Here is a Fantasy Year in Review

I love “worst of the year” lists. Being a hater is relevant because there’s too much high-gloss sculpture and layer-cake painting out there to pretend otherwise. Still, an essay like Jerry Saltz’s “Reasons to Love New York 2011” serves to remind me of just how important it is to get out in person and see art, regardless of how much of it wades in suckage. If I see just one show a week that I like, well, I’m doing my job as a curator and writer. With high-standards, it’s impossible to like too much art. It’s no surprise that my favorite essays from 2011 have focused on calling out  unfortunate trends in contemporary art. I like art; I just have standards.

Below, I’ve included my non-blog highlights – mostly curatorial projects – and my favorite essays from Here is a Fantasy for 2011.

2011 Highlights 

I curated a show. My favorite work in the show was Mike Ruiz’s Replaced Mona Lisa (2011), a painting of a photograph of a painting. Yup, that’s a tongue-twister. After spending a week in Minneapolis for install week, I wrote a catalog essay for Hang in There, an exhibition curated by Jason Lazarus at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago. Then, just a few weeks later, I curated an online exhibition for Culturehall. I also contributed essays to Shifter and Artwrit. Later in the year, I started a NSFW curatorial project.

Undoubtedly, the best essay I wrote in 2011 is my polemic against Laurel Nakadate. Laurel gets crushed. Even though I wrote that for AFC, I wrote some gems on Here is a Fantasy, too.

2011 Top Essays on Here is a Fantasy

1. Because we’re not over Modernism and we’re not over Postmodernism, I wrote Best Frenemies: Modernism and Postmodernism.

2. I’m waiting to make this exhibition happen: Curatorial Proposal for the Splinternet.

3. This short review of Daniel Gordon at WALLSPACE is nothing special, but it’s a concise and straightforward piece of good writing.

An honorable mention goes to Patrick Bobilin for calling me out about my use of the g-word on the blog. I’m never writing about that word again. And thanks, Paddy. I wouldn’t have become such a baller Twitterer without you.



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