Exhibitions I’m looking out for in 2014:

Louise Bourgeois: I Give Everything Away

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, On until 23 February 2014

I Give Everything Away is a look at Louise Bourgeois’ late 2D works, completed between 1994 and 2010 (the year that she died.) In the downstairs of the Fruitmarket Gallery is a series of drawings created under the spell of insomnia – not really asleep, but not awake, not conscious but not unconscious – entitled the Insomnia Drawings, and upstairs: a selection of prints. This exhibition reveals how the surrealists had a lasting impact on the artist, but also how she carved out a unique path for herself, from the beginning of her career until the end.

Adham Faramawy: Hydra

Cell Project Space, London, 17 January – 23 February 2014

I’m tipping emerging artist Adham Faramawy this year. He begins 2014 in a good position – with work on show at the ICA as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 ­– and having shown at David Roberts Art Foundation in 2013 and Cell Projects Space previously in 2012. Later in 2014, his work will also feature in Hayward Gallery’s touring show Pre-pop to Post-human: Collage in the Digital Age. For Hydra, Faramawy will use an extended metaphor taken from nature (water in its various forms) to explore how perceptions differ in a digital age to that which came before. He seems on point.

Martin Creed

Hayward Gallery, London, 29 January – 27 April 2014

Creed has a light touch (pun intended) when making art. It’s now twelve years since he won the Turner Prize for Work No. 227: The Lights Going On and Off, and about time we check-in. This retrospective is a chance to look back on Creed’s career thus far and to revel in the artist’s sly humour as well as more serious suggestions.

Geographies of Contamination

David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 31 January – 29 March 2014

Here’s a project space to keep your eye on: the David Roberts Art Foundation. This group show takes an unusual topic as its premise – its curators selecting artists that use imagery revolving around spillage, disruption and contamination – to examine what the gallery tentatively labels ‘polluted’ systems and processes. Intrigue strikes in my ears and eyes; this is not something I’ve seen before.

Camille Henrot: The Pale Fox

Chisenhale Gallery, London, 28 February – 13 April 2014

Camille Henrot received the Silver Lion at last year’s Venice Biennale, setting her apart as one of the most promising young artists practicing in the art world last year. This will be the first opportunity British audiences have had to see a full presentation of her work on their turf. With an all-star cast of support, from the Tate (who will be screening her 2013 film, Grosse Fatigue) to Dan Fox (Frieze Co-Editor and prolific writer), this exhibition of sculpture, drawing and video comes not with a recommendation further reaching than myself.

Edmund de Waal: Atmosphere

Turner Contemporary, Margate, 29 March 2014 – 8 February 2015

Ceramicist Edmund de Waal is being commissioned to create a clay installation to suit the space of the Sunley Gallery at the Turner Contemporary. This will be an extension of his ongoing concerns with the way minimalism, architecture and sound interact. The outcome may not be known yet, but the suitability of the artist for this commission is certain. 

Kenneth Clark

Tate Britain, London, 20 May – 10 August 2014

Clark was integral to the perception and praise of British Art in the 1930s, 40s, and has changed the way people look back on those decades of art making. He fuelled patronage of British Art and wrote extensively on art and how to look at it. If you want an insight into Modern British Art, Clark is a great place to start. The exhibition also fits in pleasingly with the growing emphasis on British Modern Art at renovated Tate Britain.

Digital Revolution: An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and videogames

Barbican Centre, London, 3 July – 14 September 2014-01-06

It was difficult to find forward-thinking contemporary art that don’t engage with the digital in 2013 and the pattern is set to continue in 2014, with painters imitating the appearance of digital marks and installation and performance artists drawing on digital effects in film. This exhibition commemorates the move towards the digital from the 1970s, and predicts how creativity will continue moving forward by featuring works, projects and performances from artists, architects, filmmakers, designers, musicians and game developers. Discussion of media no longer refers to which kind of paint the artist uses.

Disobedient Objects

V&A Museum, London, 26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015

Following on from the final segment of Art Under Attack that run at Tate Britain over the Autumn, Disobedient Objects, is set to pick up on an area of art-making that has been sparked by social unrest in societies across the world. It looks to a wealth of art objects and discusses how art has both been fuelled by/is a product of rebellion, from 1980s to the present day.


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