The Culture24/7: Art picks for December 2011

By Mark Sheerin | 29 November 2011
A sepia toned semi-abstract landscape work on paper by Graham Sutherland
Graham Sutherland, Dark Hill (1940). Watercolour, gouache on paper© Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
This month we have shows as far apart as Exeter and Edinburgh, and perhaps even further with FACT Liverpool's exploration of the moon. The Christmas countdown commences...

Bill Bollinger, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until January 8 2012

This trained aeronautical engineer made a brief name for himself during the 60s with sculptural work pitching everyday hardware against gravity. After 40 years without a show, he is being rediscovered. Perhaps, what goes up...

Zoe Beloff: The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff, Site Gallery, Sheffield, until January 21 2012

Clearing an Antwerp storeroom, Beloff discovered an vintage animation for the cartoon pair Mutt and Jeff. The two-minute film provided both the title and the inspiration for this show, looking at film's role in harnessing labour.

Stuart Whipps: Why Contribute to the Spread of Ugliness?, Ikon, Birmingham, until February 5 2012

Along comes a show suggesting a thin line between boredom and fascination. Whipps excavates 487 boxes from a Birmingham architectural practice and displays the results on multiple slideshows. For Brummies and/or modernists.

Lydia Pape: Magnetized Space, Serpentine Gallery, London, December 7 2011 – Feburary 19 2012

If recent exhibitions at Serpentine are anything to go by, Pape's survey could occasion another fully immersive visitor experience. The Brazillian artist was a founding Neo-Concretist, combining severe abstraction with local concerns.

Blast Theory Bless Practice, Spacex, Exeter, December 10 2011 – February 10 2012

Having proved their projects work as interactive entertainment, Blast Theory now tries out a major gallery space. Their dark and suspenseful pieces are at the forefront of mobile and new media art. So, worth getting your head around.

Graham Sutherland: An Unfinished World, Modern Art Oxford, December 10 2011 – March 18 2012

Turner Prize nominee George Shaw pays tribute to an eminent forebear by curating works on paper by Graham Sutherland. Landscapes from the 1930s and 1970s appear together for the first time, and not a tin of Humbrol in sight

Republic of the Moon, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool, December 16 2011 – 26 February 2012

Brought to you by some eight artists and 11 geese, FACT's show about the Moon could not be further removed from the scientific projects still looking at future lunar landings. Go plant a flag there in the name of contemporary art.

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