Afterimage: Dangdai Yishu @ Lisson

Here in the West, we all have our own ideas about contemporary art from China. An image of an art scene that has been orientalised, fed to us through exhibitions that pop up from time-to-time, conflated with ideas about a booming Chinese art market, and that conform to a very narrow stereotype about life and […]

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Anish Kapoor @ Lisson

The inside of the Lisson Gallery looks like it has just been taken over by Martians. There is red everywhere. Large unexplained craters are lying around the gallery space, while images of abstract forms appear on the walls. The current environment at Lisson however, has not been left in such a state by visitors from […]

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Marina Abramovic @ Lisson

Marina Abramovic seems to me to be the sweetheart of the performance art world, despite being controversial, many remain captivated by her work, thus it seems fitting that White Space, the name of her current retrospective-style show at the Lisson Gallery, comes from a performance first realised in 1972, which has its focal point in […]

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Ai Weiwei @ Lisson

In the latest issue of Dazed and Confused, Ai Weiwei is quoted as saying: If anyone thinks art if safe, they don’t understand art. Art is dangerous.’ Weiwei is arguably the most famous Chinese artist in the western world, being famous not only for his artwork but also for his political activism. The artist has […]

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Wael Shawky @ Lisson

Camels. In the west they are associated with Egypt. We think of camels as magical creatures that can go days without drinking water, used as arabian horses. I automatically think of camels being used to trek through deserts with heavy loads on their humped backs. Wael Shawky however, shows the mysterious animals in a different […]

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Liu Xiaodong @ Lisson

When I arrived at the Lisson Gallery to see the Liu Xiaodong exhibition I thought that I had made a mistake. The subjects of the pictures were Londoners in pubs and women in cosmopolitan arab coffee shops. Shamefully, as I didn’t know anything about the artist before my visit, I was expecting a stereotypical representation […]

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Anish Kapoor @ Lisson

An exhibition at both Bell Street locations has just been opened to celebrate the Lisson Gallery’s thirtieth birthday and its relationship with Turner Prize winning artist Anish Kapoor. The show seems to me to be particularly raw. The sculptures exhibited are prominently natural; taking from nature, showing rough and smooth and while the forms which […]

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