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…

Senga Nengudi at Sprüth Magers is

  Walking into this exhibition your first impression is that it is hieratic African Sculpture  made of wood (image 1). Move closer and you find that it consists predominantly of stretched fabric, usually stockings, which have sometimes been filled with sand, and large vinyl sachets, filled with viscous bright coloured gloop. The effect is highly…

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu at the Venice Biennale

  Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are alarming artists. Their work seems to be fuelled by a constant stream of rage which impacts directly on the spectator. For example they placed a tiger in a cage which was contingent with the gallery space. Those who ventured into the space were isolated in a kind of…