‘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.
Do Ho Suh: Passage/s at Victoria Miro Gallery, London
With views over the rooftops of City Road, light floods through the diaphanous screens of the jewel-coloured installation, revealing every lovingly-rendered detail, every immaculate stitch.
Sussex Modernism at Two Temple Place, London
The period in British art history has often been wrapped in ideas of genteel cosiness, but here is a cast of artists, writers and thinkers who have had a fundamental effect on the shape of the arts in this country to this day.
Adrian Paci/Giuliana Racco: Another Place
The show’s strength, perhaps, lies in the fact that one does not have the sensation of being lectured to, but instead is guided towards a new empathy.
Huma Bhabha at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
A brilliant and very contemporary take on figuration in sculpture, catch this show while you can.
Jim Nutt at Cabinet Gallery
Art critics have conjured the names of Van Eyck, Salvador Dali and Ingres to try to encapsulate the extreme technical facility, the sophistication and the strangeness of Nutt’s work, but it is as emphatically original as it is pleasing.