Barjeel Art Foundation @ Whitechapel

The final show in Whitechapel’s four part exhibition of contemporary art from the Middle East is probably both the most interesting and the most frustrating. Over the past year the gallery has played host to the Barjeel Art Foundation in a bid to introduce Londoners to modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. This […]

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Debating Modernism II @ Whitechapel

Towards the end of last year, I wrote about the ongoing series of exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery that present the Barjeel Art Foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary art from the Arab world. The first exhibition of the sequence left a positive impression on me, however, after returning for the second, I couldn’t help […]

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Contemporary Arab Art @ Whitechapel

The incumbent exhibition of modern and contemporary Arab art at the Whitechapel Gallery is not in any way how I expected it to be. I am so used to seeing modern art displayed against white walls that when a slightly coloured background is introduced I am thrown a little off balance. That said, the unexpected […]

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Sarah Lucas @ Whitechapel

Sex has long been a popular subject in art throughout history. From renaissance nudes to Japanese Shunga prints. It should not be something that surprises us. Sarah Lucas is renowned for this type of work, however it comes off crude and seedy. Many of us may be used to works of art where sex is […]

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Rothko @ Whitechapel

Currently on display at the Whitechapel Gallery in east London is a replica of the first solo British exhibition by Russian-born American, Mark Rothko. The show was originally displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1961 and the 2011/12 display marks its 50th anniversary. The reconstructed version however, is not an exact reproduction; it is a […]

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Wilhelm Sasnal @ Whitechapel

Wilhelm Sasnal is a Polish painter and filmmaker who lives and works in Krakow. His exhibition on show at the Whitechapel Gallery gives its audience a fresh view of history, politics and contemporary art. While there has been extensive comparison between Sasnal and Gerhard Richter, after having seen Panorama at the Tate Modern earlier this […]

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