Culture24/7: top art exhibitions around the UK for March 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 26 February 2013

Plenty happening this month whether you’re north of the Scottish border or right down on the Sussex South coast. It's another month of Culture 24/7 in art.

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Bernadette Corporation, BC Reloaded (2012). Bernadette Corporation with Benjamin Alexander Huseby© Bernadette Corporation:
Nick Evans: Solar Eyes, Tramway, Glasgow, until March 29 2013

Glasgow artist Evans has got rave reviews for his newly commissioned sculptures, and that has nothing to do with local bias. Billed as part lost civilisation/part theme park, it sounds full of charm and, given the Turner Prize’s love of all things Glaswegian, might end up troubling a future jury.

Piero Gilardi: Collaborative Effects, Nottingham Contemporary, until April 7 2013

Italian art movement Arte Povera seems to provide endless inspiration for UK curators. This is just the latest show by one of its proponents. Gilardi was perhaps the most political, but rest assured the Turin born artist was also a playful type, as shown by his popular Nature Carpets.

Hans Josephsohn, Modern Art Oxford, until April 14 2013

This Swiss artist, who could be labelled a bloated Giacometti, shows that gnarly forms have a totemic power which speaks to the primitive inside us all. It is his first UK show in a public space and comes with a screening of a must-see film about his life and work, Bildhauer.

Kelly Richardson, Towner, Eastbourne, until April 14 2013

Whereas Towner has a deserved reputation for attractive landscapes of the nearby Downs, Canadian Richardson redresses the balance with distorted film installations which border on the ominous. If not postcard perfect, it still sounds like an accessible show with plenty of impact.

Yinka Shonibare MBA: Fabric-ation, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield, March 2 – September 1 2013

While there is more to his work than African fabric, Shonibare still gets plenty of mileage out of the prints for which he is best known. For his largest ever show, however, there are few subjects he cannot dress that way, including rioters, aliens and admirals' wives.

Bernadette Corporation, ICA, London, March 16 – June 9 2013

So as to fight fire with fire, Bernadette Corporation is a brand as much as an art collective. Indeed, the New Yorkers have also been a fashion label, magazine publishers, novelists, and film makers. Allow plenty of time for their first UK retrospective, which includes the film Get Rid of Yourself.

Bellini, Botticelli, Titian...500 Years of Italian Art, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, March 23 – June 23 2013

If you take nothing else from this show, you may still learn that the UK’s largest civic collection of Italian art is on loan from Glasgow. Stunnning work abounds in their collection of landscapes, portraits and devotional works, which Compton Verney matches with their Neapolitan collection.

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