Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva Lady's Purse, 2011 - sheep testicle purse lined with silk, antique frame and chain, mounted in perspex box
Stephane Graff: Untitled (Courbet/Fontana), 2015 - Acylic silkscreen and oil on wood Diptych
Franziska Lantz: expanding arid zones & Haris Epaminonda: Vol. XX @ RODEO, 123 Charing Cross Road – Tottenham Court Road
Rodeo’s Condo share presents two installations representing found elements to transformative effect. Downstairs we can move on from the injustice of Michael Dean not winning the Turner Prize to admire an installation by his Swiss-German wife Franziska Lantz. Both are represented in Berlin by Supportico Lopez: here Lantz has trawled the Thames for detritus which she cleans with contemplative obsession, then hangs to form a shamanistic whole room installation featuring a surprisingly high proportion of camouflage wear. It’s complemented by her soundtrack – cluing us in to a wider practice which includes a regular broadcasts for Resonance FM. Upstairs are what might be termed ‘overlages’, by Berlin-based Cypriot Haris Epaminonda – collages in which the top layer (black and white images of ikebana flower arrangements) almost completely covers the lower layer (would-be-colour of Egyptian art). It’s mainly the captions, referring to pharaohs, which remain to complicate our interpretation of the bouquets.
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|Installation view with Zone, 2016|
|Be fearful and alert, as if peering into an abyss, as if treading onto thin ice, 2016 - glazed ceramic|
|Ingeborg Lüscher at the opening|
|David Salle: Mingus in Mexico, 1990|
There are too many good shows to review them all, and I tend to avoid the most obvious: those open over Christmas include:
Picasso at the National Portrait Gallery (to 5.2), a superbly balanced retrospective which happens to focus on known people - plus the bonus ball of Luc Tuymans’ portraits in glasses
The RA’s Abstract Expressionism (to 2.1). True, it’s a mess with an unduly tokenistic female presence, but is still full of great things, and the Still room is a triumph. Luc Tuymans bonus his curation of Ensor.
William Kentridge at the Whitechapel Gallery (to 15.1, plus various extras, none Tuymans).
Paul Nash at Tate Britain (to 5.3), bonus Rachel Maclean
Richard Serra’s third monumental occupation (to 25.2) of the Gagosian space in Britannia Street which was built to the spec of accommodating his work
Parts (30%) of Saatchi's latest show Painters' Painters (to 28.2) - David Salle (taking over from the recent Skarstedt show), Ansel Krut, Ryan Mosley.
If you like the spectacular, Anselm Kiefer at White Cube Bermondsey (to 22.1)
Rauschenberg at Tate Modern (to 2.2), not without a Salle chime at points...
The Wellcome Collection's current double, include Making Nature, a nice counterpoint to Marian Goodman's Animalia.