Friday Dispatch

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.

Anna Barham, flashIMG_0666_inv_chromatophore.jpg, UV print on rainbow holographic paper, mounted on aluminium, 96.5 x 143cm, 2015. Image courtesy the artist and Arcade, London.
Friday Dispatch 25 Sep 2015 By Team

Anna Barham, Skw, at Arcade, London

“Have you ever tried to clean a squid?” – reads the first line of the text work that is part of Anna Barham’s new show at Arcade gallery in Shoreditch. …

Michael Krebber, exhibition view, Maureen Paley, London, 2015. © Michael Krebber, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Friday Dispatch 18 Sep 2015 By Team

On Herald St

The pace is picking up, people, so before another slew of openings next week, make sure you swoop on Herald Street and check in with a trio of shows all taking on painting from very different angles.

Varda Caivano, installation view, Victoria Miro Gallery, Mayfair, 2015. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London © Varda Caivano
Friday Dispatch 11 Sep 2015 By teamcas

Varda Caivano at Victoria Miro Gallery, London

Varda Caivano’s third show with her London gallery allows us an in-depth view of her evolving practice. For over a decade now, Caivano has been singled out for the integrity of her negotiations of painting as a proposition.

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