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Previews: Yayoi Kusama @ Tate Modern

AM was at Tate Modern on Tuesday to visit the major retrospective by Yayoi Kusama, whose separate show at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art we recently covered. The London exhibition is spread over fourteen rooms and features a selection of works — drawing, painting, collage, film, sculpture and installation — spanning a period of six decades. Tate Modern director Chris Dercon was on hand to introduce the show and curator Frances Morris followed up with a guided tour. Their enthusiasm was certainly infectious. The artist […]

Previews: Lucian Freud – “Portraits” @ National Portrait Gallery (London)

A comprehensive new exhibition featuring the late Lucian Freud at the National Portrait Gallery in London will be opening February 9th to the public. Perhaps one the the most influential painters of his generation, Freud’s specialty was his focus on portraiture with an uncanny ability to depict the psychological tensions in each sitting as well as his techniques straddling the dichotomy of rawness and fragility in his strokes. Spanning over seven decades of work and including over 100 works from museums and private collections throughout […]

Teaser: “Love & Hate” @ StolenSpace

Coming up on the 9th, StolenSpace will be debuting their first show of the year with a Valentine-themed group show entitled Love & Hate. Along with new limited edition offerings, the exhibition will feature artists like Chloe Early, D*Face, Dan Witz, Kai & Sunny, Miss Van, Sylvia Ji, Will Barras, Word To Mother, Von, Jeff Soto, Pete Fowler, EINE, Josie Morway,  Charles Krafft, Curtis Kulig, and more creating artworks highlighting the pleasure and pain of this holiday. See the other piece from Soto after the […]

Viewpoints / Openings: Olek — “I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone” @ Tony’s Gallery, London

AM was at Tony’s Gallery in Shoreditch on Thursday to see the first UK solo show by Olek (set-up and teaser photos here). The New York-based artist has been making the most of her extended London visit, transforming the ground floor of the gallery into a domestic setting filled with crocheted furniture and other household items. Everything but the entrance area, the ceiling, and a couple of plants has been given a second skin. The combination of brightly-coloured yarn and Olek’s signature camouflage pattern means […]

Teaser: David Shrigley – “Brain Activity” @ Hayward Gallery

We are AM are pretty excited about the prospects of attending David Shrigley’s first major survey exhibition in the UK, entitled Brain Activity, opening this Wednesday at the Hayward Gallery in London. The last time we saw a large selection of pieces from the versatile British artist was at the 2010 Frieze Art Fair, where he was incidentally also drawing on people’s bodies in one of his infamous impromptu tattoo sessions, so the opportunity to peruse an even more substantial collection of his work will […]

Setup / Giveaway: Olek — “I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone” @ Tony’s Gallery, London

Olek is launching her first UK solo show this evening at Tony’s Gallery in East London. The wall-to-floor installation recreates living quarters, complete with bed, tables, picture frames and other domestic objects — all covered in brightly-coloured crochet. AM has been keeping track of progress over the last few weeks and we’re looking forward to seeing the finished result. The show’s title, “I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone”, quotes from an appliquéd blanket produced by Tracey […]

Teaser: Conor Harrington – “Dead Meat” @ Lazarides

We have to go all the way back to 2009 since we last attended a solo from Conor Harrington (interviewed). So, naturally we are excited to see what he has in store for his Dead Meat showing at Lazarides in March. We’ll have more details for you later, but for a hint, take a look at this quick piece he threw up that is an image from that upcoming exhibition as well as part of a film project he is involved with. Discuss Conor Harrington […]

Teaser: Damien Hirst – “Spot Paintings” @ The Gagosian (Worldwide)

Has anyone taken up Damien Hirst’s The Complete Spot Challenge? AM will be visiting and covering as many of the Gagosian openings for you as possible now that January 12th is here, but hopefully someone out there will be able to attend all eleven locations (New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva, and Hong Kong) at some point. “Included in the exhibition are more than 300 paintings, from the first spot on board that Hirst created in 1986; to the smallest spot painting comprising half […]

Showing: Jonathan Yeo – “You’re Only Young Twice” @ Lazarides

Earlier this month, Lazarides hosted the opening of Jonathan Yeo’s solo exhibition You’re Only Young Twice. The new paintings focused on the phenomena of plastic surgery with imagery of patients being marked preoperatively, scenes from the operation, as well as before and after comparison shots. Rendered beautifully in photorealistic and abstract techniques, the new body of work once again shows off the technical skills as well as wit of the British artist. Rounding out the showing at Rathbone Place were some of his older work […]

Showing: Swoon – “Murmuration” @ Black Rat Projects

Earlier this month, Swoon’s (interviewed) first London solo exhibition opened up at the Black Rat Projects. She has spent three long weeks transforming the gallery space with sculptural paper installations that she collectively entitled Mumuration. The project utilized imagery from much of her previous work including her Art in the Streets install at the MOCA, Thalassa at the NOMA, Anthropocene Extinction at the Boston (ICA). More photos after the jump via Smart Hype.