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…

Sofia Stevi at Pippi Houldsworth

    Sofia Stevi is Greek and lives and works in Athens although her Greek heritage is only subtly apparent. There is a breeziness about her work, which is immediately engaging. Painted swiftly onto raw cotton, it has terrific freshness. Both the style of drawing and the colour  palette is reminiscent of the 1950s, for…

Hyon Gyon at Parasol

  Hyon Gyon (born in 1979) is a Korean artist who has been living in New York for some time. She has been much celebrated for the energy of her technically inventive works which make extensive use of fire. A soldering iron is used to melt satin and make it pitted and scarred. The imagery…