ART / I know about art and I know what I like: It was the year of American Art in the 20th Century and Whiteread's House. Here artists, dealers and critics nominate the shows of '93


The best exhibition of the year was the Roger Hilton show at the Hayward Gallery. Hilton is still an enormously underrated artist and although the show could have had more space, any major gathering together of his works is exciting. I like the cheek of his work and the physicality of the paint. And his perversity and individuality. It was very exciting to see for the first time his painting Grey Figure 1957. It's the biggest work by Hilton that I've ever seen and I found it very powerful - dark and ambiguous. Blue Newlyn 1958 is a wonderful picture. It's kind of orgasmic in the pleasure it takes in the sea and sky and the heat of the summer. It's terrifically life-affirming.

Maggi Hambling is an artist


Julian Opie's show at the Hayward was the most important exhibition of new art of the year. It was exceptionally innovative and perceptive and widely misunderstood by the critics. For anybody interested in intelligent and challenging new work, this was (and is) the show to see. Rachel Whiteread's House was one of the most succesful public works of our time and also one of the hardest things for an artist to achieve. Robert Ryman's show of a lifetime's work at the Tate was the most exceptionally beautiful museum exhibition of the year. It was balanced by the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo at the British Museum. He assembled the whole universe in drawings. Every area of interest was covered in his attempt at encyclopaedic knowledge. It was an innovative use of the notion of drawing and collecting and is connected to a contemporary way of looking at the world.

Michael Craig-Martin is an artist and teacher


I thought that two very different shows were the best of the year. First there was the Allan Ramsay exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in January. Many people found it a revelation. It was so beautiful and re-established Ramsay in the public mind as a major British artist. It was breathtakingly presented and was accompanied by a wonderful catalogue. At the other end of the year there was the Wilton Diptych exhibition at the National Gallery. It was a stunning thing to have put on: a small exhibition, but perfectly formed, it was beautifully concieved, thoroughly researched and visually stunning. The Titian at the Grand Palais in Paris was also exciting. Although it was a weird selection of pictures to have made, some of which had nothing to do with Titian. But it was wonderful to see them all together.

Robin Simon is editor of 'Apollo'


I loved the early section of 20th-century American Art at the RA, but I hated the section at the Saatchi. In Lucien Freud's show at the Whitechapel, the artist showed how he creates an atmosphere and a world of his own. Whether that depresses or excites you, it's powerful, especially in his portraits of Leigh Bowery. The Tate's Nicholson show had patchy moments, but the Cornish paintings were beautiful and the Paris Post War exhibition there also had its high spots. Another interesting painter was Thomas Eakins at the National Portrait Gallery. They're very beautiful paintings. I didn't know James Turrell's work and thought that his exhibition at the Hayward was exciting. But one of the best shows of the year must have been the Bacon show at Marlborough. It was wonderful. You always associate Bacon with huge canvases and it was nice to see some more intimate things. Small can be beautiful.

Karen Wright is editor of 'Modern Painters'


The two best things of this year were the Titian show in Paris and Rachel Whiteread's House. The Titian was really amazing and House was an extraordinary piece of public sculpture which captured peoples' imaginations in a quite unexpected way. The Titian was intelligently selected and presented and it was fun to see it there. House was a great work and it was great to be there and watch other people enjoying it.

Karsten Schubert is an art dealer


The Matisse show in Paris was my favourite of the year. It left me with a warm feeling for months. The Titian exhibition, also in Paris, has to be my second best. In this country I liked the British Watercolour show at the Royal Academy, but the works by the Victorians let it down. The Francis Bacon show at Marlborough could not be called 'great', but I liked it a lot. It was good to have a chance to look at Bacon's work on a small scale and thrilling to see what a amazing painter he was. Outside Britain again, Bob Irwin at MOCA in Los Angeles was very inspiring. The Greek show at the Met in New York lifted my spirits for days and the Mark Tobey show in Basle was fantastic. But nothing knocked my socks off like the Matisse.

Bernard Jacobson is an art dealer


My favourite show of the year by quite a long way was the James Turrell at the Hayward Gallery. It was the most exciting thing I'd seen for a long time. It was amazing and gave one a wonderful sense of being enveloped in pure colour. But it was not at all gimmick-like. I'd like to see more of his work. It opens up so many possibilities.

David Gordon is Chairman of the Contemporary Art Society


Ilya Kabakov and Hans Haake each had fantastic installations at the Venice Biennale, both were amazing images of everything falling to bits. In this country there was Howard Hodgkin at Anthony d'Offay's. I don't know why. He just managed to do something. Then there were the Matisse shows in Paris. The show at the Beaubourg was wonderful, and better than when it was shown in New York because it was smaller. And there were his works in the Barnes Collection at the Musee de l'Art Moderne. That was the most striking and breathtaking show of the year. The century of Titian in Paris contained far too much to see, but was wonderful. And of course there was Rachel Whiteread's House.

Andrew Graham-Dixon is the 'Independent's art critic

(Photographs omitted)

Arts and Entertainment
Tate Modern chief Chris Dercon, who will be leaving to run a Berlin theatre company
Arts and Entertainment
Tasos: 'I rarely refuse an offer to be photographed'
arts + ents
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Arts and Entertainment
Girls on the verge of a nervous breakdown: Florence Pugh and Maisie Williams star in 'The Falling'
Arts and Entertainment
Legendary charm: Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in 2004’s ‘King Arthur’
FilmGuy Ritchie is the latest filmmaker to tackle the legend
Arts and Entertainment
Corporate affair: The sitcom has become a satire of corporate culture in general

TV review

Broadcasting House was preparing for a visit from Prince Charles spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
tvReview: There are some impressive performances by Claire Skinner and Lorraine Ashbourne in Inside No. 9, Nana's Party spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Glastonbury's pyramid stage

Glastonbury Michael Eavis reveals final headline act 'most likely' British pair

Arts and Entertainment
Ewan McGregor looks set to play Lumiere in the Beauty and the Beast live action remake

Film Ewan McGregor joins star-studded Beauty and the Beast cast as Lumiere

Arts and Entertainment
Charlie feels the lack of food on The Island with Bear Grylls


The Island with Bear Grylls under fire after male contestants kill and eat rare crocodile
Arts and Entertainment
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, in a scene from Avengers: Age Of Ultron
filmReview: A great cast with truly spectacular special effects - but is Ultron a worthy adversaries for our superheroes? spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Ince performing in 2006
Arts and Entertainment
Beth (played by Jo Joyner) in BBC1's Ordinary Lies
tvReview: There’s bound to be a second series, but it needs to be braver spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the presenters of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 2015

Arts and Entertainment
A still from Harold Ramis' original Groundhog Day film, released in 1993

Arts and Entertainment
Christopher Eccleston (centre) plays an ex-policeman in this cliché-riddled thriller

TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey looks very serious as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones

TV This TV review contains spoilers
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Wiz Khalifa performs on stage during day one of the Wireless Festival at Perry Park in Birmingham

Arts and Entertainment
Festival-goers soak up the atmosphere at Glastonbury


Arts and Entertainment
Star Wars creator George Lucas


Arts and Entertainment


  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

    Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
    Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

    Aviation history is littered with grand failures

    But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

    Fortress Europe?

    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
    Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

    Never mind what you're wearing

    It's what you're reclining on that matters
    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence