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…

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…

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…

Bradford Kessler @ Ashes/Ashes, Los Angeles

“The ruling ideology today is basically something like a vague hedonism with a Buddhist touch” – Slavoj Žižek ANXIETY SOCIAL CLUB follows up Kessler’s exhibitions Land Lords at MonCHÉRI, Brussels (2015), and Finally Every Dimension of the Soil at American Medium, New York (2015). Abstract, anti-romantic notions of revolution and chaos in both society and…