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 runs extra photos

Favourite photos from the archive.

19a1Georg Baselitz at White Cube. These studies of the artist and wife in watercolour are great.

19a2Blair Thurman at Almine Rech Gallery. Loved the unfinished paint of this otherwise immaculate sculpture-painting. Photographed in April.

19a3Chantal Joffe at Victoria Miro. Loved this painting photographed in March.

19a4Sterling Ruby at Spruth and Magers with art to wear. Loved the colours of this work photographed in May.

19a5Jules de Balincourt at Victoria Miro. Beautiful colour and the light is almost tangible. A favourite photo from the archive.

19a6Nam June Paik at Tate Modern. A favourite photo I took on a gallery run in April.

19a7Matt Copson at Wilkinson Gallery. Great expletive-punctuated monologue from Reynard the Fox. But done with shrewdness by the artist.

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19a9Adam Buick at Corvi Mora in February. A favourite photo I hadn’t posted at the time. A solar system of pots.

Gallery run 28th April

Frames, cages and a look at the Tate’s new display.

179Ai Weiwei of Lisson Gallery produced this sculpture at St. Mary Axe.

178Jules de Balincourt at Victoria Miro with great glowing images.

177John Knight at Cabinet Gallery re-exhibits an instruction artwork. Also showing is a gallery cage of which we see a reflection.

176Nam June Paik used electrical coils to distort (further?) Nixon’s televised resignation address. Now at Tate Modern.

175Billy Childish at Carl Freedman with more vivid trees. The images have a great power close up and a close crop here tries to emulate that.

174Marlene Dumas at Tate Modern.

173Trellick Tower at the beginning of the Grand Union Canal approach to the first gallery.

172Ed Ruscha at Tate Modern.

171Great mural on Cowper Street near Whitechapel.