London art highlights for 2014 – Part ll

Following last week’s post about the exhibition highlights of the year, Rob Kidd from Curated London brings part 2 of the most important exhibition that will take place during 2014 in London.

Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery from 5 January

Community favourite The Whitechapel Gallery presents a survey of German collage artist Hannah Höch. Expect to see a huge collection of her work from the 1910s – 1970s, including witty and satirical images from the 1920s.

Andy Warhol, William S Burroughs and David Lynch at the Photographers’ Gallery from 17 January

The Photographers’ Gallery explores the less-known photographic work of three heavy-weight American artists, each better known for their work in other media. Painter and filmmaker Andy Warhol took a huge volume of photographs in the 1970s, focusing on everyday street scenes, cityscapes and the odd celebrity party. Director David Lynch made a comprehensive survey of industrial structures from around the world, shot in stark monochrome, while writer William S Burroughs’ vast body of work defies categorisation.

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined
at the Royal Academy from 25 January

International architects reimagine what architecture should be, bringing it to the foreground in this series of large-scale installations. Filling more than 23,000 square feet of gallery space, the works will use structure, colour, texture, light and even smell to enable new perspectives on this often-overlooked part of our lives. Viewers are encouraged to explore the exhibition in their own way -looking, touching, climbing, sitting, standing or even lying down.

Martin Creed: What’s The Point Of It? at the Hayward Gallery from 29 January

This mid-career survey of Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed will explore his minimalist but humorous approach to art. Creed works in a variety of media, and this show will feature pieces of all shapes and sizes, from small, individual works to room-filling installations.

Bailey’s Stardust at the National Portrait Gallery from 6 February

More than 250 photographs from one of the world’s best known photographers will make this the NPG’s largest ever exhibition dedicated to photography. Bailey himself has hand-selected a collection of his work across fashion, music, news, travel, nudes and reportage to present a diverse, balanced snapshot of his work from the last half-century.

Swingeing London 67 (f) 1968-9 by Richard Hamilton 1922-2011
Richard Hamilton
at Tate Modern and the ICA from 12 February

Fans of Pop Art Designs at the Barbican are in for a real treat come February: two London institutions present work by this founding member of the Pop Art movement. Tate Modern presents a retrospective of the artist’s work, starting with the iconic 1956 Fun House installation, followed by the Swingeing London series from the 1960s and later, more political work. Meanwhile, the ICA presents two installations that were originally displayed at their previous gallery on Dover Street. Man, Machine and Motion and An Exhibit, both from the 1950s, will complement the Tate’s comprehensive review of Hamilton’s career.

Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum from 6 March

After the successes of Hajj, Pompeii & Herculaneum and Beyond El Dorado, expect another blockbuster exhibition from the British Museum. Developed in association with the national museums of Denmark and Germany, Vikings will be the inaugural exhibition in the new £25 million Sainsbury Exhibition Wing. At the centre of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37 metre long Viking Warship, as well as weapons, looted treasure, jewellery and other artefacts.

The Fashion World of Jean-Paul Gaultier at the Barbican from 9 April

The first major exhibition devoted to French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier will feature more than 140 of his couture and ready-to-wear garments. The show will include iconic pieces created for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Madonna (including the conical bra and corsets from the Blond Ambition World Tour). The exhibition will also feature photography by collaborators such as Richard Avedon, David LaChapelle, Pierre et Gilles, Herb Ritts and Andy Warhol, as well as footage of catwalk presentations, concerts, music videos, films and dance performances.

Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs
at Tate Modern from 17 April

The ‘Cut-Outs’ represent the final stage in the career of this prolific modern artist. Following an operation that affected his dexterity, Matisse adopted a new technique for image making: cutting sheets of painted paper and arranging them into the desired shape. The result was the series of bold, sculptural images, 120 of which will feature in this survey at Tate Modern.

Colour at the National Gallery from 18 June

The National Gallery’s summer exhibition will explore the history of the use of colour in art. Each room in the show will be given over to a particular colour, giving visitors a new perspective on the use of colour from the Renaissance to the Impressionists. The exhibition will include information on the origins and developments of pigments and materials used, making this a must-see for anyone with an interest in the history of art. Alongside paintings, the display will include minerals, textiles, ceramics and glass to provide a complete picture of the development of colour use in European art.

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