Reviews

13 August 2012

Is the museum as dead as print?

Is the museum as dead as print?

‘Inside / outside’ – a symposium about the future of exhibition spaces at the new Tate Tanks – questioned the future of art institutions
The Tate Modern’s symposium ‘Inside / Outside: Materialising the Social’ marked the first weekend of ‘The Tanks: Art in Action’ exhibition, a series of immersive installations and performance art pieces on display until 28 October 2012, writes Sarah Snaith.

6 August 2012

Cats and dogs

Cats and dogs

Charleston ceramics: the silent messengers of Rob Ryan’s delirious thoughts
Rob Ryan’s paper cuts have made the artist a kind of ‘Keep calm and carry on’ poster-boy for nice folk with quirks who like to read, writes Chloe King.

16 July 2012

Thought for food

Thought for food

Do graphic designers have an appetite for the challenges of food design?
The ‘International Conference on Designing Food and Designing for Food’ was a two-day event, held at London Metropolitan University last month, writes Sarah Snaith.

27 June 2012

Untitled tiles

Untitled tiles

There’s a pattern to Rob Lowe’s ‘Details’ exhibition at Kemistry Gallery
Rob Lowe has covered the walls of London’s tiny Kemistry Gallery with an array of untitled artwork, writes Sarah Snaith.

21 June 2012

Music, flesh and fantasy

Music, flesh and fantasy

When Mati Klarwein’s hyperactive paintings stole the psychedelic show.
Mati Klarwein is best known for a handful of album covers in the very early 1970s, a time when his exotic, erotically charged and quasi-mystical images stole the psychedelic show, writes John L. Walters.

14 May 2012

Batchelor’s mix

Batchelor’s mix

chloë king

Beauty in the streets, unrefurbished spaces and skips of Brighton
The skip outside Brighton Town Hall isn’t rubbish, writes Chloë King. A yellow fluorescent tube highlights its edges, a wire fence surrounds it, and a notice pinned to the front reads, ‘What a time to invest public funded money in skips.’

11 May 2012

Full tilt

Full tilt

john l. walters

Glass & Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach liberates the space-time continuum.
Though I missed the UK premiere* of Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass (nearly 36 years after its first performance in Avignon), reports John L. Walters, the performance I witnessed ran flawlessly without a break, clocking in around four hours 20 minutes, and earning a standing ovation from the packed house.

10 May 2012

Grey matter ... in living colour

Grey matter ... in living colour

rosie walters

The Wellcome Collection slices through the beauty and terror of brains
The Wellcome Collection asks: ‘not what brains do for us, but what we have done to brains’, writes Rosie Walters. ‘Brains’, the London gallery’s new showstopper, takes visitors on a whirlwind tour of the role of the brain in culture and society, from 5000-year-old skulls to contemporary art from artists such as Katherine Dowson and Helen Pynor.

27 April 2012

Clicks and sparks

Clicks and sparks

john l. walters

data.anatomy – Ryoji Ikeda’s new audiovisual installation in Berlin
Ryoji Ikeda’s work quivers somewhere between electronic music, digital art, installation and performance, writes John L. Walters. He uses raw materials – both visual and sonic – that seem plucked from the innermost depths of contemporary gadgetry: tiny clicks and flashes that are amplified to colossal proportions.

19 April 2012

Blue notebook

Blue notebook

john l. walters

David Wild’s Jazzpaths is a personal and poetic ‘photomemento’
David Wild’s Jazzpaths is labelled a ‘photomemento’. It is a carefully printed hardback collection of mid-1960s impressions, in images and prose, formed during the author’s two-year stint in the United States. It is closer to poetry or oral history, however, than a conventional autobiography or photobook.
 
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