Urban Psychosis, Holden Gallery, Manchester
Explore urban anxiety with this exhibition of haunting psychosis. Featuring eight artists including John Baldessari, Matthew Buckingham and Sophie Calle, the works consider the the modern city as a busy and bustling environment of potentially creative activity that can, for the spectator, also tip over into a state in which reality is temporarily obscured.
Until 22 August, www.holdengallery.mmu.ac.uk/2014/urbanpsychosis
Shelagh Wakely: A View from a Window, Camden Arts Centre, London
Three years after her death, the ephemeral work of Shelagh Wakely still resonates. A pioneer of installation art, Wakely utilised organic materials inclined to weathering and deterioration, her sculptures conjuring a sense of temporality and movement. This show offers an insight into her thought processes, including material experiments and working drawings.
Until 28 September, www.camdenartscentre.org
Gillian Wearing, New Art Gallery Walsall
This exhibition features a single-screen video, We Are Here, that echoes Gillian Wearing’s breakthrough work from two decades ago that featured images of the general public holding up signs illustrating their feelings. Here, people from the West Midlands are captured speaking various monologues as if from the grave. Eerie stuff.
Until 12 October, www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk
Gego, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Over a period of nearly five decades, Hamburg-born Caracas artist Gego explored line, transforming its properties into planes, volumes and expansive nets to reflect on the nature of perception. For this show, the Henry Moore Institute has been transformed into a maze of encounters: large-scale nets, columns and spheres fill the gallery spaces, alongside examples of her watercolours, ink drawings, prints and lithographs.
Until 19 October, www.henry-moore.org
Richard Wright, Modern Institute, Glasgow
Richard Wright’s new work, part of the Scotland-wide Generation festival, subtly responds to the architecture of the Modern Institute’s Airds Lane space and its four rectangular sky lights. The Turner Prize-winning artist has worked with York Glaziers Trust, Britain’s oldest stained glass conservation studio, to fill the frames with new glass work creating a collection of unique drawings and patterns which shift across the walls and floor throughout the day, governed by the movement and intensity of natural light.
Until 6 September, www.themoderninstitute.com
Selections chosen by Jack Hutchinson
Also on www.a-n.co.uk:
Generation, Scotland: teeming with great works – Chris Sharratt reports on the official launch of this Scotland-wide celebration of the last 25 years of Scottish art