The Culture24/7: Art picks for April 2012

By Mark Sheerin | 29 March 2012
Colour photo of a collage made from butterflies
Damien Hirst, Sympathy in White Major - Absolution II  2006. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.© All rights reserved. DACS 2011. Photo: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates
With shows in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all in this month's round up, the UK art scene is firing on all cylinders. Londoners catered for as usual.

Remote Control, ICA, London, April 3 - June 10 2012

Just as the digital switchover has provided a wealth of TV channels for all, the latest show at ICA features more than 30 artists who comment on television. Visitors can hop between legends like Richard Serra and rising stars like Lucky PDF.

Damien Hirst, Tate Modern, London, April 4 - September 9 2012

At this point in 2012 there is nothing new to say about Damien Hirst and his major retrospective at Tate has not even got underway. But a chance to see his notorious shark in the pickled flesh does let you make up your own mind.

Alfred Wallis: Ships and Boats, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, April 7 - July 8 2012

“I do what used to be, what we shall never see no more” may be one of the worst artist’s statements ever. But what else might one expect from a self taught, retired sailor and fisherman, whose talent and direct vision no one could have guessed at.

Titanic Toast, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, April 10 - May 5 2012

It might seem strange that among Belfast’s major tourist draws are the docks where RMS Titanic was built. But it makes good sense that the city’s leading space for contemporary art should devote an exhibition to interpretations of that badly ending story.

Otolith Group - I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another, Fabrica, Brighton, April 14 - May 27 2012

Fabrica is keeping its 2012 Brighton Festival show more or less under wraps for now, hinting that the wordy title might be a film about the slave trade. But this should be a good chance to see Otolith’s latest work in a resonant former chapel for seafarers.
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, April 20 - May 7 2012

As Glasgow brings home its third Turner Prize in as many years, things are tee-ed up nicely for their biannual citywide festival of art. Local Karla Black, a good also ran in 2011, also shows major works at GoMA.

The Institute of Critical Zoologists, Chapter, Cardiff, April 27 - June 17 2012

A show with links to the National History Galleries at National Museum Cardiff, considers the cultural and political values given to various species of animal. So if there wasn’t an Institute of Critical Zoologists you would have to invent them.

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