Dôra Maurer at Tate Modern

    Dôra Maurer  was born in 1937 and still seems to be going strong.  She is Hungarian but as she pointed out there is no need to characterise works on  the basis of their nationality.   In fact her work is part of the story of international modernism and  much of it can be…

Wong Ping: Heart Digger at the Camden Arts Centre

  The day-glo videos of Wong Ping stop you in your tracks. He worked as a digital editor for a TV studio in Hong Kong.and has commented that his work is his diary. ‘It’s all about sucking in stuff from society’. The result is a kind of twisted morality which comments on political values in…

‘Tribute to Mono-Ha’ at Cardi Gallery

  Mono-Ha, or The School of Things, was the name given to a loose group of artists that appeared in Japan post 1968. This exhibition documents much of what occurred, with a lot of photos and quotes, as well as some beautiful art.     What is immediately apparent is the serenity of this work…

Penny Slinger ‘Tantric Transformations’ at Richard Saltoun

  Penny Slinger is memorable both as a person and as an artist. She left this country in 1979 but quite a lot of people, myself included, remember her and her work quite well. She has a powerful personality, plus charm, and both were in evidence when she appeared at a showing of a film…

Michael Rakowitz at the Whitechapel Gallery

  ‘The destruction is nothing special. Wars have always done this. It’s the way they present it to the world that’s shocking’ Margaret van Ess, quoted in the exhibition. Rubble, both actual and implicit, is a leitmotif in the work of Michael Rakowitz.. It is generally agreed that his piece for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar…

Senga Nengudi at Sprüth Magers is

  Walking into this exhibition your first impression is that it is hieratic African Sculpture  made of wood (image 1). Move closer and you find that it consists predominantly of stretched fabric, usually stockings, which have sometimes been filled with sand, and large vinyl sachets, filled with viscous bright coloured gloop. The effect is highly…

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu at the Venice Biennale

  Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are alarming artists. Their work seems to be fuelled by a constant stream of rage which impacts directly on the spectator. For example they placed a tiger in a cage which was contingent with the gallery space. Those who ventured into the space were isolated in a kind of…