Gallery run 6th November

Regent’s Canal to Hackney. Plus Peckham galleries.

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Zeng Fanzhi at Frieze 2016 sculpture park.

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Antony Gormley at White Cube with interactive sculptures containing body sized gaps.

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Sam Porritt at Vitrine Gallery

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Patrick Caulfield at The Approach.

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Virginia Overton at White Cube with a very warm wood burner.

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Regents Canal.

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Piotr Lakomy The Sunday Painter with sculptures made from high tech aluminium honeycomb.

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Jean Dubuffet at Frieze 2016 sculpture exhibition.

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Amalia Ulman at Arcadia Missa with a Labour Dance. A new gallery in Peckham.

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The Line Sculpture Trail, 4th August

With the galleries on summer holiday, I decided to check out The Line sculpture trail. Its collection of artworks are embedded along two geographic vectors that by happy coincidence lie superimposed upon one another pointing in a northerly direction. They are the River Lea and the Greenwich Meridian line. The Line sculpture trail is rather less fluent than the geographical lines it references, due in part to tight bows near the mouth of the River Lea and accompanying industrial estates that make the river at this stage inaccessible. But this makes for added adventure.

An Oyster card is useful too since another major feature of the Line is the Thames itself. Whilst the first sculptures are situated on the south side of the river the rest are reached by a ride across the Thames on the Emirates cable car. After a surprisingly exciting “flight”, the route planners have then urged the adventurer to take the DLR and resume on foot after a short journey by train. But I hot-foot it through the industrial estates and rejoin The Line further north. A river path has appeared and the Lea has become navigable again to the casual stroller.

Along this stretch of the river I see a sculpture by Damien Hirst identifiable by its cartoony style. It is a painted bronze about the size and shape of a saloon car. Small blue and red circles punctuate its surface in pairs and have been clearly articulated from the day they were cast in the original monochrome bronze. They represent blood vessels close to the surface of the skin and add a sensation of visceral reality to the giant biological machine of which they are part. Other vessels are rendered too in an extended palette of colours which try through their clarity to emulate the strange alphabet of the book of life. Sweat glands, hairs and shunts that cool the skin are all present and speak of their function with the clarity of a medical textbook illustration.

This mass of bronze mimics no more than a slither of skin but it is brought to life by the bright colours and remind me of a fabulous slice of trifle. I graciously receive this generous offering and tuck into yet another of the courses that have been served up today! The layers are stepped on their upper surface adding a further sense of grandeur to their scale. But like those classical depictions of vanities that have a skull or some other device to remind us of our own mortality, thick black hairs sit atop the spectacle, and upset any further sense of appetitive fulfilment. They are curved as though caught momentarily by a delicate breeze drawn off the surface of the nearby river. And it is along this river that the next item of the trail lies, a spiral DNA structure fashioned from shopping trolleys, somehow commenting on our most recent mutation that has come to characterise the first part of the 21st century, our transformation into shopaholics.

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Emirates Air Line which forms a vital link crossing the Thames for The Line sculpture trail.

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Opposite larger than life bronze contemporary figure with its own smart phone by Thomas J Price on The Line sculpture trail.

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Carsten Holler of Gagosian joins his spiral tube slide to the spiral tower of Anish Kapoor of Lisson Gallery.

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Antony Gormley of White Cube showing Quantum Cloud on The Line sculpture trail.

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Richard Wilson RA produced Slice of Reality, the title being visible on a life ring on board. The Line sculpture trail.

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Sterling Ruby of Spruth and Magers and Gagosian produced this angular canon-like form. He paid particular attention to the spray paint whose code is displayed in welded lettering on the base. The Line sculpture trail.

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Damien Hirst of White Cube on The Line sculpture trail. The painted bronze sculpture imitates a few cubic millimetres of skin.

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Gary Hume of David Zwirner gallery with brass leg-like forms on The Line sculpture trail.

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Abigail Fallis on The Line sculpture trail. Shopping trolleys imitate structural molecules in a DNA spiral. The poppies were growing round the concrete base.

Gallery run 19th May

Lambeth Bridge, St Jame’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park and on to Portobello Road. Into Coffee Plant cafe-gallery to drop off show press release. North to Regent’s Canal, East and then South to Timothy Taylor. Sadie Coles, Alan Cristea, Simon Lee, Pilar Corrias, and South over Lambeth Bridge to Newport Street Gallery. Then South to see Turner Prize nominee Michael Dean at South London Gallery.

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202Michael Dean at South London Gallery with flat standing sculptures. Loved this pebble dash one.

203Antony Gormley at Alan Cristea Gallery has produced intricate block-print surfaces to create a richly textured black surface on the paper. The reflection is the only way I could get it across.

204Elizabeth Neal at Pilar Corrias with gestures and sprayed spots of paint. Landscape motifs are just discernible.

205Alighieroboetti artwork featured at Ibid Gallery with labour-intensive lines featured close-up.

206Sarah Crowner at Simon Lee Gallery with more great canvas dislocation pieces and some tiling. A new pentagon pattern discovered by mathematicians this year is featured.

207Jeff Koons’ artwork at Newport Street Gallery.

208Had a peek before entering the show at South London Gallery. Congratulations to Michael Dean of Herald Street for his nomination for the Turner Prize.

209Ryan Sullivan at Sadie Coles HQ with a new moulding process. The viewer literally looks from inside the painting out.

Gallery run 21st April

The human figure rules this week in nudes, performance and abstract form.

169Richard Prince at Sadie Coles HQ. Reworked nudes with scribbles and big-footed figures.

168Maria Bartuszova at Alison Jacques with delicate plaster eggshell-like sculptures.

167Jenny Saville at Gagosian Gallery.

166Antony Gormley of White Cube has this statue on St Bride Street.

165Jean Luc Moulene at Thomas Dane.

164Apostolos Giorgiou at Rodeo Gallery.

163Anne Tallentire with propped building materials and her characteristic flashes of yellow and other DIY colours at Hollybush Gardens.

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161Keijiuematsu at Simon Lee