Laura K. Jones

Alexei Buldakov

July 2008

Alexei Buldakov’s Mute, 2008, is projected on the gallery’s wall between two white structural pillars. Strung together to create this approximately six-minute film are twelve video clips of newscasters from around the world during moments… READ ON

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Margarita Gluzberg

May 2008

The images of commerce that provide the baseplate for Margarita Gluzberg’s semiautobiographical show at Paradise Row are iconic and intriguing. A salon-style hang across one expanse of wall presents multiple brown-hued paintings to their … READ ON

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Mat Collishaw

May 2008

For “Deliverance,” Mat Collishaw projects onto the darkened gallery’s walls photographs of staged tableaux that depict the blood-soaked misery of war in jagged flashes. On these surfaces, which are covered with phosphorescent paint, … READ ON

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“Paintings 1936–2008”

February 2008

Those who associate the Approach’s programming with painting won’t be disappointed with the current group show at its new West End space. “Paintings 1936–2008,” which mixes available works and those loaned from private collections… READ ON

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David Birkin

January 2008

David Birkin, a member of the loose movement of artists whose attempts to communicate emotion through aesthetics have led some commentators to call them the “new romantics,” brings together three works, all from 2007, for his first solo… READ ON

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Michael Craig-Martin

January 2008

Michael Craig-Martin, onetime tutor to the YBAs, is a painter with an unmistakably vivid style; this solo exhibition is his first in London in several years. “A Is for Umbrella” includes a series of startlingly high-definition media works… READ ON

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Friends with Benefits

The preview for Whitechapel's “Defining the Contemporary”

October 2006 LONDON

“It was like a bomb site three weeks ago,” said Whitechapel director Iwona Blazwick. “If it hadn’t been for the generosity and punctuality of the artists, we’d have been nowhere. Even Lucian Freud promptly turned in his wonderful … READ ON

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Guessing Game

“Surprise, Surprise” at the ICA London

August 2006 LONDON

It’s important to be astonished, it really is. As I walked into the ICA’s summer show in London last Tuesday, I was relieved to find that not every arts institution wants to lead its audience around by the hand as if it were an infirm … READ ON

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