2015 was great for art. For all the bitching that went on about art fairs, the dominance of the market, and sub-par museum shows (cough, cough Björk), I saw more great shows than I have in my ten years working as a critic in New York. Rather than try to whittle our picks down to a few select shows, we wrote up every show we thought was truly exemplary.
Claudia Hart’s show at Bitforms is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. I take a look at the exhibition on Artnet; conceptually, Hart’s work is very weak. [Artnet]
Speaking of Bitforms, it seems the gallery cancelled Postfeminism, a show that was slated to open three weeks from now and was curated artist and curator Marisa Olson. Irate about the cancellation, Olson took her complaints to Facebook. [Facebook]
Bad news in San Francisco. Intersection for the Arts has suspended its programs and laid off curators. Their fiscal sponsorship program will remain in tact. [Kqed.Org]
Bad news for the Glasgow School of Art. A massive fire broke out at the school earlier today. [BBC]
Amazon is not making any friends in the literary community for actively discouraging people from buying books from the publisher Hatchett. Now, they have escalated that battle buy refusing orders. [The New York Times]
Roberta Smith says the New Museum is alive with music thanks to Ragnar Kjartansson. This is a review that makes you want to see the show. [The New York Times]
Tom Moody thinks the New Romantics exhibition at Eyebeam would have been better without the New Romantics lens. [Tom Moody]
Thank god we’re (mostly) giving ourselves a break from political coverage this week with an art bingefest: art which is concerned primarily with cat food art, food’lberities, a room full of petroleum gel, and dicks. Back to the good ol’ classic dick blogging.