Quick! Last Chance Art: child in precarious position, early Nauman films & Picasso...
Until 6 July
Haunch of Venison, London.
The Observer (2010) Patrica Piccinini
Caravan (2012) Uwe Witter
If you thought art was too much about abstract conceptualism this group show, which brings together work by six little-known international artists, proves there is still a sizeable place for, and power to be found in, figurative realism (and that goes for photorealist painting too). Patricia Piccinini's precarious looking piece, the only sculpture in here and featuring a creepily life-like child atop an unlikely stack of chairs, proves a definite highlight.
Until 8 July
White Cube Bermondsey
After two months on view, Nauman's explorative films from the late-60s reach their final week of occupancy at White Cube Bermondsey. In typical Nauman fashion, the films bear witness to the artist having a go with using his own body and his studio space as a mechanism for creativity. Aptly titled works such Playing a note on the Violin while I walk around the studio, showcase Nauman's love of repeated gesture, deadpan humour, relentless experimentation and his revolutionary effect on contemporary performance art.
Until 15 July
The Three Dancers (1925) Pablo Picasso © Succession Picasso/DACS2002
Apparently he had a soft spot for us Brits too after his first visit here in 1919, but this show pays homage to Pablo Picasso's UK admirers, and the revolutionary impact he had on the careers of some of our great names. Featuring work not only by Picasso himself but also the likes of Ben Nicholson and Francis Bacon, this has been criticised for showing our countrymen up in the face of such Spanish genius. However, there really are some phenomenal works here - for example, from Picasso's iconic cubist period is 1937's Weeping Woman, a piece that reshaped the face of British art. Not to be missed.
Nude Woman in a Red Armchair (1932) Pablo Picasso Purchased 1953 Succession Picasso/DACS 2002
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