Ashitha Nagesh

Ashitha is a journalist for art magazines, including Artforum, Modern Matter, Kilimanjaro and One Stop Arts. She mostly writes about Modern and Contemporary art, but occasionally covers other periods. She is also completing her MA in History of Art at Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in Medieval Art. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from King’s College, London. She now lives and works in London, but has also worked for short periods in New York and Bangalore, India.
Bigger, brighter, and shinier: Frieze Art Fair 2013

One of the biggest moments in London's art calendar, Frieze Art Fair is a major commercial exhibition of contemporary art held annually in London. Ashitha Nagesh gives us her take on the madness of Frieze 2013.

Thursday 17th October 2013 Read more...
Khaled Jarrar: Whole in the Wall an incredibly moving exploration of life in Palestine, at Ayyam Gallery

The reality of living in Palestine, in a state of statelessness, as depicted by Khaled Jarrar in Ayyam Gallery, could not seem any further removed from this white cube space in Mayfair – a fact that only heightens the effect of Jarrar's work.

Monday 22nd July 2013 Read more...
The Mirror of Health: discovering medicine in the golden age of Islam, at the Royal College of Physicians

The mirror of health: discovering medicine in the golden age of Islam at the Royal College of Physicians gives a rare insight into both the eastern and western history of medicine, and how they were so inherently interconnected during what was a highly progressive time for both theoretical and clinical medical development.

Tuesday 11th June 2013 Read more...
New Order: British Art Today at the Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery's New Order: British Art Today is the first in a new exhibition programme of emerging UK artists. With its combination of satire and macabre political humour, these works by up-and-coming contemporary artists won't fail to disappoint.

Thursday 25th April 2013 Read more...
Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 at The Photographers' Gallery

This exhibition is a chance to see some of the beautiful and highly-affecting work by artists shortlisted for this year's Deutsche Börse Photography Prize at The Photographers' Gallery. It is fantastic, and a really good way to experience four entirely different approaches to contemporary political art photography in one place. 

Thursday 25th April 2013 Read more...
Leonora Hamill's Art in Progress at Tristan Hoare Gallery

Leonora Hamill's photographs, while pretty to look at, betray very little personality, if any at all. Despite being dotted with occasional bits of international flavour, these studio scenes are so carefully constructed that the signs of life or of the energy of an artist's studio are noticeably missing. At Tristan Hoare Gallery.

Sunday 24th February 2013 Read more...
Bruce Nauman: mindf**k at Hauser & Wirth

Callous and charismatic, Bruce Nauman's mindf**k at Hauser & Wirth is a psychoanalytical playground of manipulation, uncannily questioning our innocence and confusing our senses. 

Friday 1st February 2013 Read more...
Jessica Warboys: Pageant Roll at Whitechapel Gallery

Jessica Warboys film Pageant Roll is surreal, paganistic, and jarring. Exploring art history with Cornish standing stones, alien objects and electronic music. Pageant Roll is embedded with artistic tradition, evokes modernism, and tantalizes the senses.

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 Read more...
Martin McGinn: Volume I at The Piper Gallery

Martin McGinn's new works in Volume 1 pay homage to the Modern Masters. Deceptively simple, they nod to history and play with the politics of reproducibility. This exhibition takes the viewer a step back from the taxidermy and neon lights of the postmodern art world, looking back at contemporary art's predecessors.

Tuesday 15th January 2013 Read more...
Shezad Dawood's New Dream Machine Project at Parasol Unit

At first the New Dream Machine Project, Shezad Dawood's commission for Parasol Unit, looks a little bit like something out of a vintage Doctor Who. There must be a reason, then, that despite this initial impression, I hung around for about fifteen minutes just watching it spin.

Tuesday 18th December 2012 Read more...
Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union and Breaking the Ice: Moscow Art, 1960s-80s at Saatchi Gallery

Both Gaiety and Breaking the Ice, when viewed together, are a fair introduction to Soviet and post-Soviet art, but I couldn't help but feel that the attempt to include such a wide spectrum of works detracted from the exhibition as a whole.

Monday 17th December 2012 Read more...
Adelita Husni-Bey's Playing Truant gives a lesson in anarchist education

Adelita Husni-Bey's Playing Truant at Gasworks gallery is a nostalgic look at anarchist education. In this exhibition, she presents a documentary on a self-run school in Paris, as well as artworks which explore the histories of the "free school" in America and the UK.

Monday 10th December 2012 Read more...
RA Now: Royal Academicians from Anish Kapoor to Zaha Hadid

RA Now is essentially a showcase for all living Royal Academicians – and as you would expect, this includes some of the biggest names in contemporary art. There are some beautiful pieces on display, although its organisation suffers ever so slightly from the diversity of the works.

Friday 19th October 2012 Read more...
Tom Friedman at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Tom Friedman has likened himself to a "mad scientist" working within a laboratory, which explains the simultaneity of order and disorder that runs throughout the show. These pieces present an interesting mix of humorous and conceptual art. At Stephen Friedman Gallery.

Friday 19th October 2012 Read more...
Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire at the British Library

This show is absolutely beautiful. In Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire, the British Library have selected works that not only document the rise and decline of this vast empire, but also fully embody Mughal spiritualism and aestheticism.

Tuesday 2nd October 2012 Read more...
Jeff Keen at the Tanks, Tate Modern

Jeff Keen's cinematic work plays on a loop like the repetitive psychological chaos of post-traumatic stress disorder. Through its flux, its cyclical shape and its intimidating sound, Gazapocalypse – Return to the Golden Age is an unsettlingly poignant representation of the social, cultural and technological developments – and also, therefore, the chaos – of the twentieth century.

Wednesday 26th September 2012 Read more...
Everything was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s at the Barbican Centre

A simultaneously disturbing and beautiful collection, documenting the vibrant, and yet also distressing, nature of change and revolution in the twentieth century. Everything Was Moving is a touching exhibition that perfectly encapsulates the political revolution and dynamic cultural changes of the period.

Friday 21st September 2012 Read more...
The Russian Art Show: Highlights from the Innovation Prize

A brilliant show, this selection from ‘Innovatsia’ (meaning ‘Innovation’) shows a new subtlety in contemporary post-Soviet art, which has maintained its depth and cultural substance despite moving away from the political agendas of the nineties and early noughties. 

Thursday 2nd August 2012 Read more...
Piotr Janas

Piotr Janas’s work is the height of contemporary abjection, and the epitome of what Mikhail Bakhtin called ‘the grotesque’. This exhibition pares down the human body into singular parts and organs, defined not only by their excretion of faecal and sexual fluids, but primarily by the ways in which they experience extremes of pain and pleasure.

Monday 16th July 2012 Read more...
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol: Olympic Rings

This collaborative work of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat was their artistic response to the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, and is a perfect demonstration of how the Olympics is not only concerned with athletics. At the Gagosian Gallery.

Thursday 12th July 2012 Read more...
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