• Rachel Eliza Guthrie

    Arts writer, curator and photographer.

    "Art wants to address someone, it wants something precise and extended to do; it wants resistance, it needs criteria; it will take risks in order to find them, including the risk of it's own dissolution."
    T J Clark.

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4 x 4 at Stephen Friedman Gallery

The Stephen Friedman Gallery is for this exhibition, a gallery of four rooms. Each one of these rooms is home to a movement in Modernism – the first is a haven for Minimalism, the second for Geometric Abstraction, the third a den for female Pop Art and the last a refuge for Neo-conceptualism. 4 x … Continue reading

Photograph by Marco Anelli 2014

Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery

Marina Abramovic’s 512 Hours opened at the Serpentine main gallery this week after months of anticipation. However, much of the coverage in the lead up to the show has been focused on the Queen of Performance’s so-called desire for this to be a show of “nothingness” – a judgment that could quite easily flatten mounding … Continue reading

2014

Exhibitions I’m looking out for in 2014: Louise Bourgeois: I Give Everything Away Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, On until 23 February 2014 I Give Everything Away is a look at Louise Bourgeois’ late 2D works, completed between 1994 and 2010 (the year that she died.) In the downstairs of the Fruitmarket Gallery is a series of … Continue reading

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Elmgreen + Dragset: Tomorrow at V&A Museum

Buried away in the burrow-like back end of the V&A museum’s first floor is Norman Swann’s flat, into which artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset invite you to enter, upon just one condition: that you play the part of a gracious intruder. In the film of the same name written by the artist duo for … Continue reading

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Novelty

The below text explores the idea of Novelty in contemporary art as per the exhibition curated by myself and Josh Berry at Asylum, SE15 this weekend gone. NOVELTY There’s a fine line between newness and novelty.  It’s a line that divides the illustrious and the new from the tacky. It separates the alluring from that … Continue reading

George Butler

George Butler

British reportage illustrator George Butler has drawn the Syrian conflict for national newspapers. I interviewed him about capturing the conflict, and the documentary form as a whole. In August 2012 and February this year George Butler crossed the Turkish border to Syria to record in pen, ink and watercolour snapshots of life under conflict. His … Continue reading

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Andy Wicks: The Doldrums at Occupy My Time Gallery

Andy Wicks’ two-month residency at Occupy My Time Gallery, SE8 has culminated in three distinct outcomes dedicated to Deptford, which together he’s entitled ‘The Doldrums’. Each one of these outcomes claims one of the three concrete gallery walls, and each one – entitled Forged Histories, Re-rooted and Jetty – take a different physical dimension, which … Continue reading

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Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre

Tongues sealing paper as a loved one licks a letter shut, tongue trowels digging up cement slabs, tongues like ties: tongue-tied? Two tongues to make a rosette – the Best in the Show – tongues as handles, which if tugged upon could open an MDF cupboard; next to which other members of the MDF home … Continue reading

Dieter Roth: Diaries at Camden Arts Centre

The Dieter Roth that visitors meet at Camden Arts Centre is an oblivious artist, the retrospective of the German-Swiss native, reveals an unknowing creative. This sense is particularly clear in Solo Scenes, 1997-8, a collection of videos of the artist ‘at work’ displayed in the last room. These videos track Roth’s movements in the final … Continue reading

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Michael Landy: Saints Alive, at the National Gallery

‘Unpredictable’ was the adjective the National Gallery ascribed Michael Landy’s work, and unpredictability was the reason they chose him as their eighth associate artist in residence (beginning in November 2009). He was a risky choice, so said the National Gallery and – funnily – the artist himself. Looking back over Landy’s career, the evidence certainly stands. … Continue reading

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