Gallery run 23rd March

This week’s run accesses Hollybush Gardens, via Brick Lane and The Regent’s Canal. From here it progresses west to the hub of galleries near St James’ Park and Regent’s Street. The first stretch, like last week, is too far to walk though well worth the journey. The remaining hub is very accessible to the pedestrian and offers a nice selection of current work.

A classic stop-off point on Brick Lane is Beigel Bake where apple strudel costs just 80p. With a refuelling stop of choice items the longer-range London traveller can weave up some backstreets past Hoxton Overground station whilst maintaining a course parallel to Kingsland Road before they reach The Regent’s Canal. Go west for a few miles until the various gas frames at Kings Cross come into view and then switch south heading down Gray’s Inn Road. Hollybush Gardens is situated in a low-lying segment of Farringdon and on show is Turner Prize winner, Lubaina Himid. The viewer will see a room full of painting extending onto additional objects propped upright on the floor, objects whose original utility is immediately recognisable.

A good place for the more sedate traveller to join the trek is at Duke Street St James, where Thomas Dane and White Cube are both located. They are presenting respectively, art formerly linked to Brazilian Street art, in the case of Jose Damescano, and art using refrigeration units to produce a glistening white frost, in the case of Pier Paola Calzolari. A lovely little show further on at Mazzoleni Gallery on Albemarle Street is also well worth a visit.

David Zwirner on Grafton Street has the pick of the day in my opinion, hosting Andrzej Wroblewski, a Polish artist who oozes Eastern Block charm. His Chauffeur series features drivers with their back turned to the viewer. A Gauguinesque blaze of colour near the driver’s head appears to demarcate that area of the vehicle window where the subject’s own psyche has intervened into this external world. Down Hay Hill lies Berkeley Street and Simon Lee Gallery. Two great shows are on here featuring Roy Newell’s tiny abstracts and Micelangelo Pistoletto’s mirror images. Finally, though this show is no longer on, Sophie Von Hellermann has been exhibiting some lovely loose paintings at Pilar Corrias. Formally of Vilma Gold, which shut last Autumn, the artist has found a good replacement with this gallery on Eastcastle Street.

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Lubaina Himid of Hollybush Gardens with a painted piano lid.

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Jose Damasceno of Thomas Dane Gallery with a small intervention on the eyes of Brazilian money-prints.

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Pier Paola Calzolari at White Cube who uses refrigeration units in his sculptures to produce pure whites.

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Mel Bochner at Mazzoleni Gallery.

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Andrzej Wroblewski at David Zwirner with an image from his Chauffeur series.

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Roy Newell at Simon Lee Gallery with meticulously worked miniature paintings.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto of Simon Lee Gallery with shelving images on his characteristic mirror backgrounds.

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Jean Dubuffet at Timothy Taylor with one his familiar cellular-based sculptures.

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Sophie Von Hellermann of Pilar Corrias with colourful paintings from the imagination.

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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.

Gallery run 27th May

Visited Art 16 earlier in the week, then did the run. Tower Bridge, Brick Lane and Regent’s Canal. West past Kings Cross and Regent Street to Lisson Grove and along to Lisson Gallery. South to Timothy Taylor, Victoria Miro, Golden Square and Frith Street Gallery. South over Lambeth Bridge, across Walworth Road and through Burgess Park.
211At Art16. Alfredo and Isabela Quilizan produced these flip-flop angel wings.

218Cory Arcangel at Lisson Gallery. The digital displays are altered, the software hacked. The alphabet of corporate symbols is appropriated by the artist.

217Jean Dubuffet at Timothy Taylor. These fab sculptures grew out of red and blue biro doodles, we are told. The artist had made them whilst on the phone.

216Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro.

215Massimo Bartolini at Frith Street Gallery. The artist’s sound piece is played on this record player crowned with a brass cube. This unusual addition pays homage to Golden Square, the location of the gallery.

214Dora Maurer at White Cube. The hands form an alphabet of gestures.

213Stephane Graff at Almine Rech. A juxtaposition of text and image that is intended to jar one with the other.

212Galleryrunner saw this house connected to a railway arch near Walworth Road.

219Stanley Whitney at Lisson Gallery. These pastel grids put beauty before formalism.