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Hito Steyerl, Duty-Free Art, installation view, Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Image courtesy Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.
Friday Dispatch 26 Feb 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Hito Steyerl, Duty-Free Art, at Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

Hito Steyerl’s current exhibition in Madrid offers the most comprehensive view to date of the work of an artist with arguably the sharpest analysis of our particular moment in history.

Narelle Jubelin, As yet untitled (Lina Bo Bardi, 1987), 2014, cotton on silk petit point, 37 × 33cm, framed. © the artist, Courtesy of Marlborough Contemporary, London. Photo: Francis Ware.
Friday Dispatch 19 Feb 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Narelle Jubelin, Flamenco Primitivo, at Marlborough Contemporary, London

Narelle Jubelin is an artist whose work has long been concerned with the way ideas transition through time and across continents.

Becky Beasley, ‘A Man Restored A Broken Work’, 2015, HD Video, 21 mins. Courtesy the artist and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
Friday Dispatch 12 Feb 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Becky Beasley, Lake Erie from the Northwest, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London

Becky Beasley’s new show at Laura Bartlett Gallery brings together work from the last 12 years of her career.

Claire Hooper, Clay as Bread and Dust as Wine, installation view, Hollybush Gardens, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens. Photo: Andy Keate.
Friday Dispatch 5 Feb 2016 By Caroline Douglas

Claire Hooper, Clay as Bread and Dust as Wine, Hollybush Gardens, London

“This show is an example of what galleries do at their very best: offering the opportunity for an artist to experiment in a substantial way, to develop and grow their practice, to take risks. Which in this case, in my humble opinion, has paid off handsomely.”

Charles Mayton, Ort, 2015, waterbased oil paint, acrylic, polymer varnish on discarded produce boxes, 49.5 x 39.4. Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London. Photo: FXP photography.
Friday Dispatch 22 Jan 2016 By Caroline Douglas

The Approach and Carlos/Ishikawa, London

Condo is the rather brilliant idea of Vanessa Carlos, co-founder of four year-old Carlos/Ishikawa gallery in Whitechapel. For the last week, just mentioning the gallery exchange project has invariably elicited…

Sabine Moritz, Der rote Rock (The Red Skirt), 2015. Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery. Photograph: Damian Griffiths.
Friday Dispatch 15 Jan 2016 By Caroline Douglas

History Lessons on Eastcastle Street

As the new year grinds in to gear after the slumberous holidays, and new shows are starting to open across town, I thought I would just catch up on a…

'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.

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