Call me “the Covid Coward.”
For someone whose recent writings have focused chiefly on museums—their missions, their practices, their holdings and the people who manage them and visit them—I’ve spent regrettably little time inside their galleries again this year (like last year), trying (successfully, so far) not to become another casualty of Tridemic Triage, which has disproportionately winnowed the ranks of seniors like me.
As a practical matter, this extreme caution restricted what I could write about to things that could be gleaned without being seen: CultureGrrl this past year has been focused primarily on issues and controversies that have gotten more fraught this year because of the financial, staffing and programming tolls exacted by the virulent viruses. This has imparted a sickly cast to much of my coverage—so much so that one loyal reader—a veteran dealer—asked to be removed from my subscribers’ email blast because I had “managed to see only the negative side of every single effort in the art world.” That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but point taken: I need to get out more!
Counterbalancing this reality check have been the unsolicited expressions of warm appreciation that I’ve received from several notable readers, encouraging me to believe that what I’m doing still has value (at least for some).
I’ve also derived great satisfaction from admiring the work of an emerging artist who paints with intense concentration:
But enough about me and my progeny. Without further ado, here’s the Year in Review: CultureGrrl’s Top 20 Stories for 2022, in chronological order:
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