James Lingwood, Tot Taylor And Michael Bracewell Pick Their Highlights Of 2008


JAMES LINGWOOD co-director of Artangel, the London-based foundation which has pioneered a new way of collaborating with artists and engaging audiences in a series of commissions beyond the white walls of the gallery, such as Roger Hiorns’ ‘Siezure’, Gregor Schneider’s ‘Die Familie Schneider’ and Rachel Whiteread’s ‘House’.

Mike Kelley: Educational Complex Onwards at Wiels in Brussels

Richard Serra at Gagosian in London

Roni Horn at Hauser & Wirth in London

TOT TAYLOR co-founder of the London gallery Riflemaker, whose current show ‘WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: Life-File’ is on until 16 December.

I’m afraid I didn’t see much at all in other galleries or museums that excited me in 2008. I found so many public museum shows lazy and just very bland (including the big ones) and that’s not good. The so-called ‘blockbuster’ shows must stop. You feel you’re doing some kind of ‘duty’ by being led around them. The standard ‘exhibition layout’ idea must change. Everything must change. People will have to work very hard in 2009. The future will be in small galleries – art exhibitions which aren’t necessarily ‘visual’ – particularly in London. I went to a couple of public gardens and they were very exciting to see. Gardening, planting, arranging colour, shape and architecture of a garden or mainly outdoor space will I think become very important and influential to exhibiting art in the next few years. You can feel it seeping into the sensibility already.

MICHAEL BRACEWELL, writer, novelist and critic who has written books about Roxy Music, the 1990s and a cultural history of England, ‘England Is Mine: Pop Life in Albion From Wilde to Goldie’. He was a judge for the 2007 Turner Prize.

Bridget Riley: Retrospective – Musee d’art moderne de la ville de Paris
Meticulously selected survey of fifty years of Riley’s art, detailing the constant refinement of her ideas.
All the work looks equally and timelessly modern.

Stuart Sutcliffe: A Retrospective – Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool
Much needed art historical assessment of a majorly overlooked and under-researched British artist,
Whose tragically short career has become lost within the shadow of his brief membership of the Beatles.

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