Joy Labinjo, Morley Gallery, London
The winner of last year’s Woon Foundation Art Prize, Joy Labinjo’s work draws on her British-Nigerian heritage, examining the relationship between identity, race and culture. She creates large-scale canvases saturated with colours, patterns and people, reconfigured from her family photograph albums. Labinjo’s show is the first of three exhibitions at Morley Gallery this year that will showcase the work of three different female artists, with Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price and writer Sara Baume in July and October respectively.
Until 10 February 2018, www.morleycollege.ac.uk
Break in Transmission, Holden Gallery, Manchester
This group show includes work by Meriç Algün Ringborg, Fiona Banner, Sam Durant, Shannon Ebner and Kerry Tribe. It takes as its starting point the everyday process of one thing being translated into another, and that ‘with language there is usually an equivalent word or phrase, although through further translations from one type of thing to another, more complications occur’. The text-based works on show explore these gaps and mistakes through language, communication and meaning.
Until 22 March 2018, www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk
Glenn Brown, Gagosian, London
Past Turner Prize nominee Glenn Brown‘s first major exhibition in London since 2009 features oil paintings, drawings in period frames, grisaille panel works, etchings, and sculptures. As usual, Brown references a raft of historical art, including work by Rembrandt, Delacroix, Greuze, and Raphael. The technical skill involved in creating these intricately detailed works has to be experienced first hand, with what appear to be voluminous layers of paint revealed to be perfectly flat surfaces.
Until 17 March 2018, www.gagosian.com
Portfolio 1, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
Grundy’s latest exhibition features print-based works that were all produced during the 1970s and ’80s. The works are all taken from its collection and explore the technical and content-based considerations of artists working at the time. The featured artists are: Julian Trevelyn, Andrew Holmes, Rib Bloomfield, Anne Golding, Derrick Greaves, Anthony Benjamin, Quentin King, Tully Crook, Leon Piesowoski and Pete Flowers.
Until 3 March 2018, www.grundyartgallery.com
Paul Anthony Harford, Focal Point Gallery, Southend
British artist Paul Anthony Harford lived and worked in Southend-on-Sea and Weymouth, before passing away at the age of 73 in Leigh-on-Sea in 2016. Throughout his career he produced hundreds of large-scale drawings that are meticulously produced depictions of everyday seaside town living. The images frame it as a place of often unseen complexity, where ‘addictive behaviours are acted out and the typically unseen realities of aspiration and decline are laid bare’.
Until 22 April 2018, www.focalpoint.org.uk
1. Joy Labinjo, Untitled, 2017
2. Fiona Banner, Tête à tête, 2014. High definition digital film, 5.53 minutes. Courtesy of the artist
3. Glenn Brown, The Music of the Mountains, 2016. India ink and acrylic on panel, 531/8 x 273/8 inches (135 x 95 cm). Courtesy: Gagosian
4. Tully Crook, Arizona, 1978. Copyright: the artist. Courtesy: the artist and Grundy Art Gallery
5. Paul Anthony Harford, Untitled (Young mother and child), 2003. Courtesy: Paul and Stefan Harford and Focal Point Gallery, Southend. Photo: Andy Rose Photography