Culture24/7: Recommended art exhibitions around the UK for February 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 31 January 2013

Culture24/7: Recommended art exhibitions around the UK for February 2013


Roundel painting showing swarm of cupids above field of poppies with an arrow filled saint tied to a pillar
Raqib Shaw, St Sebastian of the Poppies (2011-12)© Raqib Shaw
It’s a good month in London and Manchester. Indeed, both the South and North are brimming with first rate exhibitions. These are just the highlights:

ECONOMY, Stills, Edinburgh, and CCA, Glasgow, until April 21 2013

No prizes for guessing what the “inescapable social truth” is at Stills and CCA this month. Given that it’s money, this is a timely show for the beleaguered sector and its public. Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin and Andreas Gursky are among some 40 artists represented.

Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London, until April 28

22 more artists line up for a show about light. Expect a demo of the medium’s propensity to stimulate, together with proof that the earliest experiments in luminous art still do the trick. Good chance to see the likes of trailblazer Dan Flavin, along with fresh talent Katie Paterson.

Carl Andre: Mass and Matter, Turner Contemporary, Margate, February 1 – May 6

Best known for selling his now proverbial pile of bricks to the Tate, this sculptor is less well known for once hoping to be the ‘Turner of matter’. Visitors to the English painter’s eponymous gallery can decide for themselves if Andre succeeds in wresting materials from representation.

Michael Landy: Four Walls, , February 9 – June 16

It is almost ten years since Landy installed a replica of his housebound father’s house at Tate Britain. So this is a good chance to revisit part of that show and look at the old man’s collection of DIY manuals while listening to a soundtrack of him whistling his favourite tunes.

The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns, Barbican, London, February 14 –June 9

This month two shows are curated by an artist, here Philippe Parreno. But Duchamp’s influence is so far-reaching that the Barbican have let the results spill over into dance, theatre, talks and even cabaret. That’s not to mention his effect on Pop artists Rauschenberg and Johns.

Raqib Shaw, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, February 15 – May 26

While decades younger, Shaw is equally hard to contain. His fantastical flora and fauna festoon much of the Gallery and defy easy pigeonholing. See how he has responded to a painting by Stubbs, and romantics should keep eyes peeled for Valentine’s event in said space.

The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – an exhibition curated by Mark Leckey, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, February 16 – April 14

A touring show with major thrust opens in Liverpool. Turner Prize-winner Leckey contends that with the rise of new technologies must come a return of atavistic tendencies towards animism. Artworks old and new are presented alongside artefacts to bring this idea to startling life.

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