reviews

  • Leon Kossoff, King’s Cross, March Afternoon, 1998, oil on board, 58 1⁄8 × 78".

    Leon Kossoff, King’s Cross, March Afternoon, 1998, oil on board, 58 1⁄8 × 78".

    Leon Kossoff

    Annely Juda Fine Art

    A key figure of the London School, Leon Kossoff (1926–2019) captures the life force of the British capital—his birthplace and lifelong muse—in all its dolorous splendor. Never has a palette perhaps best described as “shades of gloom” (the dried-blood reds and rusts of postwar Victorian tenements, the gray-brown murk of the Thames) seemed so vigorous.

    Surveying six decades of production and organized together with Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York and L.A. Louver in Los Angeles, “A Life in Painting” opens with a series of Kossoff’s portraits. The pigment is built up in dense, sludgy layers, daubed

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  • View of “Rita Keegan,” 2021. Photo: Andy Stagg.

    View of “Rita Keegan,” 2021. Photo: Andy Stagg.

    Rita Keegan

    South London Gallery

    In “Social Fabric Stories”—an index to the fabrics that decorate the impressive train of the garment at the center of the mixed-media installation Trophies Revised, 2021–, invited artists, friends, activists, educators, and archivists offer to Rita Keegan scraps of their own work: homages to times and art scenes past, present, future, and ongoing. These collaborators recall not only Keegan’s art, but also her work behind the scenes, helping to establish the Brixton Art Gallery, cofounding the print technology cooperative Community Copy Art, building the Women of Colour Index. They speak of

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