The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Best and Worst Art Shows of 2013 So Far


It’s hard to say if the art world has done an adequate job of responding to world events lately. 2013 has been marked by a crisis in Mali, a new pope, a marathon bombing, and a giant meteor landing in western Russia, and unless you count this series of dashboard photographs taken by drivers in¬†Chelyabinsk, very few painters, video makers, sculptors, or performance artists have tried to reckon with any of this. It’s enough to make you wonder if the world’s most powerful artists and art institutions aren’t also the most solipsistic.¬†For better or for worse, a lot of the year’s most anticipated exhibitions have been disconnected not only from current events but from history.
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