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…

Anna Barriball ‘Fade’ at Frith Street

  In 2008 Anna Barriball put up a number of posters on the London Underground. They consisted of various texts which she discovered had on the back of found photographs: for example ‘on my way to a birthday party’ and ‘sixty miles of beautiful views’. Dislocated but hinting at personal narrative, it was up to…

Rose English at Richard Saltoun

  Rose English is a veteran and so am I, I have seen her perform ‘in the flesh’. All of her work is eccentric and unmistakeably by her. It is tough, sometimes gauche, but always packs a punch. This lively show contained a lot of work though which I hadn’t seen before. As well as…

Ian Kaier at Alison Jacques

‘All known all white bare white body fixed one yard legs joined like sewn. Light heat white floor one square yard never seen. White walls one yard by two white ceiling one square yard never seen. Bare white body fixed only the eyes only just. Traces blurs light grey almost white on white . Hands…