Three Galleries in Mayfair

Simon Hantaï, Timothy Taylor, 15 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2EX, until 5th March 2016

Simon Hantaï ‘Tabula’, 1974 Acrylic on canvas 30 1/3 x 28 1/3 in. / 77 x 72 cm

Simon Hantaï
‘Tabula’, 1974
Acrylic on canvas
30 1/3 x 28 1/3 in. / 77 x 72 cm

It may seem strange to us that from 1982 until his death in 2008 Simon Hantaï withdrew from the world of art despite frequent invitations to exhibit his work.  Based in Paris, he had started creating his pliage paintings in 1960 where they met with such acclaim that it led to his eventual withdrawal.  We must be grateful to Timothy Taylor for bringing his works to London, following a major show at Paris’s Centre Pompidou in 2013.

timothytaylor.com

 

This Is Today, Gazelli Art House, 39 Dover Street, London W1, until 6th March 2016

This is Today Installation shot. Courtesy of Gazelli Art House, 2016. Photography: Oskar Proctor

This is Today
Installation shot.
Courtesy of Gazelli Art House, 2016. Photography: Oskar Proctor

This is the gallery’s largest group exhibition so far and features work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Ian Stephenson, John Plumb, Bernard Cohen, Magda Cordell, Richard Smith, William Turnbull Derek Boshier, Edward Wright, and Archigram. It looks at artists working in Britain in the 1950s and their influence in subsequent decade’s right up to this day.

http://www.gazelliarthouse.com

 

Hiro, Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place, London W1, until 12th March 2016

Installation View (c) HIRO, courtesy Hamiltons Gallery

Installation View
(c) HIRO, courtesy Hamiltons Gallery

This show clearly reveals why Hiro has such a great reputation for whether he is capturing the human body, fashion, portraiture or still- life it is done with such memorable skill and élan.

http://www.hamiltonsgallery.com

Frans Pourbus the Younger

The Master of Truth and Expression: Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569 – 1622), The Weiss Gallery, 59 Jermyn Street, London SW1, until 25th February 2016

Frans Pourbus the Younger, (1569 – 1622) Caterine van Damme (1541 – 1622), at the age of fifty

Frans Pourbus the Younger, (1569 – 1622)
Caterine van Damme (1541 – 1622), at the age of fifty

There is still some time to see this group of portraits by Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569-1622) which is the largest group assembled outside of those in the Medici Collection which are displayed in the Uffizzi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.

Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569 – 1622) Louis XIII, King of France (1601 - 1643), with the Sash and Badge of the Order of Saint Esprit

Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569 – 1622)
Louis XIII, King of France (1601 – 1643), with the Sash and Badge of the Order of Saint Esprit

Gallery owner Mark Weiss says that he is “very proud to have assembled such a distinguished group of portraits by one artist, unparalleled in London. I am sure it will generate great interest amongst both museums and collectors alike. These paintings demonstrate the significance of Pourbus’ artistic legacy, and contribute to the continuing reinstatement of this great Master in the canon of 17th-century portraiture.”

Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569 – 1622) An Unknown Man, aged fifty-six

Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569 – 1622)
An Unknown Man, aged fifty-six

http://www.weissgallery.com

Virtuosity in Wood

Roberto Almagno – Suspended in Space, Rosenfeld Porcini, 37 Rathbone Street, London W1, until 13th February 2016

Alamgno, Col guinzaglio tra le dita 2, 2015, wood

Alamgno,
Col guinzaglio tra le dita 2, 2015,
wood

In this, his first solo exhibition, one can see a new departure for Almagno since his sculptures are even more refined and seem even freer and lighter than his earlier works. He is an undoubted master in the use of wood, which he gathers in forests near Rome, as these sculptures truly seem “suspended in space”.

Almagno, Col guinzaglio tra le dita, 2015, wood

Almagno,
Col guinzaglio tra le dita, 2015,
wood

 

http://www.rosenfeldporcini.com