London Art Unravelled
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Art in the big smoke | exhibition reviews, news, interviews & more | aka Claire Phillips for Candid Magazine

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Another gem from @cobgallery’s stand at London Art Fair by London based artist Tomo Campbell, ever shifting and teeming with life like a rendition of free jazz. . . #tomocampbell @bdclondon @londonartfair #londonartfair #londonartfair2019 #cobgallery #thecobgallery #cobgallerylondon #painting #painter

Glorious evening roaming the stands of the @londonartfair - hands down highlight though must be Cob Gallery’s stand, bringing together works of British artist Alba Hodsoll and Danish artist Katja Angeli, who find a shared visual language of supple organic forms and sexual bodies. (Wonderful modelling too from @genmarcin). . . @cobgallery #albahodsoll #hodsoll @albahodsollstudio #katjaangeli #angeli #cobgallery #thecobgallery #cobgallerylondon #londonartfair #londonartfair2019 @bdclondon

Starting the day right 🌈 @vamuseum (how was it sleeting three hours ago??)

Since hearing Ulay speak at the @icalondon a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated with his early works, long before he became known as one half of a duo with his then lover Marina Abramović. At Richard Saltoun, Ulay’s 1970s Polaroids and performance meet as he dances between the masculine and feminine sides of his soul, and delves into the transitory, mystical aura of performance, captured in the frame of a camera. . . #ulay #ulayandmarinaabramovic #richardsaltoun #richardsaltoungallery #richardsaltounlondon #richardsaltoungallerylondon @richardsaltoungallery #1970s #performanceart #performance #polaroid #polaroids #photography #doverstreet

Teetering, toppling towers of steel by American sculptor Jedd Novatt now on view at Wadding Custot. Come for the precarious, geometric puzzles and stay for the wonderful dancing shadows across the gallery walls. . . #jeddnovatt #novatt #americanartist #americanart #sculpture #sculptor #minimalism #minimalist #waddington #waddingtoncustot #waddingtoncustotgalleries #waddingtoncustotgallery #waddingtoncustotlondon @waddingtoncustot

New year and new exhibitions in London to turn attention to. On the horizon is Tate’s major show of American artist Dorothea Tanning - surrealist, provocateur and long-time partner of Max Ernst. Well briefed on Tanning’s eerie dreamscape paintings, I was fascinated by the mention from @tatepublishing of her late soft fabric sculptures, including this curious figure disappearing into the wall of the hôtel du Pavot (1970-3). Looking forward to catching a glimpse of these next month at Tate Modern! . . #dorotheatanning #tanning #dorotheatanningart #tate #tatemodern #tatemodernmuseum #tatemodernlondon @tate #surrealism #surrealist #femaleartist #maxernst

Subscriptions at the ready for a touch of Sunday evening reading 🌈 @tate @tatepublishing @artfund @frieze_magazine #howmanymagazinesaretoomany #tate #tateetc #frieze #friezemagazine #artquarterly

Beginning the new year of gallery expeditions with The Oscar Wilde Temple, which I have been meaning to visit for months! Brought to life by McDermott and McGough, I was overwhelmed by the heartbreaking stories of violence against the LGBTQ+ community. The setting of the church was a wonderfully meditative place to take a moment out of the London bustle to think on the memories of people from history and the not so recent past - a horrifying reminder that these sorts of things are still happening today. . . @studiovoltairelondon #studiovoltaire #studiovoltaireart #studiovoltairelondon #mcdermottandmcgough #mcdermottmcgough #oscarwilde #theoscarwildetemple

Drifting across the porous outlines of misted horizons, open fields and canals, Ilse D’Hollander’s paintings are like the remnants of dreams as they begin to dwindle in the morning sun. Spread through the galleries of Victoria Miro’s Mayfair outpost, though, these paintings are perilously intertwined with D’Hollander and her story of tragedy and woe. Have a gander at my review of @victoriamirogallery’s latest Mayfair show for @thisistomorrow_ - link in my bio! . . #ilsedhollander #dhollander #victoriamirogallery #victoriamiro #victoriamiromayfair #victoriamirogallerylondon #painting #belgian #belgianartist #femaleartist #paintings #painter

Complete sensory overload at Hauser and Wirth with Martin Creed’s latest show ‘Toast’ - bejewelled bread, soprano voices, a life size chihuahua and all unravel all the strange difficulties of living in this modern world of ours. Yes you did hear correctly. . . #martincreed #martincreedexhibition #martincreed🎈 #turnerprize #hauserwirth #hauserandwirth #hauserandwirthgallery #hauserwirthgallery @hauserwirth

But baby it’s cold outside... Kusama’s spectacular paint bronze flowers keeping the cockles warm on this wintry afternoon! Victoria Miro’s exhibition of her work continues for just one more week... . . 🌈 #kusama #yayoikusama #yayoikusamaexhibition #kusamayayoi #victoriamiro #victoriamirogallery #victoriamirolondon #victoriamirowharfroad @victoriamirogallery #sculpture #contemporaryart

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere and not a drop to drink. ‘I love pumpkins because of their humorous form, warm feeling, and a human-like quality and form. My desire to create works of pumpkins still continues. I have enthusiasm as if I were still a child.’ - Yayoi Kusama. 🌈 . . #kusama #yayoikusama #yayoikusamaexhibition #kusamayayoi #victoriamiro #victoriamirogallery #victoriamirolondon #victoriamirowharfroad @victoriamirogallery #sculpture #contemporaryart

Dara Birnbaum’s ‘Hostage’ recounts the kidnapping and murder of Hanns Martin Schleyer by far-left militants, the Red Army Faction in Germany in 1977. On display at Marian Goodman, the six monitors take viewers through media footage and a recording of Schleyer’s haunting speech, forced by his captors, placing visitors in the firing line of a gun range target. Birnbaum’s show continues till 12 January. . . #darabirnbaum #birnbaum #darabirnbaum #mariangoodman #mariangoodmangallery #mariangoodmangallerylondon @mariangoodmangallery #femaleartist #70s #70sart

Another wonderful moment from Heidi Bucher’s solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, so worth the visit when navigating the madness of Kusama next door. This ghostly sculpture is technically extraordinary and leaves me thinking of the plaster-encased bodies and everyday objects of Pompeii in its uncanny ephemeral subject. . . #heidibucher #heidibücher #bucher #swiss #swissart #swissartist #femaleartist #rachelwhiteread #whiteread @parasolunit #parasolunit #parasolunitfoundation #parasolunitgallery #londongallery #londonexhibition

While the Kusama furore rages next door, Parasol Unit bring another fascinating female artist into the spotlight with Swiss artist Heidi Bucher’s haunting latex ‘skinnings’. This fragile imprint from the wall of a former psychiatric sanatorium is eerie and strange, and reminds me so much of the way Rachel Whiteread treats space and memory in her own sculptural practice. . . #heidibucher #heidibücher #bucher #swiss #swissart #swissartist #femaleartist #rachelwhiteread #whiteread @parasolunit #parasolunit #parasolunitfoundation #parasolunitgallery #londongallery #londonexhibition

Completely bananas discombobulation with Baldessari at Marian Goodman today. This enormous mounted brain, like a cloud bobbing by, and time-delayed video on display are an absolute trip. Visit immediately for larks during the horrendous political implosion that is Brexit. . . #johnbaldessari #baldessari #johnbaldessariart #mariangoodman #mariangoodmangallery #mariangoodmanlondon @mariangoodmangallery #conceptual #conceptualart #magritte