Art Fag City at The L Magazine: The 10 Best Exhibitions of 2012

by Paddy Johnson on December 28, 2012 · 3 comments The L Magazine

Viola Yesiltac: Scharfstellen was Autofokus war, Balice Herling & Lewis

My favorite exhibitions of 2012 is up at the L Magazine. No museum shows this year. Ghosts in the Machine was the only one that came close to making the list. Lots of under recognized talent this year, Viola Yesiltac, and Michael Barryhill amongst them.

4. Viola Yesiltac: Scharfstellen was Autofokus war, Balice Herling & Lewis
This was the most under-recognized show of the season in my opinion. It’s hard to say exactly what makes these photographs of paper so good, but part of it seems to be the transformation of recognizable objects into minimalist abstraction. It’s a simple but visually effective gesture.

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  • ohcomeoooooon

    If we can add our own favorites I’d say Laura Letinsky at the MCA Chicago: http://www.mcachicago.org/exhibitions/now/2011/292

    also photos of paper (plus some not-paper detritus) but with still life as a reference point

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.frazell Donald Frazell

    Perhaps we all need to take a year off from art. We obviously took a tangent into a dead end some decades ago. Lets come back in 2014 and we can all discuss what art is once again, instead of the lame anything is art mantra, which of course means art is nothing. And so it is.
    Go hiking, take cooking classes, learn to swim, plant a garden, do some social work like helping homeless or kids, and lets get back to something with meaning and at least resembling purpose in 2014
    This aint it.
    Games toys and therapy are NOT art.

    Happy New Year!

    • Cameron Masters

      Go for it Donald. And take a break from trolling here. Happy New Year.

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