Sadie Coles HQ now reopened with an Alex Da Corte exhibition.

Cheesy & Cheerful - Four fun galleries to visit in town

The first three are at a hyper handy pop location - New Bond Street, off Oxford St. opposite Debenhams. There are Eden Fine Art, Galeries Bartoux and Richard Orlinsk’s...showroom or gallery? - all three featuring cheesy comfort pop art - joy for the eye and certainly a joy for the pocket. I'm being dead serious here, the more one gets hooked to money the more physically sensual one's experience of the va et viens of one's pocket becomes. The in&outs of the pocket feel like ups&downs on the skin. Verily, for people who have all their sensor buds concentrated into their pockets; getting a big lump of money out feels as gratifying as getting it in. So where were I? Ah, there:

Eden Fine Art, as colour and fun loud as any carnival, features a curious carpet-painter, whose name I didn’t find on the gallery’s website - yes, in addition to carnival style art the gallery also features carnival style keepers, who instead of answering questions on who’s who on the walls, which isn’t written either, send you to check on the website. That made me think of long-forgotten communist time and bored shop-assistants rudely smearing “It’s written there, can’t you read” - and a sublimely childish Marco Battaglini, and his gigantic stereo - remember the Chinese stereo-postcards from your childhood? That’s the ones. And now imagine them on a large scale - paintings.

In the inner showroom of the gallery, amongst the exponents, their features, or at least featured yesterday, a nice decanter full of amber liquid surrounded by glasses. Pour yourself a glass, have a little sit and contemplate the swirl around.

Carpet- Art, in the corner, at Eden's

Carpet-Art by Mateo at Bartoux's

Galeries Bartoux, next door, is just as a smashing hit, as the Eden Gallery. Maybe slightly more pretentious…. They too feature carpet-art, which judging by this is tres en vogue at the minute, but their carpet-artist Mateo, is less exciting than Eden’s anonymous one. Bartoux has three Dali plastics, at the back of the gallery, which made the phrase-collage “Within strange eons even art may die” turn in my head for at least fifteen minutes. Which is strange, because this particular “Secret Venuse” I haven’t ever seen before. Fred Allardo’s- glass or plexiglass? Bartoux’s website is not less confusing than Eden’s one though, when I went to check on the the material, it says highly-informative things like “TECHNIQUE Paper bag“ on one of them or “ TECHNIQUE It bag” or the other; to both of which I will say “Mon queue” - handbags full of lollipops left me bouche bée. Quelle joi de vivre! as we say in pure English.

Next to this is Richard Orlinski’s showroom, as bright and life affirming as the other two. From the Italian gallery-manager there, I learnt that the Red Orlinski Monkey that we have in Islington, by the highly-unappealing Pentonville Road, will be soon moved to King’s Cross or to another, more visible, public space spot. In the meantime the gallery assistant tried very hard, and effectively managed, not to stare at my shoes - sensible Replay boots, the left boot slightly torn on the inner side.

The Greek Street pop-up

For the fourth gallery one has to wear out one’s boots slightly by going as far as Soho Square, Greek St more precisely, next to “The Blue Door”, you know which one I mean. Baker Howard’s show there is called “The Landscape of Form - from Angelic to Grotesque” and there is a thing or two worth seeing there too. Like Luong Trung’s oils and Anna Mazzotta’s oils and… what’s that charcoal?... Popping up until 13 December.

The Return - Series 2 - NATIONAL GALLERY, V&A, Barbican and Saatchi-Yates TO REOPEN ON 2 DECEMBER

I scream. You scream. We all scream for the 2nd of December❣ when doors will reopen at: The National Gallery, the V&A, Barbican Saatchi-Yates and hopefully many others.

"Together with Extended Artemisia opening hours and a new display by 2020 National Gallery Artist in Residence: Rosalind Nashashibi; the National Gallery opens an exhibition, in the Sunley Room, showcasing artworks by primary school children from across the UK in the 25th annual Take One Picture exhibition (until 31 January 2021, admission free - don't forget to pre-book though). Each year the Gallery invites primary schools nationwide to focus on one of its paintings and respond creatively to its themes, subject matter, historical context, or composition. With the aim of promoting the visual arts across the curriculum and inspiring a lifelong love of art, this year the National Gallery picked Men of the Docks (1912) by George Bellows (1882–1925) as the source of inspiration." NG press release

"Coinciding with reopening on 2nd December, the V&A today announces its largest ever installation of children’s artworks as part of a special free display. All Will Be Well: Children’s Rainbows from Lockdown, invites visitors to revisit this powerful moment in which the image of a rainbow – a long-standing symbol of hope – took on new meaning as a collective expression of support and solidarity." V&A press release




Tate Modern presents the first major UK survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi

Until 6 June 2021

Pascal Sender's augmented reality at Saatchi and Yates

The Good Gallery Weather continues in RA's back yard so to speak; and more precisely at 6 Cork Street, the new Saatchi Yates Gallery. Where an augmented reality work by Pascal Sender, a work I called 'Meet Me by the Nuclear Explosion' depicts what looks like an unexpected and in the middle of the road encounter between a diabolically looking man and a young woman accompanied by a child at the timespace spot of a nuclear blast. The augmented reality effect of blinding light bursting through the figurs' features then slightly disfiguring and eventually melting them down was captivatingly hipnotizing for me. And I went through it over and over again. It's just under the stairwell case, and the very last work in the exhibition.

Another interesting piece is the 'Turd Barbecue' with its fumes flying away like birds... Now looking back at the exhibition I wonder, why is Pascal Sender shying away from sound - I am not saying music, just sound - ? I mean, if it is augmented, then let it be multispectrally augmented. A tone or two, here or there, plus the occasional buzzing and vibration of the tablet hither or thither would have been beneficial. And I would've certainly put a small puffing violet scented aromatiser behind the 'Turd Barbecue'. Or was Pascal Sender worried that adding sound and smell to the works would change their nature and turn them into installations? Who knows? Who knows? The least I, who even at an "old-fashined" press view dislikes to ask the artists and prefer to wonder and guess.

Seeing the gallerist - Saatchi and Yates - in the gallery has always a reassuring effect - like seeing the chef in the restaurant's salon. Further more Phoebe reminded me of Violetta of One Gallery in Sofia. Not that they have anything in common but maybe because for the first time in my life - since I was in Iraq at the age of four - I feel home sick.

Michael Clark, Because We Must, 1987 © Photography by Richard Haughton

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer at Barbican Art Gallery, London

7 October 2020 – 3 January 2021

This Autumn, Barbican Art Gallery stages the first ever major exhibition on the groundbreaking dancer and choreographer Michael Clark. Exploring his unique combination of classical and contemporary culture, Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer unfolds as a constellation of striking portraits of Clark through the eyes of legendary collaborators and world-renowned artists including Charles Atlas, BodyMap, Leigh Bowery, Duncan Campbell, Peter Doig, Cerith Wyn Evans, Sarah Lucas, Silke Otto-Knapp, Elizabeth Peyton, The Fall and Wolfgang Tillmans.

For the first time in the UK, a major monographic exhibition of the work of Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1654 or later), will open at the National Gallery in April 2020. The inspiration for this exhibition is the National Gallery’s acquisition in 2018 of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615–17), the first painting by the artist to enter a UK public collection.

Sin at the National Gallery! Where else?

"The first exhibition in the UK exploring sin in art will be staged at the National Gallery this autumn. Sin will bring together paintings from the National Gallery’s collection dating from the 16th to the 18th century with loans from important private and public collections including modern and contemporary works by Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin, and Ron Mueck. There will be 14 works on display". NG press release

JR: Chronicles

Will be also presented at London’s Saatchi Gallery

From this November 13th to February 9th, 2021

JR (French, born 1983). Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the Border, Tecate, Mexico—U.S.A., 2017. Installation image. Wheat-pasted poster on table. © JR-ART.NET

V&A announces 6 August reopening date, and major exhibition and gallery openings, including the Raphael Court and new Design: 1900-Now Gallery

Initially opening Thursday to Sunday each week, the V&A will reopen in phases. From 6 August 2020, visitors will able to enjoy all of the ground floor collection galleries including the iconic Medieval & Renaissance Gallery, the monumental Cast Courts, the stunning artefacts of The Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art and the much-loved Fashion Gallery, as well as the Europe 1600–1815 galleries on lower ground floor.

To coincide with the August Bank Holiday weekend, the first and second floor collection galleries will reopen on 27 August, including the ever-popular The William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery, Theatre & Performance Galleries, and the Photography Centre as well as our Paintings, Tapestries and Silver Galleries.

The critically acclaimed exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, which closed just two weeks into its run, has now been extended and will reopen on 27 August – 25 October alongside the museum’s Filthy Lucre installation.

A number of measures will be in place across the V&A to ensure that the museum is a safe, relaxing and inspiring place for visitors, staff and volunteers. Free timed tickets will be introduced to ensure that visitors can freely explore and discover the wonders of the V&A’s collection within a socially distanced environment. Further details on how we are preparing the V&A for reopening and the range of safety measures that are in place, from screens to sanitiser, can be found on the V&A website.

The V&A’s forthcoming programme and opening dates for the next nine months are as follows:

Bags: Inside Out – 10 December 2020 – 12 September 2021

Epic Iran – 13 February – 30 August 2021

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – 27 March – 31 December 2021.

The V&A’s press release