Delicate and poised, spidery and animated, these bronze casts of tree trunks, hollowed out and painted with a radiant gold-leaf interior, seem to prowl the gallery on their spindly branched limbs. This new site-specific work for the Bloomberg Commission, Spazio di Luce (Space of Light) (2012), was created by the youngest artist to have been admitted to the Arte Povera group, Giuseppe Penone (b1947), using the time-old technique of Lost Wax casting, deliberately reversing the interior and exterior of the trees.
The Whitechapel Gallery, London, until September 2013
The British Council Collection; Passports
Relatively unknown inside of Britain, the British Council in fact plays an extensive role in nurturing and bringing to attention native artistic talent. This is achieved through numerous means including grants, exchanges, and exhibitions, the last of which are facilitated by its even less well-known art collection.
Mimmo Paladino: Black and White
In London, Mimmo Paladino’s show, Black and White, at the Waddington Galleries earlier this year, and his spectacular large painting, at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, reveal his continued mastery of the evocative and mysterious language of painting.
Gilbert and George: Major Exhibition
Gilbert and George has arrived at Tate Modern (and not at Tate Britain, at their own insistence). They claim that they are, for the period of this exhibition only, a part of the art 'establishment': after which the duet will be outside again, very much by choice. Yet there are key issues here about what Gilbert and George do represent, as an operating partnership in this critical world.
Sophie Calle: Talking to Strangers
The linguistic games of Take Care of Yourself, a highlight of the Venice Biennale in 2007 are now the centrepiece of Sophie Calle’s first UK retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery