= The Crawford Arts Review: November 2018

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Until Wednesday 28 November

A detail from the small ante-chapel.
The Fitzrovia Chapel was once part of the Middlesex Hospital in Central London (a hospital now incorporated into University College Hospital). The chapel was built for hospital staff, patients and visitors and formally opened in 1929.
       The exterior is of a comely red brick. The interior almost defies description - or at least brief description (but do not fear, someone is cataloguing in detail every building stone used and hopefully a book will result). The architect, John Loughborough Pearson (1817-1897), one of the Victorian era's most celebrated, is
now commemorated by the naming of this relatively new West End square, opened in 2015, after him. 
       Just as Sir Christopher Wren showed us in St Paul's Cathedral and St Stephen Walbrook what happens when an architect uses clear glass to let in natural light to bathe the heavy building stones of his interiors, John Loughborough Pearson creates a delicate and uplifting lightness by covering his interior with a layer of coloured building stones and light-reflecting mosaic. No Ancient Roman villa was ever so sumptiously decorated.

The chapel is open daily from 11am to 4pm until 28 November for the exhibition Dwelling, 'an exhibition of beauty and attachment in Fitzrovia residencies'. Please note: after the exhibition closes Fitzrovia Chapel will return to its usual weekly opening: Wednesdays between 11:00 and 16:00.

Fitzrovia Chapel 
2 Pearson Square
(off Mortimer Street)
London W1

Friday, 23 November 2018

Minjun Kim, Installation view,
courtesy of the gallery
Minjun Kim, graduate of Hongik University, Seoul, the London College of Fashion (BA Hons), and Camberwell College of Arts (Distinction) is an artist to watch. Be quick. Her show at Gallery Different, Percy Street closes tomorrow, the 24th. She calls it Anatomy of Desire. It's her first solo show in the UK. The work has big presence and, trust me, bargain prices. Here's the exhibition catalogue to help you make a choice. 

Saturday 11-5
14 Percy Street
London W1T 1DR
+44(0)207 637 3775

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Until Friday 21 December

Ilse D'Hollander at Victoria Miro Mayfair

Ilse D'Hollander, Untitled, 1996, © The Estate of Ilse D'Hollander
Ilse D'Hollander's work shows a lyrical line that is architectural, even geological, in its deep reading of landscape. Had she lived (she died in 1997 at the age of 28) she would, possibly with the right advice and support, to have worked on a larger scale perhaps, have become the equivalent of, say, a Rothko - abstractor, colourist, shape shifter, master narrator. Her work achieves minimalist perfection. Well, go and see her. 

Ilse D'Hollander, Descent, 1996, © The Estate of Ilse D'Hollander
D'Hollander trained at Antwerp's Institute of Fine Art and in Ghent. That heritage shows. Indeed, I can't do better than to quote David Anfam from the book, Ilse D'Hollander, on sale now at the gallery.

'She upheld a lineage as venerable as Dutch landscape painting of the Golden Age and as modern as Piet Mondrian's sparse compositions . . .'.

Victoria Miro Mayfair
14 St George Street 
London W1S 1FE
t: 44 (0)20 3205 8910
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm 
Monday: By appointment