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Hannah Barry Gallery, 4 Holly Grove, Peckham, London SE15 5DF

Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq: BLACK SUN


Encountering Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq’s work, ‘Black Sun’, is as much a lesson on the poetics of architecture as it is a visual experience. Review by Joan Lee

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IMT Gallery, 2, 210 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9NQ

you were high when I was doomed

Installation view, you were high when I was doomed, IMT Gallery

The walls of the gallery have been spray painted to resemble some kind of toxic sky, with poisonous greens and billowing hues of black and purple. It creates a trail of changing colours like some kind of Romantic painter’s nightmare, through to its charred end. Review by Theo Turpin

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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag, Netherlands

Rinus Van de Velde

Rinus Van de Velde, installation view at  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2016

Stepping into Rinus Van de Velde’s installation situates one in an outsized and totally absorbing graphic novel. His large and powerful charcoal on paper drawings tell of life at an artists’ colony led by the idiosyncratic, manipulative and fictional sculptor Isaac Weiss, just the latest in a string of stand-ins Van de Velde employs in his work. Review by John Gayer.

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Pilar Corrias Gallery, 54 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF

Charles Avery: The People and Things of Onomatopoeia: Part 2

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Recent political developments in the UK have naturally left the issue of an island mentality very present in people’s minds. Avery has described his protagonists as philosophically engaged rationalists but with such clear contrast between the Island’s urban and rural life, you wonder how long before the Islanders might have a revolution. Review by Tessa Norton

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Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2H9, Canada

Michael Snow: Powers of Two

Powers of Two

Snow is arguably one of Canada’s most internationally famed contemporary artists, known most commonly for his innovative work in film and video. ‘Powers of Two’ also brings together more recent sculpture and photo-based work with a refreshing collection of rarely seen early drawings and illustrations. Review by Emma Rae Warburton

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Maureen Paley, 21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT


“…HOUNDED BY EXTERNAL EVENTS…” Curated by Michael Bracewell. Exhibition view, Maureen Paley, London 2016

Unease seems to be the mood of the moment. We are in a state of political flux, paranoia and polarised views. If it feels familiar to the human race it’s because we’ve lived this before. As the blurb accompanying the latest exhibition at Maureen Paley tells us, each generation experiences its own rise of unease. Review by Jesc Bunyard

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South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH

Roman Ondak: The Source of Art is in the Life of a People

Roman Ondak, The Source of Art is in the Life of a People, installation view at the South London Gallery, 2016.

Time marches on in Ondak's piece 'Event Horizon', a performance structure that rolls on over the duration of the 100 days of the exhibition at South London Gallery. A sliced up oak tree lies on the floor divided into 100 sections. Over the course of the exhibition, every day a piece is taken and placed on a grid of dowels mounted on the wall. Each of the tree sections has painted on to it text stating a significant event from each year. Review by Piers Masterson

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Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX

William Kentridge: Thick Time

Installation view, William Kentridge, Thick Time

Kentridge's work combines a complex and theoretically rigorous reading of 20th century art and history with a level of artistic virtuosity that can be equally appreciated by traditionalists. Review by Luke Naessens

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Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG

Bonnie Camplin

Installation view of Bonnie Camplin at Camden Arts Centre, 2016-17

Described as ‘a semiotic technology’, the work consists of eight drawings arranged as a schematic diagram. Camplin claims these were transmitted to her and downloaded through psychic communication. Whatever this psychic seance involved remains mysterious. Review by Tessa Norton

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Union Pacific, 17 Goulston St, London E1 7TP


 Installation view, Lanzarote, Union Pacific

By bringing together a diverse range of contemporary practices, the exhibition currently on view at Union Pacific explores concepts of otherness and dislocation, incongruence and contamination that might define Lanzarote’s unique configuration. A series of conceptual premises structure the show and set up a fluid dialogue among the constellation of practices being presented. Review by Bianca Baroni

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Seventeen, 270-276 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG

Lonesome Wife

Lonesome Wife, Seventeen, installation view

This autumn Seventeen presents ‘Lonesome Wife’, an imaginative and seductive exhibition displaying the work of nine multiform artists. Taking the focal point of being a show about text but without the text, curator Attilia Fattori Franchini edifies the character of William H. Gass’ (1968) novel ‘Willie Masters’ Lonesome Wife’, by using installation, painting and photography. The unseen text is brought to gallery visitors through abstract, visual props that are as gentle and subtle as they are fetishistic and nasty. Review by Phoebe V. Bradford

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Annely Juda Fine Art, 4th Floor, 23 Dering Street, London W1S 1AW

Lucia Nogueira

Installation view, Lucia Nogueira

The dense exhibition at Annely Juda Fine Art provides an insightful overview of Nogueira’s practice between 1989 and 1997 and the space is packed with her sculptures, installations and drawings. Elli Resvanis reviews

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Frith Street Gallery, 17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ

Tacita Dean: LA Exuberance

Installation view, Tacita Dean, LA Exuberance, Frith Street Gallery

Dean’s take on LA is jarring: instead of doubling down on the sinister shadows of the forests and canyons, she’s chosen the elements of the city that seem most antithetical to her gloomy aesthetic. Review by Liam Hess

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