The 5 Art News Stories that Defined 2022

Seoul arrived, despots have been denounced, antisemitism resurged, NFTs imploded, and the local weather continued to alter. None of those have been our prime story in 2022.

Tata Kolesnik, Protectress (2022). Oil on canvas. 90 x 70 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sonya.

In some ways, 2022 marked a reversion to the pre-pandemic norm, with some momentous gross sales at public sale, renewed confidence within the artwork market, the launch of latest artwork festivals, and a few main in-person exhibitions.
Simultaneously, a political reckoning that gathered momentum in the course of the pandemic discovered new expression within the face of each novel and persisting injustices.

Gideon Mendel, Amjad Ali Laghari, Goth Bawal Khanvillage, Sindh Province, Pakistan (September 2022). Courtesy the artist and The Photographer’s Gallery.
5. Art Museums Didn’t Solve Climate Change
Climate protestors made headlines this 12 months by slapping cake on the Mona Lisa (1503), splashing soup on Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888), and glueing themselves to The Last Supper (c. 1520). The actions divided public sympathies and had no noticeable impact on the world’s main emitters—Chinese coal, Saudi’s Aramco, Russia’s Gazprom, Iranian oil, and America’s ExxonMobil—however they signalled a welling frustration with enterprise leaders and governments that is simply going to construct as local weather change accelerates. Gideon Mendel took a distinct method, exhibiting portraits of the victims of floods and wildfires.

Jason Rhoades, NOM Korean Bedroom Idol (2006). Palette-shaped leather-based blotter, L’Aiglon stretch belt, discovered neon, GTO cable, six silicone finish caps, 120V Ventex transformer, three ceramic donkeys, blue cummberbund, pink bowtie, pink ribbon, white halter prime, black ribbon, camel saddle stool, and orange extension twine. 236.2 x 61 x 40.6 cm. © The Estate of Jason Rhoades. Courtesy the Estate of Jason Rhoades, Hauser & Wirth, and David Zwirner. Photo: Jeff McLane.
4. Seoul Eclipsed Shanghai for Attention, if Not Sales
Even larger information than the primary Paris + par Art Basel was the inaugural Frieze Seoul. It was declared a fantastic success, rewarding worldwide galleries comparable to Various Small Fires, Pace, and Thaddaeus Ropac who established footholds within the metropolis forward of time. Frieze Seoul was by far essentially the most hyped honest in Asia this 12 months, however it should face extra competitors in 2023, with each Singapore’s Art SG and Tokyo Gendai becoming a member of the fray. Shanghai’s West Bund Art & Design and ART021 have been badly disrupted by China’s strict zero-Covid coverage, however should bounce again subsequent 12 months. After all, China stays the world’s second greatest artwork market after the United States. In 2021 it was value US $13.4 billion, eclipsing South Korea 20 instances over.

Beeple and Madonna, Mother of Technology (2022) (nonetheless). NFT. Courtesy the artists.
3. The NFT Market Crashed. Here Comes AI
The marketplace for artwork NFTs grew 21,000% in 2021 to succeed in US $17 billion and make up 16% of the Global Art Market. As rates of interest rose and crypto costs plummeted this 12 months, the NFT market evaporated even sooner than it shaped. (*5*), the usefulness of the know-how in attributing a singular proprietor to a digital work and permitting artists to learn from resales imply NFTs are unlikely to go away. Fifteen thousand individuals attended NFT.NYC in June, and NFT initiatives performed a outstanding half in Miami Art Week. AI instruments comparable to Lensa and ChatGPT blew minds this 12 months, and within the fingers of a proficient new era of digital artists they may undoubtedly have individuals opening their wallets.

JR, Baraye Nika Shakarami (2022). Cotton canvas and over 300 individuals. The interactive set up passed off at Four Freedoms Park on December 4, 2022, for #EyesonIran. Image Credit: JR
2. The Art World Stood Up to Bullies, Sometimes
Phillips, Guggenheim, and the Royal Academy have been amongst those that broke ties with Russia when Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in February. Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina fled Russia dressed as a supply girl, Russia’s curators cancelled their very own pavilion on the Venice Biennale, and Banksy travelled to Ukraine to make new works. Artists additionally supported the ‘Women, Life, Liberty’ motion in Iran, staging a significant protest on the Guggenheim, whereas Shirin Neshat and JR participated within the Eyes on Iran motion on Roosevelt Island. In China, artists joined protests towards the tough Covid restrictions. The Art Institute of Chicago revoked Kanye West’s honorary doctorate following his newly espoused love for Adolf Hitler. ruangruapa, the curators of documenta fifteen, have been additionally accused of antisemitism, detracting from their radically distributed exhibition. ArtEvaluate nonetheless positioned them atop their Power 100 checklist.

Exhibition view: Simone Leigh and Belkis Ayón within the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams, Venice (23 April–27 November 2022). Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia. Photo: Roberto Marossi.
1. The Present Is Female
Female artists completely dominated the most important modern artwork exhibitions and prizes in 2022. The Venice Biennale’s worldwide exhibition, Cecilia Alemani’s Milk of Dreams, was devoted to feminine artists, and the Golden Lion for finest contribution went to Simone Leigh. The award for finest pavilion was received by Great Britain for an exhibition curated by Sonia Boyce, and the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement went to Katharina Fritsch and Cecilia Vicuña. Earlier this month, the Turner Prize 2022 was received by Veronica Ryan forward of Heather Phillipson, Ingrid Pollard, and non-binary artist Sin Wai Kin. All of this 12 months’s prime 15 tons at public sale—which embrace works courting all the way in which again to Sandro Botticelli’s 1481 portray Madonna of the Magnificat—have been by male artists, however with regards to modern artwork, issues are much more balanced. On common 48% of works acquired by US modern artwork museums from 2008 to mid-2022 have been by ladies artists. —[O]

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