Around the UK in art: Ten recommended art exhibitions for June 2014

By Mark Sheerin | 02 June 2014

Culture24 rounds up the most exciting new art exhibitions, all set to open in June, across the UK

Harry Burden, The New Accident 2 (ChromaLusion), detail view, 2014, as seen in E-Vapor-8.© Harry Burden. Image courtesy of the artist.
Joella Wheatley: Forgotten Lines, aspex, Portsmouth, June 6 – July 20 2014

Appearing in shows this year in Bournemouth and Bexhill, Wheatley could be the South Coast’s best kept secret. Certainly her precise, geometric and mysterious interior scenes are giving nothing away.

E-VAPOR-8: curated by Francesca Gavin, Site Gallery, Sheffield, June 7 – August 16 2014

Writer and artist Gavin looks at the impact of rave culture on art. When Altern 8 were laying down their sixth single, who could have foreseen it giving its name to a serious-minded art exhibition.

Marina Abramović: 512 Hours, Serpentine Gallery, London, June 11- August 25 2014

Having done nothing but sit at a table in MoMA for her last major outing, performance artist Abramović now dispenses with most of the furniture to roam the gallery for a punishing number of hours.

Franz West: Where is my Eight, The Hepworth Wakefield, June 13 – Sunday 14 2014

While it’s not clear if you can touch the exhibits here, Franz West did often make work to sit or lie on. The Hepworth show was developed with mumok, Vienna, before the artist’s recent death.

Bruce McLean: Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Film, firstsite, Colchester,  June 14 – September 21 2014

Colchester provides the venue for a major retrospective of conceptual artist, performer, filmmaker and sculptor Bruce McLean. Expect work spread across seven galleries and almost 50 busy years.

The Human Factor, Hayward Gallery, London, June 17 – September 7 2014

With 25 artists dating back 25 years the numbers  are round and the concept is simple: the human body in contemporary sculpture. Another strong idea from the innovative South Bank

Bruegel to Freud: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery, The Courtauld Gallery, London, June 19 – September 21 2014

With 20,000 prints to choose from, even a Courtauld curator must have found it a challenge putting this show together.  Expect a range of techniques and work by Mantegna through to Matisse.

At Home He’s A Tourist, ffotogallery, Penarth, June 26 – July 19 2014

ffotogallery suggests that, in their capacity to make things strange, all artists are to some extent tourists. It’s a neat proposition for a group show by eight emerging photographers working in Wales.

Douglas Gordon: Pretty Much Every Film and Video Work From About 1992 Until Now, GoMA, Glasgow, June 27 – September 28

GoMA promises a veritable 'encyclopaedia’ of works by this important contemporary artist. His films are viewable on 100 television sets, at least one of which should be screening his celebrated Psycho.

Jim Lambie, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, June 27 – October 19 2014  
 
Down the road another leading Scottish artist comes to the fore. Jim Lambie is a popular and critically acclaimed artist who can, as the gallery claims, make magic from everyday materials.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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