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…

Erwin Wurm ‘New Work’ at Thaddeus Ropac

        Erwin Wurm’s work is a hoot. A banana protruding from a male mouth with two  more functioning as substitute breasts, a floppy eared rabbit sticking out of a  fly (the artist is the protagonist in both of these), another man struggling to use his forehead to maintain the balance of  a…

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…

Ryan Sullivan at Sadie Coles

    ‘Seeing how things change as they dry keeps me coming in every morning. I wouldn’t want to learn how to control that. It’s really important to let a painting take on its own direction.’ Ryan Sullivan received wide acclaim for his debut show In Manhattan in 2012, a response which seems set to…

Nicolas Deshayes ‘Swans’ at Modern Art

  Nicholas Deshayes (born 1983) is an interesting artist. His work references bathroom fittings such as urinals but not for human beings.  We can see at once that they are the polar opposite of Duchamp’s Fountain. The shapes are invented and strange and only refer to the real world in oblique ways.     They…