Gavin Turk, Skip Gallery, London
Former YBA Gavin Turk’s latest work, Transubstantiation, at the pop-up space Skip Gallery, is a tongue-in-cheek piece that offers a humorous commentary on consumerism. Known for his subversive sculptural works that question artistic identity and authorship, here Turk questions the very nature of a skip as a place to dispose of rubbish, and our relationship to what we choose to throw away.
Until 26 November 2017, www.skipgallery.com
John Piper, Tate, Liverpool
Painter and designer of stained glass windows John Piper was inspired by his love of the British landscape, its buildings, monuments and their heritage. He played a key role in the development of abstract art in Britain, something this exhibition highlights by placing his work alongside the likes of Alexander Calder and Pablo Picasso. The results are a mix of styles, with coastal collages such as Beach with Starfish influenced by cubism while still capturing the atmosphere of the English coastline.
Until 18 March 2018, www.tate.org.uk
David Bomberg, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
This exhibition offers an overview of the life and career of David Bomberg, one of the 20th century’s most revered British artists. Known for using bold colours and strong, angular geometric shapes, he was one of British modernism’s key proponents. Pallant House Gallery’s retrospective includes more than 70 works that represent all significant periods of his career.
Until 4 February 2018, www.pallant.org.uk
Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism, Saatchi Gallery, London
Taking place 100 years after the Russian Revolution, this show explores issues such as challenges to individual freedom of expression in the face of both political ideology and religion. A host of performance artists are exhibiting, including: Oleg Kulik, Pussy Riot, Pyotr Pavlensky, Blue Noses Art Group, Arsen Savadov, AES + F, and Vasily Slonov. The show includes various examples of their protest art, from posters and slogans to video art, staged photography and performances. In addition, award-winning theatre group Les Enfant Terribles will present Inside Pussy Riot, an immersive theatre experience including performances by founding Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
Until 31 December 2017, www.insidepussyriot.com
Lilt, Twang, Tremor, CCA, Glasgow
This group show features three Scottish artists whose work examines the politics and production of the human voice. Questioning how vocals can affect the environment around us, it highlights how they can ‘mystify, calm, incite, deceive and betray’. Sarah Rose’s sculptural installations examine how objects hold sound and tell stories in space, while Susannah Stark uses digital media, sound, and song. Finally, Hanna Tuulikki works with performance, audio-visual installations and visual score drawings.
Until 14 January 2018, cca-glasgow.com
1. Gavin Turk mug shot. Courtesy: Skip Gallery
2. John Piper, Beach with Starfish, c.1933-4. Gouache, printed paper and ink on paper, 380 x 485 mm. Tate, presented by Lady (Charlotte) Bonham Carter, 1988
3. David Bomberg, Jerusalem City and Mount of Ascension, 1925, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. Copyright: The Estate of David Bomberg
4. Hanna Tuulikki, Sing Sing, a close duet, 2015. Courtesy: the artist. Photo: Robin Gillanders