John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh

John Francis Kavanagh is the founder and editor of Artists Insight.

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Around Drawing at Rosenfeld Porcini

Filed in Reviews by on April 29, 2015
Around Drawing at Rosenfeld Porcini

Around Drawing Rosenfeld Porcini Until 22 May 2015 I only had one issue with this exhibition, excellent though it was: and that was its title. I knew that it was called “Around Drawing”, not “On Drawing”, or just plain “Drawing”, so I could readily infer that the works on display there wouldn’t all be drawings. […]

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Mehran Elminia at Rosenfeld Porcini

Filed in Reviews by on June 22, 2014
Mehran Elminia at Rosenfeld Porcini

Mehran Elminia: Painting Rosenfeld Porcini Until 24 July 2014 Having been rather impressed by his first UK solo show 2 years ago, it did not take much to persuade me to revisit Rosenfeld Porcini for Mehran Elminia’s latest exhibition. The image printed on the invitation to the opening suggested that Elminia’s work had changed; perhaps […]

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Kwang Young Chun at Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Filed in Reviews by on March 20, 2014
Kwang Young Chun at Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Kwang Young Chun Bernard Jacobson Gallery 12 March to 19 April 2014 Kwang Young Chun was born in 1944 in what is now South Korea and had his earliest artistic education there. However, he took his MFA degree at the Philadelphia College of Art, during the 1960’s, when he was in his 20’s. The 60’s […]

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Richard Deacon at Tate Britain

Filed in Reviews by on March 4, 2014
Richard Deacon at Tate Britain

Richard Deacon Tate Britain 5 February to 27 April 2014 Richard Deacon was born in 1949 in Bangor in Wales and studied at the Somerset College of Art, Saint Martin’s, where he concentrated on performance work rather than object-making, and the Royal College of Art. His first solo exhibition took place in 1978 and he […]

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Dale Chihuly at Halcyon Gallery

Filed in Reviews by on March 4, 2014
Dale Chihuly at Halcyon Gallery

Dale Chihuly: Beyond the Object Halcyon Gallery 8 February to 5 April 2014 The walk from Green Park tube to the Halcyon Gallery in New Bond Street, past upmarket boutiques and exclusive jeweller’s shops, certainly accustoms one to seeing the showy and the expensive. These ostentatious displays will create a frisson of excited covetousness in […]

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Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern

Filed in Reviews by on February 19, 2014
Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern

Ask most people in Britain to name a famous British artist working in the 20th and 21st centuries and a few names will be mentioned: David Hockney, perhaps, Francis Bacon or Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst or Tracey Emin. But if you ask many of those same people if they have heard of Richard Hamilton, they […]

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Santiago Montoya at Halcyon Gallery

Filed in Reviews by on November 18, 2012
Santiago Montoya at Halcyon Gallery

Santiago Montoya: The Great Swindle Halcyon Gallery 16 November to 4 December 2012 I should firstly explain that The Great Swindle is the title of this exhibition, not a critical comment by this reviewer. No, there was no swindle – well, certainly not a great one; perhaps a little short-changing here and there but no […]

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Mike Diana at Divus London

Filed in Reviews by on November 10, 2012
Mike Diana at Divus London

Mike Diana: America Divus London 8 November to 8 December 2012 Mike Diana’s exhibition, “America”, opened in the week that Barack Obama won a second term of office as President of the United States. Obama’s re-election has mostly been welcomed outside America. Not surprising, since the Republican party has lurched ever further to the Fundamentalist […]

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Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery

Filed in Reviews by on October 10, 2012
Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery

Anish Kapoor Lisson Gallery 10 October to 10 November 2012 I was not invited to the press preview of the Lisson Gallery’s exhibition of new work by Anish Kapoor so instead I attended the private view on the evening of  9 October – with about a thousand other people, all struggling through rather too narrow […]

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Aída Rubio González at Rosenfeld Porcini

Filed in Reviews by on December 17, 2011
Aída Rubio González at Rosenfeld Porcini

Aída Rubio González: La Vida es un Sueño Rosenfeld Porcini 15 December 2011 to 18 February 2012 La vida es un sueño – life is a dream. The title of Aída Rubio González’ exhibition at Rosenfeld Porcini prepares us for a journey into a fertile imagination, and that is exactly what we get. Straight away, […]

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