Art Fag City at The L Magazine: The Art Year in Review

by Paddy Johnson on January 2, 2013 The L Magazine

This week at The L Magazine, I take a look at what we did last year. A few highlights:

The Fall of the White Cube
This year’s blue-chip contemporary programming at both museums and galleries was underwhelming. It’s hard to know why that might be, but some have speculated that some galleries may have begun to hold their best work for fairs and biennials, leaving less for more ambitious programming during the year. Whatever the case, given that the shows at smaller galleries on the Lower East Side and in Bushwick are still great, viewers should dedicate more time to these programs. This is where the most exciting art is being made.

The Rise of the Art Fair
Let’s be honest—the art fair has been ascendant for a while, but it seemed to reach a tipping point this year when New York hosted two sets of fairs instead of one: the fairs in March during the Armory Show, and those in May coinciding with the new Frieze fair. Will the city be able to support this many fairs in 2013? The Armory Show is smaller due to competition from Frieze, but still hosts a number of large galleries, David Zwirner and Sean Kelly among them. The answer so far seems to be “yes.”

Read the full piece here.

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