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London 2010: A Year in Review
by David Yu







Susan Phillipsz becomes the fourth woman and the first audio installation artist to win the Turner Prize after being nominated for her audio installation in Glasgow Lowlands Away which depicts the artist singing folk songs beneath three bridges over the River Clyde. Her win and work became an instant marker in UK art history.

At the same time as Philipsz’s win, a ‘student teach in’ demonstration was taking place in the Tate galleries responding to government cuts to art education. Demonstrations have been running throughout all of London for the past few weeks opposing further cuts in education. In particular the arts have taken a double hit with arts funding and arts education funding cut significantly.

The Icelandic Volcanic Ash stopped air travel and prevented international as well as European-based artists from attending Glasgow International. Restulting travel restrictions caused programming problems throughout all of GI with talks and performances cancelled.

Hauser and Wirth held a retrospective of Louis Bourgeois’ fabric works accrued over decades of the artist's experimentation with form and materiality.

The Frieze Art Fair's new Frieze Foundation curator, Sarah McCrory, curated an entirely performance-based program for Frieze 2010. Performances happened spontaneously throughout the fair showcasing Annika Strom’s Ten Embarrassed Men and Sparticus Chetwynd’s epic performance of puppets and performers.

Sadie Coles opened a new space by Saville Row with an Urs Fischer exhibition featuring gigantic mirrored sculptures.

Yinka Shonibare’s fourth plinth sculpture reunited the HMS Victory with Lord Nelson. The sculpture was both an historical reminder of the battle of Trafalgar as much as a reminder of the British hand in exploitative trade agreements between Africa and England during this time.

-- David Yu

Posted by David Yu on 1/2/11

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