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Ben Luke


Culture in London: the faces to watch in 2022 - Visual art

Whatever’s thrown at the artists of this city, still they keep on making great work

Jan 14, 2022

The best exhibitions to see in 2022 from Stonehenge to Surrealism

Truly, we live in a city in which great art is bountiful

Jan 4, 2022

The best London exhibitions of 2021: Hogarth to Helen Frankenthaler

The city’s museums and galleries excelled themselves in difficult circumstances

Dec 23, 2021

Rachel Jones: SMIIILLLLEEEE at Thaddaeus Ropac - A big toothy grin

Look out for the artist in 2022, she’s going places and this work shows why

Dec 14, 2021

Bloomberg New Contemporaries, exhibition review: Thrillingly diverse

Amid the backdrop of coronavirus, the breadth, depth and exuberance of this year’s exhibition is remarkable

Dec 10, 2021

Kehinde Wiley Prelude at the National Gallery: Changing the landscape

The artist, famous for his portraits, has turned his attention to the landscape of art history

Dec 9, 2021

Life Between Islands at Tate Britain review: captivating Caribbean art

This exploration of the relationship between the Caribbean and Britain in art across eight decades is utterly absorbing

Nov 29, 2021

Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern: Full of generosity, so why the barriers?

The biggest ever show for the 2017 Turner Prize-winner is so nearly great, but frustrated by odd installation choices

Nov 23, 2021

Paula Rego: The Forgotten at Victoria Miro - raw, shocking and free

This new and recent body of work fills the gap left by her recent Tate Britain retrospective

Nov 18, 2021

London’s Courtauld Gallery reopens, and it’s magnificent

Our critic feared a refurb would ruin this gorgeous gallery - instead, it has opened it up to new glories

Nov 10, 2021

Pablo Bronstein at Sir John Soane’s Museum: Tate should buy the lot

This reflection on the museum by the British-Argentinian artist is a great leap forward in his work

Nov 10, 2021

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize: great images, small show

The usual frustrations return - there are great works here, but the gathering is too broad

Nov 9, 2021

Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime at the V&A - deeply impressive

To modern, eco-wary eyes these images have a very different impact, but they’re undeniably extraordinary artworks

Nov 4, 2021

Noguchi at the Barbican review: Compelling and uplifting

This show manages to reconnect the everyday objects we all recognise with the designs of sculptor Isamu Noguchi

Oct 29, 2021

The Body Remembers at BAC review: a mesmerising performance

This performance piece, exploring the trauma experienced by black women, was highly compelling

Oct 22, 2021

The London art world tastemakers - the women shaking it up

As galleries gear up for Frieze, Ben Luke talks to the talented tastemakers who are changing the scene for the better

Oct 17, 2021

Frieze London 2021: The six things you can’t miss at the art fair

This is the best-looking Frieze London in years, says art critic Ben Luke

Oct 14, 2021

Studio Voltaire has long punched above its weight, now it can fly

The non-profit space has reopened after a £2.8m capital project and it’s just what the doctor ordered, says Ben Luke

Oct 12, 2021

Hyundai Commission: Annicka Yi at Tate Modern - this one will be a hit

The South Korean artist has created a dreamy installation that is art as experimental fiction

Oct 11, 2021

How to do Frieze week for free in London

The annual art fair is about to open, and all the city’s galleries are putting on their best shows - and it’ll cost you nothing

Oct 8, 2021

Shilpa Gupta at Barbican Curve: a growing, devastating cacophony

The Indian artist’s new installation expresses solidarity with the common humanity of those oppressed throughout the world for their ideas

Oct 6, 2021