I'm still compiling PORT's best and worst of 2012 list but it was a year full of art news, reviews and interviews so here are our top 6 most read posts for 2012:
It is surprising that a review of Vicky Lynn Wilson's Cumulus at PCC Sylvania
is our most read post of 2012... until you factor in the effect Hurricane Sandy had upon the American psyche.
Every few years I like to do a post introducing some new faces to watch in the scene. Our 2012 edition of fresh faces to the Portland art scene was extremely popular
. In many ways it heralded this post commenting on Peter Plagens' article in the Wall Street Journal
, in May 2012 (also a popular post but not even in our top 10... which is good because PORT readers already knew plenty about the Portland art scene).
After years of trying to be as itinerant as Portland's alternative spaces PICA finally grew up and stopped couch surfing in Weiden + Kennedy's basemen
t... moving a few blocks away to a building that many design conscious Portlanders have come to love. They learned their lesson the hard way and 7 years is a long time to go without a signature space.
My review of Mike Kelley at the Portland Art Museum
, capped off a wonderful but bittersweet moment in 2012. Kelley will be missed.
Paul Middendorf finally scored that interview with Richard Serra
we've been waiting for.
My review of Heidi Schwegler's The Known World at Chambers
was a complicated review of a complicated (some would say turgid) show that purposefully tried to make the viewer feel like a bobble head bouncing along a rough road in some remote part of the world.
It is funny how some of the more critical reviews attracted more eyeballs... posts on Rothko
, the Mayoral & City Council races
, Paul Schimmel/Jeffrey Deitch and my unfinished essay/discussion opener Priming the Cultural Pump
were not far behind.
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