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Curated by Kate Bush

An-My Lê: US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, Vietnam, 2009. From Events Ashore (2005-2014). Image courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York.

An-My Lê: US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, Vietnam, 2009. From Events Ashore (2005-2014). Image courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York.

An-My Lê: US Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, Vietnam, 2009. From Events Ashore (2005-2014). Image courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York.

 

Kate Bush

 

Kate Bush is a leading art curator and critic, specialising in international contemporary art and photography.


She has recently been appointed Head of Photography at Media Space/Science Museum and the National Media Museum. 


Kate’s previous roles include Head of Art Galleries, Barbican (2005-2013); Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery (1997 - 2004); Editorial Director (Art and Photography) at Phaidon Press; and Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the ICA, London (1992 - 1997).  


Her most recent museum-scale exhibition Everything Was Moving: Photography of the 60s and 70s (2012) was shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Award for Best Curator/Photography Exhibition of the Year. Its accompanying publication was one of three titles shortlisted for the 2013 Kraszna Krausz Foundation Award for Best Photography Book.  In 2006 she curated another major anthology exhibition, In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century (2005), which traced the century through the work of famous and overlooked figures across East and West. 


Between 2005 and 2013, she was responsible for Barbican Art Gallery’s programme of modern and contemporary art, photography and design exhibitions that featured some of the leading figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Notable modern art exhibitions at the Barbican under Kate’s directorship include: Bauhaus: Art As Life (2012), the first major Bauhaus exhibition in the UK for 40 years; The Bride and The Batchelors: Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, John Cage and Merce Cunningham (2013); Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion (2010); Le Corbusier (2009); and On the Subject of War (2009). 


Kate established a programme of contemporary art at the Barbican which included newly commissioned works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists: Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Richard Wilson (UK), Hans Schabus (Germany), Clemens von Wedemeyer (Germany), Shirana Shahbazi (Iran/Switz), Robert Kusmirowski (Poland) , Junya Ishigami (Japan), Damian Ortega (Mexico), Celeste Boursier-Mougenot (France), Peter Coffin (USA), Jeppe Hein (Denmark), Huang Yong Ping (China/France), Song Dong (China), John Bock (Germany), Raphael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico). 

 

Kate has judged a number of international prizes including: the Turner Prize (Tate, London), the Hasselblad Award (the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg), the Spectrum Prize (Sprengel Museum, Hannover), the Edward Steichen Award (Mudam, Luxembourg), the Deutsche Boerse Prize, and the Future Generation Prize (Viktor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev).

An-My Lê

19 September –

23 November 2014