Sunday, December 31, 2006

top 13 of 2006

I tried to edit the list down to top 10 but unlucky 13 is what I felt was appropriate and important to sum up the year of art in Detroit. The more I look at art and travel, the more I believe that Detroit has a lot of talent and can compete with the likes of ny, la, and miami. Detroit still might be far off from being nationally recognized but the determination and support within in the artist community will be how Detroit can make a name for itself.

Below are my top picks for the year of '06 in no particular order:
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MOCAD finally had its grand opening! I think we were all holding our breath to see this happen. Too bad we have to wait till April for the next installment.
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Kristin Beaver's first big solo show at Meadowbrook. Great break-out show for this wayne state grad...if this was in ny or la, her show would have been sold out!
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Cranbrook graduate show...always a good one!
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BEAUTY/SUBLIME/INTENSITY at ann arbor's best gallery: Gallery Project
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The opening of Paul Kotula's new space: Paul Kotula Projects. (Above the departed Revolution gallery.)
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RICHRICHRICH: what can I say, this alternative space was great and has since inspired others to embark upon similar adventures. (see detroit industrial project below)
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The most talked about show: Josh Smith at Susanne Hilberry Gallery
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Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman at Cass Cafe: this show, if placed in a white, empty gallery would have been even better but the pairing still made for an excellent exhibition and probably didn't get as much attention as it deserved.
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James Stephens at Lemberg
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Sculpture??? at Meadowbrook: included a couple of my favorite artists, Blake and Ewing.
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Performance art at Marygrove College...come on...how often do we get to see performance art in detroit?
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Can I borrow Your Spaceship? at CAID: great curation and group of recent grads, including blakeman and ballen.
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OK, so Dana Schutz at MOCA Cleveland wasn't a detroit event but it definitely was an amazing show and, after all, she did give a lecture at ccs and is originally from Livonia.

Thanks for all the support. See you in '07.

8 Comments:

Anonymous kevinb said...

thank you so much ann for what you've done with this blog and the arts community here. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and unless you decide to shut this operation down, you'll always have my support!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous kevinb said...

thank you so much ann for what you've done with this blog and the arts community here. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and unless you decide to shut this operation down, you'll always have my support!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

solid picks

12:30 PM  
Anonymous 2k sevs 4 evs said...

"support within the artist community"

so far we have a ton of negativity and hardly any support from one artist to another. as it stands "Detroit" and "support within the artist community" don't belong in the same sentence.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dana Schutz's show was interesting. The gallery was nice - plenty of space, excellent for such large pieces. I was able to stand back and take it all in.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous leoqueen said...

you will always have my support, Ann....

5:01 PM  
Anonymous mark creegan said...

i dont live in Detroit but I love this blog and I am TOTALY amazed by the quality of work coming out of Detroit. Really, what is in Ya'll's water?

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Mark, I'd like to see you develop your "corner" pieces . . .

12:16 AM  

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