2018 was a year of inspiring and notable art. From the start of modern abstraction in the early 19th century to the unveiling of Obama portraits, this year was definitely nothing short of spectacular.
This is the best art of 2018 according to The New York Times.
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
The Guggenheim Museum is featuring a series of 10 paintings created in 1907 by Hilma af Klint, a Swedish painter. The paintings highlight modernism and show that a female painter was way ahead of the male painters who “invented” abstract painting.
Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today
Being featured at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University, these paintings highlight the importance of black female models in mid-19th-century Paris.
Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
Bill Traylor (1853-1949), a former slave and tenant farmer, produced 100’s of paintings and drawings using pencils, poster paint and scraps of cardboard. One hundred and fifty hive of those images are being showcased at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The National Portrait Gallery which is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. debuted beautiful portraits of the Obamas. What makes these portraits unique is that not only were they the first African-American presidential couple to be added to the collection, they were also painted by African-American painters. Amy Sherald for Mrs. Obama and Kehinde Wiley for Mr. Obama.
Citizens of Chicago Mural
The “Knowledge and Wonder” mural in Chicago which was created in 1955 by painter Kerry James Marshall isn’t going anywhere. The mural “celebrates the library as a source of mystery and wonder for children.” The city’s plan was to sell it to fund an expanding library and a new public-art program, but when Mr. Marshall objected, the mayor backed out of the plan.