Royal Academy | Ends 2nd January 2017 | £16.00 Some genres of art are contemplated through years of reverence steeped in traditional practices. Others explode onto the scene with little resemblance to what has come before it. Abstract Expressionism certainly falls into the latter category... The Rock n Roll of the Art world is here in all it's glory with the key figures of the movement featured in abundance. Many consider Jackson Pollock to be the most significant artist to first acquaint the mainstream public with Abstract Expressionism. Fore it was his breakthrough piece, titled Mural, 1943, commissioned by...Read more..
Tate Modern | Ends 6th November 2016 | £12.00 If ever there was an example of an exhibition that splits opinion it is the Tate Modern's Bhupen Khakhar; You Can't Please All. The title itself suggests the Tate anticipated such a response to this retrospective featuring five decades of Khakhar's work . This is somewhat due to the lack of cultural references available in the show to provide the western viewer with insight into this Indian artist's influences. A culture removed is left with limited context in which to view the show. Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) is recognised as a key figure in the modern...Read more..
Rule of Law - (2014) - part of a series... £15,000 Cleon Peterson continues to provoke his audience with these savagely brutal paintings hinting at the illusionary value of a 'civilised' society. Rich in symbolism commenting on status, fear, power & aggression his work contains an almost tribal sensation chronicling a history of conflict that is so central to our identities. The viewer is immediately confronted in battle thrusting them into alligning their senses to a particular contingence. Simultaneously reacting with applause & dismay...Read more..
The Tate Britain's exhibition Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for the Modern World has been unveiled as the largest London show of Hepworth's work since 1968. Although this is true, it appears slightly misleading & implies the Tate are rediscovering this notable modernist sculptor/artist, rescuing her work from obscurity. In fact Hepworth's work is reasonably well travelled in recent times providing the basis for which to compare the Tate's presentation of the artist's major works. Hepworth is intrinsically ed to the Modernist movement adopting a distinct style baring little...Read more..
'Art 16 presented 134 galleries from 41 countires in its 4th edition of the contemporary art fair. Passion Palette was there to sample some of the leading artists' on display... Todor Tamas: At the Thuja. Tamás Todor, 1989, belongs to a new wave of Romanian artists appearing in the European Art scene. His work is becoming a regular presence at leading Art Fairs across the continent alongside peers such as Radu Baies. Todor's work creates a compelling atmosphere as he merges surrealist qualities with abstraction & the figurative form. He explores nature & Society's...Read more..
The National Gallery take the innovative step of shifting perspective to the art dealer to reveal the narrative behind the art on display in this exhibition. Fore it is Paul Durand-Ruel who takes center stage here, credited with the rise of impressionism & all that it associates. The show tells the story of the hostile criticism that this art form provoked throughout it's early history as one of the radical movements in modern art. Critics of the time slated.... Durand-Ruel (1831-1922) not only believed in the artists he came to represent he...Read more..
Royal Academy | Ends 10th April 2015 | £16.50 The headlining flemish Master painter is in good company at the Royal Academy's latest exhibition showing him alongside a selection of those who are known to have studied his work. P margin-bottom: 0.21c The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Royal Academy in London have successfully brought together the works of prestigious names in art history. P margin-bottom: 0.21cm; The likes of Rembrandt 1606-1669, Constable 1776–1837 P margin-bottom: 0.21cm;...Read more..
Tate Britain | Ends 25th January 2015 | £16.50 Turner's work has been adored for many years connecting generations in their pleasure like a creative bloodline, but this was not always the case. In his time Turner encountered much criticism due to his background, technique & style. This led to him being known as a controversial figure in the art scene of his day. That which many disapproved of back then has become celebrated in the modern day, which has launched him as a revered figure in the romantic landscape art scene. There is not much that can compare to the...Read more..