The Year in Review
- We were informed that painting was hot again (yawn).
- In DC, Kelly Towles was (and still is) hot at Adamson in his first solo show.
- In Germany, some street cleaners were punished with having to take modern art lessons when they erroneously threw away some public art that they thought was abandoned garbage.
- I almost became an eunuch.
- Anne Ellegood was selected as one of the new Hirshhorn curators (I still haven't met Anne).
- I started raving about PostSecret.
- The Arlington Arts Center re-opened after a long refurbishment hiatus.
- We were told that painting is no longer hot.
- I revealed how I once fooled a curator by guessing her choices.
- Hot DC painter Ian Whitmore had a great solo at Fusebox.
- Isamu Noguchi opened at the Hirshhorn. Gopnik hated it; I liked it.
- I raised old issues about missing DoD art.
- A new gallery opened in DC: Shigeko Bork MU Project.
- I urged artists to contact their elected representatives to support the artists' bill making it possible once again for artists to receive a fair market value deduction for donated works.
- Local blogger Kriston Capps raised issues about me contributing gallery announcements to DCist, so I quit.
- The then new WaPo Style editor Deb Heard promised to re-assess gallery coverage. We're still waiting.
- I reviewed some Seattle galleries.
- The exhibition "Faces of the Fallen" caused a lot of angst and opinions.
- The 48th Corcoran Biennial opened.
- The National Portrait Gallery announced their portrait award competition.
- I curated a worldwide homage to Frida Kahlo.
- Lida Moser became our best selling photography show ever.
- I threatened to kick another blogger's ass.
- The Katzen Arts Center was about to open.
- Melissa Ichuiji caused a local stir with "Stripped."
- Blake Gopnik had an idea for the Corcoran and the Corcoran responded. And then Bailey interpreted it for th rest of us.
- I was asked to curate Seven for the WPA/C.
- DCist almost outed Borf.
- The Corcoran director called it quits.
- Olga Viso was chosen as the new director of the Hirshhorn.
- A local artist told us about the Worst New York Gallery Experience in History.
- Joe Kabriel won the inaugural $10,000 Bethesda Painting Prize.
- Kodak announced that all black and white silver gelatin photographic papers have been discontinued.
- Seven opened.
- The WaPo explained why Blake Gopnik does not review our area art galleries.
- I kicked a Neo wannabe out of the gallery.
- Borf was arrested.
- I reported from the International Comic Book Convention.
- I discussed the impact of subject matter.
- Michael Brand was chosen as the new head of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
- I explained what a "gallery backer" is.
- We began art auctions to help Katrina victims.
- Hot DC artist Jiha Moon opened at Curator's Office and also took the $10,000 Trawick Prize.
- Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum opened at the Corcoran.
- A list of things that make me go mmm...
- Testudo is coming.
- Options 2005 opened. I reviewed the show here.
- Mark Jenkins got in hot water over plastic excrement.
- Andrew Wodzianski had the first DC podcast of a visual art show.
- I made a proposal to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Nothing heard so far.
- Hot DC sculptor Yuriko Yamaguchi opened at Numark.
- The city announced $4 million in additional arts funding.
- Alice Neel opened at the NMWA.
- PostSecret was the second highest ranked blog in the world.
- Hot DC artist Tim Tate opened his third solo at our Bethesda space.
- Blake Gopnik announces a new category of artists: "barely emerging."
- The Galleries column moved to Saturdays.
- Terry Teachout wrote about art blogs and art criticism.
- A new gallery opened.
- The Art Bill passed the Senate.
- The Smithsonian debuted a new arts blog.
- I discussed the Vlogging Revolution.
- The Whitney Biennial list was announced and a reader broke it down. No DC area artists were included.
- Paul Greenhalgh was selected as the new Corcoran director.
- I wrote how video killed the art star.
- The Hirshhorn finally added some DC area artists to its collection.
- PostSecret WPA/C show opened in Georgetown. It became (easily) the most heavily attended non-museum visual art show of the year.
- Borf pleaded guilty.
- JET Artworks closed.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
The Year in Review