best of 2012

The first annual ‘Erik Sommer’s Best of the Year’ award for 2012 goes to Ryan Sullivan’s show at Maccarone.
Honorable mention to Charles Ray’s show at Matthew Marks.

ann hamilton

the event of a thread, Ann Hamilton’s show at the Park Avenue Armory, “draws together readings, sound, and live events within a field of swings that together invite visitors to connect to the action of each other and the work itself.”

paola ferrario

Paola Ferrario’s show at Rick Wester Fine Art features “an intensely quixotic and obsessive catalogue of discarded, distended details painstakingly gathered like orphans amidst a crowd of clearer appeal.”

fred herzog

In Color, Fred Herzog’s show at Laurence Miller, “further expands the appreciation of the innovative and early color photographs made by this Vancouver resident.”

trisha donnelly

Artist’s Choice: Trisha Donnelly, at the MoMA, consists of “rarely seen 20th-century photographs, films, design items, architectural renderings, prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures.”

ed ruscha

Ed Ruscha’s show at Gagosian “fully explores Ruscha’s obsession with books and language from the outset of his career.”