Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Most Important Moments in Art in 2020

By Holland Cotter, Roberta Smith and Jason Farago
An untitled quilt by Rosie Lee Tompkins from 1996 that combines pieces of a dish towel, sections of the American flag and a religious tapestry. UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Eli Leon Bequest
This was a year of protests and pivots. Monuments fell, museums looked inward. On the bright side, galleries persisted despite the pandemic’s grip and curators rolled out magisterial retrospectives. In Northern California, before the coronavirus lockdown, a life-changing, history-altering exhibition was briefly available at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum: the first full retrospective of the great quilt-artist Rosie Lee Tompkins (1936-2006). Her colorful, ingeniously improvisatory work is widely accessible and effortlessly evades any label that might occur: craft, outsider, abstraction, Pop. [More]