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Exhibition: UK/RAINE at the Saatchi Gallery, reviewed by Julia Secklehner


UK/RAINE at Saatchi Gallery is the result of a competition for young artists working or born in the Ukraine or the UK, divided into five categories: Installation, New Media, Painting, Sculpture and Street Art. While the guidelines for entry seem rigorously structured, the exhibition itself luckily isn’t. Over five rooms on the gallery’s ground floor,…

Julia Secklehner | December 9, 2015
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Jakub Španhel’s ‘Sacred and Profane’ at Art Galleries Europe, reviewed by Julia Secklehner


Sacred and Profane is Czech artist Jakub Španhel’s first solo exhibition in the UK, organised by Frameless Gallery, in whose low space Španhel’s paintings reach almost from floor to ceiling. Their dark,  bold colours contrast with the light interior – yet, the more we find out about Španhel’s work, the more we feel it actually…

Julia Secklehner | October 12, 2015
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The London Salon of Romanian Art, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

This September, the ICR is hosting ‘The London Salon of Romanian Art’, as part of a new permanent programme. It’s different from previous art displays:  the five names on show –  Florin Ungureanu, Cristian Luchian, Monica Madas, Ioana Pioaru and Viniciu Les – are young Romanians coming not from Romania but living and working in…

Camelia Ciobanu | September 25, 2015
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Joanna Rajkowska’s ‘Painkillers’ at l’étrangère Gallery, Shoreditch, reviewed by Julia Secklehner


L’étrangère Gallery in Shoreditch always puts on interesting shows, and Joanna Rajkowska’s Painkillers is no exception. On entering the exhibition space, we’re confronted with an entirely monochrome room: black flooring, white walls, black metal pedestals – and white artworks. The minimalist curation is attractive, yet somewhat confusing at first sight: in the middle of the…

Julia Secklehner | September 25, 2015
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Diana Buzoianu’s ‘Urban Indispensable’ at 54 the Gallery, reviewed by Jo Varney


Since its commercial introduction in 1839, photography has been a medium caught between the two poles of ‘art’ and ‘science’. While the images created with objects, people or scenes placed before a lens were once spoken of as imprinted by nature itself  – and thus  free from the frail human hand prone to error –…

Jo Varney | July 23, 2015
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Virgil Scripcariu: The Secret Soul of Bronze, reviewed by Judith Fagelson

Walking into the Romanian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square, you’re currently confronted with a series of bronze sculptures. They’re not big – the tallest must be about two or three feet high – and they’re not particularly grandiose either. With their featureless faces, plump, geometric bodies and round, oversized heads, they resemble prehistoric figurines. They…

Judith Fagelson | May 29, 2015
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‘The New East’ at cueB Gallery, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

One of the special things about entering cueB Gallery in Brockley is that you pass through a colourful café bar directly to the gallery located at the back. It’s a nice transition between dimmed light / funky decoration and the clean white gallery space, which comprises only one room. As it isn’t separate from the…

Julia Secklehner | May 5, 2015
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‘Tamás Dezső: Notes For An Epilogue’ reviewed by Valenka Navea


Apparently pieces from Tamás Dezső’s Notes for an Epilogue were still arriving at the Photographer’s Gallery last Saturday, a few days after the show opened to the public. It’s still in it’s opening week but already receiving rave reviews. The show consists of 10 pieces capturing varying subjects, landscapes and people in Romania and Hungary, taken…

Valenka Navea | April 26, 2015
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‘Crisscross Stories’ – Hungarian-Estonian Fairytale Art, reviewed by Judith Fagelson

The premise for Crisscross Stories, at London’s Hungarian Cultural Centre,  is simple: eight Hungarian and eight Estonian authors were commissioned to write new fairy stories. Twenty-five artists from each country were then invited to illustrate their favourite stories,  Hungarian artists illustrating Estonian tales, and vice versa. The result is a whirl of colour and imagination…

Judith Fagelson | April 15, 2015

‘A Makeshift Imitatio Christi’ at Divus Gallery, reviewed by Julia Secklehner

Even though the artworks by Miroslav Vojtíšek  – who uses the pseudonym S.d.CH. in his show A Makeshift Imitatio Christi – are contemporary, his pieces and the way they’re displayed look anything but. There’s something about the current colour scheme at the Divus Gallery in Deptford that makes you feel you’ve stepped back in time…

Julia Secklehner | April 11, 2015