2017

Vanessa Bell, Nude with Poppies, 1916, oil on canvas, 23.4 x 42.24 cm, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. © The Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett
Friday Dispatch 24 Mar 2017 By Caroline Douglas

Vanessa Bell at Dulwich Picture Gallery

The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have clearly been a labour of love to put together for curator Sarah Milroy and Dulwich’s departing director, Ian Dejardin. They are both a milestone in scholarship and I heartily recommend both to you.

Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986. Courtesy artist & Hollybush Gardens. Photo Matthew Birchall & Tao Lashley-Burnley
Friday Dispatch 17 Mar 2017 By Christine Takengny

The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary

The question arises why it has taken almost 30 years to gain the visibility that black artists were already fighting for in the 1980s.

Rhys Coren, The Perennial Pandangle, 2017. Spray paint, acrylic and pencil on board, 60.7 x 60.7 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Seventeen Gallery. Photographer: Damian Griffiths
Friday Dispatch 10 Mar 2017 By Caroline Douglas

Rhys Coren: Whistle Bump Super Strut at Seventeen Gallery, London

“I like the idea that a work can make you dance or smile immediately before you yourself have even worked out if it interests you on more conscious levels.” That is certainly what happened to me as I walked from one picture to the next.

Installation view, Do Ho Suh: Passage/s, 1 February – 18 March 2017. Courtesy of the Artist, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and Victoria Miro, London (Photography Thierry Bal) ©Do Ho Suh
Friday Dispatch 3 Mar 2017 By Caroline Douglas

Do Ho Suh: Passage/s at Victoria Miro Gallery, London

With views over the rooftops of City Road, light floods through the diaphanous screens of the jewel-coloured installation, revealing every lovingly-rendered detail, every immaculate stitch.

The Artist's Table with Conrad Shawcross, 23 February 2017
CAS News 28 Feb 2017 By Marcus Crofton

Conrad Shawcross cooks dinner for the Artist’s Table, with over £70,000 raised for museum acquisitions

Guests were treated to a special performance of his Ada robot with Mira Calix and a giant tetrahedral cake in the shape of one of Shawcross’ sculptures.

Still from Hito Steyerl, 'Abstract', 2012, Double screen two channel HD video with sound, 7 minutes and 30 seconds. Edition of 7, with 2 APs. Presented to GoMA by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2015
Friday Dispatch 24 Feb 2017 By Ali MacGilp

Polygraphs at Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow

In a ‘post-truth’ age a good narrative defeats the facts any day, but this exhibition is a timely reminder that ‘twas ever thus, and little is new but the technology.

Me as Cahun holding a mask of my face, by Gillian Wearing, 2012. Photograph: Gillian Wearing/Tanya Bonakdar Gallery/Maureen Paley
CAS Recommends 23 Feb 2017 By Marcus Crofton

March 2017

The National Portrait Gallery has not one, but two must-see shows opening in March

Simon Carroll, Tall vase, 2006 and Three jugs, 2007. Slip-painted earthenware with coloured glazes
Recent Acquisitions By Elizabeth Brooke

Three works by ceramicist Simon Carroll acquired for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

The selected pieces represent Carroll’s work at its most ambitious and the grouping illustrates his practice of working in series with a given form, in order to discover expressive variation

Pilvi Takala, detail of The Committee project, 2013-2017, Pump House Gallery, London. Photo: Eoin Carey.
Artist to Watch 22 Feb 2017 By Ali MacGilp

Pilvi Takala

Takala has built up an intriguing body of work over the last twelve years that probes how we function as a society.

Duncan Grant, Bathers by the Pond, c1920-21. Oil on canvas, 49 x 90 cm, Pallant House Gallery © 1978 Estate of Duncan Grant, courtesy Henrietta Garnett / DACS 2016
Friday Dispatch 17 Feb 2017 By Caroline Douglas

Sussex Modernism at Two Temple Place, London

The period in British art history has often been wrapped in ideas of genteel cosiness, but here is a cast of artists, writers and thinkers who have had a fundamental effect on the shape of the arts in this country to this day.

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