Art must-sees: October

By Mark Sheerin | 08 October 2010
Film still of a tower block framed in close up
Willie Doherty, The Visitor, 2008. Courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery.© All Rights Reserved
The travels of Gauguin make for the biggest news of Autumn. But the South Seas have nothing on the regions, with big shows in Manchester and Birmingham and a Biennial in Brighton.

The Land Between Us, , Manchester

Using video and installation, Olafur Eliasson, Black Audio Film Collective and Willie Doherty create three immersive environments for this landscape show. Poor JMW Turner and Thomas Hearne make do with watercolours, but the balance works.

Donald Judd: A good chair is a good chair, Ikon, Birmingham

If one art movement is also an interior design philosophy, that's minimalism. Indeed, one of the genre's key exponents, Donald Judd, is also a furniture designer. This area of the American artist's practice is the focus of a current show at Ikon, with rarely seen works.

Andrew Lord, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes

A range of influences have left their mark on the sculpture of Andrew Lord, including the facial profiles of leading artists, architecture, folklore, American poetry, and even his own nose and eye sockets. This three decade retrospective looks rich in interest.

Paul Rooney: Bellevue, Spacex
, Exeter

An advertising focus group discusses the work of Malcolm Lowry. But the story in question deals with a patient in a New York psychiatric hospital. Paul Rooney’s intriguing film explores the confusing but creative power of the written word.

Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Tate Modern, London

The last time a Gauguin exhibition was held in London, 1955, it was a mere 52 years since the painter's death. So Tate Modern have certainly got enough perspective for a show about globetrotting, self-mythologizing and, of course, painting.

Brighton Photo Biennial, various venues, Brighton

There are shows in five venues within easy walking distance and not a single frame in sight. As arts festivals go, the Brighton Photo Biennial is one of the most accessible. As photography events go, it is the UK's most important. Worth a trip to the seaside.

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