SHOWS TO SEE: Up Now in London
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Gabriele Beveridge: Live Dead World at Seventeen Gallery to 15 Dec
Andy Harper: Plastic Fox at Patrick Heide to 12 Jan
The 'Plastic Fox' is not just a painting's title, but an item Andy tells me he's always wanted but never found. Now he has one!? 'Pocket of Straws' (above) demonstrates his new method - consistent with the natural-artificial mixture of a plastic fox - of puncturing the surface of his vegetational density with what could be computer swatches (but are actually shapes masked out with Frisket Film at the start of the process, then painted as the last step). Plus upstairs, an informal retrospective selection.
This walk-through grid maze is from the series 'Penumbra' 2018 The Bahrain artist Rashid Khalifa's recent series of colourful constructivist riffs on the mashrabiya operate through interpenetrating maximimalist geometries. They're inspired - like rather comparable strands of Rana Begum's work - by the light and colour of walking along the street, and are as good a reason to visit the Saatchi Gallery as the typically patchy main show 'Black Mirror'.
Sue Williams at Skarstedt to 24 Nov
‘Epistemologies (shamed cabinet)’ 2018 sees wounding and liberation – here from the constraints of institutional display – come together in the limping potential escape of a cabinet. What’s more, they’ve found a use for lever arch files, of which a huge pre-digital surplus remains. Darling makes an intriguing job of the ‘Art Now’ room, sparked by the story of St Jerome and the lion, more typically an art historical subject but here the starting point for an epistolary exchange between Darling and a priest who is also transgender, and which leads in to the room’s many and varied works on themes of healing, control and the subjugation of otherness.
Melanie Manchot: 'White Light Black Snow' at Parafin to 17 Nov
Hiding in Plain Sight at the Amar Gallery to Dec 13
Ethel Schwabacher's 'Warm Rain' 1959 appears in the Amar Gallery's impressive survey of 11 female abstract expressionists, with top works by the obvious Frankenthaler and de Kooning but also Grace Hartigan, Yvonne Thomas, Amaranth Ehrenhalt... Schwabacher, who was close to Arshile Gorky, is inspired by nature and psychological states - and 'Warm Rain' feels like a relief from traumas, of which she had a few.
Heather Phillipson: My Name is Lettie Eggsyrub at Gloucester Road underground station - throughout 2018.