Art Reviews

Not Vital - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bob Chaundy | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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When world-renowned Swiss sculptor, Not Vital (pronounced Veetahl) was 15-years-old, he asked his father, a timber merchant, to cut down a number of trees to isolate one tree in particular. He then stood behind it and moved to remain in its shadow throughout the rest of the day with his father photographing him every 15 minutes to document the work.

Boomoon - Skogar & Sansu

Bob Chaundy | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Acclaimed South Korean photographer, Boomoon, was enchanted by a waterfall he discovered at Skogar in Iceland in 2015. Early one morning when the lig...

Enter Through the Headset - Gazelli Art House

Bob Chaundy | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Upstairs in Mayfair's Gazelli Gallery stands a plinth on which rests a small cardboard house (above). Put on the Virtual Reality (VR) headset and earp...

XL Catlin Art Prize 2016

Bob Chaundy | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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"There's a perverse kind of theatricality about the work," says Justin Hammond, curator of the 2016 XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition, now in its 10th ye...

The Mask of Anarchy - Paul Wager

Bob Chaundy | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Paul Wager describes himself as a proud Northerner without being a northern fanatic. Most of his sculptures are large constructions built of steel, a commodity once associated with his home town of Hartlepool.

Michael Sandle - Time, Transition and Dissent

Bob Chaundy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Now in his 80th year, Sandle's strong views show little sign of moderating. We see depictions of Hitler with a dunce's cap, of innocent mothers and children being tortured and animals exploited for use in war.

Nicola Hicks - Pause

Bob Chaundy | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
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In the window of the Flowers Gallery in Cork Street stands a black sentry crow, a dark, human-like figure clad in armour with a crow's head and wings....

Lita Cabellut - Impulse

Bob Chaundy | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
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Cabellut has invited glamorous women from different parts of the world to sit for her. Each has a different expression but she has reflected what she calls the violence towards women by way of unrealistic expectations placed upon them.

David Hockney: Early Drawings

Bob Chaundy | Posted 27.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
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David Hockney: Early Drawings is a feast of a show and a fine way in which to introduce Waterman's eponymous gallery's new grand location in the heart of London's Mayfair

Bridget Riley: Learning From Seurat

Bob Chaundy | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
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British painter Bridget Riley, now 84, is best known worldwide by those abstract, almost hallucinatory, stripes, curves and other geometric forms that seemed to gel with the psychedelic '60s and beyond. They epitomised a new spirit and language in painting.

Unfinished...Works From the Courtauld Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
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When I first heard that the Courtauld's Summer Showcase was going to comprise unfinished works from its collection, I wondered if this might be, like its subjects, a half-baked idea.

Two Truths - Griffin Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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The exhibition at The Griffin Gallery in west London is less a philosophical exploration of how six different artists view their versions of the truth in the way they relate to and interpret the world around them. More, it's an interesting contrast between how culture is affected by displacement.

Speaking Power to Truth - John Keane

Bob Chaundy | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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John Keane may have only been an official war artist for a matter of days when he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to record images from the Gulf War of August 1990. Yet, war, conflict and power have remained constant fascinations and resultant themes of his paintings ever since.

World War Civil War Portraits - Sara Shamma

Bob Chaundy | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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Sara Shamma is an internationally acclaimed portrait painter. Among her many awards are the BP Portrait Award 2004 and the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize South Australia 2008. She exhibited at the Florence Biennale in 2013.

Catlin Art Prize 2015

Bob Chaundy | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
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It's Catlin Art Prize time again - the annual exhibition of the shortlisted candidates from the Art Catlin Guide featuring the most exciting new art graduates in the UK. Eight finalists this year have been given space at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London in which to develop themes explored during their art school years.

Eva Masterman Studio: Residency and Exhibition

Bob Chaundy | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
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For the past three weeks, the 28-year-old sculptor has turned London's William Benington Gallery into her own studio with all the accoutrements required for creating high-spec ceramic sculptures - bags of industrial raw materials, assorted moulds, tools and equipment. And with lots of slushy material around, it's a very messy business.

#BedfordVoices

Bob Chaundy | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
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Entitled #BedfordVoices, for the next month, billboards dotted around various locations in the town centre will proclaim the ideals of various charities and community groups in the form of hard-hitting political cartoons. The idea is to provoke thought and discussion about the issues raised by organisations that seldom get heard.

Debussy Explosion - Hugo Dalton and Imma Setiadi

Bob Chaundy | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
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Artist Hugo Dalton took part in an unusual performance at the Royal College of Music this week. In the exquisite Britten Hall, deep in the college basement, he collaborated with Indonesian pianist Imma Setiadi in a rendition of Debussy Preludes that they have titled Debussy Explosion.

Walking on the Beach Imitating Sand

Bob Chaundy | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
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Step inside London's Hus Gallery and you become immersed in an imaginary, timeless and ethereal setting created by two young sculptors, Virgile Ittah and Kai Yoda. Immersed and integral too, since the viewer is seen by the artists as part of this mood piece.

David Boni - Every Life is Extraordinary

Bob Chaundy | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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David Worthington - Experiments in Colour

Bob Chaundy | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
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There are two particular discoveries that combined to inspire this latest exhibition from sculptor David Worthington at the William Benington Gallery, a few doors down from London's Sadler's Wells theatre.

Griffin Art Prize 2014

Bob Chaundy | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
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The prize is awarded to emerging artists in painting and drawing. Chudamani Clowes emerged triumphant from a long list of 20 that was then boiled down to 10. The works of all those shortlisted are being exhibited at the gallery for a month.

Before the Dawn - Arabella Dorman

Bob Chaundy | Posted 01.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
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Acclaimed war artist Arabella Dorman has visited Afghanistan on several occasions over the past five years in order to capture in her paintings the human face of the conflict there, of both Afghan civilians and of the British forces.

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

Bob Chaundy | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Egon Schiele was the enfant terrible of the Austrian art scene in the early 1900s. His career lasted barely a decade but in that short time he threw a metaphorical grenade into the Viennese art establishment...

Saad Qureshi - Congregation

Bob Chaundy | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Earlier this year, while on a guided tour of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Oxford-based artist Saad Qureshi noticed a number of beautiful and melodious birds flying around the building.