The Culture24/7: Top art exhibitions to see in August 2012

By Mark Sheerin | 31 July 2012
Colour photo of colourful, emaciated sculptural figures in a gallery
Psychedelic figures land in Nottingham Contemporary, thanks to New Zealand artist Francis Upritchard© all rights reserved
As sport sucks most of the culture out of London, the UK's art capital this month may be Festival city Edinburgh. So here are the highlights...

Pursuit of Perfection: The Politics of Sport, South London Gallery, until September 14 2012

An installation of 2,529 trophies by Aleksandra Mir is just one timely work on display at SLG. This is a sporty show and Londoners will also come across baseball, football and, mischievously, armed conflict in a monumental CGI work by John Gerard.

Another London: International Photographers Capture City Life 1930-1980, Tate Britain, London, until September 16 2012

If you didn’t already think London was self-conscious enough in this global summer, here’s proof of a current obsession with self image. Admittedly the travel shots by the likes of Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank should be revealing.

Jannis Kounellis: ARTIST ROOMS, Tramway, Glasgow, until September 23

While Kounellis made his name exhibiting live horses in a gallery in Rome, it would be a surprise if any live animals have made this one room show. Nevertheless, fans of arte povera are unlikely to be disappointed by his found material sculptures. 

Francis Upritchard, Nottingham Contemporary, until September 30 2012

The death of the hippie dream and the myths of medieval Nottingham are, for perhaps the first time, woven together here in the psychedelic universe of this New Zealand artist. Furniture designer Martino Gamper and novelist Ali Smith are also enlisted.

A Lowry Summer, The Lowry, Manchester, until October 28 2012

It could be another 25 years before the Salford arts centre celebrates its namesake on this scale. So for his 125th birthday, the Lowry has put almost its entire collection on display together with loans never previously shown here.

Dieter Roth: Diaries, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, August 2 - October 14 2012

While making books, sculptures, paintings, drawings and installation, it is a wonder Dieter Roth found enough time to also keep a daily diary. But his outpourings can now be considered along with quotidian works Flat Waste and Solo Scenes.

James Casebere, Home and Other Fictions, Stills, Edinburgh, August 3 - October 28 2012

Mixing all the appeal of a model village with the resonance expected from a piece of art, Casebere builds a miniature set in his studio and shoots the results for his gallery. The Landscape with Houses series shown here alongside other engaging works.

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