Issue

3.21 / Best Of: Year Three

August 16 2012

Introduction

August 16, 2012. We're wrapping up another year of issue production, and in honor of the occasion, we've asked some of our writers to reflect on the events of the past twelve months. Art Practical was created to foster and document investments of time with artists: in the studio, at the bar, in the gallery, at the opening. Overtly, there is the structure each issue configures, the categorization of information into features, reviews, events, and news. Behind that structure is a more amorphous exchange of ideas and observations that happens continually and casually but that catalyzes production and action. There are multiple ways in which the editors and writers make the effort to bring this interchange to light; as this issue shows, what is most notable about our encounters with art and artists is the extent to which we aspire to share them. Enjoy—PM

Features

The Third Year

The Third Year

By Patricia Maloney

Overtly, there is the structure each issue configures. Behind that structure is a more amorphous exchange of ideas and observations

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Best Of: Jeanne Gerrity

Best Of: Jeanne Gerrity

By Jeanne Gerrity

Challenging the traditional definition of art through the presentation of souvenirs, trinkets, and ephemera, the exhibition also questioned the deification of renowned artists and showed the potential for individual expression within an institution.

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Best Of: Larissa Archer

Best Of: Larissa Archer

By Larissa Archer

There are artists whose appeal extends beyond the ranks of enthusiasts of their particular art forms; performers whose virtuosity confutes personal taste, and can hold in thrall connoisseurs, novices, and skeptics alike.

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Best Of: crystal am nelson

Best Of: crystal am nelson

By crystal am nelson

I am obsessed with the dark and macabre, and I love the type of horror that hides just beneath the seemingly banal. I have seen few artists capable of rendering this in ways that are as beautiful as they are frightening

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Best Of: Renny Pritikin

Best Of: Renny Pritikin

By Renny Pritikin

Stepping into the breach this past year has been an even more interesting space in the same storefront on 24th Street, with the name of Will Brown, run by Dave Kazprzak, Lindsey White, and Jordan Stein.

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Best Of: John Zarobell

Best Of: John Zarobell

By John Zarobell

Successfully balancing the need to bring attention to its permanent collection while innovating in the special-exhibition domain, the Asian Art Museum's Phantoms of Asia exhibit renews the relevance of the institution's historical holdings.

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Best Of: Sarah Hotchkiss

Best Of: Sarah Hotchkiss

By Sarah Hotchkiss

Moderated by Constance Lewallen, this talk at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) was one of those rare nights when I left an auditorium invigorated and inspired. I’m not sure what I expected to hear from someone who has spent the past forty years involved in secretive art practices

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Year Three in Review: Editors’ Choice

Year Three in Review: Editors’ Choice

By Art Practical Editors

Starting from a point of geographic inquiry, artists can make histories fresh, create new levels of engagement, and help viewers situate their individual experience of a place, both for those who have a fixed notion of the site and those who may discover it for the first time.

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