Balthus @ Scuderie del Quirinale, Académie de France, Villa Medici, Rome

Balthus’s is a realm of pictorial paradoxes, artifices, mirrors and masks. An enormously learned and histrionic aesthete, known for his mistrust towards interpreters and commentators on his work, Balthus had a penchant for questioning his audience about aesthetic credos and expectations. Little wonder he became the controversial figure, who has been equally regarded as the rappel-à-l’ordre…

Hubert Marot + Pedro Matos @ Bid Project, Milan

Hubert Marot’s work deals with the photographic image and the transformation of its fundamental principles in a continuous extension of the medium boundaries. The creative gesture of personalisation and mythicise through the concealing of the real, establishes the basis of the artist peculiarity that consciously passes through the various development and printing techniques of an…

Guy Yanai, Rafe Mullarkey & Anthony Miler @ Rod Barton, London

Guy Yanai’s paintings capture a visual culture somewhere between modern art and Tumblr, and take form in thick, paradise-hued brushstrokes. The works live where past and present meet, carving contemporary imagery into the historical timeline of painting, yet at first glance appearing uncannily evocative of 8-bit computer graphics of the 80s. This self-conscious relation with…

Alec Soth – Songbook @ FOTOGALLERIET, Oslo

Alec Soth’s large-scale black-and-white photographs manage to stand out and stir in a way that few photographs do in our image saturated culture. The Songbook project looks at notions of community and isolation in American society, documenting moments from a 3-year period that Soth spent travelling with writer Brad Zellar across seven states within the…

H2O – Gabriele De Santis @ Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris

A ball placed on the floor: “Rubber ball (fallen from 2 meters) in the moment immediately before it bounces back up”, 1968-70. Gino De Dominicis with very little effort focuses his research marvelously, characterized by an obsession with immortality and the idea of going across the concept of time as well as stopping it. Alighiero…

Varda Caivano @ Victoria Miro, London

Passing through the sliding wall of Victoria Miro’s Mayfair space into their first room I am struck by the restraint of the six canvases that greet me. Rather than the mottled layering of mark and vivid colour I associate with Caivano, large areas of white primer are left bare, her palette is dominated by greys…

Corin Sworn – Silent Sticks – Collezione Maramotti

Glasgow based artist Corin Sworn’s installation Silent Sticks, first exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, London 20 May – 19 July 2015, has recently been reinstalled at the Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia.  The exhibition was the result of research the artist did in Rome, Naples and Venice after winning the fifth edition of the Max…