Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans – Royal Academy of Art, London

Intrigue, the exhibition of James Ensor (1860-1949) at London’s Royal Academy (through January 2017), does as promised by its captivating title borrowed from the homonymous seminal painting of 1890. Put together by the Belgian painter Luc Tuymans, not new to important curatorial efforts, the project is neither a canonical retrospective nor an artist-curated, past/present dialogue…

Guy Yanai, Rafe Mullarkey & Anthony Miler – Rod Barton, London

Guy Yanai’s paintings capture a visual culture somewhere between modern art and Tumblr, and take form in thick, paradise-hued brushstrokes. The works live where past and present meet, carving contemporary imagery into the historical timeline of painting, yet at first glance appearing uncannily evocative of 8-bit computer graphics of the 80s. This self-conscious relation with…

Varda Caivano – Victoria Miro, London

Passing through the sliding wall of Victoria Miro’s Mayfair space into their first room I am struck by the restraint of the six canvases that greet me. Rather than the mottled layering of mark and vivid colour I associate with Caivano, large areas of white primer are left bare, her palette is dominated by greys…

Corin Sworn – Silent Sticks – Collezione Maramotti

Glasgow based artist Corin Sworn’s installation Silent Sticks, first exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, London 20 May – 19 July 2015, has recently been reinstalled at the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia.  The exhibition was the result of research the artist did in Rome, Naples and Venice after winning the fifth edition of the Max…

Matthew Musgrave – Around

Entering Supplement Gallery a bright, energetic canvas hanging to my right pulls me in. Strong orange accentuates striking green slashes and soft blue drags. The work feels rapid, energetic. A subtle shift in orange hues emerges horizontally across the surface, providing a weight to ground the piece. It’s not an easy painting; it feels raw,…