Winsor & Newton’s 2015 Art Predictions


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As 2015 kicks off, it’s an opportune time to not only reflect on the year that’s been, but what’s to come in the world of art. What is the next international art capital, the trend to know about, the cultural event no one should miss? In this piece, we predict what will be newsworthy in the art year ahead. Stay tuned to find out if our guesses end up being astonishingly accurate over the course of the next 12 months


Villa del Arte, Jean-François Rauzier, Istanbul Vedute, Hyperphotography edition of 8 180x300cm, 2014

Istanbul: The Art City to Watch

Istanbul, now host to two large art fair, Art Contemporary and Contemporary Istanbul plus a host of cutting edge art institutions and galleries such as Non and New Museum Space SALT is fast becoming a contender on the international art scene.

A combination of affordable living accommodation and work spaces plus being situated at the gateway between Europe and Asia means that Istanbul, already alive with creative energy can only go from strength to strength.

 Hauser & Wirth Somerset, #Shuba #Norka, Some Rights Reserved

Satellite Art Centres Spread the Reach of Art Power Players

Large and powerful cities have long held the best museums and galleries and therefore the best artworks but a trend that built in 2014 and is set to continue to build in 2015 is the out of town or Satellite art centres.

Hauser and Wirth Somerset opened in the UK in 2014 with an acclaimed show from Phyllida Barlow and joins the ranks of institutions seeking to place contemporary art in stunning rural settings Naoshima in Japan, Dia Beacon in Long Island, New York and Tate St. Ives in Cornwall, UK are just a handful of other notable examples. This is not a new idea by any means, but is one being explored anew as the art market looks to expand its reach in new, inspiring and perhaps unexpected surroundings.

 Paul Nash Letter from Paul Nash to Margaret Nash 4 July 1913, Tate Archive, September 1983
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Trend to Watch: The Rise of Living Histories and Historical Narratives

We now have access to a wealth of information via the web but there almost as much discussion as to the reliability of that information as there is information itself. This inherent conflict may or may not be a contributing factor to a general increased interest in living histories, alternative historical narratives and historical correspondence.

in 2015 The Tate is launching its online archive of material which includes sketchbooks and correspondence from a huge range of artists including Paul Nash and Barbara Hepworth. We are expecting to see a deeper and different look at the past both from within the arts and from the wider media.

 Ai Weiwei's German Pavilion from the 2013 Venice Biennale, Stunned, some rights reserved.

The Venice Biennale Returns, Bigger than Ever

Recent years saw many more biennials getting international attention, from that of Sao Paolo to Marrakesh. But the biggest, arguably best and indisputably the most well-known is the Venice Biennale, which will kick off in May of 2015.

The highlight of the art calendar will see influential industry members and art aficionados alike gather to see what each country will present this year. Given the increasing political tone of the pavilions, the 2015 Biennale could prove to be both thrilling and controversial.

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