Excessive Beauty, Sebastião Salgado & Per-Anders Pettersson: AMAZON, Gallery of Photography, Dublin

This month Dublin’s Gallery of Photography plays host to the work of two esteemed photographers – Sebastião Salgado and Per-Anders Pettersson.

Massimo Nolletti, Bar Lane Studios, York

Massimo Nolletti’s exhibition is a wonderful celebration of the sounds and vibrations of everyday life. This series of work represents the endless possibilities of photography in an urban setting.

Celebrations of the Strange, the Pathetic and the Morbid, Glamourie, Project Space Leeds

An immobile red hatchback, front smashed against a skewed road sign, blares out hypnotic and maniacal club anthems from its boasting stereo system.

A Pilgrimage of Self-Discovery, Idris Khan: The Devil’s Wall, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Born into a Muslim family in Birmingham in 1978, London-based artist Idris Khan decided to stop practising Islam when he was fourteen years old.

Mark Storor: a tender subject, An Artangel Commission, Secret Location, London

“Do you hear me?” echoes a haunted voice in a vacuous subterranean space while a man crouches in a cell unable to escape the persistence of the creeping and persistent speaker.

Birdhead: Welcome to Birdhead Again, Paradise Row Gallery, London

Birdhead’s concern is the flow of power from West to East, as gauged by that thriving metropolis of ever increasing scale, life and culture: Shanghai.

Born out of Necessity, Architecture and Design Galleries, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Among the most common and enduring definitions of design is “problem solving.” A problem arises, the designer analyses it and distils it into goals, and then she creates a road map to a solution.

Selfridges Film Project, London, Film 1: Alexander McQueen

To celebrate the unveiling of the Women’s Designer Galleries in its London store, Selfridges has commissioned The Film Project – a bespoke short film collection. Free screenings continue until 26 March.

Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed, The Freud Museum, London

The Freud Museum was Sigmund Freud’s home in the last year of his life. The museum has attracted interest in the art world having worked with artists such as Susan Hiller and Mat Collishaw.

Raeda Saadeh: True Tales, Fairy Tales, Rose Issa Projects, London

The title of the current exhibition of photographs by Raeda Saadeh at Rose Issa Projects, London, is well-chosen as True Tales, Fairy Tales brings together and highlights key aspects of the artist’s work.

Santiago Sierra: Dedicated to the Workers & Unemployed, Lisson Gallery, London

Notorious for his controversial and ethically dubious video-works, Santiago Sierra is a contentious and well-known figure in the field of contemporary art.

The Figure in Space, Alice Channer: Body In Space and Edward Thomasson: Inside, South London Gallery, London

Having been given the opportunity to exhibit at South London Gallery, Alice Channer took the bold step of creating an entirely new set of works to fill the impressive gallery space.

Phil Hession: My heart is always trembling, afraid I might give in, The Context Gallery, Derry

Irish folk music has played an intrinsic part in the socio-political history of the Irish working-class. Through this medium an injured party could publicly express their frustrations at the hardship.

Marcus Coates: Proxy, Kate Macgarry Gallery, London

Marcus Coates is best known for his shamanistic performance works in which he channels and consults animal spirits. This element of his practice has already found its way into Tate Britain’s Triennial.

Objects With Stories, Song Dong: Waste Not, Barbican Art Gallery, London

Song Dong’s current installation, Waste Not, at the Barbican Curve Gallery, stands as the culmination of the hoardings of the artist’s mother, Zhao Xiangyuan.

Adel Abdessemed: Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, David Zwirner, New York

War, violence, death – these aren’t pretty topics. Nevertheless they’re topics that are explored in Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf, an exhibition of artwork by Adel Abdessemed.

The Brilliance of Life, Yayoi Kusama, Tate Modern

Yayoi Kusama is Japan’s best-known living artist. Since the 1940s, she has produced a wealth of work encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture and collage as well as large-scale installations.

Thomas Zipp: 3 Contributions to the Theory of Mass-Aberrations in Modern Religions

Thomas Zipp borrows Sigmund Freud’s Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex (1920) for the title of this show at Alison Jacques Gallery in London.

Akiko Takizawa: Over the Parched Fields, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

You can’t help but feel like you are disturbing a sense of stillness as you enter the Japan House Gallery at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation.

Jerwood Gallery in Hastings to Open, Q&A with Liz Gilmore, Director

There are a lot of projects that get the go-ahead in the name of regeneration, and the savagely debated Jerwood Gallery in Hastings is no exception.

A Leap Beyond the Physical, Dan Flavin: An Installation, Galerie Perrotin, Paris

Dan Flavin was an American minimalist artist famous for creating objects and installations from light fixtures. His work focused on drawings and paintings influenced by Abstract Expressionism.

Review: Reverb Festival at The Roundhouse, London

Now in its second year after a successful launch, the Roundhouse’s Reverb Festival aims to dismantle the stuffy, jargon-loaded image of classical music.

TERRYWOOD opens at OHWOW in Los Angeles

Richardson has been inspired by the multiple facets of Hollywood life. In his latest show, TERRYWOOD, at OHWOW, he unveils a series of images of the famous city, as seen through his eyes.

Rehearsal after Reflect Soft Matte Discourse, Episode 2: A Special Form of Darkness, Tramway, Glasgow

A Special Form of Darkness at Tramway is an open, convivial music/ performance/ ideas hybrid – a cross between a festival, magazine and discussion.

Jeremy Deller: Joy in People, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London

You wouldn’t be to blame if you assumed the banner above the Hayward were a David Shrigley piece. It has the immediacy of his work, and none of the seriousness that represents Jeremy Deller.

Wind the Bobbin Up, Cotton: Global Threads, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Cotton. You’re probably wearing it now. You probably sleep on it every night. The sheer abundance of this material all around us means it usually remains ignored and under-appreciated.

Celebrating Short Film, Short & Sweet, Roxy Bar & Screen, London

Short & Sweet is a travelling short-film series: an international community of film lovers who father for lively events of short films and socialising. This winter Short & Sweet returns to London.

Canary Wharf Screen, Art on the Underground, Season 1 Film and Video Umbrella

Canary Wharf Screen is a motion picture screening programme that will launch at Canary Wharf Tube station at the beginning of next month. The project has been initiated by Art on the Underground.

Conflations of Form, Lynda Benglis, Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Lynda Benglis’ name has taken on mythical connotations in the art world. Her photographic spread in Artforum sparked controversy at the time, and has been awarded verbal accolades by artists.

Ménage à trois: Warhol, Basquiat, Clemente, Art & Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany

Campbell’s soup cans, exclamation marks, kissing couples. Warhol, Basquiat, Clemente. The works of three legendary artists are currently being displayed at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn.

Installation: Five Truths, Howard Assembly Rooms, Opera North

Mitchell’s installation arrived in Leeds on 14 February, and just as the carousel in the city’s Valentine’s Fair carries happy lovers of all ages, Mitchell reminds us of an obverse mental maelstrom.

Whose Film Is It Anyway?, Japanese Contemporary Auteurs in The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

The Japan Foundation has hosted an annual touring film programme since 2004. This year, between 10 February – 28 March, a set of 9 contemporary Japanese films will tour seven UK cities.

Disembodied Voices, Nalini Malani: Mother India, Art Gallery of New South Wales

When Nalini Malani was invited to create a large-scale new media installation for presentation in India Contemporary at the Venice Biennale, her response was the enigmatic video play Mother India.

A Return to Making-Strange? Opens Tomorrow, Interplanetary Revolution, Golden Thread Gallery

The opening of Interplanetary Revolution may feature a cocktail bar, a chorus of ice cream vans, the introduction of another currency and a song by The Factotum Choir that they never quite cracked.

Observations of Modern Life, Ridley Howard: Slows, Leo Koenig Inc., New York

Slows is an exhibition of paintings by the Brooklyn artist, Ridley Howard. Howard’s second show at Leo Koenig Inc. marks both a new direction in his artwork and a continued exploration of his typical style.

A World of Shifting Certainty, The Family in British Art, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

The family is unique as a social institution: it functions largely in private, while at the same time has a public character; it may be defined one way for political purposes, yet assume any number of forms.

Contemporary Sound Art, Haroon Mirza: /|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|/|, Spike Island, Bristol

In his first UK solo exhibition, Silver Lion Award winner of last year’s Venice Biennale, Haroon Mirza unfolds the map of an uncharted soundscape at once inviting and forbidding.

Embracing the Alternative Canvas, In Numbers: Serial Publications since 1955, ICA

In Numbers does not claim to be an exhaustive survey of serial publications since 1955, but aims to provide the contours of the genre.

The Passage of Materials, Steve Claydon: Culpable Earth, firstsite, Colchester

Colchester is known as being the oldest documented town in the UK. A visit to this city is likely to include a tour of the castle, a pint in a pub and a building showcasing cutting edge contemporary art.

Simultaneous Shock; Awe, Dana Schutz: If The Face Had Wheels, Miami Art Museum

Dana Schutz has developed a distinctive visual style characterised by vibrant colour and raw and tactile brushwork. If the Face Had Wheels is a survey of the artist’s work, spanning 2001 – 2011.

Interview with Julia Vogl: Winner of the Creative Works Competition

We speak with the winner of the 2011 Creative Works Competition, Julia Vogl, an installation artist whose public artwork challenges the role of the artist and art in relation to political events.

Jean-Marc Bustamante, Peintures Carrées (Square Paintings), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Peintures Carrées is an exhibition of works on square, screen-reprinted Plexiglas by artist Jean-Marc Bustamante. The artist incorporates design and architectural space into his work.

Visual Games, David Evans’ Critical Dictionary, WORK Gallery, London

The show’s title puts in mind an idea of declassification and redefinition. It is borrowed from Bataille, whose Critical Dictionary was printed as a section of his surrealist journal Documents.

Palm Trees and Poker Players, James Hockey; Foyer Galleries, University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Farnham

Helen Carmel Benigson is media-savy that is for sure; her work layers colour, print and sound to create immersive, dreamlike and hyper-sensual installations that explore themes of female empowerment.

The Familiar and the Exotic, Last Chance to See, Diane Arbus, Jeu de Paume, Paris

Diane Arbus revolutionised the art she practised. Her bold subject matter and photographic approach produced a body of work that is shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are.

Coggles Street Style Film: Part II

Aesthetica has featured Coggles’ new campaign, Street Styles Series, which aims to promote the brand’s primary mission of including personality into their designs for people not models.

Turner and the Elements & Hamish Fulton: Walk, Turner Contemporary

The seaside town of Margate boasts Turner Contemporary, a gallery that celebrates JMW Turner, who made Margate his home for a number of years, and international artists from abroad.

Shilpa Gupta

Gupta uses interactive video, websites, objects, photographs, sound and public performances to probe themes such as desire, religion, security on the street and on the imagined border.

The Front Line

Set during the Korean War and based around the final and decisive moments between North and South, the battle rages in the Aerok Hills.

The Guard

Following hard-bitten Police Sergeant Gerry Boyle as he closes in on a group of drug smugglers, The Guard’s action takes place on the west coast of Ireland.