I’ve spotted some really exciting exhibitions and art festivals coming up in 2014. Here are the ten I am looking forward to the most…
1. David Lynch The Factory Photographs
17 January – 30 March 2014
The Photographers Gallery, London
Best known as a film director, David Lynch has had exhibitions of his pictures at venues including the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris. This exhibition reveals his enduring interest in the sludgy, industrial environments audiences will recognise from his classic films.
2. Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain
28 February – 11 May 2014
Having seen the first incarnation of this exhibition at Iniva, London I am really curious to see how the exhibition has evolved. Based on the book Keywords by Raymond Williams, first published in 1976, the intention is to explore the connections between ‘word and image’.
3. Wonder Woman festival of feminist art, music and history
Various venues Manchester
As and when details of the programme are confirmed, they will be listed on creativetourist.com.
4. British Folk Art
10 June – 7 September 2014
This exhibition claims to be the first major survey of British folk art. It will include: Toby jugs, ships’ figureheads, carousel horses, a larger than life-size thatched figure of King Alfred, maritime embroidery, shop signs and whirligigs.
5. Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Opens summer 2014
Not much detail yet… but this interview with Director Alice Workman in the Guardian has whetted my appetite…
6. Manifesta 10
29 June – 31 October 2014
The Hermitage, St Petersburg
This is a wild card as it’s quite unlikely I’ll make it to St Petersburg for this edition of Europe’s roving triennial. There is an interesting post on their website (here) about why it’s important to hold the festival in Russia whilst some commentators are calling for cultural and sporting boycotts.
7. Liverpool Biennial
Various venues Liverpool
5 July – 26 October 2014
The UK’s biennial has established a stronger year-round programme of talks and events, but their focus is still on the period of the festival when “newly commissioned artworks [will] interact with the urban landscape” and all the city’s key venues will hold their own exhibitions. More detail on the artists involved still to be announced.
8. Fiona Banner new commission
19 July – 2 November 2014
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The new commission promises to follow on from ‘Banner’s 2010 Tate Britain commission Harrier and Jaguar, an installation of two fighter jets’ by continuing her inquiry focussing on machines of war. The commission will be augmented by related installation and film.
9. Ryan Trecartin
Zabludowicz Collection, London
2 October – 21 December 2014
Previous exhibitor of the Liverpool Biennial, LA-based Trecartin produces videos that investigate some of the more extreme manifestations of youth culture. Excited to see his latest output.
10. Asia Triennial Manchester
October – November 2014
Various venues Manchester
Not clear where to find more info about this festival as and when events are confirmed. Again, my advice would be to check on creativetourist.com…
Check back here throughout 2014 and I’ll try to review one or two of them!