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TWO cur­rent Lon­don ex­hi­bi­tions use the fe­male nude to high­light is­sues of power and race, but in very dif­fer­ent ways.

South African-born Lisa Brice’s ex­hi­bi­tion at the Stephen Fried­man Gallery in May­fair is an in­ti­mate show in ev­ery sense of the word: the women on view in th­ese small works on paper are in­volved in ev­ery­day rit­u­als of dress­ing and un­dress­ing and seem to be un­aware of the artist.

All the paint­ings are done in a deep, strik­ing blue — cre­at­ing light, shade and depth. For the artist, this par­tic­u­lar hue brings to mind Trinidad carnival rev­ellers who paint their skin blue in or­der to be­come em­bold­ened by the vi­brant, en­er­getic tra­di­tional char­ac­ters of the “Blue Devils”.

At Ti­wani Con­tem­po­rary in Maryle­bone, Phoebe Boswell’s ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures dig­i­tal tech com­bined with tra­di­tional drafts­man­ship to cre­ate pen­cil draw­ings, an­i­ma­tions and in­stal­la­tions. Mod­ern tech gives th­ese fe­male nudes a voice. The life-size mod­els each hold a mo­bile phone, with its screen vis­i­ble to the viewer. When scanned with a phone or iPad, the screen re­veals an ob­ser­va­tion or fact chosen by the woman por­trayed to re­veal some­thing she wants you to know about her, or about her life.

Lisa Brice, un­til April 22 at Stephen Fried­man Gallery, Old Burling­ton Street, W1 (stephen­fried­; 020 7494 1434)

For Ev­ery Real Word Spo­ken, by Phoebe Boswell, un­til April 22 at Ti­wani Con­tem­po­rary, Lit­tle Port­land Street, W1 (ti­; 020 7631 3808)

Power and in­ti­macy: see Lisa Brice’s nudes at Stephen Fried­man Gallery

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