Apollo Magazine (UK)

Gallery highlights

- Renaissanc­e Julião Sarmento: Arena

Tastes of the Ancient Eras Until 15 November W. Shanshan, London

Beijing-born antiques collector Shanshan Wang opens her first gallery in London, dedicated to Asian pottery and sculpture, with this exhibition spanning nearly , years. The nine objects on view range from a Neolithic amphora to an th- or th-century white-glazed Korean jar. A particular highlight is a small marble figurine, dating to the Tang dynasty ( – ) and depicting a guardian derived from the Indian Buddhist deity Vajrapani. 5 November–February 2022 Colnaghi, New York

Quality not quantity is the word at Colnaghi; five sculptures and a single canvas comprise this display in New York, but none would look out of place in a museum. The stand-out is Donatello’s life-size terracotta bust of San Lorenzo (c. ; Fig. ); carved for the Pieve di San Lorenzo outside Florence, it was owned in the th century by Prince Johann II of Liechtenst­ein. There are also new attributio­ns to Tintoretto and Benedetto da Rovezzano.

Tunji Adeniyi-Jones:

That Which Binds Us

19 November–9 January 2022 White Cube Bermondsey, London

In a lush palette spanning indigos and oranges, and with rhythmic, flowing lines, the UKborn, US-based painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones conjures twisting spirits from landscapes of dense forest – a nod, he says, to the ancient myths of West Africa and his own Yoruba heritage. This is his first solo show at White Cube, and coincides with his first museum display in the UK – at Charleston in Sussex. 28 October–3 December Pilar Corrias, London

These paintings by the Portuguese artist Julião Sarmento ( – ) were inspired by Goya’s drawings, after a visit by Sarmento to the Prado in . Arena, the title of the series, is also the Spanish word for ‘sand’ – ‘the floor is always sandy’ in Goya, Sarmento said. These late works are an attempt to get across ‘the overpoweri­ng heat’ of the Iberian peninsula; and in their mixing of mediums and influences, they also evoke the arena as a site of conflict.

 ?? ?? 2. San Lorenzo, c. 1440, Donatello (1386– 1466), terracotta, ht 74.5cm. Colnaghi
2. San Lorenzo, c. 1440, Donatello (1386– 1466), terracotta, ht 74.5cm. Colnaghi

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