Art Reviews

New Works - Tai-Shan Schierenberg

Bob Chaundy | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Tai-Shan Schierenberg, a Briton with a Chinese mother and German father, first distinguished himself in 1989 when he won the National Portrait Gallery...

Eden By Simafra - Maddox Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

When, in 2000, Italian artist Riccardo Prosperi decided to take up a full-time career as a painter at the age of 18, he discovered there was another a...

Howard Tangye - Amar Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

London welcomed the opening of a new commercial art gallery this month. The Amar Gallery, situated round the corner from Islington's Chapel Market, ai...

Robert Rauschenberg, Transfer Drawings From The 1950s And 1960s

Bob Chaundy | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Rauschenberg re-drew the parameters for what an art work could comprise, inspiring along with such as Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, the pop-art movement that developed from the late 1950s.

Review: Anselm Kiefer: Walhalla, White Cube Bermondsey 'Extraordinary'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Anselm Kiefer takes my breath away. To be able to express yourself as he does on such a huge scale, with such confidence, without inhibitions, must be...

Review: James Ensor By Luc Tuymans, Royal Academy 'Unsettling'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

If I were to describe to you images of animate skulls ravenously tearing apart a herring with their teeth, or a living skeleton in a suit putting the ...

Willys De Castro: From Paintings To Objects 1953-61

Bob Chaundy | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Willys de Castro (1926-88) was an artist in the broadest sense of the word. Before achieving fame as a painter both within and outside his native Braz...

Beyond Caravaggio, National Gallery: A Master And The Rest

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, about 1603-4, Oil on canvas. The Nelson - Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas Ci...

Dan Baldwin - Under The Influence

Bob Chaundy | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

"It's all about allegory, it's all about harmony, it's all about balance, it's all about everything working together, every colour, every element." So...

Collecting Lines - Zineb Sedira

Bob Chaundy | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Travellers on the Victoria Line on the London tube may notice, as they emerge on one of the escalators, a four-screen video wall showing a film about ...

Picasso On Paper - Omer Tiroche Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Throughout his prolific career, Pablo Picasso made literally thousands of drawings. Some were sketches of ideas that would later evolve into paintings, others were complete in themselves and then there were those dedications - scribbles really - that were handed out to lucky recipients.

Slow - China Exchange

Bob Chaundy | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

A mythological creature roars in a central room, people read texts in a reconstructed garden and a beautifully bound book contains an invented languag...

Edward Burtynsky - Salt Pans And Essential Elements

Bob Chaundy | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky has earned a worldwide reputation for his spectacular, large-form aerial pictures that depict the impact man has made on our natural and urban landscapes around the world.

Of All The People In All The World - London's Burning

Bob Chaundy | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

One of the biggest piles denotes the number of refugees in the world, defined by the UNHCR as those who have crossed borders. Stan's Cafe would have liked to have made a pile representing the world's internally displaced people i.e. those who have not crossed a border. But as associate artist Jack Trow explained, "at 65 million people it was too much rice for the load limit of the Inner Temple Hall". A chilling thought.

Alfredo Volpi: Cecilia Brunson Projects

Bob Chaundy | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988) has earned a reputation as one of the most influential figures in 20th century Brazilian art. His work fetches seven-figure sums and has featured in numerous retrospectives and books.

Not Vital - Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bob Chaundy | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

"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 18.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 24.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 12.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 14.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 24.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 17.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.