Ten girls ruling the exhibition world

From purple mannequin legs to psych sketches, these current solo female shows will blow your mind

Image from 'Quick Child Run!'
Image from 'Quick Child Run!' Rachel Maclean

Once you start looking, you realise that girls are really on top when it comes to inventive solo shows. These ten are hanging on walls and filling up white cubes near you. Whether it is young guns making inventive sculptures of everyday objects or rediscovered older painters, this is all work worth getting out of bed for.

JENNIFER BAILEY

Bailey’s first London solo show, Space in Between, examines social identity in public space – from the office to the high street. The everyday is reconfigured into something strange and atmospheric.

Showing until Feb 1

Sarah and the Xiao Long Bao & Sarah and the Bubble Tea
Sarah and the Xiao Long Bao & Sarah and the Bubble Tea Jennifer Bailey

ANNIE LAPIN

Painter Annie Lapin’s current LA show Various Peep Shows consists of a series of canvases that resemble ripped advertising walls painted by an early Matisse. Smears, graffiti and abstraction feed into her refreshing approach to landscape.

Until February 22

Various Peep Shows, 2014 Installation
Various Peep Shows, 2014 Installation Annie Lapin

ANISSA MACK

Its hard to pin down Anissa Macks’ work. It ranges from a pair of pastel purple sculptural mannequin legs to black and white photos and day glo geometric paintings. Body Copy is a show that inspires thought.

Until February 20

Body Copy 2014 Installation
Body Copy 2014 Installation Anissa Mack

MAGALI REUS

Sit down. At least that’s what you want to do with Reus's past sculptural wall assemblages made largely of fold-out chairs. With In Luke and Dregs, her latest exhibition at The Approach, she has turned her eye to misusing kitchen items.

Until February 16

Dregs (Dunked), 2013
Dregs (Dunked), 2013 Magali Reus

RACHEL MACLEAN

It is impossible not to love new talent Maclean – the Jarman award nominee with solo show at Zabludowicz (until Feb 23) and Trade in Nottingham this month. Think an acid pink, technologically infused Cindy Sherman making pop narrative videos. Sheer genius.

Until February 8

Image from 'Quick Child Run!'
Image from 'Quick Child Run!' Rachel Maclean

STEPHANIE SAADE 

Saade, showing alongside Leah Capaldi at Vitrine, makes work about the process of diaply. Using found materials, the Beirut based artist can make anything from a padloack to a interesting. Expect a dose of welding.

Until February 22

'Witness Matter', 2014 installation
'Witness Matter', 2014 installation Stephanie Saade

SABINE MORITZ

German painter Moritz is going full-on cold war for her memories of her East German childhood in her first solo show at Pillar Corrias. This is an exhibition about memory, personal and political history.

Private view January 23 6-8pm, January 24–February 20

 

Home (Gatersleben), 2013. Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm.
Home (Gatersleben), 2013. Oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm. Sabine Moritz

JULIETTE BONNEVIOT

Bonneviot’s second solo show at Wilkinson is full of etched sheer plastic body forms and odd sculptures embedded with washing up items and scrubbers inspired by the work of feminist artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

Showing January 16–February 23

From 'Minimal Jeune Fille'
From 'Minimal Jeune Fille' Juliette Boneviot

CAROLINE ACHAINTRE 

From rug tufting to beautiful psych watercolour sketches to strange ceramic and leather mask, Caroline Achaintre has a spot on take on the boundaries between the figurative and abstract. This drawing show is a must.

Private view January 23 6–8pm; January 24–March 1

From 'Mooner'
From 'Mooner' Caroline Achaintre

HELEN MARTEN

Helen Marten’s solo show at Sadie Coles is highly anticipated after a hat trick of museum shows in 2013. Expect anything from hi-digital videos, neons, DIY furniture, floor pieces and an intelligent nod to art history.

January 29–March 15

22 Orchids, or a hemispherical bottom, 2013
22 Orchids, or a hemispherical bottom, 2013 Helen Marten
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