Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic has picked five exhibitions to see in London. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you. There’s still time to catch some of his late October recommendations. All exhibitions are free to visit, some may require booking ahead:
At the edge of pictures: John Stezaker, works 1975-1990 @ Luxembourg + Co
I’ve always been a fan of John Stezaker’s collages where multiple persons overlap with one another or natural features. However, I didn’t know much about his evolution of his work until I saw this exhibition. There may not be that many works here but they show how his style has evolved over time through collages, silkscreens and photographs. Until 5 December.
25 years @ Stephen Friedman Gallery
Stephen Friedman Gallery is celebrating its 25th birthday in style with an assortment of greatest hits from some of its finest artists. Vibrant paintings by Kehinde Wiley and Denzil Forrester hang alongside a Yinka Shonibare statue and a playful David Shrigley painting. This gallery has hosted some excellent exhibitions over the last quarter century and I look forward to seeing many more. Until 7 November.
Nude @ Olivier Malingue
The nude is an important subject that artists return to time and time again. From abstract works by Picasso and Henry Moore to the beautiful and more traditional drawing by Maximilien Luce, this exhibition looks at the diversity in the depiction of the nude from the late 19th century to today, through some beautiful works. Until 11 December.
Paul Cocksedge: Slump @ Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Where is the line between art and design? Paul Cocksedge brings the two together by creating works that are both beautiful and functional – with glass tables based around tree stumps and large rocks. These are stunning creations and is a highlights of London Design Festival that may still be seen. Until 18 December.
Fabienne Verdier: Vortex @ Waddington Custot
These beautiful gestural abstract paintings that have a Zen like quality to them. Watching them being created with her giant brushes is equally meditative as the artist. In these trying times ti’s the oasis of calm we’re all in need of. Until 17 November.
All images copyright artist and gallery. Carpenters Workshop image copyright Tabish Khan