ARTINFO UK cherry-picks must-see art shows in London and beyond.
1. Michael Joo
For "Exit from the House of Being," Michael Joo, who recently joined Blain|Southern, continues his exploration of the sculptural. Expect polished riot shield-like steel surfaces splattered with paint, metal stanchions and rods blocking the path to nowhere, and his signature antler motif, this time dripping from the wall as if about to melt away.
Blain|Southern, London, April 25 – June 30, 2012
2. Alighero Boetti
This spring, we've been treated to a real Boetti season, starting at Tate Modern, moving on to Sprüth Magers, and finishing here at Sprovieri with a rare selection of his works on paper executed between the late 1960s and the late 1980s. These pieces echo the main events in the artist's life: his growing political commitment after the Six-Day War, his regular travels to Afghanistan, his love of games — all infused with Boetti's uniquely poetical sense of humour.
Sprovieri, London, April 27 – June 9, 2012
3. Richard Slee
There's more to the world of contemporary ceramics than Grayson Perry's crackpots. Inspired by a residency at Alfred University, upstate New York, Richard Slee has recreated for his new series camping tools and equipments: wood saws, axes, even a camp fire. Ready-mades are combined with meticulously crafted glazed ceramic pieces. An alluring mise-en-scene of an imaginary post-industrial "back to basics."
Studio Voltaire, London, April 25 – May 26, 2012