Our Most Anticipated Gallery Exhibitions in 2014
“Alexandre Singh: The Humans” at Sprüth Magers, London (Jan. 24 – March 8): Singh’s The Humans is a three-act comedy, performed this fall as part of Performa 13, as well as an extended body of video, sculptural, and installation work. Both will be on display in this exhibition, as he transforms the gallery into a stage to present a continuous loop of the performance (a wildly fantastical narrative that pits sculptor Charles Ray against a fictional, evil Rabbit Queen and her associates), accompanied by the trappings of the play—watercolor sketches, masks and costumes, props and documentary photographs. We can’t wait.
“Leon Kossoff: London Landscapes” at LA Louver, Los Angeles (Jan. 23 – March 8): This pick is for our L.A. audience, as the traveling exhibition debuted in London in 2013 before traveling to Paris and, most recently, New York’s Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Visitors can look forward to 90 drawings made over 60 years—all focused on Kossoff’s longtime love, the city of London, and its radical transformation in the past half-century.
“Lynda Benglis” at Cheim & Read, New York (Jan. 16 – Feb. 14): Benglis is due for a splashy New York gallery exhibition, and Cheim & Read promises to deliver just that. The gallery’s last exhibition of Benglis’s work (in 2010) featured an incredible array of new sculptures and massive wall-hangings made of bronze castings from urethane and wire. We’re excited to see what she comes up with next month.
“Lee Kit” at Lombard Freid, New York (April 17 – May 31): After representing Hong Kong at the 2013 Venice Biennale (and generating his fair share of buzz at the second annual Art Basel in Hong Kong), Lee Kit is surely a name to watch in 2014. Details of the exhibition (his first solo in NYC since 2011) haven’t been released yet, but we’re not afraid to make an educated guess—his last show at Lombard Freid and his You (you) installation in Venice both centered around quotidian rituals and materials, visually articulating these themes in meticulous installations resembling domestic spaces.
“Richard Hamilton: Word and Image: Prints 1963-2007” at Alan Cristea Gallery, London (Feb. 14 – March 22): Hamilton will be all over London this winter—this exhibition opens the day after the Tate Modern opens its major retrospective devoted to the artist’s interdisciplinary and collaborative practice, and two days after the ICA mounts two of his installations. Gallerist Alan Cristea first met Hamilton in 1974, and his exhibition will supplement the Tate’s by focusing on the late Pop artist’s prolific output in printmaking—also producing the first posthumous catalogue of his prints.
“Yinka Shonibare” at Brand New Gallery, Milan (March – May): Shonibare finished 2013 as a name on everybody’s lips: his film Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) won him many fans at Art Basel in Miami Beach, as did the work he showed in the main fair with Stephen Friedman. Based on his current exhibition at Pearl Lam in Hong Kong, as well as The Barnes Foundation’s exhibition opening in January, we have lots of “Brand New” sculpture, film, painting, and installation from the classically inspired, post-colonially critical Shonibare to look forward to.
“Daniel Arsham” at Baró Galeria, São Paulo (Feb. 15 – March 22): Arsham’s Brazilian debut will continue his recent fascination with imagining the future of decay. “I will be showing works that all have a relationship to time and geology mixed with man-made constructions,” he says. “Brazil had a very interesting and vibrant architectural movement that has many successes and beautiful failures. I will be looking towards the relationship of architecture and nature as well as how time and the elements impact architectural surfaces.”
“Kueng Caputo: Never Too Much” at Salon 94, New York (Jan. 24 – March 1): The Swiss-born partnership of Sarah Kueng and Lovis Caputo began in 2004. Their design practice mixes visceral, elemental materials like sand and mortar with splattered patterns and raw, psychedelic colors. This upcoming exhibition will feature works from their “Improbable Couples” series of furniture, a venture into more finished-looking design made from leather and enamel.