Tabish’s Top 5 Art Exhibitions to see in London this week

Tabish Khan brings you five art exhibitions in London that you should visit during the week. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you.

Copyright Anouk Mercier

Copyright Anouk Mercier

1. Tragedy of Landscape @ Griffin Gallery
A show demonstrating that landscape painting is alive and well and still a genre where contemporary artists can innovate. The exhibition is in partnership with the impressive Antlers gallery in Bristol.

Copyright William Mackrell

Copyright William Mackrell

2. William Mackrell @ The Ryder
This new project space in Bethnal Green opens with an exhibition dedicated to William Mackrell’s performance piece from last year, where a Citroen 2CV  was dragged through London by two horses. There is video of the performance and a shocking amount of paperwork he needed to complete to get authorisation.

Copyright Lucinda Metcalfe

Copyright Lucinda Metcalfe

3. Eccentric Spaces @ Foyles cafe
Another landscape dominated show from the talented Bearspace gallery stable, including favourites Suzanne Moxhay and Jane Ward. A new find for me are the searingly bright paintings of Lucinda Metcalfe.

Copyright Anni Leppala

Copyright Anni Leppala

4. The Presence of Absence @ Berloni
This busy group show curated by our very own Paul Carey-Kent has some standout works including Anni Leppala’s subtle intimate photographs and Maria Marshall’s hypnotic video of a boy kicking a ball against a church, with the ball airbrushed out.

Copyright Richard Mosse Copyright Richard Mosse

5. Staging Disorder @ London College of Communications
This conflict inspired exhibition may not be very well signposted but does contain the eerie geiger counter sounds from a visit to Chernobyl and the surreal training houses and planes used for military exercises.

About Tabish Khan

Art Critic for both FAD and Londonist. See as many exhibitions as possible and write reviews, opinion pieces and a weekly top 5 for FAD.