Mark Harris

“Dalí/Duchamp”

Royal Academy of Arts | Piccadilly

December 2017

The Royal Academy is a step away from Soho, once the sleazy sex epicenter of London. Just when you’re struggling to find anything raunchy in that newly sanitized zone, along comes “Dalí/Duchamp.” This salacious pair make a good team. In the… READ ON

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“Melancholia. A Sebald Variation”

King's College London | Inigo Rooms

November 2017

From its visionary apologists we might think of melancholia as an exceptionally creative and redemptive form of despair. Yet the intense beauty of work by the likes of Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag, Julia Kristeva, Laura Nyro, and, for this… READ ON

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Nicola Tyson

Drawing Room

October 2017

Nicola Tyson’s forty-six figurative drawings and monotypes here radiate urgency from their fiercely scored lines, febrile contours, and abbreviated limbs. There are no aestheticizing filters here—the violent immediacy of scraped ink and … READ ON

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“Dreamers Awake”

White Cube | Bermondsey

August 2017

You happily loosen epistemological moorings in this labyrinthine show—including more than fifty artists—that focuses on women’s entanglements with Surrealism. Curator Susanna Greeves wants to find out what changed about the female body, once… READ ON

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Sigrid Holmwood

Annely Juda Fine Art

June 2017

Sigrid Holmwood’s three rules for reinventing painting come from the Dark Ages: produce your own pigments, paint peasants, and paint like a peasant. She is the insurgent serf, even performing dressed like the characters in her paintings. As… READ ON

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Vinyl Terror & Horror

Vinyl Terror & Horror discuss their work at the Horsens Kunstmuseum

April 2017

Berlin-based Danish duo Vinyl Terror & Horror—Greta Christensen and Camilla Sørensen—are currently participating in the exhibition “Anger,” along with artists Martin Erik Andersen and René Schmidt, at the Horsens Kunstmuseum in Horsens, … READ ON

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Jo Brocklehurst

House of Illustration

March 2017

Throw a visionary, abundantly talented, half–Sri Lankan fashion illustrator into London’s 1980s anarcho-punk and fetish milieus, and you get these brazen oversize drawings that Jo Brocklehurst effortlessly generated during a high-octane … READ ON

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Mark Fairnington

Handel Street Projects

February 2017

The acrid colors, immense scale, and alarming titles of Mark Fairnington’s four flower paintings here overflow with menace, making their hallucinatory rendering all the more disturbing. The Thing of Darkness and Sexual Anarchy, both 2016, … READ ON

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“Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974”

Cincinnati Art Museum

November 2016

Lexington Camera Club produced thousands of photographs and numerous publications over its forty some years of activity, and this compelling exhibition reveals what an enthusiastically interdisciplinary practice, mutual support, risk taking,… READ ON

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Rod Dickinson

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

October 2016

Like a nightmarish excrescence, an eight-foot-high oak chest of drawers, with twenty-foot sides, is crammed into one half of an ornately paneled boardroom lined with carved crests and lit by a resplendent chandelier. A cluster of brass organ… READ ON

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