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This exhibition is drawing passers by in from the street as the main exhibit by Chiharu Shiota is so dramatic.  The main room has a blood red net of yarn hanging from the ceiling with a cast of the artist’s feet at the bottom.  Next door are smaller yarn installations with a white dress entangled in a case of black yarn.  It is a stunning show.

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First of all, what great names – Danish and Norwegian.  Secondly, what a stunning show at the Whitechapel Gallery. Nothing is as it seems and it would be easy to walk through the pool, past the donation box and the cashpoint and not see anything out of place; a whole group walked past Modern Moses, a very realistic baby in a carrycot in front of a cashpoint (or is it??).  The first room is the recreated Whitechapel Pool, an empty, abandoned space which we were told had a polystyrene floor.  The last room has frightened child, a pregnant maid, a reverse crucifix, a judge’s wig and a vulture.  Some are aluminium or bronze; the wig is real.  I found myself staring into the faces of the boy and the maid.  The lighting and the shadows cast are perfect.  When you exit you find yourself in random room of scientific teaching curiosities with some modern sculpture inserted.  Also great.

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Francis Upritchard has put a colorful exhibition into the Curve at the Barbican.  Hippies, hats, pots, all in bright colours and clothes.  Worth a look if you are there.

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Martin Eder’s Parasites is the latest exhibition at the Newport Street Gallery.  Always interesting to see work by an artist new to me.  He has made a career long study of flesh and in some paintings it is so very real it is quite disturbing.  His body of work is an acquired taste with oversized and sometimes rather sinister animals appearing; there is a particularly malevolent looking cat.  Not for me although I rather liked the bunny with a scythe.

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The Weeping Window is at the Imperial War Museum as part of the Poppies Tour, having ended its stay at Tower of London some time ago.  It is a great idea to take them around the country so everyone can see them.  It looks incredible – on until 25th November

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Visited this newly opened South London Gallery in Peckham which is in a converted fire station.  Bit of a trek to get there but worth the journey.  The exhibition was: Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art.  Artists featured are Maurizio Cattelan, Martin Creed, Ryan Gander, Sarah Lucas, Roy Lichenstein, Joyce Pensato and more; 30+ in all.  It was worth the trip and we will be back again.  Particularly liked Micky Mouse, the saw cutting the circle and the silver rock star.

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It may have been small but New Figurative Art 1920-1945: Works from the Giuseppe Iannaccone Collection had some lovely paintings. The Betrothed by Ottone Rosai is very simple but beautiful, a couple walking down a road together with a very pale pink cloud in the distance.  Drop by the Estorick next time you are in Islington, but before 23rd December.

 

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