= The Crawford Arts Review: January 2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Les Lalanne until Thursday 26 January

Installation view of the interior artscape created by designer Manfredi della Gherardesca to accompany the work of Claude and the late Francois-Xavier Lalanne at Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook's Mews, London W1. Open Mon-Fri 11am-6pm, 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Three London exhibitions closing in January

1.  Ingeborg Lüscher at White Rainbow, Mortimer Street closes Saturday 21 Lüscher exhibits a powerful understanding of the material and metaphysical world, her main materials in this show of work composed between 1987 and 1992 being black ash and sulphur powder, both products of combustion. In metaphysical terms, hell fire tamed if you will. Perfect if you want a bit of metaphysics after your Sainsbury shop just along the road.
2.  mi _ _c _ _ (5 Mexican artists) at Chalton Gallery, Chalton Street closes Sunday 22 Puzzling but in a good way, a show that seems to disappear before your very eyes. Well done to the gallery for championing these Mexican artists:  Eric Valencia, Israel Urmer, Wendy Cabrera Rubio, Romeo Mijangos (definitely one to watch) and Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba. Again providing art while you shop, you'll find the gallery in Somers Town, between Costcutter and Euston Brook Clinic.
3.  Claude & Xavier Lalanne at Ben Brown Fine Arts, Brook's Mews closes Thursday 26 Animal sculptures by the late François-Xavier that, hollow within, often double as desks, fireplaces or storage pieces. Ethereal flora and fauna by Claude, including her Choupatte Géant bronze that stands majestically outside the gallery. I would love this piece to become part of Westminster's permanent public art, not least because on chilly days it manages to resemble a cauldron of steaming soup - standing on chicken legs. Worth noting also, is that the gallery itself has been transformed into a truly magical artland by the designer Manfredi della Gherardesca.