Culture 24/7: Seven of the best art exhibitions across UK for October 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 02 October 2013

We've scoured the land to bring you the most promising contemporary visual art for the month of October.

Colour photo of a matress propped against a wall with suggestive objects placed thereon
Sarah Lucas, Au Naturel (1994)© Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Sarah Lucas: SITUATION, Whitechapel Gallery, London, until December 15 2013

In what now looks like a shrewd move, Lucas has sat back and let other, more visible YBAs take flak for their runaway success. As a result she must now be considered on the strength of her sculpture rather than her persona. This retrospective shows a sense of purpose dating back to the 1990s.

Mark Boulos, FACT, Liverpool, October 3 - November 21, 2013

If word spreads, Mark Boulos’s new video installation could have visitors queueing out the door. Developed with help from a neuroscientist, it promises to project the viewer into a pre-filmed urban landscape. Alienation and disorientation may never have been so much fun.

Art Sheffield , various venues, Sheffield, October 4 - December 14 2013

Seven galleries team up to host some 15 national and international artists, all for the benefit of a city which often gets overlooked. Despite this, Sheffield lays claim to the largest community of artists out of London. If this be true, and you can get to South Yorkshire, get involved.

The World Turned Upside Down: - Buster Keaton, Sculpture and the Absurd, Mead Gallery, Coventry, October 4 – December 14 2013

Mead have struck gold with the subtitle for this idiosyncratic show in Coventry. Simon Faithfull and Ben Roberts, the two curators, have pulled together about 20 artists of note, including Tehching Hsieh, Marcel Broodthaers and Bas Jan Ader. Laughs a plenty, it is hoped.

Jordan Baseman: A Cold Hand on a Cold Day, Fabrica, Brighton, October 5 – November 24 2013

Not exactly a cheery way to spend an Autumn day, Fabrica brings us a site-specific film about death. Baseman amps up the darkness with footage of the night sky and an interview with Brighton funeral director Cara Mair, who provides an eco-friendly service to this eco-conscious city.

Asco: No Movies, Nottingham Contemporary, October 12 – January 5 2013

No Movies is not a prescription for an exhibition, but rather a name art group Asco gave to their narrative-implied photoshoots in East LA. Postmodern photography challenged cultural expectations of those who expected that Chicano artists make murals rather than movies, of any description.

Lucy Skaer: Exit, Voice and Loyalty, Tramway, Glasgow, October 25 – December 15 2013

Showing evidence of the ambition brought a whale skeleton to Tate Britain, for the Turner Prize in 2009, Skaer is now working with 19th century mahogany from Belize. This rare material finds new purpose in her exploration of prehistoric objects in the absence of the written word.

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