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…

Nate Lowman ‘October 1, 2017’ at David Zwirner

  The title of this show refers to the date of a mass shooting in Nevada, when a gunman, holed up high in a multi-storey hotel, shot fifty-nine people in the audience of a country music festival. The paintings are based on the crime photos which were released to the public.   Lowman’s practice is…

Mona Hatoum ‘Remains to be Seen’ at White Cube Bermondsey

      Mona Hatoum is a marvellous artist and this is an exceptional show. She was born in Beirut of Palestinian parents but in 1975 she got stranded in London because war broke out in the Lebanon. Some years later she made the video piece Measures of Distance. It shows the  warm and lovely…

‘Tribute to Mono-Ha’ at Cardi Gallery

  Mono-Ha, or The School of Things, was the name given to a loose group of artists that appeared in Japan post 1968. This exhibition documents much of what occurred, with a lot of photos and quotes, as well as some beautiful art.     What is immediately apparent is the serenity of this work…

Penny Slinger ‘Tantric Transformations’ at Richard Saltoun

  Penny Slinger is memorable both as a person and as an artist. She left this country in 1979 but quite a lot of people, myself included, remember her and her work quite well. She has a powerful personality, plus charm, and both were in evidence when she appeared at a showing of a film…

Michael Rakowitz at the Whitechapel Gallery

  ‘The destruction is nothing special. Wars have always done this. It’s the way they present it to the world that’s shocking’ Margaret van Ess, quoted in the exhibition. Rubble, both actual and implicit, is a leitmotif in the work of Michael Rakowitz.. It is generally agreed that his piece for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar…