Reviews

21 February 2013

Lubbock’s brilliance

Lubbock’s brilliance

During his lifetime, the prickly, uproarious brilliance of Tom Lubbock’s writing on art was a frustratingly well kept secret, writes Robert Hanks, hoarded by a few artists and fellow journalists, and the ever-diminishing fraternity of readers of the Independent newspaper (where we were colleagues for many years).

19 January 2013

The stars stare back in Scotland

The stars stare back in Scotland

The Edinburgh exhibition ‘From Death to Death’ looks at mortality, the body, dolls, guilt and other shadows of the mind.
The exhibition ‘From Death to Death and Other Small Tales’ hangs contemporary and historically significant works side by side to force ‘confrontations between past and present’ (in the words of the exhibition’s curators) in a variety of media, writes Sarah Snaith.

9 January 2013

Honolulu habitus

Honolulu habitus

‘Geographics’ tackled the transnational terrain of design education. Report from the AIGA design educators’ conference in Hawaii
The East-West Center is set within the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; a prime conference location to discuss transnational influences in design education, writes Katherine Gillieson.

5 December 2012

Sticky fingers

Sticky fingers

A new book by Marion Deuchars inspires children to get stuck in and make marks that are truly digital
Marion Deuchars’ Let’s make some great fingerprint art is the latest in her series of books that inspire children to explore artistic practice. The book has the appeal of a half-finished sketchbook, begging for inky fingers and paint-covered hands to fill its pages, writes Sarah Snaith.

19 November 2012

Broadway the art way

Broadway the art way

Tate Modern’s two-part retrospective juxtaposes two artist-photographers: William Klein and Daido Moriyama.
The Tate Modern’s exhibition ‘William Klein + Daido Moriyama’ is introduced with projections of primary coloured New York city street signs, writes Sarah Snaith.

9 November 2012

Freeze!

Freeze!

An exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London looks hard at the eyes of sharpshooters (from artists and anonymous punters to movie stars and Simone de Beauvoir)
The recently re-opened Photographers Gallery is right on target with its current show, writes Liz Farrelly. ‘Shoot! Existential Photography’ is a thematic celebration of an almost lost carnival attraction, the shooting booth, in which a camera is triggered as a shot hits home, snapping the punter’s photo as they fire.

25 October 2012

Walk between the raindrops

Walk between the raindrops

rAndom International’s Rain Room at the Barbican’s Curve gallery turns dodging the weather into digital spectacle.
Technically speaking, Random International’s Rain Room involves few symptoms of rain, writes Sarah Handelman. There is no condensation. No clouds. No humidity. And, yes, that universal rain smell is also missing from the perpetual storm.

24 October 2012

The Bloomsbury set

The Bloomsbury set

De Bondt, Boom, Burrill, Butterick, Garland, Kubel, Scher and many more make Typo London 2012 a highly ‘Social’ affair. No question about it.
Typo London commenced with graphic designer Sara De Bondt’s fittingly understated introduction, writes Sarah Snaith.

22 October 2012

That (postmodern) design smell?

That (postmodern) design smell?

Graphic design Wunderkinder M/M (Paris) have worked with just about everyone in just about every medium: so why not carpets … or scent?
M/M (Paris), aka Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, might represent that most elusive of all cultural phenomena – a genuine hybrid, criss-crossing cultural genres, economic models and geographic nodes. If the tag ‘postmodern’ didn’t sound so outmoded, it could easily apply, writes Liz Farrelly.

11 October 2012

Don’t explain

Don’t explain

Raymond Pettibon straddles the high / low culture divide, adding his seductive scrawl to the white cube of a London gallery
Raymond Pettibon’s latest series of drawings, investigating recurrent themes around American pop culture, film noir and  baseball is currently on show at London gallery, Sadie Coles HQ, writes Liz Farrelly.
 
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