Gallery run 29th January

Leake Street, love the different fonts.

Joe Bradley at Gagosian London with vivid abstract piece in a group show.

Edward Ruscha at Gagosian London with a painting of a blown out truck tyre on an open road.

Edward Hopper at Gagosian London in a group show.

Duan Hanson sculpture at Gagosian London. It really does make you do a double-take even with the expectation of seeing such a piece.

Josh Blackwell at Kate MacGarry with artworks made from bags that have been joined together into single artworks, perhaps using a hot press.

Katy Moran at Stuart Shave Modern Art showing abstracts that have used repurposed old paintings as a source of paintable surface and perhaps also of inspiration and context.

Rubem Valentim at Approach Gallery with sculpture and paintings that develop a Brazilian symbolism.

Josh Brand with quirky photographs at Herald Street.

Gallery run 22nd November

Michael E Smith of Stuart Shave Modern Art with daily objects in unusual juxtapositions plus an unexpected theremin.

This week’s run has an extension panel to the map. It is via a lovely stretch of grassland called Parkland Walk. You enter at Highgate and exit at Finsbury Park with the illusion of having crossed from north west London to north east London in a matter of minutes. (In reality Highgate is not that far west, Finsbury Park is not that far East whilst the duration is nearer half an hour. This is the route of a disused tube line.

Incidental mobile homes on a Peckham Street.

Anselm Kiefer at White Cube with interesting vitrines that use cables to create the vegetal forms plus there are a few complicated looking equations written on the glass.

Trix and Robert Haussmann at Herald Street with colourful remakes of an iconic furniture design. There is also some mirror effect on the bases.

Patricia Tribe at Kate MacGarry with about twenty perfect brush strokes, and many rubbings out.

Christodoulos Panayiotou of Rodeo Gallery at Camden Arts Centre. These electricity poles had a few attachments on still and smelt pleasantly of creosote.

Leake Street.

Gallery run 14th November

Gallery run.

Sterling Ruby of Gagosian had commandeered huge welding tables and attached pans and faucets. The effect is a sort of romanticised blue-collar aesthetic.

Andrea Buttner at Hollybush Gardens has made a great version of the azure blue ceiling in the Arena Chapel at Padua by Giotto.

Torey Thornton of Stuart Shave Modern Art with paintings and objects closely relating to paintings. These seem to deliberate on nature and abstraction and the relation between them. Here we see chromosomes in an abstract composition.

Doug Aitkin of Victoria Miro Gallery with glowing sculptures depicting our Information Age.

Celia Paul of Victoria Miro Gallery with delicate portraits.

Peter Davies of Approach Gallery with gestural-abstraction-works inspired by small structured studies. The transition from study to the movement of paint splattering is unclear, which is a good thing.

Hana Miletic at Approach Gallery explores the craft heritage of Croatia and its capital Zagreb . Some of the work is aesthetically attractive, some is edgy and interesting. A zig zag of woven fabric copies the blue tape over a broken window that the artist had photographed.

This week’s update on the Gallery Runner route (yellow line). A longer run down the Regent’s Canal has taken the route off the map and onto the frame surrounding it. Lovely run, with sun and galleries. Today was 31 miles. Divide this by 20 and we get the body mass burnt off which is 1.55kg.
Here’s a thought. All too often such discussion leads to the “health” of losing weight, but isn’t the exact opposite the amazing thing. That the human body needs to use so little resources to propel itself round this distance. It will be about 50 of these runs before I have even used up my own body weight!

Gallery run 2nd August

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Anna-Bella Papp of Stuart Shave Modern Art with clay tableaux.

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Katy Moran of Stuart Shave Modern Art showing abstract paintings based, I think, on overpainting decorative paintings found at markets.

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Tim Stoner at Stuart Shave Modern Art with delicate charcoal drawings, and paintings, of Hackney and France.

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Ida Ekblad of Herald Street with bright images made, I believe, from bright melted plastics.

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Mathew Cerletty at Herald Street with a great painting of a sports image.

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Hunter Reynolds at Hales Gallery with stitched pictures of clouds. As the artist lost many friends through AIDS these stitched photos have taken many forms ranging from (impractical) hospital blankets to happy memories.

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Gabriella Boyd at Whitechapel Gallery London Open 2018 with paintings depicting awkward moments in relationships.

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Ayan Farah who I believe has previously shown with Almine Rech, now showing at Whitechapel Gallery in London Open 2018.

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Hannah Brown at Whitechapel Gallery London Open 2018 with very life-like paintings of a park.

Gallery run 5th July

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Rosa Loy at The Approach with great German symbolic realism.

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Kasper Bosmans at The Approach with a small cosmic-looking painting. Fab piece.

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Brick Lane doorway. Love it, by the way!

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Collier Schorr of Stuart Shave Modern Art in a reclining pose for a selfie.

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Cosmic! Michelle Stuart at Alison Jacques Gallery with a grid made in 1969 and inspired by the moon.

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Keren Cytter of Pilar Corrias with imaginative use of reflective sheet that turns the gallery floor into a sort of makeshift projector screen helped by the intense spotlights coupled with dim over-lighting.

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Urs Fischer of Sadie Coles HQ with iPhone artworks showing the wit of the artist.

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Leonor Antunes at Marian Goodman Gallery with screens based on architectural and art motifs including those of Anni Albers.

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Juan Munoz of Frith Street Gallery with vividly drawn objects.

Gallery run 23rd May

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Tori Wilding at St.Martins BA fine art degree show. A nice piece that has an unassuming location in a corridor.

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Vanessa Loera Castro at St.Martins BA fine art degree show with a room lit by sodium lighting evoking memories of London streets.

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Yngve Holen with a striking section of security fence at Stuart Shave Modern Art that addresses the group show theme of fences and windows head on.

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Paul Chan of Massimo De Carlo and Greenenaftali showing at Stuart Shave Modern Art with a witty take on the Madonna and Child motif.

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Jef Verheyen at Stuart Shave Modern Art with lovely abstract paintings.

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Otto Boll at Stuart Shave Modern Art with very subtle interventions into the gallery architecture.

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Sonya Derviz at Slade BA fine art degree show with harmonious and freely painted abstracts.

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Finlay Abbott Ellwood at Slade BA fine art degree show, with great abstracts.

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Joanna Weller Windrush Amnesia (left) at Iconic Peckham show by Art-CP Galleria.

Gallery run 29th March

Greenwich Foot Tunnel is the gateway to the Isle of Dogs. Here the perimeter of the City Farm allows a sort of detachment from the nearby main roads, before a short excursion along the River Thames leads to The Regent’s Canal and another 20 minutes of peace and harmony. At Stuart Shave’s gallery, Eva Rothschild has made enormous sculptural pieces to harmonise with the internal space.

A watery theme continues with Jessica Warboys at Frith Street Gallery. She has created some great canvases using the sea as a fluid medium to move pigments around and to deposit additional silt-like particles of matter onto their surfaces. They have a delicate appearance with rhythmic patterns that make them look as though they were actually being viewed through water.

Finally the day is capped off with the much awaited arrival of this year’s fourth plinth sculpture. Michael Rakowitz has a majestic sculpture on view made up of old date box labels. Their localised bursts of colour, and exotic providence, have been used to recreate a Syrian sculpture that was recently destroyed.

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Eva Rothschild of Stuart Shave with various sculptural objects carefully presented in the space.

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Ricky Swallow of Stuart Shave with cast bronze objects based on incidental interior features.

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Jessica Warboys at Frith Street Gallery with images made by immersing pigmented canvases in the sea.

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Marvin Gaye Chetwynd of Sadie Coles HQ with gothic imagery based on bats and theatre props presented against flat photo backdrops.

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Thomas Struth of Marian Goodman with a photo of physics objects that would make one’s hair stand on end.

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Cristina Iglesias of Marian Goodman with a hard looking cage-like structure which on closer inspection is delicate and made of a granular substance that actually smells quite nice.

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Giuseppe Penone of Marian Goodman with a characteristic adaptation of a natural object.

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John Riddy of Frith Street Gallery with photo images of stained brickworks made during a stroll through South London.

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The fourth plinth has arrived. Michael Rakowitz has built a replacement for the original stone treasure recently destroyed, out of tin cans.