France-Lise McGurn ‘Percussia’ at Simon Lee

        The work of France-Lise McGurn gives off an immense sense of self assurance. It is so sweeping, so confident, that you can’t imagine that she ever puts a foot wrong.   She is a fêted artist who has won a lot of prizes. But for me, at any rate, the atmosphere…

Elizabeth Eade at Hix Gallery

  Entering the gallery the first thing we see are the words ‘I know you are but what am I’ written in neon across the back wall. It is a disconcerting greeting and, as we go on to discover, the prevailing characteristic of the show is that it is highly elliptical. Visually the work is…

‘Part 2: Maternality’ at Richard Saltoun

This is the second part of a show which focuses primarily on the physicality of maternal bodies. It comprises a selection of work which varies widely in almost every sense, not least in terms of its aesthetic appeal.   Aimee Gilmore’s Milkscape (Column) 2016 (image 2) has been made by suspending breast milk in other…

Valie Export, The 1980 Venice Biennale Works at Thaddaeus Ropac

Valie Export made a lot of pioneering work. She abandoned her family name and instead adopted the ‘identity’ of a cigarette pack.  But she first gained notoriety when she sauntered around an art cinema in Munich wearing crotchless pants and brandishing a machine gun. Not surprisingly the audience fled. The present exhibition consists of her…

Ged Quinn at Stephen Friedman

  I would be hard put to guess when and where these landscapes were made. Quinn’s work is odd and slightly discomfiting and a list of his inspirations does not help. What is illuminating though is his  remark that he is interested in the way that ideas travel through time. Layers of oil, so thin…

Jochum Nordström ‘The Anchor Hits the Sand’ at David Zwirner

  ‘There’s a self-portrait in every single thing I do. Even if I make a tree or a sex-scene, I can play the both of them’   Images seem to pour forth from Jockum Nordström. He is an immensely prolific artist uses who uses a whole variety of techniques.  More than anything though he is…

Matrescence at Richard Saltoun

  Matrescence is the process of becoming a mother. It refers to the physical, emotional and  psychological changes which happen after giving birth. As you might imagine, this opens up a vast and complicated terrain, which is explored to great effect in this exhibition. The work runs the gamut in emotional terms from the powerful…