2014 was a year of extensive travelling, always having a suitcase ready to pack. Naturally a lot of fun and rewarding but exhausting as well. 2014 also happens to mark the one year anniversary of our online journal about contemporary art, C-print, which has been a great pleasure to run from the very start.


As the years comes to end, we recently presented a roundup of our ten favourite art moments from the year that passed; shows which encompassed references to Greek mythology and historical artifacts, great feminist statements, new unexpected directions, hotel room encounters and giant dripping ruby red cups. Here they are presented below as well.

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10. Radhika Khimji, Artefacts from Below, Project 88 (Mumbai)
Looking back at shows that left us with a lasting impression brings us to Indian-Omani artist Radhika Khimji's first show in Mumbai which explored the idea of the desexualized female nude in light of the repercussions tied with the sexualisation and objectified of the female body. Notably the show featured large-scale cutouts displaying voluptuous forms as well as intricate mixed-media collages.


9. Bernard Frize, Hello My Name is Bernard Frize, Galerie Perrotin (Paris)
In a time when abstract art is having a solid moment with young emerging artists exhibiting to great acclaim, it was Bernard Frize and fellow Frenchman and pioneer Pierre Soulages, presented in NYC in collaborative effort between Perrotin and Dominique Lévy, that would really make for the favourite abstract moments of the year.


8. Vanna Bowles, Surrender, Gallery Lars Bohman (Stockholm)

Vanna Bowles stressed the ephemerality of human life in a double-billed exhibition alongside Tilda Lovell at Gallery Lars Bohman in Stockholm in early spring. Her leg of the show presented evocative and for her characteristic hybrid works between sculpture and drawings that are extended a three-dimensionality with sculptural components. Essentially a show much larger than the section of the gallery on which it was presented. On view: Growth I (2013)



7. Allen Grubesic, Staring at the Sun, Niklas Belenius Gallery (Stockholm)

Allen Grubesic presented a series of giant brass hooks allegorizing the ill-fated Icaros from Greek mythology, shining light on the backside of notions like greed and desire. Also using the artifice of authorship as a point of departure, a series of derivative cotton trousers hung in a line were on view; each a copy of another.



6. Bozar, Woman – The Feminist Avant-Grade of the '70s (Brussels)

Following its hugely successful retrospective of the work of Michaël Borremans, Bozar in Brussels offered what was a remarkably extensive survey of feminist art deriving from the '70s and onwards with 450 works . Gathering pioneers-cum-usual suspects like Carolee Schneeman, Hannah Wilke, VALIE EXPORT, Martha Wilson and Birgit Jürgenssen, the show also saw artists like Alexis Hunter, Eleanor Antin and Renate Bertlmann on the set list, with the work of most 29 artists devoted significant exhibiting space inside. Interestingly the show has since travelled to Mjellby konstmuseum in Sweden where it is currently on view.



5. Magasin 3, I'm Still Here (Stockholm)

Among shows on view this year in Stockholm, none was as palatable and awe-inspiring as "I'm Still Here" at Magasin 3 gathering luminaries such as Laurie Simmons, David Hammons and Sam Taylor-Johnson while also revisiting the work of Andrea Zittel and Christian Boltanski, both of whom had amazing solo shows at the museum, in 2011 and 2008, respectively. Yet the real showstopper is Pippilotti Rist's site-specific meditative lounging section at the large downstairs section of the museum, inviting visitors to take their shoes of and lie down immersing in audiovisuals projected on the cealing. On view: Christian Boltanski "Être et Avoir" (2008)



4. Katrine Helmersson, Kulturhuset (Stockholm)

Seen only recently and proving most likely to be the last great show of the year, brings us to artist and sculptor Katrine Helmersson's retrospective at Kulturhuset in Stockholm. A show of immediate quality, her presented works, carnal and sensuous, bear connotations to fetishism and the visual identity of religious and historical artifacts.



3. Jonathan Monk, Scott King & Scott Myles, The Lira Hotel Project (Turin)

On the occasion of the Artissima art fair in Turin, a most exciting highlight of the year was the Lira Hotel Project; originally initiated and curated by Jonathan Monk and Turin-based gallerist Sonia Rosso and presenting a dialogue between contemporary art, design and architecture. The project sees artists each fitting a hotel room with their artworks while distorting traditional concepts of exhibiting within the realm of galleries and museums. On view: Jonathan Monk's room.


2. Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, The Gates of the Festival, Lisson Gallery (London)

Working together as a duo, artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg belong to a group of the internationally most recognized Swedish artists and presented a solo show at Lisson in London in the fall which arguably bears the most surprise elements of shows seen in the year. While primarily known for the clay-animation video works, the show presented a new direction audiovisual sculptural presentations, notably with neon light arrangements and video projects on gallery walls and painted sculptural tables.



1. Sterling Ruby, Sunrise Sunset, Hauser & Wirth (NYC)

In our minds there's really no doubt as to which show this year ticked our fancy the most and sent us into repeated art frenzy over the course of the hour spent inside. In its best moments, it was better than mediocre instances of life's best carnal pleasures; Sterling Ruby's "Sunrise sunset" at Hauser & Wirth which opened around Frieze New York week. Few artists seem to champion such a range of medias and expression so perfectly.