Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Portals @ Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, Hoxton - to 5 Nov: www.victoria-miro.com
Njideka Akunyili Crosby: Super Blue Omo, 2016 - Acrylic, transfers, colored pencils, collage on paper 213 x 274 cm - with detail
* ie EC1 - where Rolph lived, EC2 where he went to school, EC3 - where he wandered the streets on empty Sunday mornings and EC4, where his father worked for Fleet Street newspapers.
Danny Rolph: EC1, 2016 - mixed media on Triplewall, 100 x 487cm - with detail
Stephanie Quayle: Jenga @ T.J.Boulting, 59 Riding House Street - Fitzrovia
To 10 Dec: www.tjboulting.com
Levi van Veluw: The Foundation @ Rosenfeld Porcini, 37 Rathbone Street - Fitzrovia
To 26 Nov: http://rosenfeldporcini.com
Subdividing matter I, 2016, Walnut wood, Black ink
In 2011, Dutch artist Levi van Veluw built three versions of his boyhood bedroom, covered with thousands of symmetrical wooden shapes to symbolise his ‘urge for order and fear of losing control’. He has since developed that theme of the world on the edge of order or just tipping over it through charcoal drawings, installations, photography and film. All are present in his first London solo show, an immersive alternate reality realised with fantastic control which is at once unsettlingly and uplifting. Surely that much obsessive regulation will collapse at some point - as the video performance 'Archive' suggests - but for now the exhilaration of its realisation predominates.
|Factory 2, 2016 - charcoal on paper|
To 12 Nov: www.davidzwirner.com
Can this really be Rauch’s first solo show in London? It has everything you'd want in it, with Rauch's character creations seemingly emerging from his favourite 19th century into darkly modern scenarios. His task, says Rauch, is to bring us the our disturbed condition in a form we can live with, which he does by working simultaneously on a group of paintings, starting on the left with little idea how they will turn out. Plus, in the project space, a collaboration between Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon makes for a subsidiary attraction which could easily act as a main event....
Donna Huanca: SCAR CYMBALS @ Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road - Chalk Farm
Where is action painting now? Here’s where… as enacted in slow motion by ten performers during Frieze week (and two thereafter) on three storey glass structure which responds to the religious height of the main hall, and among Huanca's previous works in another room. The upcoming American (or, now, those trained by her) paints her models every day, and their semi-choreographed movements paint the space in turn over the show's long duration. Viewers and models between them trigger an atmospheric soundscape.
History Portraits and Tapestry Paintings @ Skarstedt, 8 Bennet St - Central
To 26 Nov: www.skarstedt.com
|Obituary: Chantal Akerman, 2016|
|Obituary: Robert Rauschenberg, 2015|
Molly Soda: Comfort Zone @ Annka Kultys, 472 Hackney Rd - Cambridge Heath
Lynn Hershman Leeson: Trans Genesis: Evaporations and Mutations @ Vilma Gold, 6 Minerva Street
To 29 Oct
|Molly Soda in suitable phone action in her pink-tinged world|
|Rachel Libeskind with her version of Holbein (for half the tapestries, the back / negative is displayed)|
Andrew Curtis: Garage Door Paintings @ PayneShurvell,
71 Blandford St - Baker St
To 26 Oct (by appointment + closing event 26 Oct 7-9pm): firstname.lastname@example.org
To Oct 29: www.carrollfletcher.com
|Still from 3-Legged, 1996|
|Still from Harry Houdini (there's no escape that I can see), 1994|
* Penone states that ‘the vision of an abject is a moment past’, whereas ‘tactile perception brings us closer to the present’. That operates poetically in the work, but actually there’s scope to disagree here: light takes pretty-much no time to travel (say) a metre or two from object to eye at 300 million m/sec, much less time than for a hand’s touch to transmit to the brain through the nerves at a comparatively sluggish 100 m/sec.