London Art

Review: Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy 'Utterly Extraordinary'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.09.2016 | 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 03.08.2016 | 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 27.07.2016 | 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 18.07.2016 | 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...

Visions of a New Black Masculinity for 2026 - Summer Exhibition At Somerset House London.

Lou Mensah | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Style
Lou Mensah

2026 © Ibrahim Kamara and Kristin Lee-Moolman Stylist Ibrahim Kamara collaborates with photographer Kristin Lee-Moolman for work entitled '2026' as ...

Review: David Hockney, Royal Academy 'A Disappointment'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

David Hockney. The man is practically a national treasure so it is with some trepidation, and a heavy heart, that I have to say, I'm not particularly crazy about the new show of his work at the Royal Academy.

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

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.05.2016 | 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.

Strange and Familiar: Martin Parr Curates the Must See Exhibition of the Season at the Barbican

Lou Mensah | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lou Mensah

This exhibition is about the everyday lives of you and me, our parent's and grandparents. It is a community album, a gift from 23 international photographers, who have been documenting our mundane and celebratory moments since the 1930s.

Review: Mona Hatoum, Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.05.2016 | 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: Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern 'Selfie Culture is Nothing New'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Selfie culture may be a modern phenomenon but performing for the camera ain't nothing new. And how cameras have been used to capture artists at work and performance art is the subject of this new exhibition at Tate Modern.

Review: Brilliance in Pastels from Jean-Etienne Liotard, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Pastels are a nightmare to work with, and they provide a real challenge for artists who want to add delicate details and tones. So how wonderful it is that the Royal Academy has chosen to put on a show on Jean-Etienne Liotard so that more can marvel at how this artist mastered this tricky medium.

Frank Auerbach at Tate Britain: Unique and Emotional

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.11.2015 | 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, 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.

London's Art Scene this Autumn: 10 Must-See Events and Exhibitions

Kate Gordon | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kate Gordon

I'm often asked what is the one thing that is absolutely necessary to see/do/experience in the visual art world, in a given season. These are my 10 not-to-be missed happenings in the art world in London, through to the end of the year. Consider your diary sorted.

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.

Exhibition Review: Sonia Delaunay, Tate Modern

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Tate has opened a wonderful new exhibition on Sonia Delaunay, the exciting avant-garde artist whose bright and colourful works spanned not just painting, but also textiles, fashion, theatre and design.

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.

Sotto Voce: The Best Art Show in London Today

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Sotto Voce, an art exhibition at the on until the 18th of April, in Bond Street, London, had the ambitious idea of investigating these simultaneous events when artists started experimenting with the abstract white relief with a focus on the 1930s to 1970s.

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.

Rubens Exhibition at Royal Academy Is Very Light on Works from, Well, Rubens

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The name 'Rubens' may be in the title of the exhibition but I counted maybe only about a dozen works from Rubens actually on show. Maybe a few more. What few Rubens works there are though are incredibly impressive.

Top 10 London Art Exhibitions to See in 2015

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It was a great year for art shows in the capital but, frustratingly, the big exhibitions were dominated by white male artists. So it is with great delight that the calendar for 2015 sees this challenged in a big way. Here is my list of those art exhibitions in London to put in your diary for 2015.