19 March 2018


Although Artlyst essentially focuses on contemporary art reviews, gallery listings and not o operas,

19 March 2018

The Background To The Boom And Other Tales – Edward Lucie-Smith

Three very different books that somehow reflect different facets of the same situation.

17 March 2018

Tacita Dean’s Triple Header Implicit Nostalgia And History – Sue Hubbard

Film is Tacita Dean’s medium. Not that catch-all of so many contemporary artists, video, but analogue film with all its implicit nostalgia and history....

12 March 2018

John Copeland: The Return Of Exuberant Painterliness – Edward Lucie-Smith

John Copeland is an American painter in his 40s, not it seems particularly well known in his own country.

11 March 2018

High Society: Four Centuries Of Lavish Portraiture – Rijks Museum – Paul Carter Robinson

High Society is a survey exhibition highlighting thirty-five portraits of the rich, famous and powerful of the day.

9 March 2018

Cerith Wyn Evans: Perceiving The Artist’s Searing Duchampian Neon – Paul Black

The internationally acclaimed Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans has unveiled his latest work; a major new neon sculpture at National Museum Cardiff.

7 March 2018

Picasso’s Unspoken Minotaur In The Room – Tate Modern – Edward Lucie-Smith

The hosannas have already begun. Picasso's latest show at Tate Modern, entitled Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy gets a 5-star review in The Times.

4 March 2018

Camden Arts Centre is currently presenting the first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom of Giorgio Griffa, an Italian abstract painter who has been...

2 March 2018

The Human Condition Relationships And Raw Desires – Tate Britain – Sue Hubbard

The 20th century saw God lose his central role within the scheme of human belief and philosophy.

2 March 2018

Bloomberg New Contemporaries Block 336 – Patrick Hamilton Courtney

Bloomberg New Contemporaries flies its Georgian nest for Block 336, an edgier artist-run space in Brixton.

1 March 2018

It’s A Fischl – Eric’s Latest London Exhibition Returns To Challenging Form

The American figurative painter Eric Fischl is back in London with a new exhibition of his large narrative canvases.

1 March 2018

Roy Oxlade: Painting A Sense Of The Absurd – Edward Lucie-Smith

The late Roy Oxlade (1929-1985) is currently in some danger of being remembered, first and foremost, as the partner of the current ‘emerging artist’...

28 February 2018

Genta Ishizuka: Organic Urushi At The Royal Arcade – Zoltan Alexander

This story could have started a few months ago on the Gion Tatsumi bridge in Kyoto, Japan, or a long time ago on a...

26 February 2018

Submerging Artists: Rebirthing A Genre By Edward Lucie-Smith

It’s become noticeable that while the British art world – it's museum dominated segment in particular – still prattles happily about ‘emerging artists’, convincing examples...

23 February 2018

Rachel Howard A Rising International Artist With Substance – Edward Lucie-Smith

Rachel Howard (b. 1969 in County Durham) is a rising star in the British art world, which is currently badly in need of new...

20 February 2018

Emil Nolde: A Secret Heart Of Darkness – Sue Hubbard

There is a conundrum at the heart of the work of Emil Nolde.

20 February 2018

Eddie Peake: Compulsive Obsessional And Occasionally Shit-Scared – By Zoltan Alexander

Anything but a conventional artist, Eddie Peake is a footballer, a musician, a dancer, a graffiti guy covered with spray-paint

19 February 2018

Nancy Rubins: A Woman Of Conviction – Gagosian – Edward Lucie-Smith

Nancy Rubins’ exuberant exhibition at Gagosian Britannia Street comes as a great relief in the current epoch of self-righteous #MeToo feminism. Essentially it consists...

19 February 2018

New York Now: Art Exhibitions Winter 2018 – Ilka Scobie

New Museum 2018 Triennial: Songs For Sabotage until May 27

13 February 2018

Gideon Rubin Explores The Sinister History Of Nazi Propaganda At Freud Museum

An exhibition of new work by Israeli/British artist Gideon Rubin, Black Book is the latest in a series of well-received shows curated by James...

12 February 2018

Sean Scully – Newcastle Where It All Began – Edward Lucie-Smith

The new Sean Scully show in Newcastle is spread over two galleries, the Laing and the Hatton, and contains no new work. In fact,...

7 February 2018

Henri Michaux Indefatigable Experimenter Guggenheim Bilbao – Sue Hubbard

Modern psychology has shown considerable interest in understanding the self. Investigations into the problems of selfhood spread during the 20th century from clinicians and...

5 February 2018

BRAFA Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair 13 Of The Best By Paul Carey-Kent

Reviewer at large Paul Carey-Kent reports on BRAFA Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts fair (BRAFA), which ran from 27 Jan - 4 Feb 2018.

2 February 2018

Glenn Brown: Fragments Repeated With Twiddly Bits Added – Edward Lucie-Smith

The more I looked at Glenn Brown's latest show, the more I felt that I was both the right and the wrong person to...

30 January 2018

Charles I Commemoration Of A Doomed King – Royal Academy – Edward Lucie-Smith

The R.A.’s new exhibition, devoted to the role of Charles I, the most unfortunate of the Stuart monarchs, as collector of art

29 January 2018

Steven Campbell: Large-Scale Collage Work Rich In Formal Invention – Clare Henry

When Steven Campbell arrived at Glasgow School of Art in 1978 age 25, he was a man in a hurry, fiercely ambitious and with...

27 January 2018

Andreas Gursky: Presentations Of The Real World – Hayward Gallery – Edward Lucie-Smith

For those of us who remember the state of the Hayward Gallery before the just completed rehab, the current Andreas Gursky show, which celebrates...

22 January 2018

Bridget Riley – A Seductive Collaborative Invitation – By Edward Lucie-Smith

The new Bridget Riley show at David Zwirner is a knockout.

21 January 2018

London Art Exhibitions Winter 2018 Investigated By Zoltan Alexander

Art galleries opening all over the city with art as international as innovative. Given London, more than 1.500 galleries, its current art scene is...

20 January 2018

London Art Fair 2018 Sue Hubbard Has The Last Word

There was a time when the London Art Fair was the glitziest thing in the capital's art world calendar.

17 January 2018

Philip Pearlstein: The American Lucian Freud’s Triumphant London Exhibition – Edward Lucie-Smith

Philip Pearlstein is one of the truly major figures in the history of 20th (and now 21st) century American art. He is now 93...

6 January 2018

John Piper Primaeval Haunting Surrealism – Tate Liverpool – Alice Lenkiewicz

There is something very exciting about John Piper's early works at Tate Liverpool.