Art Reviews

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 18.04.2016 | 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 25.01.2016 | 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 13.11.2015 | 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.

Unfinished...Works From the Courtauld Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 18.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

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
Bob Chaundy

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.