Tabish Khan the @LondonArtCritic picks his top 5 art exhibitions to see after Frieze Week. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you. Those looking for more shows should see his last week’s top 5 where three remain open to visit.
David Benjamin Sherry: Mother @ Huxley-Parlour, Swallow Street
The expansive landscapes of the USA are given a colour change as each of these stunning images is rendered in a single colour – a blue mountain, a red waterfall and yellow plant life. It’s encouraging us to take a different look at these natural sites that were originally seen through a lens of colonising and expansion. Until 21 October.
Hannah Tilson: Soft Cut @ Cedric Bardawil
Self-portraits where the artist herself almost disappears into the layers of patterns and textiles in these ethereal paintings where the artists creates her own pigment to give it that washed out looks. They are beautiful and beguiling works. Until 21 October.
Fifteen: An Anniversary Exhibition @ Pangolin
It’s quite the milestone for this contemporary sculpture gallery to be celebrating 15 years. It brings together works from artists they’ve been working with over the years including an angular monumental couple by Lynn Chadwick and Susie MacMurray’s dress like ‘Medusa’ made from 300kg of chains, to smaller more delicate works. Until 4 November.
Ellie Pratt: Taste Maker @ South Parade
Female heads based on those from fashion magazines beauty pile on top of one another in one work or exist within a spiral – taking them away from the idealised settings their normally shows in, in these paintings by Ellie Pratt. It’s a show that inaugurates South Parade’s new space in Farringdon, having moved from Deptford. Hosting one work in the orange walled toilet feels like it should become an ongoing feature for future shows. Until 11 November.
Sonya Derviz: Closer @ Sherbet Green
These glowing paintings are almost ghostly as we get two close ups of faces, one tiny the other colossal, a body and a landscape. They are intense emotional works, but the way they’re painted makes us feels as if we’re looking at them through a haze. Until 4 November.