It is mid December, which means the typical year end lists are making their rounds (Ill do a list of our most viewed posts soon and then a more substantial post as a look back later).
Christopher Knight's picks in the LA Times certainly look like a great Best Of list
for the entire country, even though it is LA focused.
The Guardian's 2016 American art list didn't seem to get to LA or the west Coast at all
... Um, considering the # of Brits on vacation on the West Coast I'm pretty sure we arent a flyover situation.
did his thing as did Roberta Smith + Holland Cotter in the NYT's
... New York is is still king because they simply have more long standing career art critics and overall care about critical reception more than any other place, except perhaps London.
Speaking of critical thinking this poorly titled piece about Art World creating Donald Trump
is the most useful thing Ive read since the election.
For those who really want to use Keirkegaard to understand the dark places of the internet that did partially spawn Trump this piece offers some useful contexts
. Artists go to these places and have been for some time but the art World isn't really paying attention to them very much (yet).
The Oakland fire has lead to a crackdown on those crucial warehouse spaces that artists thrive in
. I'm curious what Portland Commissioner Nick Fish thinks, he's calling for a committee
but will it include people with real insight? Will it dig deep? So far only PICA's Precipice Fund, which just announced its 2016 awardees
(I was one of the four panelists) has really has targeted the issues. The arts thrive best with non-linear thinking and actions... something government granting in Oregon has had difficulties supporting and our major art awards generally seem to favor very conservative approaches and outcomes. It must change if Portland is to retain its advantage as a hub of new ideas and ways.
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