The Culture24/7: Art picks for November 2011

By Mark Sheerin | 01 November 2011
A colour photo of an oil refinery with a US flag on the side
Mitch Epstein, BP Carson Refinery, California 2007© Mitch Epstein. Courtesy Thomas Zander Galerie, Cologne
November is all about catching shows mid run, as we find exhibitions from St Ives, Merseyside, Chichester, Nottingham, Cambridge and London that nearby residents would not want to miss. Winter can't be that bad.

Mitch Epstein: American Power, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, November 5 – December 23 2011

Epstein's colour saturated prints, documenting the effects of consumer culture in 25 states, suggest the American dream has gone awry. The Liverpudlian dream, meanwhile, lives on with this new Waterfront location for Open Eye Gallery.

Bridget Riley, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until December 31 2011

In recent decades Riley has become as well known for colour as she once was for the mind bending black and white creations which made her name in the 1960s. The current show at Kettle’s Yard takes inspiration from nature, Ancient Egypt and Seurat.

The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960s to now, Tate St Ives, until January 3 2012

Painter Daniel Strugis chooses 49 other purveyors of abstraction who demonstrate that not only is painting alive and well, but modernism’s also still in the frame. Gerhard Richter, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and once again Bridget Riley all figure.

Klaus Weber: If you leave me I’m not coming, Nottingham Contemporary, until January 8 2012

With a heliostat on the roof and wipers fixed to their Weekday Cross window, the Nottingham gallery certainly demonstrates commitment to installation art. Weber’s show may be inspired by nature, but you can expect tricky questions rather than pastoral scenes.

Haroon Mirza: I saw square triangle sine, Camden Arts Centre, London, until January 8 2012

The Heath Robinson of sound art rigs up a whole gallery at Camden Arts Centre. Turntables, synthesizers, radios and lamps blur the line between noise and music. Apparently, you are free to use the drum kit provided to add your own percussion to the experience.

Pipilotti Rist: Eyeball Massage, Hayward Gallery, London, until January 8 2012

Time is needed for this Swiss artist’s show and not merely because much of her work deals in video. Installations and sculpture alike here are, as the show title suggests, an enduring source of visual pleasure in which you may want to indulge for a while.

Edward Burra, Pallant House, Chichester, until February 19 2012

Pallant show 70 works by a painter who showed with the surrealists but remains hard to pigeonhole. Burra was an anaemic, arthritic Englishman with a passion for jazz, cinema and the streetlife of Harlem. A major show well worth a trip out of London.

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