Browsing Category: contemporary painting

  • Michael Craig-Martin, Untitled (travel adaptor), 2014

    The Instruction Manual by John Ashbery is a poem of some 74 lines, which mentions more than 30 colours. And these colours evoke Guadalajara, Mexico, a place the speaker hasn’t even seen. But having said that, he pictures it well. His senses appear to have been sharpened by the deadline for a technical writing gig, and they …

    February 10, 2016
  • Shane Finan, ADA (2015)

    There’s the painting you can see and the work of art you can only grasp in the mind: 96 panels that will soon make their way through the world’s postal networks and scatter the material object. Shane Finan’s painting is a landscape jigsaw, where interiors and exteriors interrelate and a bridge connects the artist’s studio …

    January 8, 2016
  • Corinna Spencer, Portrait of a Lady (2015)

    There is something maddening about Corinna Spencer’s installation. Her 1,000 portraits have a compulsive, destructive streak which would surely destroy the mental equilibrium of any sitter. The lady in question is already disintegrating. Eyes look out from somewhere behind the face. The lipstick is smeared on quick, perhaps as if for a public appearance in Bedlam. Each …

    November 5, 2015
  • Hannah Knox, Buff (2013)

    Painting is an empty pocket. The content it once contained, the paint itself, has in many cases gone. In all cases now, a stretched canvas is a blank canvas. Put in it what you will. So the unadorned white t-shirt you see here, the unifying image from a show which shares its name, is more …

    September 22, 2013
  • Adrian Ghenie, The Hunted (2010)

    He might not know it yet, but the subject of The Hunted is right where Adrian Ghenie wants him. This baboon has been cornered on a coffee table. That’s the kind of place you would expect to find a book about art. And indeed this photolike monkey fades into a black outline on what could …

    September 27, 2011
  • George Shaw: The Sly and Unseen Day

    As widely noted, the biggest shock of this year’s Turner Prize shortlist is painter George Shaw’s affinity with the enthusiasts who build model Spitfires. He doesn’t hide the fact that Humbrol enamel is his medium of choice. And it now looks like a conceptual statement carried to an extreme. He will have got through gallons. …

    June 21, 2011
  • Jonathan Wateridge, Jungle Scene With Plane Wreck (2007)

    One thing we can know about cave paintings is they tended to show stuff outside the cave. So art got started as a way of showing what was not actually visible at the time. Take this scene of a passenger jet stranded in a jungle. A film crew would have gone all the way to …

    November 22, 2010
  • Tom Ellis, The Dogs (2010)

    The first words which spring to mind are of course ‘dogs’ and another beginning with F. Whichever order you put them in will depend on your attitude to the animals and act in question. But either way, it first reduces the painting to a cheap joke at the expense of painting itself. Although there seems …

    November 18, 2010