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Artists for BLUE

November 04, 2019

35 international artists focus on the wonder of the high seas to raise money for the Blue Marine Foundation

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.'  - Margaret Mead

THE COLOUR PROJECT

May 15, 2019

MAUVE SEA, 2012 © ANDREA HAMILTON STUDIO

Speaking with Lucas Avram Cavazos on RKB Radio Kanal Barcelona 106.9 fm

July 08, 2019

This gorgeous human @theclubwithlucas gives us a platform to share our stories, talk about Andrea Hamilton Studio, Nancy Cadogan, the projects we work on, Blue Marine Foundation, and most of all dance to Prince...

Breaking Glass – A Material Comeback at La Biennale di Venezia

May 14, 2019

The island of Murano is synonymous with the history of glass. First perfected in the Middle East – Syria, Egypt and Palestine – the art of glassmaking came to Venice along Marco Polo’s trade routes. It is believed that the master glass workers and furnaces were confined to the adjacent island of Murano, the oldest known furnace dating back to 800, due to the risk of fire. However, it also allowed the Venetian authorities to secretly guard its most vital industry; workers who left the island were sworn to secrecy...

If you want to know who’s who in the sexy little niche of time based media, then step into LOOP Barcelona

December 04, 2018

This is the best fair I have ever been to. Staged across three floors of the Almanac Hotel, LOOP Barcelona Fair (20-22 November) sits within the context of LOOP Festival which takes place across multiple venues (Galleries, Foundations, Museums) throughout the city 12 – 22 November. Established in 2003 at the dawn of hyper-connectivity (two years before YouTube), this is a festival dedicated to “time-based media” (the current preferred term for moving image artworks). It runs in tandem with a series of professional talks, titled “What about Production,” that examine aspects of...

Martin Maloney shows his series “Field Workers” for the first time at JGM, London

September 12, 2018

Last night, the London based artist Martin Maloney feted for his large scale “social observation paintings” exhibited his landmark series ‘Field Workers,’ at JGM Gallery, London. Created in 2013, this series of ten paintings conceived from ten related drawings, shows a different woman standing in an abstract landscape of rhythmic pattern and euphoric colour...

Skimming the Surface, Katherine Beaugie

May 31, 2018

Katharine Beaugié is a light artist, in the sense that she captures or manipulates light sources to create her images. Working mostly in monochrome, with the exception of gold leaf used for its reflective qualities, Katharine has developed an ongoing series of photograms (a camera-less photo of the shadow of an object) and contact prints from these.

Two Tones-Art Exhibitions

March 14, 2018

Two very different shows in London, CASCADE by Dominic Beattie and ASHES by Guy Haddon-Grant, explore form through the binary restriction of palette. 

Primary Viewing outside Frieze

October 03, 2017

There it is, Alexander Calder’s spiral. Radiant as the sun, alternating primary colours, mostly red, some pops of yellow, and a bold stripe of blue, burn a shape onto your retina. Unforgettable. It replaces all other spirals you have ever seen, and will glow beneath all future spirals you encounter. Placed at the centre of a suite of works on paper in Cadler on Paper: 1960- 1976, for the Saatchi Gallery’s third SALON, it highlights Calder’s sense of playfulness and joy in creating new forms...

The uplifting paintings of Deborah Tarr

September 06, 2017

Almost Essential: ‘Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.’ Pablo Picasso. The artist Deborah Tarr, lives and works in quiet anonymity in the village of Primrose Hill, London. Loved on both sides of the Atlantic by private collectors for her sumptuous abstract oil paintings and assemblages, Tarr shuns any grandiose statements about her art. Her work, she insists, is nothing more than a response to the “quiet whisperings” she perceives in the “hum drum” of the every day. She shares a reluctance to describe her work with many contemporary artists like Karen Walker and Louise Bourgeois, as the author Nilanjana Roy writes in her article “An artist’s statement that tells it like it is” for the Financial Times...

Strong new talent: Ralph Anderson Lucent Umbria Paintings

June 24, 2017

On any journey through the city, signs dominate our peripheral vision. Advertising imperatives, disguised as maxims, loom out from billboards or the back end of busses; traffic signs line the streets; and screens bulge with junk mail. Everywhere we look, someone is telling us to do something. But underneath the arches or on the sides of abandoned carriages is the pop and glow of another urban language: tags and graffiti made by the cover of night. We glimpse these swirling, urgent and elicit marks in passing, unravelling the familiar greyscale order of the city,...

Biennale di Venezia 57 The Nico Kos Earle Diary

May 28, 2017

Almost Essential: The 57th Biennale di Venezia – was curated by the recently appointed director of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Christine Macel. Optimistically titled VIVA ARTE VIVA, this Olympian presentation of art proposes “an alternative to individualism and indifference… designed with artists, by artists, and for artists. It includes 85 National Pavilions located in the Giardini, the Arsenale, and dotted around the city of Venice like the first Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion in Fontamenta Nani, in addition to 23 official collateral events like “Ataraxia” at the Salon Suisse, and “Future Generations Art Prize” at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac...

Vault 100 at London's The Ned reverses traditional gender bias

May 11, 2017

She-files: LONDON–The number of women CEOs on Britain’s FTSE 100 stock exchange was a total of eight when Kate Bryan, the British art historian and global head of collections at Soho House, first conceived of Vault 100 in April 2016. Recently opened, the ambitious permanent collection is housed within the former vaults of the old Midland Bank—in the belly of the City of London— at The Ned, London’s highly anticipated new hotel and member’s club. “It’s like the Ritz and Soho House had a baby,” said Ms. Bryan, describing The Ned which is a collaboration between Soho House, the global private members club, and developers Sydell Group...

Alighiero Boetti x Flora Hauser Catalogue Essay - Ibid Gallery

May 01, 2016

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Pietro Paolini Christopher Orr Catalogue Essay - Ibid Gallery

May 01, 2016

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IN THE END WE ARE ALL ALONE

March 16, 2016

IPA Group Show at the Griffin Gallery co-curated by Jason Colchin Carter and Becca Pell-Fry

‘In the end we are all alone,’ is a quote by Orson Wells from his era defining biopic Citizen Kane. It’s a deliciously enigmatic title for a group show, one that unites those singular, melancholy concepts – end, alone – with inclusive universals: we all. This conceit engenders a second reading and offers us a clue as to how we might approach the works in this show. It speaks of duality...

Seeing between the layers with Jen Wink Hays’ Vacationland show

March 26, 2017

Jen Wink Hays paints with the canvas flat on her studio table, peering down into its emergent world like a bird in the sky. Playful and beguiling, her paintings and works on paper induce a sense of wonder, curiosity and even elation. It is a feeling akin to looking out of the airplane window flying high above the clouds, perhaps en route to a favourite place. The eye searching, the mind wandering and the heart dreaming, hence the title to her first show opening in Miami at Art Bastion on the 22nd of April: Vacationland...

British Light artist, Chris Levine, new exhibition preview

April 24, 2017

Almost Essential: Legendary British light artist Chris Levine opens his solo exhibition Who are wE_+ at the Fine Art Society, London, on the 25th of April. Following his sell out iy_project at Eden Project, a spectacular immersive light and sound installation in collaboration with Edenlab, and and “From Selfie to Self-Expression” at the Saatchi Gallery, Levine has turned his attention again to some of the world’s most photographed faces...

The Glass Magazine - Onine arts Writer

June 18, 2014

The Glass Magazine: Articles from Nico Kos Earle - Glass online arts writer

Critics Circle - Anne Hardy: FIELD at Modern Art Oxford

January 10, 2016

Before you enter, if you pause, you might read an introduction to Anne Hardy’s exhibition FIELD at MAO in her own words: “Within the spaces, we encounter built structures, objects, colour fields of carpet and audio. Her starting points for work are often found or ‘lost’ objects, for example, a breezeblock that has been adapted to be a weightlifting weight. The ‘lost’ sounds that occur in the process of making her work are recorded, then used in audio compositions. Offcuts of hardboard from previous works are used here to define a shape...

Curatorial Talk: British Contemporary Art

February 22, 2016

One Art Nation: Arts writer, curator and art consultant, Nico Kos Earle will discuss the artists curated for the Art Bastion booth at Art Southampton in relation to the current status of British Contemporary Art.

What is it about the British – why are they so good at culture – theatre and pop music and art? Is it due to the tension of tradition and pageantry constantly pushing up against anarchy and rock n roll irreverence? From the Royal Wedding to the London Olympics, they have a brilliant ability to show the show.

Speaking of irreverence, that is how YBA’s put the UK firmly back on the global art map after New York dominated the art scene for so long. You are all probably all familiar with...

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