Art must-sees: September

By Mark Sheerin | 02 September 2010
a photo of a man kicking an ornamental fake flower display
Martin Creed, Work No. 732, 2007© Martin Creed. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Among monthly highlights are Turner Prize winners in the English and Scottish capitals, and from the 18th a major reason to visit Liverpool. 

Liverpool Biennial 2010, venues across city

Merseyside’s most wide reaching Biennial yet includes International 10: Touched, a city-wide showing of.45 site specific works. Tate Liverpool, A Foundation and FACT are all in sync. Other shows include the John Moore Contemporary Painting Prize.

Martin Creed, Down Over Up, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Ascending sequences of objects (stacks of chairs, tables, lego bricks) fit right in to the numbered catalogue of orderly works by conceptual artist Creed. And if architecture is “frozen music” then the gallery staircase has melted to become a giant synthesiser.

David Nash, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

A dab hand with both chainsaw and blowtorch, David Nash has sculpting in wood for 40 years, or tree rings. YSP now stages his largest ever show with monumental outdoor works and displays in both the Underground and Longside Galleries.

Baghdad, 5 March 2007: A New Display with Jeremy Deller, Imperial War Museum London

The mangled wreck of a car, which once exploded in a street market, now has a place in art history and military history. As a tragicomic Deller project it toured the US in 2009. Now it has a serious, permanent home in the Imperial War Museum, London.

Bystanding, g39, Cardiff

Three artists give passers-by a reason to stop and gaze. Mark Folds makes low-key interventions to public spaces, Lauren Elizabeth Jury presents a study of roadside outsider art and Will Woon’s tiny characters give speeches.

Afghanistan, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Fought over since Alexander the Great, Afghanistan has never before had a dedicated UK show of contemporary art. Works by Langlands and Bell, Simon Norfolk and Paul Seawright help Wolverhampton Art Gallery build on a reputation for relevancy.

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