It's difficult—maybe it's even a bit silly—to make a choice between 52 weeks of endless exhibitions all over the world. But we're in the spirit of the festive season and if you'll care to join us in reflecting back on what we've appreciated this year, we've roped in some of our staff writers at ArtSlant to compile a bumper selection of what we've enjoyed writing about and seeing at galleries worldwide in 2014.
Here are some of our top selections:
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery; Full credits below
Who: Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox
Where: Chisenhale Gallery, London
Read our review by Keren Goldberg here.
Maria Lassnig, You or Me, 2002, oil on canvas; Courtesy of the artist & MoMA PS1
Who: Maria Lassnig, Retrospective
Where: MoMA PS1, New York
Why: The beloved artist passed away this year aged 94; earlier this year her solo gig enthralled New York contributor Bradley Rubenstein and Editor Charlie Schultz.
Read Charlie's review here.
Egon Schiele, Woman with Black Stockings, 1913, Gouache; Photo courtesy Richard Nagy
Who: Egon Schiele, The Radical Nude
Where: Courtauld, London
Why: An unmissable London show of works by the godfather of naked drawings.
Read Thogdin Ripley's review "Searching For Christ's Penis" here.
Jim Lambie, Zobop, 1999; Red Bull Content Pool // Greg Mionske
Who: Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior, Group Show
Where: Red Bull Studios, NYC
Why: Cos Editors Charlie Schultz and Joel Kuennen said it was some of the best curation they have ever seen.
Read their "Ten Hallucinations" from the texturally trippy show here.
Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File, 2013, film still; Courtesy of the artist and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Who: Hito Steyerl, Too Much World
Where: Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Why: Netherlands-based Editor Andrea Alessi thinks Steyerl is making some of the most real, clever, and fun work of any artist today.
Read about how not to get eaten by an out-of-focus monster here.
Monira Al Qadiri, Muhawwil (Transformer), 2014, 4-channel video installation with wooden structure and screens, 350 x 350 x 260 cm
Who: Never Never Land, Group Show
Where: EOA Projects, London
Why: The coolest display of video art from the Middle East Senior Editor Char Jansen has seen.
Read more about the show here.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Rape of Prosperina, 1621-22
What: Galleria Villa Borghese, Rome
Why: Cos you can't beat a baroque sculpture exhibition in Italy.
Read ArtSlant's favorite Aussie Frances Guerin on why the show took her breath away here.
Joan Jonas, Light Time Tales, 2014, Installation view at Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan; Photo: Agostino Osio; Courtesy Fondazione HangarBicocca, Milan
Who: Joan Jonas, Light Time Tales
Where: HangarBicocca Foundation, Milan
Why: Staff writer Federico Florian selected this electrifying retrospective by the 78-year-old artist.
Samara Golden, too many teeth in my mouth, 2014, Rmax insulation board, resin, faux abalone, paint, cellophane, Installation view, Night Gallery,Los Angeles
Who: Samara Golden, Mass Murder
Where: Night Gallery, Los Angeles
Why: LA contributor Christina Martinez loved this installation of the sixth dimension, as imagined by emerging artist Golden.
Courtesy Faile & Allouche Gallery
Who: Faile, Works on Wood
Where: Allouche Gallery, NYC
Why: Cos the super duo's comic-inspired works never fail to impress. Ho ho.
Who: ArtSlant Contributing Editor Andrew Berardini as "L'Ecrivain Public"
Where: At the opening night party for Pierre Huyghe, LACMA
Why: Cos we're proud of our ArtSlant family. And a little nepotism never killed anyone... (Not to mention Pierre Huyghe exhibitions were selected by writers in LA and London this year.)
Pierre Bismuth, Des choses en moins, des choses en plus, Coproduction CNAP; Photo: Aurélien Mole
Who: L'Etat Du Ciel, Group Exhibition
Where: Palais De Tokyo, Paris
Why: "It shows that good curation can explore ideas, introduce new artists, and escape the linear chronological approach that seems to be the fallback of so many other museums/galleries," says acerbic Paris staff writer James Loks.
—The ArtSlant Team
Find our 2014 Top Artist Interviews here.
(Image at top: Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox, 2014, installation view, Chisenhale Gallery. Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery in partnership with Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bétonsalon – Centre for art and research, Paris and Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster. Courtesy kamel mennour, Paris and Johann König, Berlin. Photo: Andy Keate. © ADAGP )