15 January 2014 – 23 March 2014
Whitechapel Gallery , 77-82 Whitechapel, High Street, London, E1 7QX
The first UK retrospective of works on paper by internationally renowned German Dadist Hannah Höch (1889 – 1978). Bringing together over 100 works dating from the 1910s to the 1970s, this exhibition illustrates how Höch established collage as the artistic medium of choice for satire whilst being a master of its poetic beauty.
Höch created some of the most radical works of the time and was admired by contemporaries such as George Grosz, Theo van Doesburg and Kurt Schwitters, yet she was often overlooked by traditional art history. At a time when her work has never seemed more relevant, the exhibition puts this inspiring figure in the spotlight.
|08||Art Turning Left:
How Values Changed Making 1789–2013
Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789–2013
8 November 2013 – 2 February 2014
Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4BB
Art Turning Left is the first exhibition to examine how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left-wing values, from the French Revolution to the present day.
Left-wing political values such as collectivism, equality and the search for alternative economies have continuously influenced the making of art and visual culture, from the way in which William Morris organised his production line to the deliberate anonymity of the designers of the Atelier Populaire posters in Paris 1968. The direct involvement of visual artists in politics and the social and ethical values of left-wing politics can be traced to the French Revolution, when artists such as Jacques-Louis David granted permission for their artwork to be reproduced to support the Republican cause. Versions of David’s iconic image of The Death of Marat 1793–4, one of the most famous images of the Revolution is an exhibition highlight.
Art Turning Left is a thematic exhibition, based on key concerns that span different historical periods and geographic locations. They range from equality in production and collective authorship to the question of how to merge art and life. The exhibition moves away from the political messages behind the works and claims about the ability of art to deliver political and social change, and instead focuses on the effect political values have had on the processes, aesthetics and display of artworks.
The exhibition includes artists from across the globe including Marianne Brandt, Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, The Hackney Flashers, David Medalla and Tim Rollins, and also examples of research from the Mass Observation Movement.
|27||Paul Rand: Defining Design|
Paul Rand: Defining Design
27 October 2013 – 26 January 2014
Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
American designer Paul Rand (1914 – 1996) defined design as a unified activity, based on analysis and governed by imagination. Throughout his lengthy career – in which he created some of world’s most successful and recognizable logos such as those for IBM, Westinghouse, UPS, and ABC – his design work was governed by fundamental principles that he identified in his writings, such as beauty, intelligence, repetition, symbol, and humor. Today, designers across the world derive influence and inspiration from Rand’s body of work, acknowledging that he set new standards for graphic design.
Paul Rand: Defining Design will examine the trajectory of Rand’s career in an entirely new way, juxtaposing his iconic designs with discussion of the design principles by which they were informed. In addition, short films, interviews, and examples of Rand’s persuasive writings will provide further illuminate this legendary designer’s thoughts on the design process.
|22||Pop Art Design|
Pop Art Design
22 October 2013 – 9 February 2014
The Barbican, Silk St, London, Greater London EC2Y 8DS, UK
Over fifty years after it exploded onto the art scene, Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the exciting exchange of ideas between artists and designers in the Pop age.
Pop artists commented on the cult of celebrity, commodity, fetishism and the proliferation of media that permeated everyday life in America and the United Kingdom after the Second World War.
Pop Art Design paints a new picture of Pop – one that recognises the central role played by design.
Bringing together more than 200 works by over 70 artists and designers, the exhibition includes iconic and lesser known works by such artists as Peter Blake, Pauline Boty, Judy Chicago, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Joe Tilson and Andy Warhol, shown alongside objects by Achille Castiglioni, Charles and Ray Eames, Peter Murdoch, George Nelson, Gaetano Pesce
and Ettore Sottsass. Pop Art Design also presents a wealth of graphic material from posters and
magazines to album sleeves, as well as film, photography and documentation of Pop interiors
|02||Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm|
Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm
2 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom
Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm is the first exhibition exploring the history of physical attacks on art in Britain from the 16th century to the present day. Iconoclasm describes the deliberate destruction of icons, symbols or monuments for religious, political or aesthetic motives. The exhibition examines the movements and causes which have led to assaults on art through objects, paintings, sculpture and archival material.
Highlights include Thomas Johnson’s Interior of Canterbury Cathedral 1657– the only painting documenting Puritan iconoclasm in England – exhibited for the first time alongside stained glass removed from the windows of the cathedral. Allen Jones’s Chair 1969 is on display, as well as evidence of statues destroyed in Ireland during the 20th century. The show consides artists such as Gustav Metzger, Yoko Ono and Jake and Dinos Chapman, who have used destruction as a creative force.
8 September - 10 November
Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JH
75 years after the first photocopy was made, firstsite’s autumn exhibition celebrates the role that this technology has played within contemporary art. Featuring over 125 works by 39 artists and artist groups from 10 countries, it is our largest exhibition to date.
On the 22nd of October 1938 in the Astoria district of Queens, New York, Chester Carlson and his assistant Otto Kornei succeeded in making the first photocopy, a xerographic image of the date and their location. Carlson – a patent attorney whose years of research and somewhat hazardous home experimentation had been inspired by the pain and tedium of copying legal texts – spent the next two decades working to develop the first photocopy machine. The first commercial, manually operated photocopier, Xerox Model A, was introduced the following year and the Xerox 914, the first fully automated copier, followed ten years later in 1959. The process invented by Carlson, known as ‘xerography’, is still used in most photocopying machines today.
This major international and historical survey encompasses photography, sculpture, video and works on paper installed across the galleries at firstsite. It includes some of the earliest examples of artists using the photocopier in ‘copy art’, ‘mail art’ and conceptual projects from the 1960s and 70s. These will be presented alongside works on loan from collections in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States, and new works by Wolfgang Breuer, Willem Oorebeek and Josh Smith.
|04||Designers in Residence|
Designers in Residence
04 September 2013 – 12 January 2014
The Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence programme provides a platform to celebrate new and emerging designers at an early stage in their career. 'This year, the Designers in Residence 2013 programme will explore of how design in any field can be used to convey, to create, or to reflect a sense of identity.' -Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum. The 2013 Designers in Residence are:
- Adam Nathaniel Furman explores the concept of identity through a cabinet of curiosities containing
products made entirely from 3D printing and Slip Casting.
- Eunhee Jo's research looks at the surface quality of things. During her residency Jo will develop new surfaces made of fabric or paper which will be embedded with technology.
- Chloe Meineck is developing a memory box to be used by people suffering with dementia or memory loss.
- Thomas Thwaites is looking at how personal data collated through use of the Internet can serve to inform people about themselves and their own identity.
|10||Cut 'n' Paste:
From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City
Cut 'n' Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City
10 July 2013 – January 5 2014
MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY
The ethos of collage shapes every aspect of contemporary culture, from the glut of signs and images to the many layers of digital information to the art of sampling. This installation revisits early uses of collage to trace its evolution as both an aesthetic technique central to architectural representation and a cultural practice of layering, juxtaposition, and remix that configures the city. Opening with the seamless digital collages that dominate contemporary architectural practice, Cut ‘n’ Paste pairs the early photo-collages of Mies van der Rohe with avant-garde experiments in photomontage, graphic design, and film. Architectural thinkers Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter’s Collage City (1978), an urban manifesto for the medium, provides a backdrop through which to reframe contemporary uses. As an architectural tool, this wide-ranging medium mixes high and popular references and offers a dynamic, inventive connection to cultural context.
|15||Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs|
Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs
15 February – 5 January 2014
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London, WC2E 7BB
Since its first graphic poster commission in 1908, London Underground has developed a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding poster designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster
art - a legacy that continues today.
The exhibition Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs, will showcase 150 of the greatest Underground posters ever produced
Poster Art 150 is a fitting exhibition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway, as the last major Underground poster retrospective was held in 1963 to celebrate the centenary of the Underground. Well-known posters, including the surrealist photographer Man Ray’s ‘Keeps London Going’ pair, will feature alongside lesser-known gems.
The exhibition will also offer a rare opportunity to view letter-press posters from the late
The exhibition focuses on six themes:
- Finding your way
- Brightest London
- Capital culture
- Away from it all
- Keeps London going
- Love your city