The REVIEW //
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THE REVIEW // Editor at SHOWstudio, Lou Stoppard shares her selection of the best exhibitions on right now. Tickets at the ready.

THE REVIEW //
LOU STOPPARD

THE REVIEW // editor at SHOWstudio, Lou Stoppard shares her selection of the best exhibitions on right now. Tickets at the ready.

1/ MAD ABOUT THE BOY AT FASHION SPACE GALLERY


This is the first show I've curated! It was sparked by the current excitement around menswear and focuses on fashion's obsession with and depictions of the teenage boy. There are various different themes explored - the boy in the club, the boy as outsider and so on - and work by the likes of Raf Simons, Meadham Kirchhoff, Nick Knight and Alasdair McLellan. It's on until 2 April 2016. Image: Jason Evans, Untitled, (at 'Anokha' at The Blue Note, London), 1996


2/ FRANCESCA WOODMAN: ON BEING AN ANGEL AT FOAM


If you're in Amsterdam then rush to 'On Being an Angel' before 9 March 2016. An amazing woman who has influenced countless artists, Woodman was her own favourite subject and used her body to explore themes of sexuality and representation - a very different kind of selfie. Image: Francesca Woodman, Untitled, Rome, Italy, 1977-78. Courtesy of George and Betty Woodman

3/ FLAT DEATH: EDGAR MARTINS & JORDAN BASEMENT AT OPEN EYE GALLERY


If you're keen for something challenging then 'Flat Death' in Liverpool is well worth a visit. The show invites attendees to reflect on how we deal with death, as a society and individually and was shaped with the help of mental health organisations. It runs until 3 April 2016. Image: Jordan Baseman, Deadness, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Matt's Gallery, London

4/ A HISTORY OF FASHION IN 100 OBJECTS AT THE FASHION MUSEUM BATH


The Fashion Museum Bath is a real gem. If you're looking for a crash course in fashion history I'd suggest hot-footing it to this show to track trends from the 1500s to the present day. The show kicks off on 19 March 2016 and runs until 1 January 2018. Image: Courtesy of Fashion Museum Bath

5/ SCHIAPARELLI AND THIRTIES FASHION AT MANCHESTER ART GALLERY


Schiaparelli was fashion's rule-breaker -she named her perfume 'Shocking!' and, with the help of Salvador Dali, covered a dress with lobsters. This exhibition celebrates this often overlooked designer and explores her influence. It's on until the 9 October 2016. Image: Elsa Schiaparelli, Persian tunic by Eric. Vogue, 13 Oct 1937

6/ CHAMPAGNE LIFE AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY


Who can miss Champagne Life, the Saatchi Gallery's first all-female exhibition? The show features the work of 14 emerging artists from around the globe. There's still much that needs to be done to correct the under-representation of women artists in galleries so while some argue against shows held together just by gender I see this exhibition as a step forward. Image: Jelena Bulajic, Alise Lange, 2014

7/ ALEXANDER CALDER: PERFORMING SCULPTURE AT THE TATE


When Calder was a young man he created an model circus out of wire, wood, string, corks and buttons. He used to carry it around in a suitcase and do impromptu performances for his friends with the various animals and characters, including, my favourite, Fanni the Bellydancer. The Tate is currently showcasing this and more of his kinetic sculptures. Image: Alexander Calder, c.1953, Courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York and DACS, London

8/ THE PIERROT STUDIO AT DISPLAY GALLERY


If you're looking for something immersive then this by The Pierrot Project is perfect for you. By pairing up contemporary artist and composers, curator Niamh White showcases a series of installations that are simultaneously visual and musical. The show runs from 5 to 17 February 2016. Image: Tim A Shaw, Head, 2016, Courtesy of Tim A Shaw