Zoe Pilger

Zoe Pilger is an art critic for The Independent and winner of the 2011 Frieze International Writers Prize. Her first novel, Eat My Heart Out, will be published by Serpent's Tail in February 2014. She is also researching a PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, on the subject of romantic love and sadomasochism in the work of contemporary female artists. She has appeared on BBC's The Review Show and Sky News

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Exhibition of the Week: Quitte le Pouvier: New Paintings by Aboudia, Jack Bell Gallery, London SW1

Still only 30, the Ivory Coast artist Aboudia has been compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat, which is fair. The power of these paintings hits you as soon as you walk in the gallery.

German painter Georg Baselitz is bogged down by macho notions of art as destruction

His claim that women are always bad painters is pure nonsense

Wildness by Wu Tsang

Wildness, Wu Tsang, The Tanks, Tate Modern, London

Nostalgia for more “urgent” times compelled artist and film-maker Wu Tsang, 31, to document the life of a transgender bar called the Silver Platter in MacArthur Park, L.A.

Aboudia, Quitte Le Pouvoir: New Paintings by Aboudia, Jack Bell Gallery, London

During the 10 day battle for Abidjan, when violence in the Ivory Coast turned into civil war, Ivoran artist Aboudia remained in the city and hid in his basement studio, listening to the sound of gunfire. He went outside to see what was happening and then returned to paint. That was in March 2011.

Gerard Byrne, State of Neutral Pleasure, Whitechapel Gallery, London

A country road. A tree. Evening. Irish artist Gerard Byrne has borrowed these stage directions from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot to title a series of photographs. They show just that – trees on roads in the evening.

The naked truth: Nadav Kander, Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man, Flowers Gallery, London

Nadav Kander was inspired by ideas of Elizabethan purity to create these stunning photographic portraits of six nude females and one male. 

Daphne Todd, Mall Galleries, London

The fruits of an African tour with Charles and Camilla

Exhibition of the Week: Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London W2

Born in Lithuania in 1922, Jonas Mekas is a leading figure of the 20th-century avant-garde. A poet, film-maker and artist, he emigrated to Brooklyn in 1949 after five years in displaced persons camps.

Jonas Mekas, Serpentine Gallery, London

"Just images, just images," murmurs the narrator of Jonas Mekas’ new 80 minute film Out-takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012).

The Vivisector: Group show curated by Todd Levin, Sprüth Magers, London

A naked doll with long synthetic hair greets the visitor to this inspired exhibition, which explores "the idea of opening up and exposing a living body".

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