The Culture24/7: Art picks for March 2012

By Mark Sheerin | 01 March 2012 | Updated: 29 March 2012
Colour film still in which two schoolboys sit on adjacent chairs
Gillian Wearing, 2 into 1 (1997). Colour video for monitor© © Gillian Wearing. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London
Wakefield and Bexhill beckon if the sun shines this March, or else you could escape the elements with any one of our March picks...

Thomas Demand: Model Studies, Nottingham Contemporary, until April 15

The architectural models studied by Thomas Demand are usually his own. But after a visit to the John Lautner archive in Los Angeles, it seems the German artist has been unable to resist the curvaceous glamour of those by the celebrated American architect.

On Karawa: One Million Years, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, until April 29

Best known for his date paintings, executed daily since 1966, Karawa could soon be known on Tyneside as the obsessive behind One Million Years. Volunteers are invited to help read out 20 volumes of text containing every date covered by said period of time.

John Gerrard, mima, Middlesbrough, until July 1

There’s artwork of an infinite duration to be found on Teeside. Two ruined schools in Cuba have become the latest buildings to rendered virtual for a pair of Gerrard’s slow-moving and elegiac computer generated films.

Simon Fujiwara: Since 1982, Tate St Ives, until May 7

With a first major show just a mile from where he grew up, Fujiwara has even more reason than usual to explore his biography at Tate St Ives. Several of his large scale installations, including art from the Tate Collection have been planned for this show.

Cerith Wyn Evans, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, from March 17

Since a visit to the building is always part of the appeal of a trip to the DLWP, the experience is set to get a little better. In a show which includes three major works, architecture fan Evans is departitioning gallery spaces. Pick a sunny day for it.

Miró: Sculptor, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, from March 17

If this show draws the crowds like Miró did at Tate last year, there will at least be room for them in the 500 acres of the West Bretton estate. This is the first major survey of his sculpture in the UK. So how will he fare in the English countryside?

Gillian Wearing, Whitechapel Gallery, London, from March 28

Oft borrowed from by advertising, this major survey gives Wearing a chance to claw back her dues for works like the 1992 series of street photography incorporating handwritten signs. The YBA is perhaps less famous than her iconic work around identity.

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