The Buck stopped here: CAS Gala

Louisa Buck: The theme of this year’s Contemporary Art Society fundraising gala may have been “Kaleidoscope: Colour in Motion” but there was a rather disappointing chromatic deficiency amongst most of the artists and artworlders present, with sober suiting and muted monochromes being the order of the evening from the likes of Conrad Shawcross, Richard Wentworth, Mark Wallinger, Jane and Louise Wilson, Roger Hiorns, Mat Collishaw, Sir Nicholas Serota and his former protégé, the newly-appointed National Portrait Gallery Director Nicholas Cullinan. MORE

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:00:00 GMT

Lisson Gallery keeps it in the family

Louisa Buck: It may have been a grand dinner for 150 people at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, but the atmosphere was strictly family as the Lisson Gallery celebrated the opening of its double whammy of new shows by Lee Ufan and Anish Kapoor last night. MORE

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:43:00 GMT

Taking a walk with Richard Long

Louisa Buck: Over an illustrious career spanning nearly half a century many descriptions have been applied to Richard Long but never before “The Fauve of Flints”. This was just one of the plaudits used by the artist and author Edmund de Waal, as he presented the veteran artist with the Whitechapel art gallery’s Art Icon 2015 Award last night at a gala dinner in Banking Hall co-hosted by the Swarovski Foundation. MORE

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:21:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here: this week's must-see shows

Louisa Buck: "Five Issues of Studio International", Raven Row, until 3 May
This rigorous and revealing exhibition revisits a crucial time of transformation and radical reassessment in both British and international sculpture as viewed through the prism of five key issues of the art magazine Studio International, taken from its glory decade between 1965 and 1975 under the visionary editorship of Peter Townsend.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:10:00 GMT

Leading lawyers stitch for liberty

Louisa Buck: Leading members of our judiciary are proving to be not quite so nimble with their needles as those on the other side of the legal divide as both lawyers and prisoners get to work on Cornelia Parker’s giant embroidery, which has been commissioned by the British Library and the University of Oxford to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta this May. MORE

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Girl power in Kensington

Louisa Buck: Sisters were emphatically doing it for themselves in Kensington last night at a special women-only dinner hosted by the collector and patron extraordinaire Valeria Napoleone to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Woman’s Day and also to support the humanitarian work of Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:40:00 GMT

Vote for Bob and Rob!

Louisa Buck: Michael Gove may no longer be the Secretary of State for Education but his policies continue to prosper and grow in the current government; and as the architect of the erosion of the arts within our education system he is still firmly in the sights of artist and Royal Academician Bob and Roberta Smith. MORE

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:20:00 GMT | 1 comments

Elephant—and horse—in the room at Haacke's party

Louisa Buck: Along with a skeletal horse there was also an elephant in the room at last night’s packed gathering to celebrate Hans Haacke’s fourth plinth sculpture, with much talk of Mayor Boris Johnson’s bizarre and somewhat snide comments at the morning unveiling ceremony in which he interpreted Haacke’s “emaciated quadruped” as a symbol of “the Tube that must run beneath the surface of any great and beautiful city,” which has “received such fantastic investment thanks to our chancellor. MORE

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:19:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here: this week’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: "Magnificent Obsessions: the Artist as Collector", Barbican, until 5 May
Most of us have an urge to accumulate but, as this unmissable show confirms, artists are especially prone. Here, in this rare glimpse into the personal hoardings of 14 key figures, including Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Sol LeWitt, Edmund de Waal and Martin Parr—which are as various as the artists themselves and range from priceless artefacts to worthless junk—we also gain a fascinating insight into the many ways in which private collections can feed into, cross dress with, or simply become swallowed up into, the more publicly-known work.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:21:00 GMT

Karsten Schubert makes a healthy return to Claridge’s

Louisa Buck: The halls of Claridge’s have been ringing with Karsten Schubert’s triumphant—and thankfully now healthy—return to the scene of his post-op recuperation to celebrate the publication of Room 225-6, his idiosyncratic and sardonically funny novel recounting a six-week sojourn in the Mayfair hotel following major cancer surgery back in June. MORE

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:51:00 GMT

Miliband and the art of opposition

Louisa Buck: The great and good ventured south of the river to the Battersea Arts Centre last night to hear a rousing speech by Labour leader Ed Miliband, hosted by the Creative Industries Federation, in which he pledged “to put policy for arts and culture and creativity at the heart of the next Labour government’s mission. MORE

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:32:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here: this week’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: “Rubens and his Legacy”, Royal Academy of Arts, until 10 April
Rubens’ penchant for the fuller figure is well known, and there is certainly no shortage here of subcutaneous layers executed by the great man and his myriad followers, including an extraordinary little trio of strapping sea nymphs painted in homage by Cézanne.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:25:00 GMT

Love is in the air at Whitworth Gallery opening

Louisa Buck: “Fall in Love Again” was the PR slogan for the eagerly anticipated reopening of Manchester’s elegantly extended and refurbished Whitworth Gallery, and love was certainly in the air throughout the opening weekend. MORE

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:15:00 GMT

CAS celebrates Mark Stephens

Louisa Buck: Hurrah for Mark Stephens! As well as being the London art world’s long-term leading lawyer, freely (often in all senses) dispensing advice and wisdom to artists and institutions alike, for nearly three decades Mark Stephens CBE has also been a major force within the Contemporary Art Society, most recently as their Chair of Trustees, between 2010-14. MORE

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:30:00 GMT

Bouquets and rockets at the Hayward

Louisa Buck: There were bouquets all round–or at least for the four artist-curators who showed up in time for the speeches–at last night’s opening of the Hayward’s “History is Now” exhibition, which presents a succession of artists’ views of the past 70 years of British history. MORE

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:30:00 GMT

Performance art cross dresses across London

Louisa Buck: You’d normally associate go-go gyrating and pole dancing with the seamy streets of Soho, and expect searingly autobiographical performances involving dead animals, cyber role playing and gender-bending genital manipulation to be taking place within the domain of a cutting-edge contemporary art foundation. MORE

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:07:00 GMT

The strong sweet smell of incense at Pace

Louisa Buck: The late lamented gallerist and notorious hedonist Robert Fraser—AKA Groovy Bob—would certainly have appreciated last night’s lavish high octane bash to launch “A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense,” at the Pace Gallery. MORE

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:00:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here—this week’s must see shows

Louisa Buck: Christian Marclay, White Cube, until 12 April
Christian Marclay’s compelling and globally-acclaimed 24-hour film The Clock—featuring film clips of clocks and people telling the time, all synchronised to the real time in the real world—was always going to be a near impossible act to follow.

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:05:00 GMT

Joan Dannatt emerges at 90

Louisa Buck: The notion of ‘emerging artist’ is an elastic one these days, and has little to do with age. After all, Rose Wylie won the John Moores prize at 80 last year and only recently has had a room devoted to her output at Tate Britain as well as having her work collected by the likes of P. MORE

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:47:00 GMT

Marclay’s pub crawl stops off at White Cube

Louisa Buck: Chinking glasses of a rather less glamorous kind than usual are currently resonating through the cavernous spaces of White Cube Bermondsey, thanks to Christian Marclay’s new video installation, Pub Crawl. MORE

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:38:00 GMT

Cullinan returns but leaves guinea pig behind

Louisa Buck: The London art world may be thrilled to welcome Nicholas Cullinan back to our shores, but for the newly-appointed National Portrait Gallery director sacrifices have had to be made. His return to Blighty was accompanied by the painful decision to leave the lady in his life Stateside. MORE

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:26:00 GMT

Shock! Horror! Neo Naturists too naked for Page 3

Louisa Buck: The current to-ing and fro-ing around whether or not The Sun newspaper is dropping topless women from Page 3 (today the paper denies that it ever intended to) has stirred up some fond News International memories for the artists Christine Binnie and Wilma Johnson who, after stripping off for an impromptu Neo Naturist performance with the androgynous Pop star Marilyn at Henley Regatta in the early 1980s, were approached by The Sun to pose for Page 3. MORE

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:50:00 GMT

High-octane evening for Paul Simonon

Louisa Buck: London was calling in all directions for Paul Simonon last night: on Paul Stolper’s stand at the London Art Fair in Islington, there was a large silkscreen print portraying the Clash bassist by Shepard Fairey. MORE

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here—this week’s must see shows

Louisa Buck: “Caragh Thurling”, Chisenhale Gallery, until 1 February
There’s a surprising start to this eagerly anticipated show by one of our most interesting young painters: one large canvas almost completely blocks the entrance door, requiring visitors to squeeze around its back to gain access.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:40:00 GMT

Pj Harvey makes an exhibition of herself

Louisa Buck: Expectations were high at last night’s eagerly anticipated first view of Artangel’s latest project: PJ Harvey exposing herself to public scrutiny for an entire month while she records her ninth album in a specially constructed studio in a former gymnasium in the bowels of Somerset House. MORE

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:19:00 GMT

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