5 January 2013 § Leave a comment
Unfortunately I only made it to this annual group exhibition just before it closed. This is the latest in their regular series of Christmas shows featuring a delightful selection of smallish works – no surprise there of course – from no fewer than 78 artists.
For those of you unfamiliar with the gallery ethos, this is one of the most established of the contemporary art galleries that has since 1970 promoted good value art from emerging and established artists. Recently there has been increasing emphasis on photographic works, and there a few here amongst a selection of mostly oils but also sculptures and watercolours.
As would be expected from a top gallery there are lots of well known and well-respected names: Maggi Hambling, Ishbel Myerscough, Julie Cockburn, Andrew Logan, John Kirby, Ken Currie and many more. One of those is Nadav Kander whose exhibition at the same Mayfair Gallery is coming up after this ‘Small’ show. His works tread the line between attraction and repulsion and this flabby nude is no exception.
Dina Brodsky’s Vacant was another impressive work. An immaculately detailed and enigmatic empty room painted in oil. I also liked Tai Schan Schierenberg’s Skull, thick in gloopy paint – a sort of 3D Kossoff.
There were lots more attractive works which had sadly, it seems, not sold that well – if the red dots were anything to go by that is. Perhaps they were too cheap, since by all accounts the wealthy are still splashing out at the big galleries and fairs. Still, a show to look out for next Christmas for those last minute gifts. Meanwhile,dont’t forget to put the Nadav Kander show dates in your diary!
Nadav Kander BODIES: 6 Women, 1 Man, 11 January – 9 February 2013
- How We Met: Angela Flowers & Victoria Glendinning (independent.co.uk)