Sunday, 11 February 2018

The new Exhibition Road Entrance for the Victoria & Albert Museum by Amanda Levete Architects

The Victoria and Albert Museum, founded in the middle of the 19th century, has, at a single stroke, reinvented itself for the 21st. The culmination of an ongoing programme of overhaul and renovation was the opening last year of a new grand entrance in the Exhibition Road. The project was masterminded by Amanda Levete Architects. (For further architectural details, see Dezeen magazine.) For visitors to the Museum, the new entrance makes a shining pathway into a much loved museum whose exterior has stood almost unchanged for over 160 years.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Medardo Rosso: "Sight Unseen". Until Saturday 10 February

At Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, 37 Dover Street
Declaration of interest: I first saw the poetically waxen sculptures of Medardo Rosso during a European art tour (a budget European art tour, dear reader). I have loved his work ever since.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Rachel Whiteread exhibition may have closed, but Tate Britain is still there for your delight in architecture and art.
Rachel Whiteread's work 'Staircase' interacted with the concrete
roof beams, lights and visitors of Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1

Until Sunday 05 November, Simeon Barclay; until Sunday 21 January, Rachel Whiteread

Let me introduce Tate Britain, the building and its galleries, anew. You already know it? OK, bear with me while I sketch its wonders to any newcomers, mention the free 'Art Now'and introduce the (ticketed) special exhibition celebrating 30 years of the work of Rachel Whiteread.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Until Thursday 14 December

As if to emphasize how much light matters in these frequently dark days, Annely Juda Dering Street (walk into Bond Street and take the first turn on the left) is showing - as part of a group show - "Sous-Pr
ématisme", No.1, No.2, No.3, a 3-part lateral work by the French artist François Morellet, created in 2010. The contemporary painter, sculptor and light artist died in May last year and the present exhibition, Light / Dark, shows this master of minimalism with other gallery artists who have responded to the theme. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Until Sunday 05 November, Simeon Barclay; until Sunday 04 February (redacted) until Sunday 21 January, Rachel Whiteread

Let me draw your attention to Tate Britain, the building and its galleries, anew. If you already know it please bear with me while I sketch its wonders for newcomers, or those who haven't visited for a while, mention the free 'Art Now', and introduce the (ticketed) special exhibition celebrating 30 years of the work of Rachel Whiteread.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Until Sunday 08 October

Gregory Crewdson's show Cathedral of the Pines at the Photographers' Gallery represents, to this reviewer, photography as time travel.* The reference is to 19th century America: pioneering; enduring. The setting, the pine woods of Western Massachusetts, were previously loud with saw milling, manly cries, and lumber camps. The people in the scenes, dressed plainly, with background props that look like heirlooms, are contemporary to the years 2013-14 when the shots were taken.