Brainstorm: The Greatest Exhibitions of 2017

Mark Wallinger:MARK

Edinburgh and Dundee play host to the works of  Mark Wallinger which can be humorous, painful and political, sometimes all at once. Current Rorschach images shape the foundation of these exhibitions that focus on his latest body of work. Wallinger once performed as the back end of a pantomime horse but his profile and prominence cry out for a grander museum arena. However, the opportunity should be taken to appreciate his work in these more intimate venues.

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 4 March–4 June and Dundee Contemporary Arts, 4 March–4 June.

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Detail from Aleksandra Mir’s space tapestry. Photography: Aleksandra Mir

Aleksandra Mir

 This visionary artist has created a 200 metre tapestry in honour of our astronomical journey into space. The project contains the real, the imagined, the present and the future. Mir has team up with a number of young artists bound for success in her optimistic urge for a stellar adventure.

Tate Liverpool, 23 June–15 October.

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion

With the theme of masculinity this exhibition explores the ways in which youth culture has influenced fashion and music. The exhibition asks whether Northern England presents a particular aesthetic along with an individual attitude?

Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 6 January-19 March.

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Standard Station by Edward Ruscha

The American Dream

This print art aspiringly tries to demonstrate the nation’s artistic glory with a focus on American society. Starting with the pop art giants, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jaspers Johns, this shows takes us through the artistic years and reaches modern day with the displaying of Kara Walker, Julie Mehretu and Ed Ruscha.

British Museum, London, 9 March–18 June.

California

 Examining how Californians are shaping our lives, this exhibition follows the design story from the 1960’s to define how the Golden State founded individual freedom. From skateboarding and self-driving vehicles to political movements and iPhones. How are their designers still contributing to everyday modernism?

The Design Museum, London, 24 May–15 October.

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Portait of an artist (pool with two figures) by David Hockney

David Hockney

Nearing his 80th, Hockney is celebrated in the largest exhibition of his long and diverse career. As a distinguished portraitist, photographer, graphic and video artist, all will be displayed in a merriment of artistic wonder.

Tate Britain, London, 9 February–29 May. Hockney

The Place is Here

This representation of black art during Britain of the 80’s show a collection of archive material including paintings, photography, sculpture and the moving images of post colonial Britain. Art from the likes of Sunil GuptaLubaina Himid and many more helped shape British culture throughout a time of significant cultural and social transformation.

Nottingham Contemporary, 4 February–30 April

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Eruption by William Hamilton diplayed at Bodleian Library. Photography: Bodleian

Volcanoes

Amongst the fascinating articles to be found amongst this history of volcanoes in science and art are charred papyrus from a Roman villa buried by the infamous eruption of Vesuvius in AD79. The prevailing analysis of volcanoes started during the 18th century, when artists started painting images of the erupting Vesuvius exploding into life. The illustrated scientific work, Campi Flegrei by William Hamilton and more recent work by  Andy Warhol captured Vesuvius. Explosively hot stuff.

Bodleian Library, Oxford, 10 February – 21 May.

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

This exhibition explores the art and diverse talents of the unique  Grayson Perry. Percy’s cross dressing, Turner prize winning, undoubted artistic talents and TV appearances have propelled him to the recognition of a national cultural figure. His artistic phenomenon will be there for all to judge. How will it stake up?

Serpentine Galleries, London, 8 June–10 September.

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Clip from Amie Siegal’s work and history. Photography: Jens Liebchen

Amie Siegel: Strata

Her anticipated UK solo tour Amie Siegel takes us on a voyage through the complementary collections of places, materials, work and history. The film displays the voyage from the world’s largest underground marble quarry to their final destination amongst Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

South London Gallery, 20 January–26 March.

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