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Boys Against Girls

by James Loks
If you look out the window these days you can’t help but see boys, girls, and the political all manifest on the pavement, floating large as a topic within our cultural exchange: girls walking as boys, boys becoming girls, girls still so horribly un-/mis-represented in Hollywood that Jennifer Lawrence comes across as a goddess for acting like a normal human being. Etc. Besides asking if Caitlyn Jenner’s transformation isn’t the final act of masculine hegemony—something along the lines of "it takes a real man to be this good a woman"—it almost seems like there is li... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 7/21/15
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It's the physicality that counts

by G H
On opening night, in a gallery filled with Frieze visiting art collectors, it was hard to appreciate the subtlety of Kapoor's new work. Surrounded by pouting people pondering over £80,000 price tags, the playfulness of the organic sculptures easily got lost. It was almost tempting to dismiss the works as things seen before, and to brush over the novelties and head for the bar. But Anish Kapoor's work inevitably evokes a desire to explore; his new works, like his larger scale installations in the public sphere, have the exhilarating tendency to change one's perception of space. This is pa... [more]
Posted by G H on 10/21/12
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More Really Shiny Things That Don’t Mean Anything

by Char Jansen
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 Lisson, and his umpteenth production on a global level, was not as heart-racingly empirical as hi... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 7/17/12
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Form of Protest

by Mike Tuck
          The current survey show across the two Bell Street spaces of the Lisson gallery spans the last six years of work from the Chinese artist, architect and social critic Ai Weiwei. The artist’s struggle against the Chinese authorities has been well published; it is reported that Ai is still missing following detention by authorities in Beijing while trying to board a flight to Hong Kong on the 3rd of April. What has made Ai’s work so potent as a form of protest? Is it that he speaks the language of international, and that is to say western, art? Between 1981 and 1993 Ai lived in New Yo... [more]
Posted by Mike Tuck on 5/15/11
Paolini

An Autonomous Entity

by E-Slant Team
Lisson Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of Italian artist Giulio Paolini. Often linked to the Arte Povera movement, Paolini is best known for a more strictly conceptual practice. The exhibition will present a new body of mixed media work, which investigates the figure of the author and its role in the creation of the work of art. For Paolini, the idea of the work is an "autonomous entity" and the picture plane is a surface that is a depository of every possible projection of an image. Therefore, the author steps aside, he is "mute, absent, the voice is the voice of the work: but th... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 12/8/08