PORT always takes its time with our official "best of" list and because we kicking
off this our 5th year with a staff exhibition in the Pearl District (Re: PORT)
we aren't going to break any records.
Green's best of list for 2009
you can compare it to Christopher
published last month.
Saltz has picked his shows of the decade
. If I wanted to make a similar
Irwin's Primaries and Secondaries
would top the charts and Matthew Barney
wouldn't come close.
My favorite non-Portland shows of 2009 would be: Mike
Kelley and Michael Smith at Sculpture Center
and Kandinsky at the Guggenheim.
If I had seen Francis Bacon at the Met I'm certain that would make the list
too. What is notable is show's I wouldn't include... like Martin Kippenberger
at MoMA. Fact is, most of my favorite viewing experiences of 2009 were in Marfa and land art scattered throughout the Desert Southwest or a about 3-5 shows in Portland that were easily better than most of the solo shows elsewhere. This isn't favoritism I
just feel like some of the shows
from Portland in 2009
were that good. I'll have that list done ASAP (hopefully Wednesday).
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