Arts / Museums


Personal Faves of 2014

BY Catherine D. Anspon // 12.30.14
Trenton and JooYoung
Two-time Whitney Biennial Texan Trenton Doyle Hancock’s nationally touring drawing retrospective organized by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston was named by Karen Wilkin as one of the best of 2014 in “The Wall Street Journal.” Shown: Hancock and girlfriend JooYoung Choi as featured in PaperCity’s November Houston issue; portrait by Jack Thompson.

What were your personal faves of ’14? Beginning with the museums, it was a very good year thanks to: Magritte at the Menil, a foodie show to end all at the Amon Carter, the extraordinary Mario Testino taking inspiration from his Peruvian heritage at the Dallas Contemporary, the CAMH’s Houston-centric programming including a drawing retrospective for the great Trenton Doyle Hancock, the Nasher‘s inspiring look at the endlessly inventive Thomas Heatherwick that underscored the possibilities of architecture (through January 4), and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth‘s flashback to the decade that birthed the contemporary scene and opened the gate for women (through January 4).

Not to mention a duo of masterful Impressionist shows that rethought the portrait (at the Kimbell, through January 25) and Monet’s original infatuation with a body of water (at the MFAH, through February 1). But that’s not even getting into the galleries, considering the Dallas Art Fair, weighing in on the dual fairs in Houston, or recalling a public art project that literally buzzed (Allison Hunter’s silos in Houston’s East End, funded by the now under siege Houston Arts Alliance).

What gallery shows stood out and why? Best exhibition of 2014? Email catherine@papercitymag.com and we’ll post your comments in our next FRAMED.

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