London Art Exhibitions

Saatchi Gallery Ignores Female Artists In Painters' Painters

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Now, right off the bat, I had concerns with this show. The promo for this new exhibition at Saatchi Gallery said that the show wanted to platform pain...

Elton John's Photography Collection On Show At Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Elton John has one of the most extensive modernist photography collections in the world, and now we can get a glimpse into this 8000+ collection as hi...

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 ...

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...

Review: Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy 'Utterly Extraordinary'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 21.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Where to begin when you don't know where to begin... Simply put, the Abstract Expressionism show at the Royal Academy of Arts is extraordinary, utterly extraordinary. Wandering around these large galleries - the beautiful high-ceilinged walls smothered, crammed to capacity, with these vast revolutionary canvases - I felt both lost for words and completely overwhelmed.

Review: Stanley Kubrick's Spirit Alive and Kicking at Somerset House

Victoria Sadler | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

What strikes you most about this show are two things: the impressive list of over forty artists who have been brought together to contribute to this exhibition, and the effort that has gone into making this a dynamic experience.

Review: Painters' Paintings, National Gallery 'Dense with Masterpieces'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

he National Gallery has scored a real winner with its summer show, Painters' Paintings, which explores great paintings from an unusual perspective - that of the artists who owned them. The collection on display is mightily impressive.

Review: Georgia O'Keeffe, Tate Modern 'Moments of Brilliance'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Tate's continuing commitment to platforming female artists continues apace with this Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition, the Tate Modern's big summer sho...

Review: Jeff Koons, Newport Street Gallery 'Desperate, Tired'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It's probably no surprise that Damien Hirst owns a lot of works by Jeff Koons. After all, these two have common ground - they're both provocateurs, both divisive artists. And now, Damien has put his own collection of Jeff Koons works on display in his Newport Street Gallery, which opened last year.

Review: Mona Hatoum, Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

For those unfamiliar with the brilliant Mona Hatoum, she was born in Beirut to a Palestinian family before moving to the UK in 1975. This show at the Tate Modern is the first survey of her work in the UK. And, frankly, it couldn't be more timely.

Review: Conceptual Art 1964-1979, Tate Britain

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

With its focus on British artists in the 1960s and 1970s, Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979 at Tate Britain sets out to demonstrate how radical conc...

Review: Russia and the Arts, National Portrait Gallery 'Dramatic, Intense, Passionate'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 01.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The turn of the 20th century was not a happy time in Russia. The Imperial dynasty was moribund and its Tsar, Nicholas II, was a hopeless and feeble leader who inflicted terrible hardship and violence on his people.

Review: Botticelli Reimagined, Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria Sadler | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Botticelli's Birth of Venus is one of the most enduring images in art history. This curvaceous nude, modesty protected only from her flowing locks, rides towards us on the waves of the sea perched in a shell. And that iconic single image is the launchpad for this bold new exhibition at the V&A that examines Botticelli's influence on art and culture, right up to the present day.

Review: Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, National Gallery 'Mixed Results'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Half the exhibition comprises works by artists of later generations who, it is suggested, were inspired by Delacroix - artists such as Sargent, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Cezanne and Matisse. And when works from these artists are hung alongside Delacroix, well, it's Delacroix who seems to come off worse.

Frank Auerbach at Tate Britain: Unique and Emotional

Victoria Sadler | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

What first hits you about Frank's paintings is the texture. These are canvases thick with oils. Layers of paint built up and scraped down, the artist always editing and correcting himself, painting over what he saw a moment ago with what he sees now. And doing this hundreds of times.

Review: Goya the Portraits, National Gallery 'Dazzling Brilliance'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

There is such talent, such genius in Goya's work that it's hard to know where to begin. His technical excellence is just ridiculous - the skin tone, glimpses of veins in ageing hands, the delicacy of the mantilla lace, the shimmering texture of the satin dresses, the flash of colour from sashes and hat linings, the bold, bare backgrounds...

Review, Ai Weiwei, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is a rather sombre affair that brings into sharp focus the scale and impact the Chinese government's attempts at censorship have had on the artist.

Your Heart Will Always Be Your Wage

Danielle Wood | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Danielle Wood

If you could have anyone throughout the world of politics, history, art or film at your dinner party, who would you ask? Without hesitation, Marine Tanguy. My answer is obscure in comparison to the norm of Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa and Mick Jagger. Let me tell you why.

Review: Barbara Hepworth, Tate Britain - A Great Sculptor, But Not a Great Exhibition

Victoria Sadler | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Barbara Hepworth was inspired by her landscape. She loved how she was carving out stones and wood that nature had already shaped before her. Her pieces are nurturing, soulful, and seem so inextricably linked to the earth. What a shame therefore that the dusty cases and bare walls are a million miles away from the protective landscapes she so admired.

Review: Agnes Martin, Tate Modern 'Serene and Surprising'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

This exhibition at the Tate Modern is the first retrospective of Agnes Martin's work in the UK for over 20 years and includes pieces from the full breadth of her career, from her early beginnings in the 1950s to the last piece she created in 2004.

Incredibly Cool Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition at Royal Academy

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Richard Diebenkorn is celebrated as a post-war Master in his native United States - Obama even selected one of his works for the private residence of the White House. In Europe though, he's not that well-known. In fact, the only major solo exhibition of his work was at the Whitechapel Gallery back in 1991.

New John Singer Sargent Exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Away from the pressures of commissions these works show Sargent experimenting with styles and settings. Some of the work is quite radical for its time and shows a painter with immense variety and skill.

History is Now at Hayward Gallery Searches for British Identity

Victoria Sadler | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Seven artists were invited to curate their own section of this exhibition, choosing particular periods and subjects from post-war British cultural history. Over 250 objects are included in this vast exhibition, with every media possible included - from paintings to photographs, from sculpture to scientific surveys, and everything in-between.

Dark, Haunting and Extraordinary: Marlene Dumas at Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Marlene was born in South Africa at a time of apartheid and censorship, where simply a picture of Nelson Mandela was considered to be so dangerous that it was banned. This deep and profound relationship between banning an image and infusing it with power and meaning must have made an impact on Marlene as it has shaped her work.