SHOWS TO SEE: Up Now in London
This is the second of three shows Sotheby's is setting up which use a literary framework, in this case a collection of fourteen short stories written by Brazilian Clarice Lispector. It's an interesting show, including plenty of Tonico Lemos Auad, for example, and a fascinating film collaboration from 2003 by Shelagh Wakely with Tunga, in which ritual interactions take place with sculpture to the beat of a naked drummer ('Egypsia and the Phenix', above). Moreover, you can pick up a free copy of Lispector's book - and she was, after all, one of the 20th century's finest exponents of the short story.
Olga Jevrić at Peer (to 14 Sept) and Handel Street Projects (by appointment)
Her Ground: Women Photographing Landscape at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Rd to 31 Aug
This excellent survey includes Mona Kuhn: 'AD 6883', 2014. The Brazilian must be the leading contemporary photographer of the figure in landscape, and here I especially like how Jacintha - a long-term friend whom Kuhn sees as a 'soul sister' - appears to 'wear' a shadow. The image features in her new book, 'She Disappeared Into Complete Silence' - shot in and around Acido Dorado, a house in the middle of the Californian desert. Robert Stone designed it with mirrored ceilings and walls which reflect and complicate the light. I wondered if the title indicated a future date, over 4,000 years hence, so picking up on the timeless aspect of what Kuhn terms the 'abstraction of being' which the solitary nude represents. It's probably just a serial number within the project, but I'll stick with the thought.
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelly: Rand/Goop at Studio Voltaire to 6 Oct
Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelly's from 'Rand/Goop' features six weirded versions of Mary intoning the words of Ayn Rand's 'Objectivism' and Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle advice for 13.5 minutes. The press release says that Ran's espousals of individualism begin to resonate with the purchasable wellness offered by Paltrow's Goop. Actually I wasn't always sure what came from which source...
The Immaculate Dream at Collyer Bristow Gallery (to 30 Oct) and Backyard Sculpture at DomoBaal (to end of summer) - both by appointment
Head to Clerkenwell for two teeming summer shows, with 70-odd works in both 'The Immaculate Dream' and 'Backyard Sculpture', which does indeed spread into the back yard at DomoBaal. Kudos to Claire Mitten and Alice Wilson, who are in both. Image above is one view of Domo's backyard, including Matt Hale's painting of a dead tree which was already there...
Gradation at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art to 21 Sept (closed Aug)
Eight artists explore subtle gradations within works over three floors of a Georgian townhouse, and feature various ways in which a material may turn out to be other than you thought (there's no particle board in Roland Hicks' ‘Three Part Dissemblage (OMM)’ above, for example). With Bella Easton, Diogo Pimentão, Erika Winstone, Katrin Bremermann, Melanie Smith, Nicole Fein, Roland Hicks and Troika: I couldn't have chosen the artists better myself...
Lee Krasner: 'Self Portrait' 1928. The mature works of Lee Krasner, now fairly fully emerged from her previous mis-categorisation as Mrs Pollock, need to be encountered at scale, but this result of the 19 year old Lena (as she then was) nailing a mirror to a tree has personality at any size.
Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers at Tate Britain to 6 Oct
'The Asset Strippers' 2019 fills the Duveen Halls with online auction sourced industrial, agricultural and bureaucratic detritus from our analogue past, repurposing it as sculpture and memorial while echoing many modern art tropes. The best use of this space since Phyllida Barlow in 2014... Moreover, Frank Bowling's retrospective is as worthy of enthusisam as Lee Krasner at the Barbican.