Joy Labinjo, BALTIC, Gateshead
Drawing on her British-Nigerian heritage, Joy Labinjo’s large-scale paintings feature portraits of relatives, friends and people she has discovered in family albums. Depicting intimate scenes of contemporary family life, she captures the everyday and the domestic by fusing different images together, and collaging a variety of interiors and figures. This show at BALTIC is her first major institutional solo presentation.
Until 23 February 2020 www.baltic.art
A Tale of Mother’s Bones, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, Penzance
This exhibition features a range of paintings and drawings paired with psychoanalytic interpretation that came as a result of the collaboration between Dr Grace Pailthorpe, a trained surgeon, and Reuben Mednikoff, an artist and designer. It includes more than 90 works, spanning nearly four decades, from early experiments with Surrealist processes, to their response to the rise of fascism in interwar Europe, and explorations into gender, relationships, and spirituality, from progressive and often radical positions.
Until 4 January 2020 www.newlynartgallery.co.uk
Edward Allington: Things Unsaid, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Sculptor, writer and educator Edward Allington played a key role in the evolution of British sculpture from the 1980s onwards. A contemporary of high profile names such as Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Shirazeh Houshiary, Richard Wentworth and Bill Woodrow, they were linked by creating work that responded to the changing aesthetic, social and cultural values of the time. This show includes 14 sculptures alongside photographic works, archive material and preparatory objects. Coinciding with the exhibition over at Leeds Art Gallery is a selection of archival material relating to Allington’s writings, sculptural process and works.
Until 19 January 2020 www.henry-moore.org
Elizabeth Price: A LONG MEMORY, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price’s latest exhibition features a mix of new and older works which highlight the artist’s pre-occupations with technology, history, politics and pop music. It includes the premiere of her new trilogy of video works, SLOW DANS, plus her Turner Prize winning THE WOOLWORTHS CHOIR OF 1979. This 20-minute video installation, which explores the destruction of Manchester’s Woolworths store by fire in 1979, is being shown in the city for the first time.
Until 1 March www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk
Mark Bradford, Hauser & Wirth, London
Filling the entirety of Hauser & Wirth London’s gallery spaces, this show by LA artist Mark Bradford features a range of new abstract paintings plus the film Dancing in the Street. Returning to ancient mythology, which the artist has frequently referenced, the work also features the iconic song penned by a trio of songwriters including Marvin Gaye, and was recorded by Martha and the Vandellas in 1964. As with Bradford’s previous works, it raises questions relating to the distribution of power within societal structures and how these impact on the individual.
Until 21 December www.hauserwirth.com
1. Joy Labinjo, Everything Will Be Alright, 2019. Courtesy: the artist and Tiwani Contemporary
2. Edward Allington, Things Unsaid, 1990, pen, ink and emulsion on ledger paper
Courtesy Leeds Museums & Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery)
2. Mark Bradford, Dancing in the Street, 2019, video, 2 mins, 50 secs. © Mark Bradford