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February 2014

Review of the week

posted by Bridget on 04 February 2014

Francis Hodgson's review of Darren Almond's show at White Cube looks at the crossroads where art and commerce meet.

It is always illuminating to read Francis Hodgson's writing on photography and his latest piece for the Financial Times is no exception. Its pithy putdown of Darren Almond's Fullmoonseries as "safe, clean, vaguely worthy art" leaves the reader in no doubt of Hodgson's dislike of Almond's "not-very-challenging pictures".

But having drawn the reader down a path of negative appreciation, Hodgson does a volte face by praising Almond's more recent series Present Form, a typology of the Callanish Circle on the Isle of Lewis, suggesting that the eight monolith photographs on show at the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey, have a "magnificant hard purity which it seemed unlikely that [Almond] would ever achieve."

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Quote of the Day

posted by Bridget on 03 February 2014

"Art is anything used as art by people" says Martin Creed.

martin creed

Entitled What's the point of it?Martin Creed's new show at the Hayward Gallery on London's South Bank, is a joyous collection of witty and sometimes deliberately pointless work. There is more than a hint of Joseph Beuys's legacy that art is what the artist decrees it to be and indeed Creed pays his own hommage to the king of shit with his video of a woamn defecating.

But this show is about more than turds and vomit. You can enjoy a stroll through white balloons, watch a silver ford car simultaneously enact all its electronic functions and avoid decapitation by the Mother of all neon signs.

When asked by Kate Kellaway in The Observer whose question is it, [the exhibition title] Creed claims it is his, but generously allows that it might also belong to his audience, so not much clarity there.

This is a show to be experienced, attended with an open mind and a sense of humour and without the needs for answwers. If you are hesitating to embrace the ludicrous and banal then spend just 3 minutes and 23 seconds watching Adrian Searle's video and allow his infectious enthusiasm encourage you to make the trip to the Hayward Gallery where you will discover just why Searle thinks this is "one of the best solo exhibitions I've seen in the gallery"

Or read Adrian Hamilton's review in The Independent who says: "Go and Enjoy. You will find plenty to surprise, attract and exasperate you without worrying about the deeper philisophical meaning."

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