Melanie Manchot, Toby Mott, Tim Noble, Meredith Ostrom, Emer O’Brien, IRIS PALMER, Nick Pantazopoulas, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Pinkietessa®, Simon Popper, David Rayson, Sophy Rickett, Peter Rourke, Robert Rubbishman, Martin Sexton, Jamie Shovlin, Bob and Roberta Smith, Bridget Smith, Graham Snow, Jemima Stehli, Tim Stoner, Milly Thompson, Mark Titchner, Gavin Turk, Keith Tyson, Gillian Wearing, Sue Webster, Jeanine Woollard, Jonathan Yeo at Vegas Gallery February 18th, 2010 - March 28th, 2010
Posted 3/7/10
      A Peeping Tom – someone who pries, who looks when it is inappropriate to do so, who is curious with a side of sleaze.  It is a phrase with negative connotations and implications of unpleasantness and preying on the vulnerable.  Is it a phrase we should use in the context of contemporary artists?  Perhaps.  Many are drawn to issues that make their viewers uncomfortable, and many look at the world in a way that the rest of us try to avoid.  But do they look because they want to,... [more]
Smug 13 Camden PassageLondon, N1 8EA020 7354 0253 Smug is a small two-tiered shop in the heart of Islington’s Camden Passage, nestled amongst antique jewellers, silversmiths and extravagantly priced boutiques.  The downstairs area has a window from which you can watch the people outside considering the market stalls across the narrow street.  Here it was that I found a white china object shaped like a croissant.  Intrigued, I turned it over.  It was hollow, and the labe... [more]
Escape Down the Rabbit Hole   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at The Museum of Everything October 1st, 2009 - February 14th, 2010
Posted 2/7/10
        Burrowed in a Primrose Hill side street, The Museum of Everything is a haven from the harsh realities of life.  There are no “masters” here, no YBAs, nothing designed purely to shock or, contrarily, to solely please the eye.  Instead this is a shrine to those forgotten people who made art but were never artists in the conventional sense of the word.  Having opened in October 2009, the Museum offers artists who live, or have lived, on the margins of society a space to exhibit the... [more]
Identity at the Wellcome Collection   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Wellcome Collection November 26th, 2009 - April 6th, 2010
Posted 2/5/10
        What makes us “us”?  Our gender, our facial features, our upbringing, our DNA?  For centuries, scientists and philosophers have sought to identify that which makes each human's bundle of emotions, values, dreams and ideas different from his neighbour.  Now, the Wellcome Collection has devised an exhibition that challenges the ways in which we define our identities and those of others.  Divided into eight sections, each based around a contemporary or historic contributor to the debate, Id... [more]
SDC Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 11/29/09
SDC Gallery 24 Rivington StreetLondon, EC2A 3DU020 7613 3886 A tiny gallery on Shoreditch’s trendy Rivington Street, SDC exhibits and sells craft-based works by a impressive selection of designers.  Varying between permanent collections and pieces available for purchase, the gallery seeks to promote designers who specialise in hand-made, unique pieces.  The current exhibition, Genesis, which runs until the 24th December, follows this premise.  Each designer is showing only a... [more]
Kienholz: The Hoerengracht   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ed and Nancy Kienholz at The National Gallery November 18th, 2009 - February 21st, 2010
Posted 11/29/09
        It is not often that you are made to feel deeply voyeuristic at the National Gallery, but Ed and Nancy Kienholz’ The Hoerengracht does just that and more.  Their sprawling installation is a recreation of Amsterdam’s red light district, using life-size models and a set copied from Dutch brothels.  The piece shows the girls in their working environment; sitting and waiting for clientele in cramped rooms or behind doors, reading to pass the time and dressed to appeal to the less... [more]
Sophie Calle – Talking to Strangers   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Sophie Calle at Whitechapel Gallery October 16th, 2009 - January 3rd, 2010
Posted 11/29/09
Sophie Calle’s first UK retrospective is an epic feat of emotional engineering.  Her work is packed with humour, heartbreak, and the frustrations of life, and the viewer has little choice but to experience all of these as they engage with the pieces on display.  The show spreads over two floors of the Whitechapel Gallery; the ground floor has been completely taken over by Calle’s English version of Take Care of Yourself, whilst two rooms on the second floor house smaller but equally po... [more]
Best of Zoo Art Fair 2009   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Zoo Art Enterprises October 16th, 2009 - October 18th, 2009
Posted 10/19/09
        This year the Zoo Art Fair has moved to Shoreditch High Street in east London and has rebranded as Zoo 2009 to mark its evolution from a commercial art fair to a collaborative event where curated exhibits co-exist with the more traditional gallery stands.  Located in premises that previously housed building merchants and tile wholesalers, the unpolished interiors provide the perfect backdrop for a display of art at the forefront of contemporary production. The majority of galleries... [more]
Frame at Frieze Art Fair   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Frieze London October 15th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009
Posted 10/18/09
        A new section at Frieze this year, Frame provides a fascinating contrast with the strictly commercial side of the enterprise.  None of the galleries exhibiting are more than six years old, and this is reflected in the playfulness of the art on display.  Each gallery has also chosen only one or two artists on which to focus, and this increased freedom for the artist has led to a more engaging showcase of their work. The novelty here is that some galleries appear more intent on making a stateme... [more]
The City Arts and Music Project 70 - 74 City Rd, London, EC1Y 2BJ Mon - Thurs: 7am - 11pm Fri: 7am - 1am Sat: 7pm - 1am Sun: Closed Food served till 10pm Tel: 020 7253 2443 Email: Having recently opened on City Road, the City Arts and Music Project is ambitious in its variety, serving as music venue, art space, bar and restaurant.  This combination has been achieved before, but generally not in a single-roomed space so close to the City.  Lunch time and evening visits showed two v... [more]
Rosalind Nashashibi at the ICA   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Rosalind Nashashibi at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) September 10th, 2009 - November 1st, 2009
Posted 10/12/09
          Rosalind Nashashibi won the coveted Beck’s Futures prize at the ICA in 2003, and has now returned for her largest exhibition to date. Spread over two floors of the gallery, the exhibit showcases both photographic works and video pieces, demonstrating Nashashibi’s modern take on the artist as an observer of society, whereby she is both seeing and unseen. The lower gallery houses four works; a photographic series entitled In Rehearsal (2009) and three very different films. In Rehearsal i... [more]
John Gibbons at the National Portrait Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
John Gibbons at National Portrait Gallery September 12th, 2009 - March 14th, 2010
Posted 10/12/09
        In his first display at the National Portrait Gallery, John Gibbons’collection of five works offers an enlightening insight into the sculptor’s approach to portraiture. During the initial engagement with his materials Gibbons begins to shape each work to reflect the characteristics of people from his past and present, seeking to imbue them with a sense of the person’s inner life. The artist views his sculptures as receptacles for human character and experience, and this leads him to prod... [more]
Tina We Salute You   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 8/28/09
Tina We Salute You 47 King Henry's Walk London N1 4NH Tuesday–Saturday 8am–7pm, Sunday 10am–7pm, Monday closed   Having started life as a Brick Lane cupcake stall, Tina We Salute You opened as a fully-fledged cafe on King Henry’s Walk, Dalston in February and was named for the J.H. Lynch painting of a Latina lady whose photograph is the only framed image in the space.  Merging food with art, this small coffee shop takes café decor to a new le... [more]
Live Forever   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Elizabeth Peyton at Whitechapel Gallery July 9th, 2009 - September 20th, 2009
Posted 8/28/09
      A portrait can be many things; celebratory, revering, intimate, historic.  Elizabeth Peyton’s portraits are all of these and more.  Her canvasses are smaller than one might expect. In fact, they barely take up any room on the stark white walls of the Whitechapel Gallery, but each small space is filled with life and infused with intense colour, making the world of Peyton’s subjects appear that bit brighter than our own. Drawing on photography’s frozen moments but working in oils, Peyton has ca... [more]
Exquisite Bodies   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Wellcome Collection July 30th, 2009 - October 18th, 2009
Posted 8/28/09
    In an age in which images of violence and bloodshed have become commonplace, it is fair to say that we no longer expect to be shocked or disturbed by what we see.  With such regular exposure to medical dramas, crime investigation and the atrocities of war, there is little that would surprise the contemporary viewer. Exquisite Bodies takes the viewer back 700 years to the dawning of a new phase in anatomical study, and the result is both surprising and disturbing. The exhibition occupies... [more]