Reviews aren’t always topical. Written in 2010, it continues to hold its own as a solid read, even if it is art criticism.
Here’s a back rub to 2011’s best, aka some of my favorite links of 2011, as compiled from my massive Twitter feed.
Donald Moffett’s show at the CAMH left me baffled, thinking that it’s impossible to reconcile activist and formalist practices. That’s depressing.
2011 wasn’t too bad.
Collage is an old thing that was a new thing and is now an old thing again. Daniel Gordon’s collages are old, new, and just damn good.
I get excited about the hundreds of openings in New York just like how I felt when I was a kid going to Astroworld – and the excitement fades just as quickly.
Still, the general appeal I found from my multiple evenings of gallery-going was in the lack of splashy, colorful, and exuberant art. It was a little reticent, even sad. For the most part, the work in Chelsea that was small and monochrome outnumbered any monumental work.
Dara Birnbaum deserves good press, but good press isn’t the same thing as good criticism.
Marshall McLuhan’s still the rage?
Artists care about things. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell what issues they’re interested in through the fog of irony, glittery kittens, and coded language that defines their work.