Friday Dispatch: John Akomfrah, Phoebe Boswell, Rashaad Newsome at Carroll / Fletcher, Graham Gussin at Marlborough Contemporary
This week I am going to give a quick heads up on two shows that both opened last night: the first is a group show at Carroll / Fletcher on Eastcastle Street, just off Oxford Street.
Friday Dispatch: Becky Beasley, The Walk…in green, at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
Becky Beasley’s fourth exhibition with Laura Bartlett Gallery, now in Bethnal Green, has all the elements that we have come to expect of her subtle practice as an artist. There…
Ryan Mosley at Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Time was when being picked up by Charles Saatchi was all a young artist needed to launch them commercially, but our world is a more complex place now, and so…
Gary Webb, X7 City, at Bloomberg SPACE, London
Bloomberg SPACE in Finsbury Square, London is a fairly uncompromising, corporate architecture, that might at first look as if it offers the ideal neutrality for showing contemporary art, but can in fact sometimes prove too weighty an opponent. Gary Webb’s current show grabs the space and makes it his own.
Matthew Darbyshire at Herald St, London
Figurative sculpture is having a bit of a moment in 2014, with a potential peak due in June when the Hayward Gallery opens its thematic summer show The Human Form, curated…
Helen Marten at Sadie Coles HQ and Paul McCarthy at SPACE, London
The first I ever heard of Helen Marten was in 2010 when distinguished critic and art historian Michael Archer literally came up and whispered in my ear at Frieze London. “You’d better move…
Isaac Julien at Victoria Miro, London and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
Rather than a ‘last chance to see’, this week’s commercial gallery tip is a ‘be among the first to see’, because everyone is going to be talking about this show….
Friday Dispatch: Agnes Denes at firstsite, Colchester and The Psychotropic House at Guest Projects, London
Friday Dispatch this week is Agnes Denes at firstsite, Colchester and The Psychotropic House at Guest Projects, London. In the week that two great shows by women artists of different…
Agnes Denes at firstsite, Colchester and The Psychotropic House at Guest Projects, London
Friday Dispatch this week is Agnes Denes at firstsite, Colchester and The Psychotropic House at Guest Projects, London.
Kaye Donachie at Maureen Paley and Paul Noble: Past the Future, Tate Britain
Responding to popular demand, here is my first Friday Dispatch: a couple of pointers each week to suggest shows that might otherwise escape your attention. Departing from the previous model, I am…
Hobson’s Choice – Cornelia Parker at Frith Street Gallery
For more than twenty years British artist Cornelia Parker has been building a rich and intellectually complex body of work. As an artist, Parker spends much of her time running errands and managing various aspects of production connected to her practice. Here she notices the marks, scraps of decay and detritus of the city, which to her appear as moments of poetry, and are usually overlooked by others. Her new exhibition at Frith Street Gallery deifies some of these moments; cracks, stains, repairs and discarded objects are made extraordinary, physical and precious.
Hobson’s Choice – Carol Rhodes at Mummery + Schnelle
Carol Rhodes is well known for her dream-like aerial landscape paintings of edge-lands and semi-industrial landscapes collaged from real environments into fictional views that teeter on the brink of abstraction.