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…

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…