|Aglaé Bassens: 'Painting with a View' from the Bow Arts Open|
September brings a rush of shows as the 'season opens' - though mostly not yet, so there's a mixture of ongoing pleasures and reliable previews in the following... starting with the painting above, which suggests a farewell to summer, and moving on to a preponderance of constructions, masking and deception. Among the many other shows opening in September and likely to prove interesting are Shannon Ebner and (in a new space) Ryan Sullivan at Sadie Coles, Uriel Orlow at Seventeen, 'Lunar Sea' at Transition, Sarah McKillop at the Mews Project Space (just 12-15 Sept), Hannah Knox at Ceri Hand, Hannah Maybank at Gimpel Fils, Sarah Anna Boghiguian and Goshka Macuga's responses to Rabindranath Tagore at Iniva, Prem Sahib at Southard Reid, Lutz Bacher at the ICA, Anne Hardy & Stephen Setford at 19 Kinnoul Mansions, Rowhill Rd. Hackney (14-15 Sept), Tacita Dean at Frith Street, Steven Pippin at Dilston Grove, Andy Holden at Anita Zabludowicz, '2Q13: Women Collectors, Women Artists' at Lloyd's Club and 'Long ago, and not true anyway' at Waterside Contemporary.
I also like the feel of Flash 500. Artists increasingly use text in work - sometimes well, sometimes embarassingly - and here's a timely project which provides a platform for 32 commissioned artists to write exactly 500 words without tying them in to anything else. I've already seen a few: Dorothy Cross' conversion of art-making into narrative, and George Shaw as a sort of James Kelman for the art world, both make a good impression. I recommend you sign in to have them delivered free to your inbox daily from 16th September at http://akermandaly.com/
Clare Mitten: Yellow Mantel Mantel Fort - a new version will be in the show
Sao Paulo based Marcius Galan present works developed during a recent residency at Vauxhall’s Gasworks across three rooms of the big White Cube: the stand-out is ‘Three Sections’, which uses light to create an illusion of tilted panes of green glass, which had me prepared to bash my nose as I walked through, mindful of occasions when I’ve walked into the real thing! And Galan has plenty of other ideas: super-heavy would-be-mobiles; iron bunting origami; a logical progression of erasers wearing themselves out...
|Position X (detail)|
|Philip Guston: Gladiators, 1940|
The views of this show have tended to emphasise the absence of the murals by Riviera, Orozco and Siqueiros which have come to define Mexico’s place in the story of modern art. However, this is a superb combination of historical atmosphere and of painters and photographers, both Mexican and visiting, feeding off the revolutionary fervour. Los Tres Grandes get a painting each, and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tina Modotti, Edward Burra, Marsden Hartley and Josef Albers are among the highlights. Guston, too, made a mural in Mexico, and it’s great to see a darkly humorous and turbulent early painting in which children with their faces hidden beneath improvised hats seem to be fighting a mock battle with the aim of unmasking each other.
6 Sept – 5 Oct: www.artecogallery.com
|Rachel Bullock: Morand Lesovii|
To 28 Sept: www.blainsouthern.com
|Installation shot in the dark|
|Curved Rising Lines, Jebel-Acacus , SW Libya|
|Installation at Alan Cristea|
Images courtesy if the relevant galleries and artists + Photo - FXP Photography (Serra) + Peter Mallet (Zorio) + Chris Osbourne (Silver)