Culture 24/7: Top UK art exhibitions for June 2013

By Mark Sheerin | 31 May 2013

From west coast to east (Blackpool and Margate) and all points between, here are the best looking shows for this month...

Black and white illustrative print of two figures in a landscape
William Kentridge at QUAD Derby© Courtesy QUAD, Derby
The Unfinished Conversation: John Akomfrah, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, until July 14 2013

One of the hits of the Liverpool Biennial 2012 now enjoys a season in the East Midlands, and locals are just as likely to fall under the spell of this three channel installation. Using archive material Akomfrah gives us the life to date of trailblazing cultural theorist Stuart Hall.

Aping the Beast: Serena Korda, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, until August 3 2013

If you missed this at Camden Arts Centre, there’s an even better chance to see Korda’s mythic show in the town where part of it was filmed. The coastal location will also resonate with the main attraction, a Godzilla, which now and then comes to life. One from art’s wild side.

Curiosity: Art and the Pleasure of Knowing, Turner Contemporary, Margate, until September 15 2013

Brian Dillon takes a break from writing on art for a no less smart piece of curation. Taking its cue from 17th century cabinets of curiosity, the exhibition draws from museums as much as it does from art galleries. Visitors are sure to enjoy the overstuffed walrus from the Horniman.

Walk On: 40 Years of Art Walking from Richard Long to Janet Cardiff, NGCA, Sunderland, June 1 – August 31 2013

There’s definitely something afoot, if you’ll excuse the pun. Because land art in general and perfromative walking have found their way into shows as far flung as Southampton and Manchester this year. Now NGCA offers the last word on the matter, for a while at least.

Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, June 1 – November 16 2013

Two things have stood in the way of Boty’s reputation as an artist: being a woman and having a genuinely tragic death Now Wolverhampton, with its interest in pop art, has turned its attention to a talented, vibrant painter who was one of the leaders of the movement in Britain.

Patrick Caulfield, Tate Britain, London, June 5 – September 1 2013

Speaking of vibrant and poppy artists, the spotlight at Tate Britain is on Patrick Caulfield. Not billed as a major retrospective, the gallery are calling it a survey and the ticket will also get you in to see Gary Hume, a no less colourful and appealing artist from the YBA generation.

A Unviersal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker, QUAD, Derby, June 15 – August 18 2013

Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibitions are everywhere at the moment and it’s certainly a stamp of quality. Kentridge might be South Africa’s best known living artist and printmaking is integral to his work. Whether working in theatre or film, he keeps things graphic. Recommended.

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