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Some highlights of 2018 as it comes to an end

Posted on December - 21 - 2018

Tania Bruguera, Tate Turbine Hall. Photo: Evening Standard

Tania Bruguera, Tate Turbine Hall. Photo: Evening Standard

As the holidays approach, all the comings and goings of 2018 come to an end. As is the case with most things, a year is full of blissful events as well as saddening occasions which make each year memorable, as a combination of good times in which to rejoice and harder times that present new challenges to overcome that can lead to reevaluating the status quo.

With the rise of the Internet, paradigms are constantly being challenged, and the ways in which we access and buy art with the rise of online auction houses and social media have made art more accessible. Nevertheless, this can also mean trouble for small and medium-sized galleries who are facing harder times ahead as the market changes as some have reported this past year. Either exciting or terrifying, things are sure to keep changing in 2019 and Scoop Art is most enthusiastic for the new year.

Looking back here are some highlights from 2018, some happier than others, but surely had some stake. What was your favorite times?

 

The aftermath of Pacific Standard/ LA: LA

In 2017 the art world was shaken up by the unprecedented scope of the art project Pacific Standard/LA: LA, which brought to life over 43 Latin American exhibitions within over 70 cultural institutions. The project was funded and coordinated by the Getty Foundations, and the ripple of this mammoth endeavor heightened the interest in Latin American art and its history. A highlight of 2018 was surely seeing the closing exhibitions ending on January 28. One of the most celebrated and successful of its exhibitions was “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985” presented in the Hammer Museum which mapped the contribution of 100 women artists from 15 countries as pioneers in experimental art.

 

Destruction of the Brazilian Museum

One of the most tragic events in the cultural world this year was the fire that burned down the Brazilian National Museum in Rio de Janeiro this past September, where 90% of their collection was destroyed. Although some iconic pieces survived, much of Brazilian history stored in important artifacts was obliterated. A sad day for Brazil and a lesson for other countries on the need for sufficient care for the countries heirlooms and the spaces that store them.

 

Tania Bruguera in Turbine Hall 

The Tate is an international powerhouse museum, whose exhibitions are known throughout the art world and especially in the last couple of years, being featured as an artist in the Turbine Hall is a great success. In the past year, Latin American artists such as Doris Salcedo and Abraham Cruzvillegas have been featured in its halls. This year, acclaimed Cuban artists and activist Tania Bruguera was invited to present an intervention on the spaces as part of the Hyundai Commission. The artist who gained international fame by being imprisoned by the Cuban government on the charges relating to her protesting against Decree 349, which would censor the arts, has become a beacon for freedom of expression and activism. Her presence in the Tate Turbine Hall is a great feat and one that gives hope for artists whose work aspire to better the world.

This and many more things have occurred in 2018 and from Scoop Art we wish you happy holidays and a fantastic New Year. See you in 2019!

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz