Bloomberg New Contemporaries @ ICA London
Image: Melissa Kime, Technicolour Joseph and The Amazing City Bankers, 2013. On show at Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014.
The annual New Contemporaries exhibition is now 65 years old and has become one of the most important and influential reference points within the UK art scene. A nationally-touring, discerning collection of innovative contemporary works, it has introduced the public to young and emerging artists since 1949. Countless New Contemporaries alumnae have gone on to become international heavy-hitters, including Tacita Dean, David Hockney, Damien Hirst and, more recently, Laure Prouvost and Haroon Mirza, making inclusion a huge accolade for any artist.
Before it begins its nationwide tour, a different UK institution becomes New Contemporaries’ launch-host – an honour given this year to the World Museum in Liverpool, to coincide with the city’s Biennial. The exhibition now comes to the Institute of Contemporary Art, in London – its fifth year at the venue, which is renowned for its forward-looking artistic programme.
The platform’s sponsor, Bloomberg, and their expert selection panel, which includes Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, have chosen 55 works by the brightest and most promising artists from UK art schools and a pool of around 1,400 submissions. The selection, as always, acts as a barometer of contemporary practice, this year showing us that in 2014, printmaking, moving image and performance prevail.
As move through this exhibition you’ll discover work that explores several subjects and disciplines – short films on Algerian emigration by Lydia Ourahmane, 2D collage prints by Athena Papadopoulos and impressively intimidating sculptures by Adam Zoltowski and Ian Tricker. All this work contributes to a show that spans media and ideas, to remind us of the continued power and progression of the contemporary art movement. As in past years, New Contemporaries is, once again, a must see.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, at ICA, London, 26 November 2014 – 25 January 2015.