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.)
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.
Right at the end of the month (from 29th Oct - 27th Nov) the 20th Hereford Photography Festival promises to be an exciting event.