sat 24/10/2020

London galleries

Marcel van Eeden, Sprueth Magers London

An article in this week's New Yorker bemoans the death of drawing in art. Why has the emphasis on craft, Adam Gopnik writes, been replaced by concept? He has evidently not seen the fantastic noirish drawings of Marcel van Eeden at Sprueth Magers in...

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Robin Rhode: Variants, White Cube Hoxton

Still from 'Piano Chair' by Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode’s animations are pure pleasure; there’s perfection in their simplicity. They are so perfectly tuned, so light on their feet, that one simply wants to enjoy them; but because they are multilayered, they offer more than momentary pleasure...

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Michael Clark Company, th, Tate Modern

Michael Clark brings dancers into Tate Modern in a long shadow cast by some memorable events from choreographers Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown. Now the ground on which Ai Weiwei’s poignant porcelain seeds were piled is swept clean and laid with...

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Tessa Farmer, Danielle Arnaud Art Gallery/Crypt Gallery

In Tessa Farmer’s world a mummified cat can become an entertainment complex for fairies and bugs

The world of artist and entomologist Tessa Farmer really is a world, wholly self-contained and free of human kind – unless you see her tiny warring fairies as symbolic of mankind’s conscience-free decimation of our planet’s environment and co-...

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Egon Schiele, Richard Nagy Gallery

Egon Schiele, 'Woman With Homunculus', 1910

Richard Nagy's gallery has said that they don't want millions of people rushing to see their show of Egon Schiele's drawings of women - it's only a small second-floor space on New Bond Street after all, and 50 fragile pictures crowd the walls....

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Kutlug Ataman, Brighton Festival/Thomas Dane Gallery, London

'Mayhem' features the Bosphorus, the narrow strip of water separating Europe and Asia

One of the highlights of this year’s Brighton Festival, curated largely via web chats and long-distance phone conversations by Aung San Suu Kyi, is Kutlug Ataman’s silent film installation Mesopotamian Dramaturgies. The leading Turkish artist, a...

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Max Bill, Annely Juda Fine Art

'green square with migrated pythagorean triangles' (1982) by Max Bill, the missing link in modern art

Max Bill might be the missing link in modern art. He died only in 1994, yet he studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau in the 1920s, taught by Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee and Kandinsky. It is hard to imagine that someone who was working at...

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Christine Borland & Kerry Tribe, Camden Arts Centre

Christine Borland: 'Cast From Nature'

“As a student at Glasgow School of Art I used to visit the amazing anatomy, zoology and ethnographic collections at Glasgow University,” says Christine Borland. “I couldn’t understand why I was so intrigued, except for the question of how something...

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Ai Weiwei, Lisson Gallery & Somerset House

Ai Weiwei: 'Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads'

It is now 37 days since Ai Weiwei was detained at Beijing international airport by the Chinese authorities. His family and friends have heard nothing since. His lawyer, to whom under Chinese law he must have access, was arrested as well, and since...

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Alice Anderson's Childhood Rituals, Freud Museum

Freud’s West Hampstead house is tied up in a cat’s cradle of thick rope. The rope is the same colour as the brick, a deep orange but with a sheeny lustre. It makes the house look not quite real, a Brobdingnagian doll’s house transplanted to this...

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Jean-Marc Bustamante, Timothy Taylor Gallery

Jean-Marc Bustamante: 'Cardinal' (2010)

Who or what is Jean-Marc Bustamante? This, surely, is the question we are supposed to ask of this artist of the affectless, who has skated in his three-decade-long career across the genres – first photography, then Minimalist sculpture, then a...

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Chantal Joffe, Victoria Miro Gallery

Chantal Joffe first came to attention in the 1990s with a series of paintings reproducing pornographic images, using a typically thick, impastoed paint and heavy brushstroke to depict hard-core acts in a defiantly flat, emotionless tone. Since then...

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