Gallery run 16th March

The write-up this week will describe the connecting route between Matt’s Gallery in Bermonsey, Kate MacGarry’s gallery near Brick Lane and finally a cluster of galleries in the West End, the latter beginning with Herald Street’s new space near the British Museum in Holborn. This first section, described above, is only suitable for cyclists and joggers since it covers about 10 miles but it is well worth the effort with a lovely section through Southwark Park and along the River Thames. A second section, beginning near the British Museum, the location of Herald Street’s new gallery, comprises an excellent group of shows all within walking distance of each other and these will be described in paragraph three.

The day starts then with a jog to Matt’s new gallery space to see Mandy Ure’s curious abstract paintings. The gallery is doing a sequence of short one week shows and with this fast turnover has quite an itinerary lined up. The space is small but the artist list for future shows is impressive including Ben Rivers who has previously exhibited at Kate MacGarry. Southwark Park is a gem in Bermondsey and its immediate access at the far end onto The River creates a great, green corridor until Tower Bridge, allowing some poetic license for the building site near the bridge. A jog up Brick Lane then brings us to Kate MacGarry, previously mentioned, and Laura Gannon has a lovely show of ripped canvases covered in metallic paint. Gentle and poetic is my immediate impression.

The route to Holborn is not particularly interesting or worthy of comment but the show at Herald Street is strong consisting mainly of sculptural objects. Here would be a good place for the gallery walker to join the route as they would have a treat in store for them with this second section. To continue on this stage, take the first route west. Old Compton Street followed by Brewer Street is good and then by wending past Lower John Street and across Regent’s Street you will have access to Sprovieri on Heddon Street. Tucked away amongst restaurants, look for number 23 and the crew will invite you up to the first floor to see Francesco Arena’s thought provoking works based on the theme of time. Just round the corner we would then reach a hub of three gallery spaces on Savile Row. Take note of the two at Hauser and Wirth. There is a painting bonanza with interesting themes of recycling in the case of Matthew Day Jackson and social equality for Lorna Simpson. Hers are fantastic images with thin washes of vivid blues to create a sublime spectacle of glaciers. Across the road we see Ordovas gallery and the London Painters show that mirrors the current show at Tate Britain, with great works by Freud, Bacon and Kossoff.

Finally by walking, or jogging, across the dog leg that leads to St George’s Street, you would come to Victoria Miro and see the works of Jules de Balincourt. His are paintings from the imagination and are extremely beautiful. Along with Leon Kossoff at Ordovas, he has the most likes on this week’s Instagram post.

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Mandy Ure at Matt’s Gallery with small abstracts.

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Laura Gannon at Kate MacGarry with cut canvases painted with metallic pigments.

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Michael Dean of Herald Street.

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Amalia Pica of Herald Street showing a small cluster of castings of shell-like objects.

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Francesco Arena of Sprovieri Gallery with a performance stool. It can only be sat on by someone whose age is 33, the difference in age between artist and father. A death will cause this interval to change and that will impede on the required age for the stool-performer.

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Matthew Day Jackson of Hauser and Wirth with recreations of Dutch still life paintings made with DIY materials.

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Leon Kossoff at Ordovas.

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Lorna Simpson at Hauser and Wirth with delicate washes on screenprinted and newspaper images.

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Jules de Balincourt of Victoria Miro with vividly coloured landscapes populated by crowds of small figures.

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Gallery run 26th January

West to East.

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Augustus Thompson at Almine Rech Gallery with evocative paintings made on aluminium honeycomb.

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Street art on Brick Lane.

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Anna Zacharoff of Vilma Gold with sea life imagery.

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Sophie Bueno Boutellier of The Approach with delicate paintings on folded canvas.

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Amalia Pica of Herald Street with a sculpture using a drainpipe and broccoli.

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Peter Liversidge at Kate Macgarry with objects with faces on.

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Park Seo Bo of White Cube with paintings made of fine mulberry pulp paper that have been shaped and scored with a stick.

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Takashi Murukami at auction in Christies.

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Wilhelm Sasnal at auction in Christies.

Gallery run 22nd September

This week West to East. Then canal to Limehouse. Plus additional previous run to Casa Abierta at the Argentine Embassador’s residence.

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Shezad Dawood Kalimpong at Timothy Taylor with images from past and present of this small town in Bengal worked together.

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Amalia Pica of Herald Street showing at Casa Abierta.

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Celia Paul at Victoria Miro. Wow! There is really very little there to create this striking image.

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Erik Lindman at Almine Rech with steel sheet and paint images. The windows were opened to the gallery and the light coming through them accentuated the reflections on the metal including a line cut with angle grinder.

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Tacita Dean at Frith Street Gallery filming David Hockney in his studio having a cig break.

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Nigel Cooke at Pace Gallery with images transforming nature into iconic images of fire and the skull on base layers but layered atop with innocent flourishes from 19th century romanticism.

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Alison Katz at The Approach with paintings that match up in part to stories she tells on the press release about road trip adventures and other experiences of travel and discovery.

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John Cage musical score at Frith Street Gallery using systems of chance to make artistic decisions.

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Patricio Forrester with Artmongers presents Political Swing at Casa Abierta at the Argentine ambassador’s residence.