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UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 features more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

Interesting exhibition.  Twin Towers by Ivan Navarro is an interesting light installation with two squares in the ground which look columns of light going deep under the floor.    And the towers “sculpted” out of plastic figures by Jake and Dinos Chapman was very arresting.  As usual at IWM, nobody in the exhibition other than us.  On until 28.5.18.

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On in the Royal Festival Hall, on both sides of the jazz stage, until 20th November.  Thought provoking and moving exhibtion covering world events but also day to day lives of people in places like Brazil.IMG_3116

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Damián Ortega, Cerith Wyn Evans and Ann Veronica Janssens all on at the White Cube Bermondsey.  Wyn Evans showing similar light installations to those recently in the Tate Britain.  Janssens’ show is interesting glitter, lights and a very interesting installation of glass cubes filled with paraffin oil thin and coloured layer of liquid which seems to be floating above an expanse of clear liquid.

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Dan Colen’s Sweet Liberty exhibition at Newport Street Gallery.  Never heard of him but saw a few images which made me want to get down there.  Scooby Doo looking a bit wasted, silhouettes knocked out in walls shaped like Roger Rabbit and various other characters, pictures made of chewing gum and whoopee cushions made of glass so you can never sit on them.  If you go, listen out for the tapping shoes when you exit the gallery; I didn’t know about it so missed it.  Colourful and playful.

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We missed this one out last week at 180 The Strand, Ryoji Ikeda, Test Pattern, a monochrome film 7 minutes long being projected onto (or under?) the floor.   Get there early on the Saturday (starts at 12 noon) or go mid-week to avoid long queues.  You take your shoes off to walk onto the floor and can stay as long as you want.

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The Lisson Gallery has an exhibition on until 10th December 2017 at 180 The Strand marking the gallery’s 50th anniversary.  You don’t have to like it all but you will be impressed by the scale of the exhibition in the heart of London showing new and historical works by 24 artists, and will find something to interest you.  The artists include Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Ryan Gander and, new to me, Shirazeh Houshiary and much more.  Alongside this Store X The Vinyl Factory Presents has a brilliant work, Ruin, by Abloh and Kelly, a ruined nightclub installation down a side street.  And Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, the Message is Death, a thought-provoking film on the rooftop.

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Great thing about London is that there are groups of galleries in close walking distance.  First stop was the White Cube, Mason’s Yard and From the Vapor of Gasoline.  Post war symbols of America like the American flag, dollar and cowboys.  Then across the road to Royal Academy and Dali/Duchamp.  Interesting show although I’m not a major fan of either.  Then on to Zhongguo 2185 at Sadie Coles, Kingly Street.  Bit bonkers but the inflatable head filling up a corner of the gallery was great.  Finally, Blain/Southern and Jake and Dinos Champan’s The Disasters of Everyday Life.  Favourite of the afternoon by far: Goya’s prints each set reworked in a different way, some are grotesque cartoons, others battle scenes in glitter and another set with cut out images set amongst an unrelated scene, many of which are very funny. There is a lot of detail in them so you need to take your time looking closely at them.

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