Culture24/7: Top art exhibitions to see in November 2012

By Mark Sheerin | 01 November 2012
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Jannis Kounellis at Parasol Unit. Image courtesy the artist and Sprovieri, London© Claudio Abate

Tapestries and vodou don't often feature in contemporary art spaces, so we should welcome the diversity of this month’s Culture24/7. Check the following...


Tapestry: Weaving the century at Dovecote Studios 1912-2012, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, until December 16 2012

If you’re wondering what linked Paul Gauguin, David Hockney and Frank Stella, the answer is all three artists have made tapestries. So Compton Verney’s show is bound to surprise anyone who might only previously seen works from previous centuries adorning the walls of stately homes.

Richard Hughes: Where It All Happened Once, Tramway, Glasgow, until December 16 2012

It’s not community art, but it does feature a scale model of a run down community centre. Hughes’ most ambitious show in a public space to date promises bleak humour and a fresh look at the urban wastelands all around us. Sounds like an exhibition to revel in on a grey, rainy day.

Kafou: Haiti, Art and Vodou, Nottingham Contemporary, until January 6 2013


Taking its name from a cross-roads spirit in Voodoo, Kafou find Haitian art at a crossroads between folk naivety and contemporary suss. This is a technicolour festival of seven decades of painting from the troubled island, in which visual interest is augmented with social insights. Read our Review.

Hockney to Hogarth: A Rake's Progress, , until February 3 2013

While it is always interesting to pair up artists from different epochs, it is even more compelling to find contemporary works responding a series from the 18th century. But the Whitworth is now the proud owner of two sets of the Rake’s Progress: one satirical, one autobiographical.

Jean Dubuffet: Transitions, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until February 3 2013

The year was 1966, last time Dubuffet enjoyed the run of a public space in the UK. But at that time he was still working through the ideas in this focussed show. Black, blue and red paintings from his L’Hourloupe period now offer one of the most distinctive aesthetics in modern art. Read our Review.

A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance, Tate Modern, London, November 14 2012 – April 1 – 2013

David Hockney crops up again, compared with Jackson Pollock; despite the latter’s machismo, both artists brought a new sense of theatre to painting. Other painters in this exhibtion include the Viennese actionists, Niki de St Phalle and Cindy Sherman. More shows in Tate Tanks.

Jannis Kounellis, Parasol Unit, London, November 28 2012 to February 24 2013

Without bringing animals into the equation, as he did with live horses in the gallery, Kounellis still provides plenty of reason to visit Parasol Unit. The former Arte Povera protagonist is still hard at work in Rome, from where he provides responses to work from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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