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Philippe Parreno at CCS Bard.

The Year in Review 2010

Best of 2010

Critic: Nadine Wasserman

1. Philippe Parreno

CCS Bard Galleries at Bard College

Visitors watched Parreno’s beguiling videos while lounging on red carpeted floors.

2. Material World

MASS MoCA

Exactly the kind of installation art that looks amazing in vast industrial spaces.

3. Seeing Ourselves: Masterpieces of American Photography from George Eastman House Collection

New York State Museum

An exhibition addressing the impact of photography on the nation over the past 150 years from this important archive of American photography just 225 miles west of us.

4. Fred Tomaselli

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and art Gallery

Because ordinary consciousness is overrated.

5. Courier

University Art Museum, University at Albany

For those of us who remember those late-night sounds of pounding out research papers on manual typewriters, it’s a gift to see that visual artists are still inspired by these dinosaurs.

6. Polaroids

Carrie Haddad Photographs

Defunct technology seems to be a running theme here, but fortunately this one is still limping along.

7. The Imaged Word

Albany International Airport Gallery

Because the physical book is also hanging in there and because the inside of Aaron T. Stephan’s Building Bridges is the perfect place to curl up with a real one while waiting on that delayed flight.

8. Critical Stitch

Mandeville Gallery, Union College

The handmade is making somewhat of a comback amid a DIY culture, and these artists show a diversity of styles and themes.

9. Picasso Looks at Degas

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institue

The Clark Art Institute is the whole package—great setting, great art, great programs, great fellowships—and it was the only American venue for this show.

10. Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity

Empac

Ground control to Major Tom.

 


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