As the year draws to a close, it's that time again where we begin to reflect. The year has been full of huge talking points, from Brexit to the Royal Wedding, and Facebook's major Analytica scandal, to Trump's endless headliners. The Art world has been just as much in on the action with huge events, world records, political milestones, and general chaos.
Today at MC Art, we are taking a look over 2018's biggest art headlines.
Banksy's self-shredding art work
As the hammer fell on the £860,000 sale of his work 'Girl with a Red Balloon', the frame of the artwork began to shred the print inside, all within sight of a shocked auction room.
David Hockney's record-breaking sale
David Hockney broke another auction record this year with his 1972 painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures). The work became the most expensive artwork by a living artist ever sold when the hammer came down at auction for a staggering £70 million.
Frida Kahlo in London
In June, the V&A opened the doors to the most highly anticipated exhibition of the year. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up explored the extraordinary life and art of the Mexican artist and feminist icon through displays of her paintings and personal possessions, including her incredible wardrobe and prosthetic leg .
Charlotte Prodger wins the 2018 Turner Prize with an iPhone film
The 2018 Turner Prize had already shown off its cutting edge credentials with a shortlist featuring only video artists – and then Charlotte Prodger won for a film shot only on an iPhone.
Michael Rakowitz ressurects ISIS-destroyed sculpture for the Fourth Plinth
In March, American-Iraqi artist Michael Rakowitz unveiled his artwork for the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square: a recreation of a sculpture destroyed by ISIS.
Grayson Perry flavours the RA with rainbow
This year the Royal Academy celebrated its 250th birthday with a new building and a plethora of events. To mark the occasion, Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry curated the biggest Summer Exhibition so far, packing the gallery with vibrant artwork arrangements in a playful but politically pertinent show.
Gillian Wearing unveils the first statue of a woman ever to stand in Parliament Square
As well as the end of the First World War, 1918 marked the first time that (some) women in the UK were allowed to vote. To mark the centenary of Women’s Suffrage, a statue of Suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett was erected in Parliament Square - the first statue of a woman ever to stand in the historic square.
Christo floats a 20 metre tall sculpture on the Serpentine lake
Artist Christo and his late wife Jeanne Claude have created some of the most impressive artistic spectacles the world has ever seen – including wrapping the Reichstag in fabric and turning the sea in Miami a vibrant shade of pink. For Christo’s first commission in the UK, the London Mastaba, he floated a 20 metre tall, 40 metre wide tower of 7,506 bright coloured oil barrels on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.
Image: The Independant.
Meghan Markle opens Oceania at the Royal Academy
One of the most talked-about women on the planet in 2018 made a very talked-about trip to a London art gallery this year. Meghan Markle made her first solo engagement as the Duchess of Sussex at the Royal Academy to open Oceania, a major exhibition celebrating the art of the South Pacific past and present.
Dead fish artwork catches fire at Hayward Gallery
Majestic Splendour by artist Lee Bul ignited while it was being removed from the exhibition, days before it was due to open. A spokesperson from the Hayward told the Standard said that it had taken the decision to remove the artwork, citing its materials: rotting fish and sequins.
Image: Algirdas Bakas.
The world's first inter-tidal Art museum is installed
At the beginning of the year, designboom was invited to on an incredible trip and ‘studio visit’ to the sirru fen fushi island in the maldives. Artist Jason Decaires Taylor has officially completed the installation phase of his latest underwater art museum. The project is the island’s first coral regeneration project and comprises a stainless steel semi-submerged tidal gallery space that exhibits a series of sculptural artworks on the skyline, inter-tidal waterline, and seabed.
Image: Jason Decaires Taylor.
Emmanuelle Moureaux's 'Colour of Time' realises a rainbow matrix in Tokyo
Kicking off 2018 with a colourful bang, Tokyo-based artist Emmanuelle Moureaux invited goers to Toyama’s prefectural museum of art & design into a rainbow matrix. Approximately 120,000 figures including numbers ‘0’ to ‘9’ and a single symbol ‘:’ aligned in dense grids, their arrangement expressing the movement of minutes. Choosing paper as her main material, Moureaux’s observation on the relationship between the sensory element of colour, and the mathematical element of time, came together to form an immensely intricate installation.
Phillip K. Smith III's reflective 'Open Sky' installation for COS during Milan Design Week
During Milan design week 2018, architect-turned-artist Phillip K. Smith III invited visitors to experience a new dimension of the city. Smith exhibited an atmospheric installation that transformed an historic courtyard into a physical ring of reflected sky through carefully-angled mirrored planes. Approaching the core of the installation, the angle of reflection shifted and the architecture dynamically drew away from sight like a curtain, opening up the sky.
Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange create a giant reflective ORB at Burning Man Festival
At this year’s Burning Man, Bjarke Ingels and Jakob Lange installed a giant reflective sphere. The inflatable piece was proposed as a scale representation of the earth’s surface with an impressive diameter of over 25 meters (83 ft). Conceived as a ‘mirror for earth lovers’, the ORB reflects the evolving desert community beneath it whilst serving as an enormous way-finding device.