No sooner have I celebrated women in charge than a glut of interesting artists who happen to be female open shows in the first few days of April, so here's some extra coverage… It’s an indication of the richness of London’s art scene that this list isn’t even exhaustive: there's also something to be said for the shows of Rachel Ward at Ronchini, Henny Acloque at Ceri Hand, Annie Lapin at Josh Lilley, Susie MacMurray at Gina Agnew and Elizabeth Frink at Beaux Arts (though Woking's Lightbox is really the place for Frink just now) - all of which have just opened; and that’s not to bring in shows I haven't seen or group shows - or men…. And next up are Saloua Raouda Choucair at Tate Modern, Lisa Yuskavage at Greengrassi, Fernanda Gomes at Alison Jacques, Carol Rhodes at Mummery + Schnelle and Melanie Manchot at Carslaw St Lukes, all opening on 18-19 April.
Rachel Whiteread: Detatched @ Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia St – Kings Cross
To May 25: www.gagosian.com
While this whole large show is a recommended chance to see Rachel Whiteread expanding the ways in which she makes something solid out of absence, it may be that the most beautiful art room in London now is the one in which she’s placed six windows and five doors against the walls. These, negative casts in pale tints of translucent resin, pick up a patina of light in seeming to reveal the internal structure and history of the would-be entry and viewing points, which refuse to function as artistic and architectural convention would have it. Whiteread also has a nice new line in small collages of packets and coloured cellophane, which give a transcendental twist to Rauschenberg's cardboards.
To 24 May (artist's tour 30 April): eilisoconnell.com
|The external view of as yet untitled : wood, plasterboard, cast concrete, carpet, carpet tiles, strip lights, expanded foam, chalk drawings|
Jill Richards: Love Support Machine @ Riflemaker, 79 Beak St - Soho
To 4 May: www.riflemaker.org
To 12 May: www.laurabartlettgallery.com