Exhibitions of 2016: a-n writers pick their top five shows

Five a-n News writers – based in London, Birmingham and Glasgow – pick, in no particular order, their top five exhibitions of the year.


15 December 2016


Anneka French selects:

Eva Rothschild: Alternative to Power, New Art Gallery Walsall


Eva Rothschild, Alternative to Power (installation shot), The New Art Gallery Walsall. Photo: Robert Glowacki

Eva Rothschild, Alternative to Power, (installation shot), The New Art Gallery Walsall, 24 September 2016 – 15 January 2017.
Photo: Robert Glowacki



Eva Rothschild’s display at New Art Gallery Walsall, whose high ceilings and polished black floors feel like they have been made for the artist’s works, was a beautifully balanced one. Featuring two newly commissioned pieces made during this summer’s EU referendum campaign, works such as RedSun, An Array, Ruins and Technical Support (all 2016) typically employed an economy of material, relying on balance and precision to achieve formal tension through texture, form, and vibrant colour paired with black. Generously punctuated with seating that acknowledged the viewer, this was an elegant, resonant and timely politicised exhibition.
24 September 2016 – 15 January 2017.



by Chris Wilkinson

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