Gavin Turk @ Newport Street


The Gavin Turk retrospective at Newport Street Gallery asks all the fundamental questions about modern art. Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? They are all covered in the show’s title, however, I personally don’t think that either Turk or his audience has found the answers just yet. Turk’s oeuvre is an explorative one. References to […]

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Azadeh Razaghdoost @ Sophia Contemporary


‘O rose thou art sick The invisible worm … Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy’ – The Sick Rose, William Blake, 1794 What does the state of contemporary Iran and eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain and France have in common? Persian artist, Azadeh Razaghdoost, […]

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Bahrain Art Week @ Asia House


I have always believed that art is a powerful tool of communication. Although it is often audibly silent, the visual nature of art has the ability to speak volumes in ways the written or spoken word cannot. The opening reception to Bahrain Art Week began with a panel discussion that included a former British MP […]

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Abstract Expressionism @ RA


Abstract Expressionism was the first artistic movement that saw the centre of the art world move out of Paris and into New York City. The term, which is now largely associated with American artists like Jackson Pollock, was actually first used in a German magazine in 1919. Alfred Barr, the first director of New York’s […]

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Superwoman @ GRAD


Russia is famous for a lot of things, feminism, in the UK at least, probably isn’t one of them. However, GRAD Gallery is changing that with its Superwoman exhibition, that presents all things woman during the Soviet era. The show illustrates the presentation of the Soviet woman from 1917 to 1991. While women have long […]

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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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Edel Adnan @ Serpentine Sackler


The work inside Edel Adnan’s Serpentine show is bright and colourful. It doesn’t scream for joy, but it certainly does not appear to be at all woeful. It comes as a surprise then, that it has been titled ‘The Weight of the World’, a term that comes with a lot of negative connotations. Adnan is […]

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