|Italian Artist, end of XVII century, Vanitas|
|Andreas Blank: Element 1|
|Black Square (detail)|
4 Oct - 10 Nov: www.seventeengallery.com
To 20 Oct: www.michaelhoppencontemporary.
This show brings together all twenty of Moriyama's semi-abstracted shots of legs in fishnet tights, hovering between pattern and perversity; just as many close-ups of lips; and a dozen of the gritty city explorations featured more fully at his Tate Modern retrospective (10 Oct - 20 Jan), to yield a neat mini survey of the veteran Japanese photographer's unsettlingly predatory black and white world. Most of the mouths are images of images such as street posters, television screens and reflections, suggesting meaning distorted in the transmission as well as social fragmentation and isolation. Just one image combines lips and tights...
|Maggie Hambling's John Berger: it's not in the Inigo Rooms, but I like it...|
|Woman Showing Joy|
To 20 Oct: www.poppysebire.com
The eye-poppingly dominant presence here is Picasso. That's enjoyable in itself, but what’s the justification? First, several are self portraits and convey both Housley's own love of paint and of its masters - in line with Picasso's own homagist practice. Second, Picasso’s tropes are pushed to absurd lengths: Paul / Pablo's beady eyes multiply and a landscape somehow appears in his head. Third, a closer look reveals that others are involved, notably Rembrandt: ‘Woman showing Joy’ sneaks in his 'Woman Bathing in a River' under the heavy cover of Picasso's most radical early 30's nudes. It’s more than imitation fun, then... and the sculptures are something else.
|Optical Coatings (Non-Basic Colour Terms)|
5 - 24 Oct: www.thearchgallery.co.uk
Jonathan Parsons has kept a relatively low London profile since his dissected map hung - literally - in 'Sensation', but has continued to investigate methods of producing visual meaning by separating out aspects of, for example, flags, the grid and graffiti marks, and pushing them to their limits. This then, is a welcome show: it features a dot matrix sculpture, disk paintings which spin off from how children pick up colour words, and reverse drawings which confuse figure and ground. Seductive visuals emerge as if by chance - but it's an art in itself to create the context for that chance.
To 13 October: www.emmahilleagle.com
Shana Moulton: Prevention @ Gimpel Fils,
Another artist to expand from and yet retain aspects of performance is the third – and last – to be given the run of the large spaces which Ceri Hand opened temporarily on her welcome move from Liverpool (ahead of taking up permanent residence in Fitzrovia). Those who saw the crashed lamppost or heard the singing toothbrushes at Bedwyr Williams’ recent Ikon solo will be anticipating more engagingly droll yet pointed wackiness in these new sculptures, films, drawings and photographs – even beforehand, as next year’s Welsh rep in Venice uses his press release to make such entertaining threats as ‘to eat your wedding presents in front of you’.
|The Grid Contains the Liquid (Detail)|
Marcus Ritter’s has an impressive record of showing interesting young American artists, and the latest is 24-year-old Nick Darmstaedter. Among his several strands are paintings made by ‘printing’ with copper-rich (and therefore pre-1982) US pennies, to which Darmstaedter applies a salt and vinegar solution which accelerates the formation of a patina which bleeds nicely. A paradoxically rich mix of history (via
|Money, copper threads|
Alice Anderson: From Dance to Sculpture @ Riflemaker, 79 Beak St - Soho