Jake’s lost staffie

Louisa Buck: Urgent request from the Chapman Brothers studio! Anyone in the vicinity of the Cotswolds please keep eyes peeled for Dora, Jake’s much-loved three-year-old black Staffordshire Bull Terrier who hasn't been seen since she ran off while on a walk near the A381 between Burford and Lechlade on Thursday 26 March. MORE

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 20:51:00 GMT

Klassnick puts his gong on wheels

Louisa Buck: Different art-worlders deal with their gongs in different ways. Yinka Shonibare wears his MBE whenever he is out in public; when picking up his CBE, Richard Wentworth also cheekily pocketed a fistful of Buckingham Palace gravel; and Cornelia Parker is rumoured to be planning to wreak some kind of transformative destruction on her recently bestowed OBE medal. MORE

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:45:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here—this week’s must see shows

Louisa Buck: “Anish Kapoor” and “Lee Ufan”, Lisson Gallery, until 9 May
Two internationally acclaimed Lisson artists use dramatically contrasting means to interrogate the boundaries between painting and sculpture.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:00:00 GMT

Emin's bitter-sweet memories of unmade bed

Louisa Buck: Tracey Emin was in an emotional mood on Monday morning as she presided over the return of her infamous My Bed to Millbank, 16 years after it was first unveiled in what was then the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) amidst a wave of controversy at the 1999 Turner Prize. MORE

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:02:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here: CAS Gala

Louisa Buck: The theme of this year’s Contemporary Art Society fundraising gala may have been “Kaleidoscope: Colour in Motion” but there was a rather disappointing chromatic deficiency amongst most of the artists and artworlders present, with sober suiting and muted monochromes being the order of the evening from the likes of Conrad Shawcross, Richard Wentworth, Mark Wallinger, Jane and Louise Wilson, Roger Hiorns, Mat Collishaw, Sir Nicholas Serota and his former protégé, the newly-appointed National Portrait Gallery Director Nicholas Cullinan. MORE

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:00:00 GMT

Lisson Gallery keeps it in the family

Louisa Buck: It may have been a grand dinner for 150 people at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, but the atmosphere was strictly family as the Lisson Gallery celebrated the opening of its double whammy of new shows by Lee Ufan and Anish Kapoor last night. MORE

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:43:00 GMT

Taking a walk with Richard Long

Louisa Buck: Over an illustrious career spanning nearly half a century many descriptions have been applied to Richard Long but never before “The Fauve of Flints”. This was just one of the plaudits used by the artist and author Edmund de Waal, as he presented the veteran artist with the Whitechapel art gallery’s Art Icon 2015 Award last night at a gala dinner in Banking Hall co-hosted by the Swarovski Foundation. MORE

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:21:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here: this week's must-see shows

Louisa Buck: "Five Issues of Studio International", Raven Row, until 3 May
This rigorous and revealing exhibition revisits a crucial time of transformation and radical reassessment in both British and international sculpture as viewed through the prism of five key issues of the art magazine Studio International, taken from its glory decade between 1965 and 1975 under the visionary editorship of Peter Townsend.

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:10:00 GMT

Leading lawyers stitch for liberty

Louisa Buck: Leading members of our judiciary are proving to be not quite so nimble with their needles as those on the other side of the legal divide as both lawyers and prisoners get to work on Cornelia Parker’s giant embroidery, which has been commissioned by the British Library and the University of Oxford to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta this May. MORE

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:00:00 GMT

Girl power in Kensington

Louisa Buck: Sisters were emphatically doing it for themselves in Kensington last night at a special women-only dinner hosted by the collector and patron extraordinaire Valeria Napoleone to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Woman’s Day and also to support the humanitarian work of Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:40:00 GMT

Vote for Bob and Rob!

Louisa Buck: Michael Gove may no longer be the Secretary of State for Education but his policies continue to prosper and grow in the current government; and as the architect of the erosion of the arts within our education system he is still firmly in the sights of artist and Royal Academician Bob and Roberta Smith. MORE

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:20:00 GMT | 1 comments

Elephant—and horse—in the room at Haacke's party

Louisa Buck: Along with a skeletal horse there was also an elephant in the room at last night’s packed gathering to celebrate Hans Haacke’s fourth plinth sculpture, with much talk of Mayor Boris Johnson’s bizarre and somewhat snide comments at the morning unveiling ceremony in which he interpreted Haacke’s “emaciated quadruped” as a symbol of “the Tube that must run beneath the surface of any great and beautiful city,” which has “received such fantastic investment thanks to our chancellor. MORE

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:19:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here: this week’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: "Magnificent Obsessions: the Artist as Collector", Barbican, until 5 May
Most of us have an urge to accumulate but, as this unmissable show confirms, artists are especially prone. Here, in this rare glimpse into the personal hoardings of 14 key figures, including Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Sol LeWitt, Edmund de Waal and Martin Parr—which are as various as the artists themselves and range from priceless artefacts to worthless junk—we also gain a fascinating insight into the many ways in which private collections can feed into, cross dress with, or simply become swallowed up into, the more publicly-known work.

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:21:00 GMT

Karsten Schubert makes a healthy return to Claridge’s

Louisa Buck: The halls of Claridge’s have been ringing with Karsten Schubert’s triumphant—and thankfully now healthy—return to the scene of his post-op recuperation to celebrate the publication of Room 225-6, his idiosyncratic and sardonically funny novel recounting a six-week sojourn in the Mayfair hotel following major cancer surgery back in June. MORE

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:51:00 GMT

Miliband and the art of opposition

Louisa Buck: The great and good ventured south of the river to the Battersea Arts Centre last night to hear a rousing speech by Labour leader Ed Miliband, hosted by the Creative Industries Federation, in which he pledged “to put policy for arts and culture and creativity at the heart of the next Labour government’s mission. MORE

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:32:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here: this week’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: “Rubens and his Legacy”, Royal Academy of Arts, until 10 April
Rubens’ penchant for the fuller figure is well known, and there is certainly no shortage here of subcutaneous layers executed by the great man and his myriad followers, including an extraordinary little trio of strapping sea nymphs painted in homage by Cézanne.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:25:00 GMT

Love is in the air at Whitworth Gallery opening

Louisa Buck: “Fall in Love Again” was the PR slogan for the eagerly anticipated reopening of Manchester’s elegantly extended and refurbished Whitworth Gallery, and love was certainly in the air throughout the opening weekend. MORE

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:15:00 GMT

CAS celebrates Mark Stephens

Louisa Buck: Hurrah for Mark Stephens! As well as being the London art world’s long-term leading lawyer, freely (often in all senses) dispensing advice and wisdom to artists and institutions alike, for nearly three decades Mark Stephens CBE has also been a major force within the Contemporary Art Society, most recently as their Chair of Trustees, between 2010-14. MORE

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:30:00 GMT

Bouquets and rockets at the Hayward

Louisa Buck: There were bouquets all round–or at least for the four artist-curators who showed up in time for the speeches–at last night’s opening of the Hayward’s “History is Now” exhibition, which presents a succession of artists’ views of the past 70 years of British history. MORE

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 18:30:00 GMT

Performance art cross dresses across London

Louisa Buck: You’d normally associate go-go gyrating and pole dancing with the seamy streets of Soho, and expect searingly autobiographical performances involving dead animals, cyber role playing and gender-bending genital manipulation to be taking place within the domain of a cutting-edge contemporary art foundation. MORE

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:07:00 GMT

The strong sweet smell of incense at Pace

Louisa Buck: The late lamented gallerist and notorious hedonist Robert Fraser—AKA Groovy Bob—would certainly have appreciated last night’s lavish high octane bash to launch “A Strong Sweet Smell of Incense,” at the Pace Gallery. MORE

Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:00:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here—this week’s must see shows

Louisa Buck: Christian Marclay, White Cube, until 12 April
Christian Marclay’s compelling and globally-acclaimed 24-hour film The Clock—featuring film clips of clocks and people telling the time, all synchronised to the real time in the real world—was always going to be a near impossible act to follow.

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 20:05:00 GMT

Joan Dannatt emerges at 90

Louisa Buck: The notion of ‘emerging artist’ is an elastic one these days, and has little to do with age. After all, Rose Wylie won the John Moores prize at 80 last year and only recently has had a room devoted to her output at Tate Britain as well as having her work collected by the likes of P. MORE

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:47:00 GMT

Marclay’s pub crawl stops off at White Cube

Louisa Buck: Chinking glasses of a rather less glamorous kind than usual are currently resonating through the cavernous spaces of White Cube Bermondsey, thanks to Christian Marclay’s new video installation, Pub Crawl. MORE

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:38:00 GMT

Cullinan returns but leaves guinea pig behind

Louisa Buck: The London art world may be thrilled to welcome Nicholas Cullinan back to our shores, but for the newly-appointed National Portrait Gallery director sacrifices have had to be made. His return to Blighty was accompanied by the painful decision to leave the lady in his life Stateside. MORE

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:26:00 GMT

Shock! Horror! Neo Naturists too naked for Page 3

Louisa Buck: The current to-ing and fro-ing around whether or not The Sun newspaper is dropping topless women from Page 3 (today the paper denies that it ever intended to) has stirred up some fond News International memories for the artists Christine Binnie and Wilma Johnson who, after stripping off for an impromptu Neo Naturist performance with the androgynous Pop star Marilyn at Henley Regatta in the early 1980s, were approached by The Sun to pose for Page 3. MORE

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:50:00 GMT

High-octane evening for Paul Simonon

Louisa Buck: London was calling in all directions for Paul Simonon last night: on Paul Stolper’s stand at the London Art Fair in Islington, there was a large silkscreen print portraying the Clash bassist by Shepard Fairey. MORE

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here—this week’s must see shows

Louisa Buck: “Caragh Thurling”, Chisenhale Gallery, until 1 February
There’s a surprising start to this eagerly anticipated show by one of our most interesting young painters: one large canvas almost completely blocks the entrance door, requiring visitors to squeeze around its back to gain access.

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:40:00 GMT

Pj Harvey makes an exhibition of herself

Louisa Buck: Expectations were high at last night’s eagerly anticipated first view of Artangel’s latest project: PJ Harvey exposing herself to public scrutiny for an entire month while she records her ninth album in a specially constructed studio in a former gymnasium in the bowels of Somerset House. MORE

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:19:00 GMT

It takes two in Bond Street

Louisa Buck: It was couples night in the West End on Tuesday with two sets of artistic duos unveiling both their separate and collective creations on opposite sides of Bond Street in London’s Mayfair. At Sotheby’s designer extraordinaire Tord Boontje’s first full retrospective of his fantastical furniture, lighting, jewellery and textiles is accompanied by a parallel survey of starkly striking works in glass, bronze and a various mixed media by his sculptor wife, Emma Woffenden, whom he met when they were both students at London’s Royal College of Art. MORE

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:59:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here—New Year’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: “Egon Schiele: the Radical Nude”, Courtauld Institute, until 18 January
Astonishingly the first UK museum exhibition devoted to Schiele for nearly a quarter of a century, this tightly-selected and highly charged survey of just 38 drawings and watercolours of the male and female nude—including some excruciatingly raw images of pregnant women and a particularly scary new-born baby—made between the artist’s breakthrough year of 1910 and his untimely death from Spanish flu in 1918 when he was only 28, confirms what a bold, audacious but ultimately humane artist he was.

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 21:30:00 GMT

Back with a fever

Louisa Buck: The new season kicked off to a high-octane start with last night’s launch of Fig-2, the constantly changing experimental art project which will present a whirlwind programme of 50 exhibitions over the next 50 weeks from within the ICA Studio, the Institute’s gritty former workshop which recently had a light-touch makeover courtesy of Universal Design Studio. MORE

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 20:42:00 GMT

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Louisa Buck: Seasonal celebrations took a slightly darker turn on 21 December when protestors set up outside the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing to voice their opposition to Shell’s sponsorship of “Rembrandt: The Late Works”. MORE

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:14:00 GMT

Farewell to the Glasshouse

Louisa Buck: One of the most Christmas-y places in the capital over the last few days has undoubtedly been Andrew Logan’s magical Glasshouse in Bermondsey, in the shadow of the Shard. Here, the artist and inventor of the now-legendary Alternative Miss World extravaganzas and his partner the architect Michael Davis (who 25 years ago designed their giant conservatory like space out of an asbestos ridden garage) were hosting their last-ever “Open Studio With Friends”, featuring not only Mr L’s magnificent distinctive shattered mirror sculpture and jewellery but also festive outfits from the designer Zandra Rhodes (whose Fashion and Textile Museum is just round the corner in Bermondsey Street) and a plethora of other goodies to be purchased from more creative pals such as the inimitable Christine Binnie (who introduced Grayson Perry to pots). MORE

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:55:00 GMT

Soft-shoe shuffle in Soho

Louisa Buck: When Rose Wylie last saw the cult 1980s alternative comedian and writer Alexei Sayle, it was back in September and she had just won the prestigious John Moores painting prize—at 80, the oldest artist to do so. MORE

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:15:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here—reflective art alternatives to the festive overload

Louisa Buck: “Maggi Hambling: Walls Of Water”, National Gallery, until 15 February 2015 and “Walls of Water: the Monotypes”, Marlborough Fine Art, until 10 January 2015
Wonderful (and free) respite from the West End consumer cacophony in this exhibition/installation that fills a chapel-like space at the top of the National Gallery’s main stairs with nine paintings of giant waves, captured as they rear upwards on the cusp of crashing down onto the shore.

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:40:00 GMT

James Franco’s Fat Squirrel

Louisa Buck: As Art Basel’s head of VIP relations in the UK, it is to be expected that Andreas Siegfried certainly knows a big name or two. He gathered quite a cluster, including Muriel and Freddie Salem, Julia Peyton Jones and jewellery designer Harumi Klossowski, the daughter of Balthus, at his chic west London home/private-showing space last night to unveil the latest paintings by the multi-tasking movie star James Franco, who had flown in from Hong Kong especially to preside over the proceedings. MORE

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:00:00 GMT

Open house at Open School East

Louisa Buck: All hail Open School East! As art is evermore marginalised on the national curriculum and our mainstream art schools increasingly become finishing schools for the international rich, this mould-breaking art school—which charges no tuition fees and embeds creative practitioners directly into the local community—offers an inspiring and crucial alternative. MORE

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here — this week’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: “Koen Vanmechelen: Darwin’s Dream”, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London NW1, until 14 December
The labyrinthine tunnels and underground chambers of this 19th-century church crypt provide an atmospheric setting for this Belgian artist’s multifarious investigations into evolution, fertility and genetic diversity which span two decades and focus on the universally familiar form of the chicken.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:00:00 GMT

Lisson loves the 80s

Louisa Buck: The dating game was being played with a vengeance during the Lisson Gallery’s celebratory dinner at St John’s for its dual shows of hardcore veteran conceptualists Art & Language and the younger but equally interrogative Jonathon Monk. MORE

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:45:00 GMT

Cyclops unveiled at the Hamlyn awards

Louisa Buck: At a time when public funding for the arts continues to shrink and the role of the art prize becomes evermore crucial, the Hamlyn Awards, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year, is undoubtedly the best of the bunch. MORE

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:40:00 GMT

Are you being served? House of Voltaire returns to the West End

Louisa Buck: Never mind the Christmas lights being turned on in Oxford Street last week: for London art-worlders, the festive season properly got under way with last night’s opening of the House of Voltaire, the biennial goodie-laden pop-up shop from not-for-profit gallery Studio Voltaire, which this year has come to rest until 20 December in a chic first-floor atelier space in Mayfair, at 39-40 Albemarle Street. MORE

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:30:00 GMT | 2 comments

Breaking art rules

Louisa Buck: There is currently an abundance of books available to instruct us on how to look at and possess contemporary art—I’ve written a few myself—but I can think of none that manages to capture both the end product and the true spirit of making art as effectively as Art Rules! (and How to Break Them) by the writer and curator Mel Gooding. MORE

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:50:00 GMT

Deptford stories

Louisa Buck: If your exhibition venue already looks as if it could have been painted by Anselm Kiefer, it is difficult not to fall into the trap of selecting work that tries to compete by adding yet more sturm und drang into its surroundings. MORE

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:45:00 GMT

Gunpowder, singing and soup at Foundling Museum

Louisa Buck: Few events are as heart (and stomach) warming as the Foundling Museum’s annual 5 November dinner in which 100 creative people from all disciplines and generations come together for a bowl of soup and animated chat in the convivial spirit of the 18th-century dinners thrown on the same date every year by the Foundling’s founder Thomas Coram, which similarly brought together the philanthropic creatives of his day. MORE

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:50:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here — this week’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: “Conflict and Collisions: New Contemporary Sculpture”, Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, until 25 January 2015
One of the more inventive markings of this year’s centenary of the First World War is these three solo shows and special commissions by a trio very different young artists who are united by an interest in the evolution of the accouterments of warfare.

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:00:00 GMT

The hand of fate on a number plate

Louisa Buck: Grayson Perry may be currently wowing the nation’s airwaves but a recent revelation that has not made it to our TV screens is causing your correspondent considerable disquiet. Back in the late 1980s, before Mr P became the country’s favourite tranny Potter and Companion of the British Empire, I purchased—for a mere three figure sum—his Funerary Urn, a magnificent vessel modeled on The Ashes cricket trophy and bearing a dual and playfully macabre inscription. MORE

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 07:56:00 GMT

The many sides of Helen

Louisa Buck: Visitors to North London’s Golder’s Hill Park who encounter the lifesized bronze of a pensive leggy young girl in t-shirt and the shortest of shorts, sitting on the floor with jettisoned flip flops at her side, may not be aware that the subject is a youthful Helen Scott Lidgett, the ultra-glam human dynamo and founding partner of the arts wing of Brunswick PR, who left a huge hole in the London (and international) art world when she died from ovarian cancer two years ago. MORE

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:00:00 GMT

TV dinner with the Perrys

Louisa Buck: It was a TV dinner with a difference last night when Grayson Perry’s friends and family—including his wife Philippa, his daughter Flo, the Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow, the professor Lisa Jardine, the comedian Vic Reeves, the former Eastenders actress Sue Tully, the photographer Martin Parr and your own correspondent (see picture)—gathered around a giant television screen at the Groucho Club to watch the first episode of his new three part Channel 4 series, “Who Are You?” in which the intrepid artist grapples with the slippery issue of identity. MORE

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:49:00 GMT

The Buck stopped here — October’s must-see shows

Louisa Buck: “The Nakeds”, The Drawing Room, until 29 November
A stunning and unmissable show devoted to drawings of “the body exposed” which takes Egon Schiele as the starting point for a bodily parade of top-quality works by Chris Ofili, Marlene Dumas, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois and many more.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:00 GMT

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Louisa Buck

Louisa Buck is The Art Newspaper’s contemporary art correspondent and the co-author of Owning Art: The Contemporary Art Collector's Handbook and Commissioning Contemporary Art. A Handbook for Curators, Collectors and Artists.