It was a year without theme or focus, haunted by financial and political anxieties, but culturally diffuse. Which is to say, a year like most others in this age of no discernible isms or movements, no dominant ideologies, no marching to a single manifesto. The opening of major memorials to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, gave the late summer an elegiac quality, but that was a mere punctuation in a year best remembered as another annum of too much stuff and too little time. Pity the artist in an era when culture is chaotic and unorganized, when noise rather than harmony is dominant. It’s hard to be heard. But the best always stands out, and the following certainly made it into the wild scrapbook of memories from the worlds of art and architecture.
“Possible Worlds: Photography and Fiction in Mexican Contemporary Art” at the Art Museum of the AmericasWry and slyly subversive, literate and referential, full of the absurd and the apocalyptic, there was something haunting about this summer exhibition of contemporary Mexican photography at the Museum of the Americas. Artists such as Mauricio Alejo and Daniela Edburg were standouts in this strangely memorable show.Courtesy Daniela Edburg
Southern California wildfires, the supermoon, protests over Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, same-sex marriage legalized in Australia and more images from around the world.