Iâ€™ve been picking a monthly round up of art for a few years now, first on Culture24 and now on criticismism. If itâ€™s not my imagination, this is getting more difficult. Cuts coming home to roost?
Itâ€™s my unscientific impression galleries have got less likely to list forthcoming shows. It could be a sign theyâ€™re having trouble planning, or that theyâ€™re at least lacking web resource.
Thatâ€™s to say nothing of the quality of whatâ€™s on offer. But fortunately, it remains a tricky operation to choose a shortlist from the wealth of UK exhibitions. Anyhow, FWIW, as ever, here goes:
Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age, FACT, Liverpool, 5 Mar – 17 May.Â New group show connects the technology which structures our lives with the mental illness which sometimes blights them. 15 artists provide a chance to reflect on the new psychological landscape.
Leonora Carrington, Tate Liverpool, 6 Mar – 31 May.Â Too much to say about Carrington in this narrow window, but unfamiliar visitors may thrill to her surreal work, her remarkable life story, and her diversification into poetry, scultpure, tapestry and theatre design.
Gerald Scarfe: Milk Snatcher, The Thatcher Drawings, The Bowes Museum, Co. Durham, 14 Mar – 31 May.Â With a general election on May 7, this is a brave moment for a museum to remind us of the evils of Thatcherism. And, with recent events in Paris, the power of political cartoons.
Richard Diebenkorn, The Royal Academy, London, 14 Mar – 7 Jun 2015.Â Heralded by US papers as a painter of superlative gifts, the forthcoming show – Dieberkornâ€™s first in the UK for 20 years – is an opportunity to be seized. The RA promises a career long survey.
Matt Stokes:Â Cantata Profana, Dilston Grove, Southwark Park, London 27 Mar – 26 Apr.Â GrindcoreÂ metal meets choral composition in an offsite six-channel installation for Mattâ€™s Gallery. Find yourself immersed as the volume goes up to (a no doubt cathartic) eleven.