Gareth Harris

Royal Engagement

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition

June 2010 LONDON

A FRENZY OF FLASHBULBS greeted the ubiquitous UK television host and magazine cover girl Alexa Chung as she posed in front of a gargantuan sculpture of a rabbit, made by the late sculptor Barry Flanagan, in the courtyard of London’s Royal… READ ON


Touchy Ofili

Chris Ofili’s opening at Tate Britain

January 2010 LONDON

TWO ISSUES dominated the Chris Ofili private view at Tate Britain on Tuesday. The first involved headgear, or rather, the abundance of outlandish hats worn by art-world figures at the wintery Millbank bash––from Peter Doig’s brown and… READ ON


Rock Lobster

Jeff Koons at the Serpentine

July 2009 LONDON

JEFF KOONS KNOWS HOW TO MAKE AN ENTRANCE. Filmmaker Mike Figgis, former Royal Academy supremo Norman Rosenthal, and designer Stella McCartney were among the hordes that descended on the dapper artist as he arrived at the Serpentine Gallery … READ ON


Adrian Ghenie

June 2009

In Adrian Ghenie’s paintings, drips and pours of paint, smeared surfaces, and indistinct masses make up his canvases, but figuration predominates in “Darkness for an Hour,” the Romanian painter’s first UK solo show. Depictions of … READ ON


Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

October 2008

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have turned photojournalism, a fraught genre of photography, on its head in their exhibition “The Day Nobody Died.” Earlier this year, the duo unrolled a 164-foot-long roll of photographic paper during… READ ON


Gang of Four

The opening of the Turner Prize exhibition

October 2008 LONDON

Perched on a table bearing mountains of crisps and orange-stuffed olives (the foulest canapé ever consumed at a private view), artist Fiona Banner delivered her verdict on this year’s Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain: “This is … READ ON


The Young and the Restless

The opening of the fifth Liverpool Biennial

September 2008 LIVERPOOL

“Where the hell is it?” screamed the Scouse taxi driver struggling to find the opening party the Friday before last for the Liverpool Biennial in the Old Port area of the city. Warehouse after warehouse passed by until I spotted a beacon… READ ON


Tony Oursler

September 2008

In this exhibition of mainly new work by Tony Oursler, the passing of time is astutely marked by the oblique video projections. A series of slowly burning cigarettes (few activities commemorate the minutes ticking away more effectively than… READ ON


Cy Unseen

Cy Twombly's opening at Tate Modern

June 2008 LONDON

The early signs were not encouraging. A decidedly thin crowd had gathered at the start of the evening for the opening of Cy Twombly’s exhibition at Tate Modern, the artist’s first retrospective in fifteen years. A long row of keen … READ ON


Lee Ufan

April 2008

This exhibition of new paintings and works on paper along with sculptural works from the past twenty years by Lee Ufan, cofounder of the 1960s Mono Ha (object school) movement in Japan, demonstrates that the Korean artist is nothing if not … READ ON