Monday, 24 September 2018


SHOWS TO SEE: Up Now in London

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Paul Anthony Harford at Sadie Coles Davies Street to 10 Nov

Paul Anthony Harford's 'Untitled (artist attacked by gulls)' is typical of the many seaside graphite drawings with a surreally rudderless undertow made by Paul Anthony Harford (1943-2016) who lived in Southend and Weymouth but was no outsider but always refused to exhibit his work.

 Jan Henderikse: Mint at the Cortesi Gallery to 20 Nov

Dutchman Jan Henderikse is a long-term practitioner of emotionally charged accumulation with a Zero-tending aesthetic. Cortesi has a fine survey covering 60 years and ranging from number plates to bars of soap to shredded bank notes. ‘Untitled’ 2017 bitter-sweetly conjures celebration through the detritus of its passing, and also provides a nice word: these are champagne muselets (from the French museler, to muzzle).

APT + ONE at the APT Gallery, Deptford to 14 Oct

In which 41 artists from the Art in Perpetuity Trust studios each show alongside an invited artist, throwing up many compelling - and indeed, apt - conjunctions. As illustrated, studio holder David Webb's painting on a game board is paired with his guest Tom Hackney's 3D depiction of the moves in a chess game.

Yelena Popova: Her Name is Prometheus @ l'étrangère to 3 Nov

The chance to rearrange an interactive sculpture-come-non-competitive-game (as demonstrated by the artist herself above) epitomises this show of heavy issues presented lightly, as the parts can make up the plutonium atom and the colours are for  'danger'. Likewise a female Prometheus, the great physicist Lise Meitner, synchronised swimming and nuclear fission all feed in to various works...

Hugh Mendes: Autorretrato at Charlie Smith to 13 Oct

For a decade Hugh Mendes has been combining still life (of a newspaper clipping, here imagined) with portraits, and his new show also amounts to an intellectual self-portrait through his versions of how the 13 painters who have meant most to him portrayed themselves. 'Obituary: Egon Schiele' sees him fresh faced and less tortured than usual. Hugh explains that this is the only one in which Schiele looks directly back at the viewer, something he wanted in all the faces. 

Martin Maloney: Field Workers at JGM Gallery to 26 Oct.

'Baba Yaga' 2013 is one of ten monumental combinations of figure and landscape with considerable zing and such abiguities as vegetation which could be headwear and bodies through which we may be seeing the land. Their basis - Slovenian 'field workers' awaiting passing lorry drivers - adds to the disorientation.

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.

Phillipson is a vegan who says that eggs are subject to torture - would you like to be cracked or boiled? - when we forget they are potential lives. So her whole-platform eggstravaganza questions consumption, bit it's more obviously a fun thing to go to work alongside, with farting eggs making especially wacky sense.

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Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
I was in my leisure time Editor at Large of Art World magazine (which ran 2007-09) and now write freelance for such as Art Monthly, Frieze, Photomonitor, Elephant and Border Crossings. I have curated 20 shows during 2013-17 with more on the way. Going back a bit my main writing background is poetry. My day job is public sector financial management.