The Year in Review: Best visual arts of 2010
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Friday 24 December 2010
Christian Marclay: The Clock
White Cube Mason's Yard, London
Marclay's 24-hour film of time passing as depicted in cinema was a funny, thoughtful and immense work encompassing the rhythms of life and narrative. It was also a portrait of the last century, in which we were enraptured by the silver screen.
The British Art Show 7: In the Days of the CometNottingham Contemporary, then touring
The last five years in Britain have seen dramatic changes in art, and this exhibition of that period profiled works that are thoughtful and intelligent, seductive and absorbing. Becky Beasley, Haroon Mirza, Emily Wardill, Spartacus Chetwynd and Nathaniel Mellors typify a generation that examines our culture and hands it back to us, transformed.
Inverleith House, Edinburgh
A heady exhibition inspired by nature in full bloom, this was a long overdue look at the late Joan Mitchell. The richness of the paintings was complemented by the gallery's location in Edinburgh's botanic gardens.
Unto this Last
Raven Row, London
An exploration of contemporary artists who place craft at the centre of their practice, whilst also creating conceptual or abstract work, this was a surprising show that could only have come from Raven Row. Featuring Alice Channer, Andrea Büttner and Bela Kolarova, it was a knockout of the gentlest kind.
Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception
Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern's retrospective of Francis Alÿs was a moving, humane exhibition. In films, drawings, and paintings of tiny Arcadian dancing figures, Alÿs explored the fragility of political progress, hope and faith by moving sand dunes and running into tornados.
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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