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Last week I posted a lengthy, ambling, ultimately perhaps tiresomely discursive roundup of 2016 art highlights. As you’ll likely recall if you read the piece—or as you might observe if you read it here—I found it rather difficult, even nearly dishonest to dig into all the microcosmic good of NYC art shows and the like without first addressing various aspects of the macrocosmic bad that has characterized so much of what we’ve seen in...
(All photos by Paul D'Agostino.) As many other recent year-end roundups of all sorts have similarly stated, the year 2016 will be recollected for quite some time for a great many reasons, and perhaps primarily thanks to its all-too-well-played role as temporal host to so many things that profoundly sucked. A number of beloved celebrities passed away well before what would've seemed 'their time,' which made many people sad, because for some reason so many of...
There was a point earlier this month when I realized I'd seen 82 new gallery shows in ten days. I know, what a slacker! Anyway, seeing all of those and a handful more since then has prompted me to do another Gallery Rounds post. My previous one, which includes photos of shows and works in a couple dozen galleries in various parts of town, is here. This one features another dozen or so shows, and...
  A few weeks ago I posted an informatively entertaining—I don’t think I’d be the only one to describe it thusly—and collaboratively crafted roundup of NYC art in 2015, “The Dear Readers Edition.” After it went live, some of the contributors mentioned that many other shows came to mind that they might have included, and a number of others wanted to add their two cents. All that led to this piece, “Back to Forward,” ...

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