Institutional and gallery exhibitions by David Zwirner artists featured in a number of "best of" roundups of 2017.
Ad Reinhardt: Blue Paintings presented the largest number of the artist’s "blue" paintings ever shown together. The exhibition struck Barbara Rose, writing in Artforum, as "a tour de force on many levels." She continued, "It is doubtful that any museum could or would have assembled such a concentrated, ambitious show." Roberta Smith also included Blue Paintings in The Best Art of 2017 as chosen by The New York Times critics. The Baer Faxt art industry newsletter readers' poll named Blue Paintings the best gallery exhibition of the year in the United States.
Kerry James Marshall: Mastry is the first exhibition in Haus der Kunst Director Okwui Enwezor's list of the best moments of 2017 for Artforum. The show, which traveled from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to the Met Breuer in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, was the first major museum retrospective of the artist’s work. For Enwezor, Mastry was "one of the year's most artistically rewarding and culturally meaningful exhibitions." Widewalls named Marshall their Artist of the Year 2017.
Alice Neel, Uptown curated by Hilton Als is number two in Interview magazine's 10 Best Art Shows of 2017. "Both approach their subjects with a preternatural sense of empathy and understanding", Matt Mullen writes; "In his expertly curated show of Neel’s paintings . . . Als gave new life to the late painter's work."
Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life was listed in Designboom's top 10 exhibitions this year "that have immersed audiences in an impactful and significant experiential context." Artsy named Kusama one of the 20 most influential artists of 2017. In London, TimeOut featured the gallery's presentation of new paintings by Lisa Yuskavage, while the magazine's New York edition highlighted Festival of Life and A Pen of All Work, Raymond Pettibon's major solo exhibition at the New Museum.
Sean O'Hagan's roundup of the best photography exhibitions in London for The Guardian includes Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979–2017 and Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017. For O'Hagan, Tillmans's work embodies a "unified vision that is perfectly in tune with the thrust of our profligate image culture." Chris Ofili's Weaving Magic at the National Gallery also features in The Guardian's top ten art shows as chosen by Adrian Searle, who recalls how Ofili "turned a room at the National Gallery into an idyll."
Rose Wylie: Quack Quack, which continues at the Serpentine in London through February 11, 2018, has been chosen as one of Artlyst's Ten Exhibitions That Made A Difference In 2017; "Always cheerful, often deliciously zany, here is the work of an artist who really relishes making paintings" writes Edward Lucie-Smith.
Image: from left to right: Abstract Painting, 1950-51. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 78 1/4 x 24 inches (198.8 x 61 cm). Private Collection, Courtesy Pace Gallery. Blue Painting, 1951-1953. Oil on canvas. 80 x 59 7/8 inches (203.2 x 152.1 cm). Private Collection, Europe. No. 15, 1952. Oil on canvas. 110 9/16 x 42 1/2 inches (280.8 x 108 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958, K1958:42. All artwork © 2017 The Ad Reinhardt Foundation.