|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.
To 4 Feb: www.simonleegallery.com
|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|
|Shadows for Construction # 7, 2016|
To 15 Jan: http://www.thephotographersgallery.org.uk/ (free 10 am -12)
|Renata Eisenegger: High-rise No. 1, 1974|
Solopreneur @ Kingsgate Workshops,110-116 Kingsgate Road - West Hampstead
|Installation view with Wendy and Road Spike prominent|
|Wuji Yi: research documentation from 'The Most Glorious Security Barrier in Ghuja' project|
Where is action painting now? Here’s where… as enacted in slow motion by ten performers during Frieze week (and two thereafter except for a full ten again on 17 December) on three storey glass structure which responds to the religious height of the main hall, and among Huanca's previous works in another room. The upcoming American (or, now, those trained by her) paints her models every day, and their semi-choreographed movements paint the space in turn over the show's long duration. Viewers and models between them trigger an atmospheric soundscape.
|Primordial Accumulation, 2016|
There’s another good reason to visit the Zabludowicz Collection this coming month: Dutch painter Willem Weismann occupies the project space with a cycle of three large paintings which take us from outside to inside and (after a punctuating ladder painting) down into the basement, with all sorts of cunning connections between the works, such as the recurrence of stylised fire, the way a patch of the surface which acts as his palette recurs in different guises, and the TV image in the second work showing the image from the CCTV on the first. Plus a rather fetching line-up of cushions!
|Carsten Höller: Octopus, 2014|
|still from Steve McQueen: Running Thunder, 2007|
|Brackish II, 2014 - 92 x 113cm|
Stephanie Quayle: Jenga @ T.J.Boulting, 59 Riding House Street - Fitzrovia
To 10 Dec: www.tjboulting.com