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Published: 27 June 2020

By Andy Ross

Stephen Friedman Gallery

As restrictions ease in the UK, so galleries are opening up.

 

The three galleries we have visited over the past two weeks - Sladmore for a fantastic exhibition of animal sculptors from the first half of the 20th Century, Marian Goodman for portraits and a video piece by Rineke Dijkstra, and Stephen Friedman - have all had social distancing and hugiene measures in place. If you go to any shows at the moment, it is best to take a mask and sanitiser although all these galleries had those at the door.

Stephen Friedman is showing a couple of interesting artists. Yinka Shonibare will be familiar, and his piece Justice for All is in The Viewing Room of the Gallery. Justice in her clothes of Dutch Wax fabric and globe head is a powerful symbol of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Next door is Andreas Eriksson's showing of tapestries which interpret the artist's (much more colourful) paintings. The tapestries are hand-woven and are a combination of the most subtle of hues and textures.  

The Stephen Friedman Gallery is in Old Burlington Street, Central London.