When artist Victor Pasmore designed his concrete Apollo Pavilion for Peterlee New Town in the 1960s, he described it as 'a free and anonymous monument which can lift the activity and psychology of an urban housing community onto a universal plane'. Thirty years later, the then secretary of state Tony Banks rejected EH's recommendation that it should be listed Grade II*, partly on the grounds that it was a site of 'undesirable activities'; its future is still unclear.
Presented in a four-screen video by Jane and Louise Wilson (see picture), who often take architecture as their subject, the pavilion features in Concrete Thoughts: Modern Architecture and Contemporary Art - an exhibition at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery until 17 December.
Lasdun, Goldfinger and Chamberlin, Powell & Bon are revisited via a mixture of original models and recent works by the Wilsons, Toby Paterson (a wall painting), and photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg ( www. whitworth. manchester. ac. uk).
On the other side of the Pennines, two shows in Sheffield shift the focus from concrete to stone. Art at the Rockface: The Fascination of Stone, at the Millennium Galleries until 7 January, includes Turner, Ruskin, Epstein, Moore and Hepworth in exploring responses to this perennial material and the landscapes it forms. Material and landscape are the twin themes of the other Sheffield exhibition - Richard Long: Land and Line, at the Graves Art Gallery. Though Long's geometric arrangements of different kinds of stone can seem a bit routine these days, when they're installed with air (as at the Hayward a while ago), his slate, int or chalk have a real presence ( www. sheffieldgalleries. org. uk).
Long expanded the possibilities of sculpture with his earlier works. At the Architectural Association until 6 December, Rob Voerman's assemblages and drawings, with their cobbled-together feel, push sculpture towards architecture - though not always to any great end. But upstairs at the AA, don't miss Robert Fearns and Ioana Marinescu's 25-minute video Off the Map: a journey to parts of Bucharest that Ceausescu attened in the 1980s, troubled and elegiac in tone ( www. aaschool. ac. uk).
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