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Private view: must-see gallery shows opening in October

Steamy Trinidad scenes and black female fetishisation—the best new commercial exhibitions this month


Peter Doig’s Music (2 Trees, 2019) © Peter Doig. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.

Peter Doig, Paintings

Michael Werner Gallery, London, until 16 November

At 60, Peter Doig is not slowing down—all of the paintings in Werner’s new show have been painted in Trinidad this year. Many of the Edinburgh-born painter’s favourite motifs make an appearance—that handsome lion prowls into several, there is the muscular bather in his skimpy trunks, and the musicians in tricorn hats. The heat of Trinidad burns through in steamy orange and yellows, but Doig is born of chilly climes and these are offset by his cool hues.

Tschabalala Self’s Pump (2019) Photo: Christopher Burke; Courtesy of Tschabalala Self and Pilar Corrias

Tschabalala Self

Pilar Corrias, London, until 9 November

The young US artist Tschabalala Self has been an art world darling of 2019—in June, her textile work Out of Body (2015) sold at Christie’s for a record £300,000 (plus fees) to Jose Mugrabi. Bidding against him was her dealer Pilar Corrias who now holds this show of new paintings and works on paper that concentrate on society’s perception and fetishisation of the black female body, and the experience of inhabiting it. This year, Self has been included in shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Frye Art Museum, Seattle and MoMA PS1.

Sanam Khatibi’s There are kisses for us all (2019) Courtesy of Sanam Khatibi and PPOW

Sanam Khatibi: An hour before the Devil fell

PPOW, New York, 17 October-16 November

Known for her rich landscape paintings dotted with pale women, the Belgium-based Sanam Khatibi draws from Old Masters like Hieronymus Bosch and Lucas Cranach. Picked up by New York’s PPOW gallery last November, the artist’s first solo show with the gallery—and in the US—features new paintings that present a peculiar, Renaissance-esque Eden with a surrealist bent.