Candid Magazine

‘Surface Work’ – Victoria Miro, London

When we say abstraction, you say…Pollock! Drips! Dollops! Grids! Mondrian! Search those dusty filing cabinets at the back of your mind and you’re likely to pull out more than one reference to the macho brand of abstraction we know so well. But over at Victoria Miro this spring, it’s a season of ‘sisters are doin’ it for themselves’ with an exhibition dedicated to over fifty women that have defined abstract painting through the years… 

Victorian Giants: The Birth and Art of Photography – National Portrait Gallery, London

A long time ago when not everyone had a camera in their pocket and Instagram didn’t rule the world; photography was still seen as something faintly magical. In fact, the art of photography was reserved for just a small band of followers who had the technical know-how with a camera. The National Portrait Gallery’s homage to early photography in Britain focuses on four such pioneers from the 19th century: Oscar Rejlander, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lady Clementina Hawarden and the original mad hatter, Lewis Carroll. This group set out to prove the point that anything painting could do photography could do better…

Jules de Balincourt: They Cast Long Shadows – Victoria Miro, London

“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming?” (- J.M. Barrie Peter Pan) That’s the place where Jules de Balincourt’s curious paintings come to life. Currently populating the walls of Victoria Miro’s Mayfair gallery, de Balincourt imbues his work with the same feeling you might have when waking up from a deep sleep in a woozy haze…

Rose Wylie: Quack Quack – Serpentine Galleries, London

Making it as an artist seems like a young person’s game, built only for bright-eyed and bushy-tailed graduates. But when it comes to the British painter Rose Wylie – all bets are off. Wylie’s breakout moment came in 2014 when she won the illustrious John Moores Painting Prize aged-80, proving that talent really doesn’t have an expiry date and the art world is a tough nut to crack…

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites – National Gallery, London

When Dutch master Jan van Eyck’s modest picture of a wealthy couple clad in velvet and furs appeared on the walls of the National Gallery in 1842, no one could have guessed the shock waves that would follow. One of the most recognisable paintings ever made, the curious ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ was the first Early Netherlandish work in the gallery’s collection and became the face that launched a thousand copycat 19th century ships. For its autumn show, the National Gallery has set itself the challenging task of unravelling van Eyck’s artistic influence, while also making Victorian art sexy again…

Rachel Whiteread: Forgotten Spaces – Tate Britain, London

Ever wondered about that space under your dining room table or the surface of your walls? Well Rachel Whiteread has, and she’s made it her mission to turn those familiar spaces you see everyday into an art form. From the kitchen sink to entire rooms, Whiteread began to use traditional casting methods to create sculptures out of the spaces surrounding objects as a young student, and has never looked back…

Matisse in the Studio – Royal Academy of Arts, London

In art there are a few golden ticket artists that never let a gallery down. The French painter Henri Matisse, best known for his radiant palette, design and sumptuous odalisques, is definitely one of them. But the Royal Academy’s gorgeous new exhibition ‘Matisse in the Studio’ is not resting on its laurels…

The $100 Million Club: Issue 15

In a land where the world’s most famous works of art can be purchased by whomever the highest bidder may be and $100 million seems a mere trifle amount, there lives a strange band of merry men. Aside from their private jets and super yachts, this private club of rock stars, business magnates and royalty is only concerned with one other thing––art…

Grayson Perry Presents: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! – Serpentine Galleries, London

It takes a brave kind of artist to declare that their work is the best thing since sliced bread, but that is exactly what Grayson Perry has done for his new show at the Serpentine Gallery. His title, ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’ may seem like a bold claim, but judging by the crowds already gathering in Hyde Park this summer, Perry might just live up to his own reputation.

Ashley Bickerton: Ornamental Hysteria – Newport Street Gallery, London

Ashley Bickerton is the latest artist in a starry line-up to take the stage at Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery, tucked away in the back alleys of Vauxhall. With carefully curated shows of big names like Jeff Koons and Gavin Turk behind him, it seems a safe bet that Hirst’s next exhibition will be a stellar success. But does everything he touch really turn to gold? Bickerton is far from a sure-fire hit; in fact, he is positively risky and this display is anything but an easy Sunday afternoon…

Howard Hodgkin – National Portrait Gallery, London

Stepping into the new Howard Hodgkin retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London, you’ll need to forget everything you think you know about a portrait. Throw away ideas of stuffy courtiers in ruffs and Kings on stallions, because Hodgkin redefined the art of the portrait.

Maria Lassing – Hauser & Wirth, London

You may not be familiar with the name Maria Lassnig, but a new exhibition split across the blue-chip giant Hauser & Wirth’s two galleries on Savile Row is bringing the Austrian artist firmly centre stage. Lassnig died just over three years ago at the grand old age of 94, but her star is still firmly on the rise…

David Hockney – The Complete Early Etchings 1961-1964 – Hazlitt Holland Hibbert, London

As Tate Britain unveils its highly anticipated David Hockney retrospective, an intimate display in St. James’s takes a look at the much less trodden ground of the iconic British artist’s early etchings. Far from simply jumping on the Hockney bandwagon however, this show at Hazlitt Holland Hibbert features a version of every single print that Hockney made between 1961 and 1964 offering a snapshot of the young, innocent artist as he studied at the Royal College of Art in London and embarked on his first trip to the USA.

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