Culture24/7: Recommended Art Gallery exhibitions from around the UK for September 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 29 August 2013

Okay, so it is safe to admit that August was quiet. The art landscape is hotting up even as the summer winds to a close. And here’s what September offers . . .

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Zoe Beloff shares her wares with visitors to Blackpool's Grundy Art Galllery© Zoe Beloff
Zoe Beloff: DREAMLAND – The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and the Blackpool Chapter, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, August 17 – November 2 2013

Scottish artist Beloff demonstrates once again she has an eye for a juicy historical fact. In this case her inspiration comes from a little-reported visit which Sigmund Freud made to Blackpool and his subsequent visit to a famous New York pleasure beach. Intriguing.

Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, September 14 2013 – February 24 2014

The title may be unoriginal, but you cannot fault the ambition of a new show which brings together great works in all spheres of artistic endeavour and trawls several millennia in order to do so. The common thread, of course, is the East of England. No Alan Partridge?

Peter Dreher, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, September 20 – November 24 2013

Choosing 150 paintings of the same empty glass may have posed some challenge to the Bucks gallery. After all, concept-driven painter Dreher has completed 5,000 of these. But that’s not all, since flowers, vegetables and skulls figure in the show. Sounds exhaustive.

Willie Doherty, UNSEEN, City Factory Gallery, Derry/Londonderry, September 27 2013 – January 4 2014

While tourists might cheerfully pose for photos in Bogside in the 2013 Capital of Culture, it was not always so easy to take photos. Local and international artist Doherty has worked with Matt’s Gallery in London to exhibit 20 photos and four videos which respond to Derry.

Adrián Villar Rojas, Today We Reboot The Planet, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, September 28 – November 10 2013

Working on an epic scale, this Argentinian’s sculptures are liable to fill the Serpentine’s new Sackler Gallery. Often concerned with issues like human extinction, he may be a pessimistic choice for one of London’s newest spaces for public art. But spectacle is assured

3am: wonder, paranoia and the restless night, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, September 28 – November 24 2013

The sleep of reason may produce monsters, but sleeplessness can be just as scary. Curator Angela Kingston has found a brilliant hook from which to hang work in all media, dealing with night terrors and a nocturnal sense of refuge. More than 20 insomniac artists take part.

Elisabeth Price: ‘SUNLIGHT’, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, September 30 – December 28 2013

Not much info is available but anticipation for the first work by Price since a Turner Prize win in 2012 is high. All the gallery promise is a new large scale film installation made with historic slide imagery of the sun. But her track record suggests thrills will abound.

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