SHOWS TO SEE: Up Now in London
An excellent survey. Here's 'Bedspring', 1962: if there's tension here, I guess it is from the Cold War background, but the painted strings probably couldn't take much tightening. It's more suggestive of fragility, perhaps relating to the mental state of the woman on (or forming part of?) the bed.
Frost, Heron, Lanyon, Scott at Beaux Arts to 19 Oct
A show of Frost, Heron, Lanyon and Scott sounds routine: you can always find a scattering of their work in London's secondary dealers, But Beaux Arts has sourced particularly good examples. This unusually fluid Lanyon ('Saltillo', 1963) is set in Mexico, and he also has a construction centered on an oar. There is an early mining landscape by Scott, top Herons, and above average collages by Frost.
Contains a great range - 39, I suppose - of characteristic Keserü works, including several new additions to the '20th century' series, which tweaks the language of the greats. Here, Bridget Riley emerges in an Aboriginal version (the Budapest-born artist lived in Australia and England before returning to Hungary a few years ago).
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...
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 enthusiasm as Lee Krasner at the Barbican.