New York Art Highlights of 2007

The opening of the new Roman and Greek Galleries at the Met and the unveiling of the New Museum on the Bowery are two memorable high-profile events from the year, but I also still vividly recall many other exhibits that opened earlier in 2007. Top among these was the Stephen Shore exhibit of photos from the 1970s at ICP, so inspiring that I saw it twice. I didn't start Walking Off the Big Apple until the summer, otherwise I would have loved to have written about Shore's colors, cars, road trips, and most of all, his journal (he wrote down everything he ate).

My personal favorites from 2007:

Georges Seurat: The Drawings
Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-79 (ICP)
Thomas Struth, "Making Time" (Marian Goodman Gallery)
Alfred Leslie, "The Radical Theatre of Alfred Leslie (Ameringer-Yohe)
Venice and the Islamic World (Met)
Painted with Words: Vincent Van Gogh's Letters to Emile Bernard (Morgan Library)
Keith Tyson, "Large Field Array" (Pace)
Van Gogh and Expressionism (Neue Galerie)
Raymond Pettibon, "Here's Your Irony Back (The Big Picture)" (Zwirner)
Folkert de Jong, "Les Saltimbanques" (James Cohan)

Also near the top 10 - Barbara Kruger, "Picture/Readings: 1978" at Mary Boone, Butch Hancock at Cue Art Foundation, and "Open City: Tools for Action" at Eyebeam. "Unmonumental" at the New Museum is not on my list. Though I appreciated its role in the inauguration of the building, I thought that the idea swallowed the individual artists. Looking over my top choices, exhibits focusing on one artist worked the best.

Image: cover, Stephen Shore, Uncommon Places. The Complete Works. Aperture, 2005.


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