Toby Ziegler: Slave and Nao Matsunaga: Blue & White at New Art Centre, Salisbury
While no claims are made for connections between the two shows, an acutely contemporary interrogation of their respective genres informs both bodies of work, and makes for an exceptionally satisfying visit.
Jessica Warboys – Tremolo, at French Riviera
French Riviera has that almost unheard-of thing: a true spirit of experimentation and risk-taking
Richard Long: EARTH SKY at Houghton Hall
EARTH SKY at Houghton Hall shows Richard Long at the top of his game and should not be missed.
Anne Hardy: Falling and Walking (phhhhhhhhhhh phossshhhhh crrhhhhzzz mn huaooogh) at Art Night 2017
This is her largest ever single installation and after Art Night the work will become the first of Hardy’s increasingly ambitious works to enter a permanent museum collection.
Ron Nagle: Amended Testimony at Stuart Shave/Modern Art
Ron Nagle’s beautifully installed first ever UK solo show offers a new perspective on the history of ceramic sculptures as an art form.
‘Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction’ at Barbican Art Gallery, London
“We are only seeking Man. We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors.”
Maeve Brennan: The Drift at Chisenhale Gallery, London
Brennan’s portrait of three individuals in Lebanon is sensitive, sympathetic and nuanced, all the while overlaid with the optimism inherent in the metaphorical act of mending.
Jordan Wolfson at Sadie Coles HQ
These are bitingly sardonic works that operate nimbly across a multiplicity of media, negotiating the complexity of many different allusions without ever being explicit about references.
Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
The project is an exemplary intervention into the professional lives of 12 young and emerging artists whose names will surely become much more familiar over coming years.
Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery, Hull
The installation is crisp and precise, the messaging acute but not hectoring. Hull could gain a great deal from maintaining a space for contemporary art of this calibre.
Vanessa Bell at Dulwich Picture Gallery
The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue have clearly been a labour of love to put together for curator Sarah Milroy and Dulwich’s departing director, Ian Dejardin. They are both a milestone in scholarship and I heartily recommend both to you.
Rhys Coren: Whistle Bump Super Strut at Seventeen Gallery, London
“I like the idea that a work can make you dance or smile immediately before you yourself have even worked out if it interests you on more conscious levels.” That is certainly what happened to me as I walked from one picture to the next.