Follow Art Criticism Today on Twitter | Follow the Editor on Twitter | Follow the Editor on Academia.edu
Inside Out: Rachel Whiteread’s contemplations in concrete
Sep12

Inside Out: Rachel Whiteread’s contemplations in concrete

Imagine the uproar if Rachel Whiteread, the artist at the centre of Tate Modern’s major new exhibition, chose the inner offerings of a sex doll instead of the interior of a hot water bottle as the subject matter of her new art. Whatever the comparative comfort found in the two objects, Whiteread isn’t likely to execute such a piece any time soon. But every time Rachel Whiteread features in an exhibition somewhere,...

Read More
Amidst a very British revolution, Tate stirs nostalgia (or not) for the USSR
May26

Amidst a very British revolution, Tate stirs nostalgia (or not) for the USSR

Britain is in the swing of a general election (8 June 2017) billed by some as a revolution, not only because of the contestants’ clashes over ideologically charged prescriptions to the country’s current ills but also due to a looming crisis with the European Union. In comes Tate with its timed intervention, albeit coincidental, with  the installation of Erik Bulatov’s monumental satirical steel sculpture Forward...

Read More
Rauschenberg at Tate Modern:  A pointer to changing America
Nov26

Rauschenberg at Tate Modern: A pointer to changing America

Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern (1 December 2016-2 April 2017) is an acute and timely reminder of America as it was in the later half of the last century and how it is now witness to change without a precedent. Tate Modern’s major new exhibition is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey in 20 years of the work of Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), born Milton Ernest in Port Arthur, Texas. Organised...

Read More
What’s there to celebrate: Caravaggio’s sumptuous legacy
Oct11

What’s there to celebrate: Caravaggio’s sumptuous legacy

The highs and lows of Caravaggio’s life are well known, notoriously so even, but his influence on the work of contemporary European artists, including those who emulated him without ever meeting him, has been less apparent. Beyond Caravaggio at the National Gallery, London, serves as a timely corrective and shines a welcome and indeed instructional light on the tremendous inspirational force that was Michelangelo Merisi da...

Read More
AICA UK homage to Khaled al-Saad, killed defending Palmyra
Aug21

AICA UK homage to Khaled al-Saad, killed defending Palmyra

The British section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) paid homage to the late Khaled al-Asaad, the former head of antiquities in Palmyra, killed by the Daesh aka ISIL/ISIS terrorist franchise which is holding the territory in and around the ancient archaeological site. An AICA statement published 21 August 2015 said, “AICA UK joins with archaeologists, art historians and art specialists internationally in...

Read More
Mayoral Barcelona springs a Dalí surprise
Aug16

Mayoral Barcelona springs a Dalí surprise

  A 1937 work by Salvador Dalí not seen in public for more than 25 years will be the star display at Barcelona’s Mayoral gallery from October 2015 to January next year. Anatomies is a painting Dalí (1904-1989) did in oil on cardboard stuck to a plank, 50 centimetres high and 64 centimetres across (pictured above). The gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, SALVADOR DALÍ: Master at metamorphosis, includes about 30 other...

Read More
Follow Art Criticism Today on Twitter | Follow the Editor on Twitter | Follow the Editor on Academia.edu Follow Art Criticism Today on Twitter | Follow the Editor on Twitter | Follow the Editor on Academia.edu