June: A Painting Show
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As you'd expect, Sadie Coles's summer painting sampler is miles better than your average commercial gallery group show. It's witty, and a little kinky in parts, but above all it's a chance to see work in the flesh by artists who don't get shown nearly enough (if at all) in London. These range from the late, Welsh-born Sylvia Sleigh, who became a key player in New York's feminist art scene in the 1960s, represented here not by one of her famously explicit paintings male nudes but an equally startling female nude reclining in a room covered with a swirling William Morris pattern (the 1970s Victorian revival is strong), to Nicole Eisenman, whose latest work is a startling simplification of the bawdy, Bruegel-esque tableaux for which she’s known. It’s the place to go to this summer to see the painters you didn’t know you needed to know about.