In a note posted on Instagram in late December 2016, notoriously #nofilter art critic Jerry Saltz colorfully stated that the three most overused words in art blogs were “the”, “ten” and “most”. Saltz closed his three-point proclamation with “#NoMoreLists”, summing up his feelings about the current trend of describing and discussing all aspects of the art world through lists. 2016 was definitely the year of lists, and with the ever-increasing popularity of list-centered platforms like Buzzfeed, this editorial format is certainly here to stay.
Before your social media feeds get flooded with 2017’s wave of lists, Collectionair has put together a list of its own, a lists of lists, that highlights the exciting, shocking and funny art-related online content you might have forgotten or overlooked in 2016.
HYPERALLERGIC’S “20 ART AND CULTURE PODCAST EPISODES YOU SHOULD HEAR”
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to increase your cultural capital, Hyperallergic’s list of art and culture podcasts is a good place to start. What we love about this selection of episodes is that it not only features stories about artworks and their respective authors, such as Jonathan Happ’s cadaver paintings and Lucia Moholy’s photographs of Bauhaus buildings, but also covers topics that bridge the gap between art and the disciplines of science, economics, philosophy and law. You can easily listen to these episodes during your morning commute, at your desk, while working out or before bed. Our top pick is Planet Money’s “Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million”.
Shark work by Damien Hirst in Doha. Photo: Gazanfarulla Khan/Flickr.
More and more artists have been turning to Instagram to showcase their work while giving their online audience a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process and everyday life. Recently, artists have also been using Instagram as a selling platform, making it easier for less-experienced collectors to get their hands on their favorite pieces. If you want to discover and maybe even purchase some amazing artwork from the comfort of you phone or tablet, we highly encourage you to follow the accounts featured in this Complex list, which includes established and emerging artists working with a variety of mediums, such as installation, graffiti, sculpture, photography.
A post from Curtis Kulig’s Instagram account, @loveme.
THE CREATORS PROJECT “6 PRICELESS PIECES OF ART ACCIDENTALLY DAMAGED IN 2016”
While the selfie-stick has become an essential documentation tool for museum visitors across the globe, a growing number of institutions and landmarks have blacklisted the photo prop from their premises, fearing the irreversible destruction sometimes caused by a swinging stick. Unfortunately, accidental damage to artwork goes way beyond selfie-sticks, as proven in this list by The Creators Project. From a LEGO sculpture knocked-down by a four-year-old to a wooden clock obliterated by an overly touchy couple, 2016 has seen some pretty bad art accidents. Hopefully we will not have to witness as many museum casualties in 2017.
Security footage of an older man and woman touching and eventually damaging a wooden clock sculpture at Columbia Pennsylvania’s National Watch and Clock Museum.
ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST’S “10 INTRIGUING MUSEUM SHOPS AROUND THE WORLD”
A museum’s main focus should always be the quality of its exhibitions, but creating a unique environment for some post-visit shopping definitely adds to the magic of the museum experience. Architectural Digest has compiled a list of fascinating museum shops offering out-of-the box items that could be considered as artworks in their own right. Phoenix’s Heard Museum, for example, has a shop that sells authentic Native American pottery, paintings, weavings and jewelry purchased directly from the artists. Warning: this list might give you a bad case of wanderlust.
The Heard Museum shop. Photo: Robert Doyle/Architectural Digest
MUSEUM HACK’S “FAVORITE ART HISTORY SNAPCHATS”
Snapchat made a big splash in the art world in 2016. A number of museums, such as the LACMA and the Dallas Museum of Art, have developed innovative digital strategies around the ephemeral image and video messaging application. This increasing interest in Snapchat is a direct reaction to Art History Snaps pervading the web. Museumgoes have been using the application to add a contemporary twist to artworks through funny, often inappropriate captions. Museum Hack’s list highlights their favorite @arthistorysnap posts.
Courtesy of @arthistorysnap.
CNN’S “MOST VISUALLY INSPIRING MOMENTS” OF 2016
While 2016 left us with mix feelings about the current state of the world, we are not letting the lows overshadow some of the year’s most inspiring moments. In this list, CNN revisits 2016’s tour de force in the domains of contemporary art, fashion and design. From Yayoi Kusama’s endless pumpkin and chandelier installation at London’s Victoria Miro Gallery, to street artist Vhils’ citywide neon sculptures in Hong Kong, 2016 gave us some stunning visual experiences.
SLEEK MAGAZINE’S “10 EXHIBITIONS TO GET EXCITED ABOUT IN 2017”
Walking down memory lane was fun, but now it’s time to switch paths and start navigating our way towards the future. We decided that the perfect end our “list of lists” is Sleek Magazine’s peek into the exciting exhibitions awaiting us in 2017. Sleek’s roundup includes some well-established regulars, such as the Venice Biennale and documenta, as well as Portraits of a City, the inaugural exhibition of Accra’s ANO space, and Hannah Black’s debut solo show at London’s Chisenhale Gallery. With all the incredible exhibitions 2017 has in store, you might be tempted to spend your weekends doing museum and gallery crawls. Just a small tip from the Collectionair team: save some energy for the art fairs.