October exhibitions: Three to visit

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There are a fair few blockbusting exhibitions on this month, from Anish Kapoor's wax-blasting canons at the Royal Academy to Pop Art paraphernalia and Miroslaw Balka's big black box at Tate Modern. However, if you want to get a little — but not too far — off the beaten track, here are three more shows to get to.

 

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1 Subodh Gupta: Common Man

One of the superstars of the emerging Indian art world, Gupta brings his exciting and explosive (sometimes literally so) work to London. Often using amassed everyday objects like stainless steel tiffin tins and thali dishes, he makes sculptures that dominate and intimidate - from the giant metal skull he installed in a church in Paris to the show-stopping mushroom cloud of utensils at Tate Britain's triennial earlier this year. His new work explores notions of Western art and Indian commerce.

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Now until 31 October, Hauser & Wirth London, Picadilly and Old Bond Street, London W1, www.hauserwirth.com  

Images (left to right): "C.B." 2009; Right: "Everyday" (detail), 2009

 

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2 Ben Turnbull: I Don't Like Mondays

London artist Turnbull has already got himself into a spot of bother with his sculptures, featuring grenades and guns expertly carved from old school desks, which call to mind recent atrocities like Columbine and Virginia Tech, as well as the increasingly everyday problem of knife-crime amongst school-age kids. All of which only goes to show he's on to something — the works are poignant and thought-provoking, so its not surprising he's got himself some high-profile defenders, fashion designer Paul Smith among them. 

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From 21 October to 7 November, Eleven Fine Art, London SW1, www.elevenfineart.com 

Image: "Lesson 4", 2009

 

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3 Martin Parr: Parrworld

Admittedly British photographer Parr is hardly an undiscovered talent — in fact he's fast becoming something of an Alan Bennett-style national treasure — but that's not to say his work doesn't offer up a few surprises. At this hugely enjoyable show, he reveals work from his personal collection of British documentary photography, newer works of his own including gaudy shots of billionaires in Russia and Dubai, and some of the fascinating objects he collects with magpie-like assiduity, including an impressive array of Saddam Hussein watches.

Now until 10 January 2010, Baltic Mill, Gateshead NE8, www.balticmill.com

Images (left to right): "Man holding binoculars, man wearing top hat, G.B. England. Epsom. The Derby, 2004"; "Dubai. The Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge, 2007". All copyright Martin Parr