Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The artist list for The Historical Exhibition of Manifesta11, that I am co curating has been announced - go see (a few missing names still being added including the amazing archive of Aaron Moulton) 

Too many to list here but here are some personal highlights include: Evelyne Axell, James Son Thomas, Giovanna Olmos, Paulina Olowska, Susan Hiller, Bhakti Baxter, Chris Burden, Aleksandra Domanovic, Michael Smith, Steven Claydon, Mark Leckey, Thomas Ruff, Frances Stark, Trisha Baga, Sophie Calle, Coco Fusco, Martine Syms, Jeremy Shaw amongst many other (around 100 artists in total...)

It's gonna be a busy couple of months...

(Image Anne Collier, Women With Cameras, 2014, Sixty-one 35 mm slides, 35mm slide projector, pedestal stand, and base, Edition of 3 + 1 AP, Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, Lender Name: The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Manifesta11 The Historical Exhibition

So been quite busy at the moment. I'm officially the co-curator of The Historical Exhibition of Manifesta11 which opens in Zurich this June. The artist list for my contextual show, which I have been curating with the main curator Christian Jankowski, gets announced April 5 and will take place across the city at the Kunsthalle Zurich, Migros Museum, Luma Foundation and Helmhaus. The theme of the biennial is What People Do For Money. Sneak peaks in the coming months.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Best in Show: 2015

Stuck this up on Dazed Digital but wanted to archive here too. My best of 2015! 
Apart from my own shows of course...

December is the ideal time to round up an abundance of exhibitions in a tidy top ten – to compare and contrast what we saw, missed, liked and hated. There is no way anyone can be comprehensive. We still mourn missing shows in Paris, NYC, Istanbul, LA and all the rest that aren’t included below. Nonetheless, these are some of the best exhibitions you could see in 2015. Work that made us cry, tingle, laugh, spin out and look at the world in a different way.
Tillmans first major solo exhibition with David Zwirner in New York was jaw-droppingly good. The huge exhibition felt as thorough and expansive as a museum solo show and highlighted how Wolfgang is often at his best when he focuses on the everyday. Some of the show-stoppers were a simple weed in a pavement, a pile of dirty washing and oddly formed tomatoes.
This British painter’s major solo show at The Serpentine proved she is arguably one of the best painters of her generation. Black figures were presented in heroic, hypnotic portraits. This work in particular reinvented the representation of the figure as well as an approach to blackness in one of its most nuanced forms.
Mirza’s show at the Musee Tinguely in Basel was the best exhibition that you probably haven’t seen. The artist layered his work – in the form of his studio Hrm199 – over the museum’s own collection of kinetic art. The British artist presented incredible audio, light and sculptural installation works, including collaborative pieces with artists including Jeremy Deller and Channa Horwitz. If you missed it, at least get the catalogue.
Walking into this space was the most disorientating experience. The floors mirrored with projected clouds floating across them while tables were on the walls. A heavy noise drone played throughout the space – making things even more upside down. One of the most refreshingly odd experiences of the year.
This 3D film work was so well made that thousands came through the doors of Sprüeth Magers Berlin space. The piece focused on weird swaying trees, grown from seed presents (to American Olympic winner Jesse Owens) by the Nazis, and fireworks above the 1936 Olympic Stadium against a looped perfect sample from Alton Ellis’ Blackman’s Word. The work of Gaillard’s career.
The Walker Art Center programming is so good you know why Minneapolis' local Prince stays in the area. The latest show explores the counter-cultural experiments in art, architecture and design – from geodesic domes to the graphic work of Emory Douglas, the show demonstrates how radical creativity in the late 60s really was and what we can learn from it.
Morgan Quaintance is a curator (writer and broadcaster too) with a brilliant take on creating exhibitions. He has now been appointed curator of artist run Cubitt in Islington and his first show with Cecile B Evans, Dazed Emerging Artist Award Winner Lawrence Lek and older artist Manfred Mohr was a great take on the role of software in art.
Rafman’s solo show at London’s Zabludowicz collection, which followed a solo in Montreal, was filled with video installations that were watched lying down on waterbed mattress, sitting on a massage chair, in a pool of floating plastic balls, in hot tight metal cabinets, in the set of a stained teenagers bedroom and in a 3D fake garden maze. The perfection mix of computer nerd tropes and contemporary art dialogues.
Who doesn’t love Mark Leckey? Leckey has created a new film work that debuted at Cabinet gallery that will floor fans of Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore. An incredible cut and paste narrative that brings together the artist’s own biography and themes about changing media interfaces and our relationship to the space race alongside the music and moods of popular culture.
Dazed was ahead of the game when we profiled the late Japanese auteur Tetsumi Kudo, who this year got a deservedly exciting solo show at Hauser & Wirth in London and Zurich. In both spaces, the interior of the gallery was covered with bright green Astroturf to provide a plus setting for Kudo’s straight electro penis cage, acid terrarium sculptures and UV tech-organic installations. Hard to forget.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A bit Berlin and little of London

I've got some curation things underway. The prints I curated for have launched online - and a selection are on display in the Absolut Art Apartment at Moritzplatz in Berlin Until Dec 6. (and for those who like liquid there is free coffee in the day from 11 and free cocktails between 5 an 7pm daily). Top Floor, Prinzenstrasse 84, Berlin. Artists include Gregor Hilderbrant, Hanna Schwarz, Thomas Helbig, Juliette Bonneviot, Matthias Bitzer and Ei Cortinas.

Londoners save the date -December 17 for #officeparty
The last party with a DJ set by Dave MacLean (Django Django), dance class by Joelle D'Fontaine, and free photocopy artworks by Aaron Angell, Alexandre da Cunha, Jeremy Deller, Benedict Drew, Celia Hempton, Allison Katz, Oscar Murillo, David Noonan, Athena Papadopolos, Peles Empire, Prem Sahib, Daniel Silver, Marianne Spurr, Julie Verhoeven, Jesse Wine, Bedwyr Williams and more...
#officeparty GIF by Ben Sansbury, 2015. Courtesy the artist

Thursday, October 15, 2015

CocksandCunts for Kaleidoscope Videoclub

I was honoured to curated a video project for Kaleidoscopemagazine to coincide with their Art and Sex issue (I've interviewed Celia Hempton in the mag itself and I'm also doing a talk at Frieze Art Fair Reading Room Friday 530pm with her and Julie Verhoeven)

It's called Cocksandcunts Here are more details!

The selected works by The ARKA group, Adham Faramawy, Richard Kern, Reija Merlainen, Julie Verhoeven, John Walter and Zoe Williams explore the representation of sexuality and the naked body, veering from fetishism to playful humour, from choreographed performance to an almost abstract approach. Here, ideas of feminism, movement, power and the structure of art manifest into a deeply human form, emphasizing the human sex as something layered with meaning.

PS Longlyst also printed my Top Ten London galleries

Sunday, October 11, 2015


My recommendations leading up to Frieze are up.

Also if you're there Friday, head to the reading room at 530pm to hear me talk with Celia Hempton and Julie Verhoeven for Kaleidoscope. I'll also be posting a VIDEOCLUB project to coincide next week. News to come!