The Culture24/7: Art picks for October 2011

By Mark Sheerin | 29 September 2011
Photorealist painting of a woman reading a newspaper
Gerhard Richter, Reader 1994© Gerhard Richter Courtesy San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Triennial events, annual events, and of course one off shows mean that October is a busy month. Culture24 has tried to round up the best for you from Gateshead to Bristol.

Asia Triennial Manchester 11, various venues, October 1 – November 27 2011

With representation from as near as Turkey (Osman Bozkurt and Didem Özbek at Castlefield) and as far away as outer galaxies (Tasawar Bashir and Brian Duffy at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre) this Triennial is bound to broaden horizons.

Claude Lorrain, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, October 6 – January 8 2011

With Claude-inspired designer landscapes in country houses up and down the UK and a remarkable 40% of his drawings in the British Museum, few historical and continental figures can be as familiar as this French artist. But graphic pieces here aim to provide a twist.

Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, London, October 13-16 2011

Love it or hate it, only do not miss it. The annual jamboree of blue-chip art vending returns to London, spawning the usual raft of satellite events. Likely to be one of the highlights is Christian Jankowski’s luxury yacht, retailing for more than cost price.

Baltic Presents Turner Prize 2011, Baltic, Gateshead, October 21- January 8 2011


It is that time of year, you will no doubt be asked to pick sides again. Karla Black, Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw are among the runners for this year’s £25,000 prize. (William Hill’s current 7/2 odds against Karla Black look generous.)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011, S1 Artspace and Site Gallery, Sheffield, until November 5 2011

If the 2011 degree shows seem like yesterday, New Contemporaries may give you a sense of déjà vu. But if anything like previous shows, this will be a an impressive showcase of students and graduates. The Exhibition tours from Sheffield to the ICA.

Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Tate Modern, London, until January 8 2011

Richter has been making paintings for an age of terror since at least 1988. His Baader Meinhof portraits from that year are on show alongside more recent work ‘inspired’ by the destruction of the twin towers. The perennially relevant artist turns 80 this year.

Museum Show Part 1, Arnolfini, Bristol, until November 19 2011

Q: How do you get some 20 museums into a gallery? A: Let an imaginative curator put together a show of art museums by modern and contemporary names. Arnolfini’s show ranges from Marcel Duchamp to Susan Hiller and should be anything but dusty.

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