TCé picks: Review of the Year (Laura Thornley)

In the run-up to 2013, The Cultural Exposé team share their favourite highlights of 2012 and something they’re looking forward to in the New Year:

Highlight of 2012: Jeremy Deller, Joy in People at The Hayward Gallery, February 2012

Jeremy Deller

“Despite Jeremy Deller’s fame in the British art scene, there still remains something unique and intelligent about his work; I can’t help but smile when thinking about this exhibition. Often full of humour, his observations about the quirks of British life offer a speculative look at pop culture, icons and folk-ish activities. Evidently fascinated by ethnographic recordings of all aspects of the complicated British life, one piece in particular comes to mind: the gang-style hand gestures for a Middle Class Posse. A video piece illustrated hand signals Deller developed, should the middle classes wish to form gangs. ‘Radio 4’, ‘cup of tea’ and ‘Church of England’ all got translated: classic Deller in its deadpan seriousness, but utter hilarity”

Something I’m looking forward to in 2013: Eclipse Theatre Company presents One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show,  Wed 16 Jan 2013 – Sat 9 Feb 2013

“Originally written by a leading figure in the Black Arts Movement, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is restored by Sheffield’s Eclipse Theatre Company. Having received critical acclaim in its earlier tours, its visit to London in January promises to be side-splittingly funny.”

Tomorrow: Check out Eri Otite’s Review of The Year

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