The forthcoming year is looking to be an exciting one for contemporary art. There are a number of dynamic and eclectic exhibitions on the horizon for London, some of which I will be discussing in this blog post and eventually visiting with great expectations.
First and foremost, one of the most anticipated exhibitions landing in London next year is Whitechapel Gallery’s monster of a group show Adventures of the Black Square. Laying down Kazimir Malevich’s abstract black square as the foundation of Modernist and Supremist Art, this exhibition looks to chronologically identify abstract arts journey into the contemporary. With a display of painting, sculpture, photography and film by socially and politically adept artists from all over the world, this exhibition is sure to be simultaneously stunning and stimulating.
2015 is fast appearing to be the year for women in art. With the National Portrait Gallery announcing their summer exhibition Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon – clear to be a winner with the public at large – Tate has also marked its focus on women in the arts. Tate Modern will soon hang on its walls the works of South African artist Marlene Dumas. The Image as Burden will focus on Dumas’s paintings of physicality in the human figure, toying between her thoughts and interpretation of socio-political affairs surrounding her existence as an artist in the contemporary. Tate Britain will too have a strong female artist as the lead in their summer exhibitions: Barbara Hepworth. This exhibition will be the first major restrospective of Hepburn’s in London for over four decades. Tate Britain will feature her sculptures alongside preliminary artworks including drawings, collages and small wood carvings, which will demonstrate her sculptures designs and their journeys from imagined to realised artworks.
Other exhibitions to look forward to in the coming year include the Victoria & Albert’s investigation into the history of the shoe in Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opening in June this Summer. Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition at the Royal Academy hopes to be a landmark display, referencing the artist’s turbulent relationship with Chinese art and culture through both old and new works. Finally I look forward to seeing Hauser & Wirth’s unveiling of Rashid Johnson’s work on Saville Row. Smile opens at the end of January and will be a solo show of Johnson’s conceptual post-black art including a range of different artist mediums.