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…

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…

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…

Gina Pane at Kamel Mennour

    Pain was embedded in the most famous work of this distinguished French artist, who made her name as a performance artist in the seventies. Unlike theatre in which actions are often simulated, in performance art what was going on was actually happening. Cutting herself repeatedly with a razor blade, lying on a metal…