Friday Dispatch

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.

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…

Fiona Banner, Phantom (SS16), 2015, graphite, vinyl, birch plywood with high definition digital film, 39 x 1540 x 122 cm (runway), 9.28 minutes (film). Image courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London. Photo: Stephen White
Friday Dispatch 16 Oct 2015 By Team

Fiona Banner, Font, at Frith Street Gallery, London

An important mid-career survey of Fiona Banner’s work opened this month at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, offering a chance to look across two decades of work and appreciate the development of…

Michael Landy, ‘Breaking News’ (2015) installation view. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.
Friday Dispatch 9 Oct 2015 By Team

Michael Landy, Breaking News, at Michael Landy Studio, London

Michael Landy takes a wry view of the world.  Since the 90s his work has addressed the pressing political issues of the day, as well as delivering a good portion…

Matt Copson, Reynard’s Fundament, installation view, Tramps, London, 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Tramps.
Friday Dispatch 2 Oct 2015 By Team

Matt Copson, Reynard’s Fundament, at Tramps, London

Matt Copson, who graduated from the Slade last year, is showing the latest episode in an ongoing body of work centring on the character of Reynard. Reynard the fox is a figure originating in medieval folklore.

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