My London top five: Venetia Porter
Art world figures share their "don't miss" picks for shows going on during Frieze Week
By The Art Newspaper. Published online: 15 October 2013
Venetia Porter is an assistant curator at the British Museum in charge of Islamic art, specialising in the Arab world and Turkey, while also developing the Middle Eastern Modern and contemporary art collections. Previously curator of Islamic coins, she studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Oxford and obtained her doctorate from the University of Durham. She organised the BM’s 2012 exhibition “Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam”.
1) Andrew Logan’s Gallery, The Glasshouse, Melior Place, ongoing
Andrew Logan is the creator of the Alternative Miss World. The gallery and studio has everything from extraordinary mirrored sculptures to exquisite earrings and brooches that you will want to own. This is a very special place.
2) “Siah Armajani: An Ingenious World”, Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf road, until 15 December, and “Idris Khan: Beyond the Black”, Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf road, until 9 November
These are two very different exhibitions. Armajani is an Iranian-born public artist living in the US, and on display are poets' rooms and tiny models of bridges and other structures as well as beautiful textiles covered in Persian script from the 1950s. Idris Khan, meanwhile, has created a new range of his abstract, stamped paintings.
3) “Victoriana: the Art of Revival”, Guildhall Art Gallery, until 8 December
An utterly extraordinary exhibition of work by 28 artists inspired by Victorian things. Don't miss Patrick St Paul's Whisper in the Midst of Silence, 2011.
4) “Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art”, British Museum, until 5 January 2014
Japanese painting at its best, with some surprising twists.
5) “Lawand: Equinox From Beirut to London”, The Mosaic Rooms, until 29 November
Powerful figural paintings by the Syrian-Kurdish artist that evoke the suffering of Syria.
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