Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic picks his favourite top 5 Art Exhibitions to see in London right now. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you. Those looking for more shows should check out his top shows to see during Frieze week, where all but one remain open to visit.
Marwan Bassiouni: New British Views @ Workplace
Mosques are an integral part of Britain, that’s the message I get from these large scale photographs that look out from mosques across Britain – whether they look upon The Shard, a church or a Lidl. It’s a fantastic project given many mosques in the UK are buildings converted for use so may not be obvious from outside but their purpose is clear from the inside. Until 19 November.
Simon Roberts: Beneath the Pilgrim Moon @ Flowers East
Photographs of statues at the V&A covered in plastic sheets during a renovation were captured by Simon Roberts during lockdown. And they really capture the feeling of what we were all living through with a kiss under wraps and an anguished face trapped behind plastic. Plus it’s upstairs from the visceral paintings of Ken Currie. Until 5 November.
Catherine Repko: Gatherer @ Huxley-Parlour
These are beautifully simple figurative paintings based on her own home videos. By focusing just on the outlines of the figures and using a muted colour palette it feels like a nostalgic look back on moments that trigger memories even if all the details aren’t fully clear. Until 19 November.
Edge of Eden @ Maze Gallery
Maze Gallery has brought together a group of artists that includes many who have worked in murals and street art, all with a healthy dose of the surreal in their works. Particular highlights for me include the street scenes inside silhouettes of faces by Christian Blanxer and Scott Listfield’s astronaut in a surveilled jungle. Plus it’s always great to find a new gallery, and this one is in Barnes – which is a lovely area that definitely needs an injection of contemporary art. Until 30 October.
Confluence @ Tristan Hoare
This exhibition pairs two artists with very different styles and yet their works come together beautifully. Alessandro Twombly’s big bold colourful abstract paintings are reminiscent of the work of his father Cy. While Ritsue Mishima’s stunning glass sculptures are transparent and much smaller, and yet their curves complement the paintings around them. Until 28 October.
Maze gallery image copyright Christian Blanxer. All other images courtesy gallery.
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