Art must-sees: November

By Mark Sheerin | 03 November 2010
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A visitor enjoys British Art Show 7: A Hayward Touring Exhibition from the Southbank Centre. For venues and dates see www.britishartshow.co.uk© Alexander Newton
Art must-sees for November: This month promises to be modern, crafty, innovative, erotic, deeply serious or, if you find yourself in Nottingham, possibly all of the above...

British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

This will be the only show in town wherever it pitches up, and Nottingham gives over several major venues to British Art Show 7. But with the best recent work by no less than 40 of the top artists working in the UK, you can see the logistical challenge. See our preview.

Anselm Kiefer, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

Post-war Germany cannot have been an easy place to be making art. In which case the heavy, epic paintings of Anselm Kiefer reflect, if not triumph, something clawed back from adversity. Such large, textural works demand to be seen first hand. Read more about the show.

Condition Report: New Photographic Art from the Czech Republic, Ffotogallery, Penarth

The six participants in this show are all linked with FAMU in Prague, where tuition must be anything but straightforward. Taking photos is only half the story here, as each of the photographers finds a different way to use and abuse their process.

Keith Farquhar: More Nudes in Colour, Studio Voltaire, London

There is even more colour than the shows title might lead you to think, as these nudes have been splashed and smeared with paint and then photographed. Keith Farquhar shows the results on cardboard cut outs on cardboard plinths in a throwaway gesture. See our take on More Nudes in Colour.

Contemporary Eye: Crossovers, Pallant House, Chichester

Grayson Perry you might expect, but Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons also find their way into this show of radical craft. Pallant House adds a further twist by spreading works around both their 18th century townhouse and clinical contemporary wing. See our Curator's Choice from Contemporary Eye.

Peter Lanyon, Tate St Ives

Constructivism and abstract expressionism met for a too brief period in the landscapes of Peter Lanyon. The British artist painted, sculpted, made reliefs, and to get closer to the scenes he depicted, took up gliding with fatal results. All his major works are here.

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