Art Circus’ Best of 2013


With Christmas approaching and 2013 coming to an end we thought would have a look back at some of the shows which caught our eye here at the Art Circus. 2013 was a great year for art, not just in the big galleries and museums but also in the degree shows, the tucked away smaller galleries and the newer satellite art fairs, all showing fresh and exciting artwork.

Lets begin with 1. Claire Partington’s elegant and witty ceramics (shown above) in ‘The Islands Across the Sea’ at the Jame Freeman Gallery. Have a read of Claire’s Q&A for the show.


2. Patricia Piccinni’s young boy cradling an old hominid manatee in ‘The future’s not what it used to be’ at the Newlyn Art Gallery.


3. Raqib Shaw’s dazzling response to George Stubbs ‘Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians’ at the Manchester Art Gallery.


4. Nina Mae Fowler’s stunning drawings in ‘Intimate Strangers’ shown at the Art13 Fair More


5. Toshio Saeki’s vibrant and disturbing erotic prints at the Print House Gallery.


6. Ravi Zupa’s in ‘Colour Deficient’ at The Outsiders More


6. Lisa Yuskavage’s curvaceous and curious female figures, harvesting the fresh, green landscapes at the Greengrassi Gallery More


7. Lex Thomas’ haunting, classicaly inspired paintings in ‘Of Truth Of Clouds’ at South Hill Park Arts Centre More


8. Hyunjeong Lim’s fantasy based paintings, combining historical painting traditions with her inner imaginary world, shown at the Central Saint Martins MA Show More


9. Mathew Weir’s beautifully painted uncanny ceramic figurines at the Alison Jacques Gallery.More

Juergen Teller: Octopussy, Rome, 2008Courtesy of Juergen Teller

10. ‘Aquaphobia: The imaginary of the ocean deep’ at the Nottingham Contemporary brought together over 150 contemporary and historic artworks that explore how the deep has been imagined through time and across cultures. Sea monsters, sirens, sperm whales, giant squids, octopi, submarines, drowned sailors and shipwrecks.


11. Wolfe von Lenkiewicz’s historically deconstructed paintings in ‘The Raft Of The Medusa’ at All Visual Arts.


12. Mackie’s unnervingly twee ‘Abandoned Dollhouses’ at The Other Art Fair More


13. Nigel Cooke’s paintings of teeny heads in massive flowers at Modern Art More