‘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…

‘Feminism in Italian Contemporary Art;

    The term ‘Feminism” may raise hackles now but this in itself should sound a warning note. The rise of the populist right threatens the erosion of all our civil liberties and it may not be unduly pessimistic to anticipate that women may bear the brunt. We have had the recent example of the…

Albert Oehlen at the Serpentine

  Albert Oehlen is an exciting, not to say pugnacious, artist. One of the Neue Wilde generation that emerged in Germany in the 1980s, he is still going strong. He mixes oil painting with digital printing and collage and the result is something special. You really need to download the 35 page press pack if…