top 13 of 2006
Below are my top picks for the year of '06 in no particular order:
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.
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!
Cranbrook graduate show...always a good one!
BEAUTY/SUBLIME/INTENSITY at ann arbor's best gallery: Gallery Project
The opening of Paul Kotula's new space: Paul Kotula Projects. (Above the departed Revolution gallery.)
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)
The most talked about show: Josh Smith at Susanne Hilberry Gallery
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.
James Stephens at Lemberg
Sculpture??? at Meadowbrook: included a couple of my favorite artists, Blake and Ewing.
Performance art at Marygrove College...come on...how often do we get to see performance art in detroit?
Can I borrow Your Spaceship? at CAID: great curation and group of recent grads, including blakeman and ballen.
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.