George Henry Longly @ Valentin, Paris

George Henry Longly’s new exhibition at Valentin, The Smile of a Snake, takes its name from a language tutorial emphasising the pronunciation of the letter “s”. A phonetic exercise forlearning English as a foreign language it also highlights problems withthe physical materialisation of language. A lisp also known as sigmatism, is a speech impediment in…

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…

Pascual Sisto + Amy Feldman @ Brand New Gallery, Milan

For En Plein Air, Pascual Sisto has sampled the organic occurring markings native to a peculiar household plant commonly known as the spotted laurel or gold dust laurel (Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata’); a plant variety that has been produced in strict cultivation by selective breeding. This sampling has occurred not once or twice but multiple times…