Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic picks his top art exhibitions to see. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you. Readers should also see last week’s museum exhibitions to see, as all are still open to visit.
Rachel Whiteread: Internal Objects @ Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill
Taking a break from her perfect casts Rachel Whiteread has embraced some destruction with two cabins that appear to have been broken apart in a violent storm – well it has been that kind of year – accompanied by some smaller wall based works. Until 6 June.
Paolo Canevari: Self-portrait @ Cardi Gallery
Using the everyday item of rubber tyres Italian artist Paolo Canevari delivers political commentary, most notably in a room where tanks are made from tyres as are missiles that clearly reference how religion is used by many to justify wars. Until 6 June.
Multiple exhibitions @ Cromwell Place
A host of exhibitions have opened in this South Kensington venue. My two favourites are the beautifully sculpted works by Hanneke Beaumont with Bowman Sculpture and some fantastic photography at Black Box Projects that includes a room turned into a functioning Camera Obscura projecting the view from outside into the gallery. at Cromwell Place. Both shows until 30 May.
Raine Storey: Reveries @ The Gallery, Chameleon
Dressed up for parties in opulent spaces, it feels like a former life and one we won’t be racing back to just yet. Raine Storey’s figurative paintings are beautifully executed and look forward to a hopeful future that we hope to eventually return to. These sparing paintings were inspired by the surroundings they are displayed in during her time in residence in this beautiful building. Until 31 May.
Matt Stokes: This Liberty @ Workplace
Honest and moving stories of imprisonment are set across two films that cover the lives of historic prisoners told through song and contemporary prisoners recounting tales through digital avatars that are all birds of prey. Given we’ve all been through lockdown this is what true containment is like and comparatively we’ve had it easy. Until 28 May.
Annya Sand @ Smallest Gallery in Soho
Look inside the artist’s studio from the streets of Soho. Artist Annya Sand is painting live inside this Soho window space so we can see her heavily textured abstract works develop across the walls and floor as it grows outwards. Until mid-June.
Whiteread image © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates. Courtesy Gagosian. All other images copyright artist and gallery.