Culture24's Art Must-sees for August

By Mark Sheerin | 02 August 2010
Gallery containing a wall of hollowed out plaster bricks

(Above) Jorge Santos, The World Appeared to her Reflected by Pure Inwardness (detail). Image © Andy Cotton, courtesy Spike Island

From Bristol to Glasgow, it's a monster month for art. Perhaps we should also mention that a 16-metre dinosaur has been installed at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.

Simon Yuill: Fields, Factories and Workshops, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow

Interview and discussion are the chosen media of Glasgow-based artist Simon Yuill. His finished pieces take the forms of documentation, film, and archive material in which social flashpoints can be explored. It is anthropology, but with music.

Ed Pien: Momento, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

Viewers might well feel put out by the tangle of ropes and cut silhouettes which haunt Ed Pien's installation. His themes, after all, are migrancy and struggle. In a film at the heart of the piece we see the artist pit himself, ambiguously, against a violent sea.

Harry Hammond: Halfway to Paradise, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

Society portraits and RAF reconnaissance shots set up Harry Hammond as the first man to define how rock stars should look. Cliff Richard, Adam Faith, Shirley Bassey, The Beatles and the Stones and many more onetime NME bands feature in this show.

Jorge Santos: the world appeared to her reflected by pure inwardness, Spike Island, Bristol

Pristine gallery space is a minimum requirement for Jorge Santos, who then sets off the white walls with subtle use of elements from outside. Highlights from his current show include two walls, one from a haunting garden, one from an uncanny room.

Alice Neel: Painted Truths, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Alice Neel was a self-styled collector of souls working alongside some of the wildest spirits and later most material minded figures in US art. It was abstract expressionists and pop artists who got famous, but these portraits have an honesty which has aged well.

Heather and Ivan Morison: An Unreachable Country. A Long Way To Go, Aspex, Portsmouth

Former car-plant workers from Kragujevac, Serbia, have turned their skills to the construction of a steel and polyester dinosaur for Southsea Common in Portsmouth. The 16-metre Ultrasauros is part of a show at Aspex, admittedly a large one.

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