Yes, yes, we know it’s customary, at this time of year, to round things up into nice, even groupings of 5 and 10. But there were too many strong museum shows to choose from in 2012, and we just couldn’t narrow down the list any further. So here, in no particular order, are the 12 museum exhibitions that stood out the most: shows that broke new ground, or got everyone talking, or just gave us some really great art. Maybe there will be a lucky 13 to single out next year.
CHICAGO — Let’s get one thing straight, East and West Coasters: Chicago is not just that city of corrupt politicians, huge gusts of wind, lake effect snow, too much beer, deep dish pizza, da Bears, the forever-losing cubs, the Renzo Piano Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, and that stopover between New York City and Los Angeles. Chicago is all of that and so much more.
Artist Olaf Breuning is the subject of this colorful and quirky video examination of the world he inhabits. It is a devastatingly nuanced cultural commentary that uses his characteristic humor as a lens on the world.
The Avant/Garde Diaries recently traveled to Olaf Breuning’s getaway house in upstate New York where the artist finds time to breathe fresh mountain air and take a load off from the hustle and bustle of the contemporary art world.
Our poetry editor, Joe Pan, has selected a poem by Paige Taggart for his third in a monthly series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers.
While some posts get all the attention, links, comments, and shares, there are always others that I’d wish would get more attention. These are often some of the most thought-provoking posts that fall under the radar of most readers for whatever reason. Here are my picks (in no particular order) for posts I think are worth a second look.