Transmitting Andy Warhol – Tate Liverpool.

If ever there was an artist for the globalized age of mass media, technology and excess, it would be Andy Warhol.  With a new exhibition at Tate Liverpool of his work (the first of its kind in the north of England), it becomes clear that the artist was so unprecedentedly ahead of the times and the fashions, that his work seems born of ironic pathos.  … Continue reading Transmitting Andy Warhol – Tate Liverpool.

Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 (Tate Liverpool).

Looking at an amalgamation of political ideas can be disorientating at the best of times. Trying to encompass a whole, global set of standard ideologies is ambitious but dizzyingly incomprehensible for one singular gallery space. Art Turning Left at Tate Liverpool aims to look at the, often naively inversed, relationship between the effects of left-wing ideologies on the practice and reception of artists of all … Continue reading Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 (Tate Liverpool).

Chagall, Modern Master – Tate Liverpool.

There are few artists that sum up the monumental changes and events of the last century quite as succinctly as Marc Chagall. There have of course been artists to define events and define eras but Chagall’s consistency and unprecedented long life (living to the astronomical age for an artist of the era of 98) seem to lend him a certain advantage, especially in showing the … Continue reading Chagall, Modern Master – Tate Liverpool.

Portfolio NW – The Bluecoat (Liverpool).

The word portfolio might imply that the latest exhibition at The Bluecoat is quite a simple collection of work. The dreaded P word, ever the bane of the developing artist, might hint that Portfolio NW is the lucky chance for a number of up and coming artists to finally have their work shown in a more public-centred gallery. From reading Jack Welsh’s excellent accompanying notes … Continue reading Portfolio NW – The Bluecoat (Liverpool).

New Fictions – Fallout Factory (Liverpool)

New Fictions showcases nine young artists looking to create and highlight the lack of questioning and assumptions made within the roles of art. Representation seems to be key to this idea, allowing a whole host of different mediums to be playfully ironic in subtly subverting the norms of presenting art work. The fiction that is new in question assumes that a fiction is automatic within … Continue reading New Fictions – Fallout Factory (Liverpool)

Mishka Henner + Edith Tudor-Hart – Open Eye Gallery.

Mishka Henner appears to be a photographer that seeks out new meanings within culture and already defined norms; seeking out these new perspectives by literally looking at them from a geographically different view point.  His work is of an extremely modern nature, very obviously influenced by the age of globalisation and force-fed by internet and digital culture.  The images are literally bursting with allegory, desperate … Continue reading Mishka Henner + Edith Tudor-Hart – Open Eye Gallery.

Glam! The Performance Of Style (Tate Liverpool)

Feel the giddy heights of creative excess.  Something that is completely impermeable as a concept becomes physically tangible, visual and audible in Tate’s latest exhibition; the boundaries of taste and of reserve hiding quietly in the corner where they belong while Bowie and Bolan take the centre of stage.  All mediums, forms and ideas are merged into one, not to express a basic theme as … Continue reading Glam! The Performance Of Style (Tate Liverpool)

A Universal Archive – William Kentridge As Printmaker (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)

When viewing the recent Tracing the Century exhibition at Tate Liverpool, one of the real standout pieces were three video installations by South African artist William Kentridge.  For those after more of those dark and foreboding prints, The Bluecoat have amassed an excellent collection of his artwork and prints; a collection so big that the entire of their exhibition space is dedicated to his work. … Continue reading A Universal Archive – William Kentridge As Printmaker (The Bluecoat, Liverpool)

City States – Part 2 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

Of all the cities in the exhibition, Incheon not only presents the most colourful and inviting display of work but is the most visually pleasing.  The work contrasts nicely with the dull (albeit interesting) aesthetic of the space and this clash works extremely well.  Seoung Won Won’s large G prints instantly brighten up the space and recall tropical habitats that seem almost fantasy like due … Continue reading City States – Part 2 (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

City States 2012 – Liverpool Biennial (Part 1)

Heading up the battered stair case of Copperas Hill leads to a labyrinth exhibition of work that spreads so far over such a huge space, it seems an almost impossible task to see absolutely everything there which is worthy of merit.  The City States exhibition, in the words of the director of LJMU Arts school and future director of this building Juan Cruz, has a … Continue reading City States 2012 – Liverpool Biennial (Part 1)