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Steven Gambardella

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Articles by Steven Gambardella

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern

Towards the end of Tate Modern’s retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein, there is a small abstract painting, Untitled, 1959, executed just before the artist found himself at the heart of the Pop Art...

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Bruce Nauman: Mindfuck / Eva Hesse 1965, Hauser & Wirth, London

Bruce Nauman is a great synthesizer of art forms, melding the language games of conceptual art with the physicality of post-minimalist sculpture and performance art. Where the minimalists duplicated...

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Light Show, Hayward Gallery

Central to this thoughtful show is not really the use of light in art per se but how light appropriately serves a post-minimalist shift from the work of art to the environment itself. For the most...

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Yuletide Scenes 2: The Adoration of the Magi

Rubens's gigantic masterpiece loudly contradicts the folkloric silent night. This typically muscular painting is deafening in its depiction of the commotion around the holy family when the Magi...

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Rothko/Sugimoto: Dark Paintings and Seascapes, Pace Gallery

Half-way through Death in Venice, Thomas Mann's tragic hero, Aschenbach, settles down on a beach to gaze out to the sea to "take shelter from the demanding diversity of phenomena in the bosom of...

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Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings, Courtauld Gallery

They’re all here - well, most of them - the superstars of official art history. You would never get all these artists in one show if it were a painting exhibition, and it’s thrilling to see them...

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Yael Bartana: And Europe Will Be Stunned, Artangel at Hornsey Town Hall

In the cool, dim, municipal modernist interior of Hornsey Town Hall you’re confronted with a neon sign: And Europe Will be Stunned. It's the title of the trilogy of films at the heart of this...

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Liza Lou, White Cube Hoxton

There was something perverse about the opening of Liza Lou’s show at White Cube in Hoxton Square on a wet Thursday evening. It was as quiet as I’ve ever known it inside, while outside, barred from...

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Remote Control, ICA

Remote Control and its accompanying series of events, Television Delivers People, coincides with the analogue to digital switch-over, marking a shift in the history of a medium which will soon be...

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Rose Wylie, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

The Jerwood Gallery on Stade beach in Hastings has so far had a fraught if very short history. Local opposition, largely from the neighbouring fishing community, have campaigned relentlessly against...

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