Robert Longo, Untitled (Raft at Sea), 2016-2017. Triptych, charcoal on mounted paper, 140 x 281 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. Photo by Genevieve Hanson.
As I missed out on international art events this season because New York is so far away, all I could think of was how unlucky their curators are. You work on Venice or Documenta for a year or two or four. You start out researching when there’s a somewhat liberal president in the US and some island off the coast of Europe still considers itself part of the union. Though the war in Syria, the refugee crisis, and economic instability in the EU were already present, there’s still a feeling that this past year has served too many blows. And those large-scale exhibitions, years in the making, all opened to a great unknown.