Lynne Gentle

Forever and a Day

Wolfgang Tillmans at the Serpentine

July 2010 LONDON

WITHIN THE RANK CONFINES of a 36 “bendy” bus on Thursday evening, I made my way to South London Gallery’s exhibition and gala to celebrate the completion of its recent building project. As I pondered just how Britain’s boring new “age of … READ ON


Vital Signs

Tracey Emin at White Cube

June 2009 LONDON

MASON’S YARD IN SAINT JAMES’S was the place to be in London on Thursday night for Tracey Emin’s “Those Who Suffer Love” at White Cube, and Abraham Cruzvillegas around the corner at Thomas Dane Gallery. Economic green shoots of recovery or … READ ON


Supply and Demand

Thomas Demand's opening at Sprüth Magers

December 2008 LONDON

WHEN LONDON does public-transportation chaos, boy does she pull out all the stops. My Tuesday-evening tour of a handful of London’s top galleries was an obstacle course of stumbling blocks and banana skins. But such is life in the city. … READ ON


Gilt by Association

Openings during Frieze

October 2008 LONDON

I would be lying if I said the words credit and crunch weren’t informing my safari through the art world as it swarmed into London last week for Frieze. But despite gloomy headlines, and in fine British fashion, London brushed itself off, … READ ON


Captain Cooke

The opening of Stuart Shave's new gallery space

April 2008 LONDON

Thinking myself terribly clever, I arrived early to the inauguration of Stuart Shave/Modern Art’s new West End gallery last Thursday evening, under the assumption that this would guarantee a leisurely private viewing of Nigel Cooke’s exhibition… READ ON


Gown Town

The ICA London's annual gala

March 2008 LONDON

It’s difficult to work an evening gown in London unless you’re the queen. Without footmen, a scepter, and the odd lady-in-waiting, evening gowns look just plain wrong in this climate. It was therefore royally unfortunate that strapless, … READ ON


Sleeper Hit

The Turner Prize dinner

December 2007 LIVERPOOL

Neurotically reluctant to stray farther north than north London, I felt mild dread as I boarded a train last Monday for Liverpool, Europe’s 2008 Capital of Culture. Everything is the new something these days, I thought, cynically bracing … READ ON


Angels in America

Artangel's annual dinner

November 2007 LONDON

The London art world would starve to death these days but for the culinary ministrations of Caprice Group’s Mark Hix, the chef of the moment and the man behind the menu at the Artangel Dinner, held on Saturday evening in the Great Hall at … READ ON


Speed Limit

The Tate's Turner Prize retrospective

October 2007 LONDON

What do you get when you mix a knob of elephant dung with half a cow, a smidge of transvestitism, and a full-scale garden shed? Why, a Turner Prize retrospective, of course. Last Monday night, Tate Britain unveiled an exhibition that is … READ ON


Digging In

The opening of the Zabludowicz Collection's new home

September 2007 LONDON

Underdressed for the weather and impractically shod, I hobbled to rough-’n’-ready Kentish Town last Monday evening for the unveiling of London’s newest art space—a rebranded nineteenth-century Methodist chapel called, somewhat succinctly, … READ ON