Lee Krasner at the Barbican

    ‘I was a woman, Jewish, a damn good painter, thank you, and a little too independent’.   Forty odd years ago I saw a painting by Lee Krasner in somebody’s house. It was a time when few people in this country had heard of her but I have never forgotten it. This is…

Kate Cooper ‘Symptom Machine’ at the Hayward Gallery

Kate Cooper ‘Symptom Machine’ at the Hayward Gallery A woman’s body is a site that has been much contested over the last fifty years or so. At the same time it is clear that a lot of women have more power and status than they used to have. It seems a little out of kilter…

Elizabeth Peyton at Sadie Coles

    For someone of my generation the first encounter with Elizabeth Peyton’s wispy little portraits of celebrities provoked a sense of outrage: how could this possibly be serious art? I should have learnt by then that any new work which stops you in your tracks is more than likely to prove important.   Her…

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…

Chantal Joffe at Victoria Miro Mayfair

      It comes as something of a shock to discover that all the paintings in this show are self-portraits. Her earlier works were vibrant and engaging and often seemed to be filled with sunlight. The row of faces here are gaunt and grim.   The energy apparent in the way the paint has…

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…

Jake Elwes at Zabludowicz Collection

  Jake Elwes graduated from the Slade in 2017 and has already gained a reputation as a creative computer programmer. In contrast to the relentless razzmatazz going on in the rest of the building, his current work offers a beguiling and restful haven. We see an inlet of calm water punctuated by shallow outcrops of…