Top Ten – Los Angeles Art

It’s that time of year and everyone is doing top-ten lists and I thought it would be neat to do a top ten list for what went down in LA in the art scene this past year. I must admit, though this year has gone by fast, it was a long year so please let me know if I missed anything or need to add something!

So, in no particular order…

1. Best museum show ñ Laura Owens at MOCA

2. Best sixspace show ñ it’s like children, how do I choose? But some that are close to my heart are Seonna Hong, Richard Colman, ìGirls, Girls, Girls”, Shepard Fairey, & Chad Robertson.

3. Best gallery show ñ the first Millicent show

4. Best show that I missed ñ Marcel Dzama at Richard Heller (though I did get a sneak peak when the show was over) and Cecily Brown at Gagosian, Beverly Hills

5. Best emerging artist in 2003 ñ Rachell Sumpter

6. Best art purchase ñ Neil Farber (for my birthday) and a pirate painting by Camille Rose Garcia.

7. Best artist book ñ Clayton Brothers ìThe Most Special Day of My Lifeî

8. Best artist items ñ anything that Liz McGrath makes

9. Best new medium ñ embroidery

10. Best artist I finally met ñ Raymond Pettibon

And the worst? The passing of great friend and art patron Craig Myers…we miss you!