Everything gets going big-time from the first week of September across a couple of hundred galleries. Here's what's appealed to me most so far: we start with sexual innuendo before entering the void...
|Nor Any Haunt of Mine|
Emma Bennett: And, Afterwards @ CHARLIE SMITH London, 336 Old St (above The Reliance) – Hoxton
To 6 Oct: www.charliesmithlondon.com
Two years ago (see www.charliesmithlondon.com/
|Greedily She Engorged Without Restraint, And Knew Not Eating Death|
Boo Saville: The World, The Flesh and The Devil @ TJ Boulting, 59 Riding House St - Fitzrovia
To 4 Oct: www.tjboulting.com
London/Berlin collective Artists Anonymous, counter-cultural activists with attitude, have a distinctive and conceptually rich way of combining ‘image’ (a painting, typically from photographs of their own performances) and ‘after-image’ (a colour negative photograph of the painting). Showing for the first time in a gallery known for its street art, they play with the fresh context by integrating collages, which look as if they’ve been pasted in street-art style or ripped from outside walls into a darkly fantastical installation. Female anonyme Maya takes centre stage as the image pairs switch back and forth between real and imagined – leaving only the question ‘which is which?’
|Eduardo Chillida: CH/C - 10, 1953|
|Andrew Brischler: Last Chance for Romance|
The curatorial premise here is that young American abstraction pretty much carries on from the key 50’s-60’s concerns of arte povera. It makes sense, though possibly no more so than if applied to Blain Southern’s also-interesting show next door. Nor is it hard to cite more recent parallels: Albert Oehlen rather than Schifano for David Mramor’s mashed abstractions, more Joe Bradley than Dorazio in the scruffy studio-worn surfaces over which Andrew Brischler paints a geometry of psychedelic minimalism using magic markers…. But the Italian classics are good to see; the new work - whatever its antecedents - feels fresh; and the mix hangs together so well I was surprised to find there were 60 paintings.
Images courtesy of relevant galleries and artists + Theirry Bal (da Cunha) + Ian Cox (Artists Anonymous). Bonus points to anyone who notices the transition from Keats to Milton in the void titles...