Klara Lidén, Self Portrait with the Keys to the City 2005 (See Serpentine, below)
The Liverpool Biennial continues through to 28th November. The theme is ‘Touched’, embracing the meanings both of physical contact and emotional effect. This is explored through a wide range of installations, events, talks and exhibitions (see website for full programme and map). Adrian Searle's review picks out the film work of Ryan Trecartin showing at 52 Renshaw Street as the highlight. The ‘Touched’ exhibition at Tate Liverpool features performance and interactivity in a show including: Magdalena Abakanowicz (Poland), Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan (Philippines), Nina Canell (Sweden), Wannes Goetschalckx (Belgium), Diango Hernández (Cuba), Jamie Isenstein (United States), Eva Kot’átková (Czech Republic), Otto Muehl (Austria), and Franz West (Austria). Concurrent with the Biennial in Liverpool are the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010 at The Coach Shed (18th Sept – 13th November) and the John Moores Painting Prize 2010 at the Walker Art Gallery (18th Sept. – 3rd Jan. 2011). (And the £25,000 winner is... Spectrum Jesus by Keith Coventry, below.)
Keith Coventry, Spectrum Jesus, 2009
The 4th Brighton Photo Biennial, runs from 2nd October until 14th November and will feature a series of exhibitions, New Documents, curated by Martin Parr as well as a full programme of talks and events, see BPB website for details. Alongside New Documents there will be an exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work at Towner in Eastbourne. (See Jonathan Jones: Robert Mapplethorpe: Sexual Terrorist). Like the Diane Arbus exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary (ends 3rd October), this exhibition of more than 60 photographs by Mapplethorpe is one of the Artist Rooms given to the nation by Anthony d’Offay.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, 1975
The big shows at Tate Modern, for October are Paul Gauguin (30th September - 16th January) and on 12th October the latest Turbine Hall installation (the Unilever Series) will be unveiled: this year the daunting commission has been given to the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Over at Tate Britain, the Turner Prize exhibition opens on 5th October and will run until 3rd January 2011. The shortlisted artists are: Dexter Dalwood; Angela de la Cruz, Susan Philipsz and The Otolith Group. The winner will be announced on 6th December. Continuing at Tate Britain are Eadweard Muybridge, Rachel Whiteread Drawings (both until 16th January 2011) and Fiona Banner’s installation of jet fighters (until 3rd January 2011).
Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Double Mattress Yellow), 1991
The Arts Council's quinquennial survey of British art, British Art Show 7, begins its run on 23rd October in Nottingham, with shows at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle Museum and New Art Exchange. The exhibitions will be on until 9th January, 2011, after which they will tour to London, Glasgow and Plymouth. Subtitled In the Days of the Comet, the show is intended as a pulse check on the state of British art today.
For a more commercial take on the state of contemporary art the Frieze Art Fair (14th – 17th October) is the place to be.
The Ikon Gallery in Birmingham is showing an intriguing double bill of Kitagawa Utamaro and furniture by Donald Judd: A Good Chair is a Good Chair (both 22nd Sept – 14th Nov). Also in Birmingham, is Steve McCurry – Retrospective, at Birmingham Museum (until 17th October).
Kitagawa Utamaro , Lovers in the upstairs room of a teahouse, from Poem of the Pillow, 1788
The Serpentine presents the first major UK exhibition by Swedish artist Klara Lidén. Working with installation, video and architectural intervention Lidén explores spaces for living. (See article by Sam Thorne in Frieze Magazine.)
Right at the end of the month (from 29th Oct - 27th Nov) the 20th Hereford Photography Festival promises to be an exciting event.