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'Tightrope Walk: Painted Images After Abstraction', installation view, North & South Galleries, White Cube Bermondsey, 25 November 2015 - 24 January 2016. Photo © White Cube (George Darrell)
Friday Dispatch 18 Dec 2015 By Caroline Douglas

Tightrope Walk: Painted Images After Abstraction, curated by Barry Schwabsky, at White Cube Bermondsey, London

For those of you not sensibly leaving town for the holidays, the next week or two offers the opportunity to take a more leisurely approach to getting round town to…

Mark Leckey, Dream English Kid, 1964 - 1999 AD, installation view, Cabinet, London, 16 October - 28 November 2015. Image courtesy the Artist and Cabinet, London.
Friday Dispatch 4 Dec 2015 By Caroline Douglas

Mark Leckey, Dream English Kid 1964 – 1999 AD, at Cabinet, London

Mark Leckey’s new film showing at Cabinet Gallery was premiered earlier this autumn at the BFI Film Festival in London. Leckey won the Turner Prize in 2008, and is an…

Richard Rigg, Song, 2014, three leaves, black tubing, diaphragm pump, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist and Workplace London.
Friday Dispatch 27 Nov 2015 By Caroline Douglas

Richard Rigg, Reoccurring Rose Garden, at Workplace London

I’ve been having a lot of conversations, these last few weeks, about how to negotiate a world that seems dominated by event-driven enthusiasm for art fairs, versus the old fashioned gallerist’s ‘craft’ of nurturing a stable of artists and presenting considered, coherent gallery exhibitions that introduce bodies of new work.

Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, still, 2012, nine channel HD video projection, dimensions variable, duration 64 minutes. Photos: Elísabet Davids, Sound: Chris McDonald, Video: Tómas Örn Tómasson. © Ragnar Kjartansson; Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
Friday Dispatch 13 Nov 2015 By Caroline Douglas

Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, at The Vinyl Factory Space, London

Take the time to visit the exhibition of Ragnar Kjartansson at the Brewer Street Car Park in Soho, as music and architecture create a rare emotional charge; an aspect typical of this…

Nicholas Byrne, Finish your sentence, installation view, Vilma Gold, London, 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Vilma Gold, London. Photo: Mark Blower.
Friday Dispatch 6 Nov 2015 By Caroline Douglas

Nicholas Byrne, Finish your sentence, at Vilma Gold, London

In approaching the work of Nicholas Byrne, one must first and foremost consider the physicality of his paintings. Yes, they do feature elements of figuration: isolated heads, disembodied lips and…

Mark Flood, Egyptian Alley, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 228.6 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art
Friday Dispatch 30 Oct 2015 By Caroline Douglas

Mark Flood, American Buffet Upgrade, at Modern Art, London

How to write about Mark Flood? He has created a space from which to be critical of the world, and the art world, that is so slippery it’s incredibly enjoyable to observe.

Melanie Manchot, THE GIFT (Control Room), still, 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Bloomberg SPACE, London.
Friday Dispatch 23 Oct 2015 By Caroline Douglas

Melanie Manchot, THE GIFT, at Bloomberg SPACE, London

“(…) we are in a period in which you could say the digital explosion of the last few years has ushered in a period of mass extinction of objects, the…

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