Culture24/7: Top exhibitions to see in October 2012

By Mark Sheerin | 02 October 2012
A colourful painting of a series of rows of words
Mel Bochner comes to the Whitechapel Gallery this month© Mel Bochner. Image from
It may be cold comfort to those already missing our Indian summer, but October does bring certain art highlights in the wake of its miserable weather, and off-season Brighton is cheered up with a Photo Biennial...

Dexter Sinister: Identity, Tramway, Glasgow, until October 28

It is fitting for a show about art brands that Dexter Sinister is the nom de guerre of artist team Stuart Bailey and David Reinfurt. Together they examine the impact of graphic identities upon three of art’s most blue-chip institutions: Tate, MoMA and the Centre Pompidou.

Brzeska's Eagle, g39, Cardiff, from October 12

In a little known chapter of art history, the French Vorticist Henri-Gaurdier Brzeska worked for a time as a clerk to a Welsh coal merchant. In this time he fell to sketching a stuffed eagle from the National Museum Wales. This includes the bird itself, plus contemporary responses.

Brighton Photo Biennial 2012, various venues, Brighton, from October 6

BPB gets political this year with shows about squatting and social unrest. And in this way, they turn a critical lens on our photo-saturated media and new media landscape. Highlights should include Omer Fast, Trevor Paglen, and Thomson & Craighead .

Jean-Luc Moulène, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, until November 25

Despite tragic news that young Director Michael Stanley is no longer with us, Oxford’s contemporary art space soldiers on with a solo show by the French sculptor, painter and filmmaker Moulène. Included is a black and white film inspired by the three graces, all needed here now.

Bronze, Royal Academy of Arts, London, until December 9

You cannot fault this show for ambition, as it takes visitors from Ancient Greece right through to Louise Bourgeois. This celebration of one of sculpture’s most enduring mediums has already met with critical acclaim, so if you haven’t yet done so, go for Bronze.

Mel Bochner, Whitechapel Gallery, London, from October 12

The process driven art of Mel Bochner alleviates potential boredom with a dry sense of humour and an exuberant use of colour. Later works certainly exhibit these qualities, as the New Yorker plucks words from a thesaurus to form chains of slippage and endlessly deferred meaning.

Ian Breakwell: Keep Things As They Are, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, from October 6

The largest ever retrospective of artist Ian Breakwell is to be held in a venue which reopened to the public in 2005, the day he died. Best known for his daily Diary project which he started as early as the 1960s, the show at De La Warr also features the hypnotic film The Other Side.

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