BIG IN ART : 2013


Artist James Turrell in NYC

Artist James Turrell in NYC

by Ann Binlot 

Here’s a look back at the TOP TRENDS in ART over the last year. What can we expect in 2014? Well if history is any predictor of the future let’s take a moment and reflect on WHAT and WHO was BIG IN ART in 2013.

The Blockbuster Show

The blockbuster show came out in full force for 2013 with numerous lines forming at museums across the country. When we stopped by the Rain Room at the Museum of Modern Art the wait was THREE HOURS…and people actually queued up. James Turrell’s trinity of exhibitions at the Guggenheim; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the main attraction at LACMA being the pulsating barrage of colored lights of that filled the Perceptual Cell. Others lined up for hours to see Yayoi Kusama’s spectacle at David Zwirner in New York, where people couldn’t wait for an opportunity to take a “selfie” in her newest infinity room in “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven.”

 Hip Hop’s Friendships

Photo courtesy of stereogum.

Photo courtesy of stereogum.

The highlight of this year’s hip-hop and art friendship was no doubt Jay-Z’s massive art-world gathering for the filming of “Picasso Baby” at Pace Gallery. Hova went Marina Abramovic-style, staring down everybody from Mickalene Thomas to RoseLee Goldberg to Abramovic herself rhyming “Christie’s with my missy live at the MoMA, bacons and turkey bacon, smell the aroma,” and name-dropping all his favorite artists in the process. This year’s turn out at Art Basel in Miami Beach sealed the deal, with Kanye West showing up two hours late to talk with Hans Ulrich Obrist; Kendrick Lamar, Raekwon and Pharrell Williams performing, and Nas, A$AP Rocky and Sean “Diddy” Combs roaming about. Even Lupe Fiasco got in the mix, with a display of his works shown under his real name, Wasulu Muhammad Jaco, at Anonymous Gallery.

Performance Art Hits it Big

Photo courtesy of

Photo courtesy of

The spectacle of performance art made it big with the masses this year, as Abramovic became a household name to those not involved with art. Tilda Swinton’s nap times at MoMA, West’s performance with Vanessa Beecroft at Art Basel in Miami Beach and Mike Bouchet filling the pool at the Hotel Americano with his own homebrewed diet cola. Oh and who could forget Ragnar Kjartansson’s “A Lot of Sorrow” at MoMA PS1 had The National performing a marathon repeat of their song “Sorrow” for six hours. Whew!

The Endless Art Fair Marathon

Speaking of marathons, the International Herald Tribune made it officialart fairs are the platform of choice for dealers to sell their artists’ work, but with a fair somewhere practically every week around the globe — FIAC, Frieze, The Armory, The Art Basels, Zona Maco, Chicago Expo, and the Dallas Art Fair among them, how can we keep up with the grueling schedule?

The Art of Celebrity

Some of the collaborations above mentioned the celebrity fascination with the art world, and events like Leonardo DiCaprio’s “11th Hour” auction and James Franco hanging out with Klaus Biesenbach and Jeffrey Deitch keep reminding us about it, but it’s probably Koonsification of Lady Gaga for her album “Art Pop” that takes the crown. Yoko Ono even said in an interview with Elle, “For both women and men, it is good to have an artist like Lady Gaga stick her neck out. Otherwise, art will be dead.” Wow.

 What’s in store for 2014? More of the same? I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the pop culture art bubble can get any bigger or if we’re due for a BIG POP! 



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Current month ye@r day *