Alexander Gronsky

Alexander Gronsky

Winter is on the way, and so it seems a good time to look at the work of hotly-tipped Estonian photographer Alexander Gronsky, whose first solo exhibition has just opened at the Aperture Foundation in Chelsea. The Edge is a collection of images of Gronsky’s adopted home of Moscow, and … Continue reading

13 Most Beautiful

13 Most Beautiful

Andy Warhol’s output is so extensive that it’s pretty much impossible to keep any sort of handle on it all. Of course, that was kinda the point – among other things, Warhol pioneered the idea of art as a production line, an unaccountable volume of culture mass-produced like any other … Continue reading

Amy Stein

Amy Stein

One of the joys of mooching around art galleries – something that State of the Art spends a fair amount of time doing… in a professional capacity, of course – is the fact that you might stumble unexpectedly on something really good. So it was that I found myself at … Continue reading

Matt Logue

Matt Logue

A while back State of the Art looked at Lee Friedlander’s photo ‘Los Angeles’, an image that does a fine job of capturing the city’s curious atmosphere – a strange mixture of superficiality and indefinable nostalgia, of brashness and melancholy. In the course of writing that piece, we stumbled across … Continue reading

Angelo Filomeno

Angelo Filomeno

Sinister… embroidery? To be honest, State of the Art never thought it’d use those two words together in a sentence, but that was before stumbling across the work of Italian artist Angelo Filomeno, whose new exhibition – the perhaps just a wee bit pretentiously titled The Marquis and a Bearded … Continue reading

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

The Guardian recently published an interesting column about Damien Hirst, à propos of a new exhibition that’s opening in London this week. I say “interesting” because although I disagree with pretty much everything it has to say, it’s a useful illustration of a particular way of thinking about art. So, … Continue reading

Max’s Kansas City

Max’s Kansas City

It’s not the greatest photo, really, is it? If you ignore the black-and-whiteness and the fact that it’s a young Lou Reed on the right giving attitude to the camera, you could be looking at a picture that one of your mates just posted on their Facebook page, documenting the ker-razy wild times they had at their local last night. Continue reading

Lee Friedlander

Lee Friedlander

Los Angeles is a strange place. It’s perhaps the most quintessentially American of cities, built around an enduring love affair with the car, steeped in ‘50s iconography and brash, primary colors. The super-sized scale is both intimidating and somehow alienating, the emptiness broken up only by the Hollywood Hills and occasional tower blocks that rise like immutable monoliths from an otherwise flat landscape. Continue reading

Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan

The image is a striking one. You’re looking from above at a naked man sitting on a toilet, his legs apart, his hands spread supplicatingly on his thighs. He’s in what looks like a cell – there’s barely a foot’s clearance between his blistered ankles and the grimy walls on either side. He stares fixedly at something straight ahead of him, something we can’t see. And, most disconcertingly, he’s covered from head to toe in flies. Continue reading

Giacomo Brunelli

Giacomo Brunelli

Anyone who’s tried to take a picture of their pet will know that it can be something of an ordeal. Sure, your average house cat doesn’t appreciate the intricacies of apertures and shutter speeds, but he certainly knows that there’s something going on. Some creatures turn their heads away, while others are fascinated by the camera and walk straight towards it, leaving you backpedalling while you fumble desperately at the focusing ring. Continue reading