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My top 12 exhibitions of 2023

This year I saw a lot of beautiful, inspiring, thought-provoking, memorable, urgent and necessary art. This list is in chronological order rather than based on preference because I enjoyed all of these art shows for very different reasons.


  1. Sam Szafran "Obsessions d'un peintre" - Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris

  2. Wangechi Mutu "Intertwined" - New Museum, New York City

  3. Thomas J Price - V&A, London

  4. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye "Fly in league with the night" - Tate Britain

  5. Soheila Sokhanvari - Rebel Rebel, The Curve

  6. Martin Wong "Malicious Mischief" - Camden Arts Centre

  7. Anselm Kiefer "Finnegans Wake" - White Cube, London

  8. Felice Casorati "Il concerto della pitttura" - Fondazione Magnani Rocca

  9. Ragnar Kjartansson "Epic Waste of Love and Understanding" - Louisiana Museum

  10. Firelei Baez - Louisiana Museum

  11. Philip Guston - Tate Modern

  12. Nicole Eisenman "What happened" - Whitechapel Gallery


Here's to plenty more salvific art in 2024. As always, it will keep me and many of you afloat in this deep, dark sea of uncertainty and anxiety.




“Végétation dans l’Atelier”, 1980

© Sam Szafran



"Before Punk Came Funk", 2010

© Wangechi Mutu



"Lay It Down (On The Edge Of Beauty)", 2018

© Thomas J Price



"A Passion Like No Other", 2012 

© Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 



"The Love Addict", 2019

© Soheila Sokhanvari



"Chinese Laundry", 1984

© Martin Wong Foundation




"Ritratto di Silvana Cenni", 1922

© Felice Casorati



"Encyclopedia of Gestures (Jeu du Monde)", 2023

© Firelei Baez



"Dial", 1956

© The Estate of Philip Guston



"Coping", 2008

© Nicole Eisenman

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