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Headlines: New Year's Round-Up

1) Artists, Writers and Curators Discuss The Best and Worst Exhibitions of the Year

A photo of Natasha Dhilon at an arts rallyNatasha Dhilon

This January 1st, let’s take a look back at some of the best (and worst) art and design work that came out in 2015. On Hyperallergic, artistic “luminaries” talk about their favourite and least favourite art exhibitions of the year. On the whole, the piece provides a fascinating showcase of what contemporary artists from all over the world were producing and showing – getting you up-to-date on the current trends of the art world.  


2) A Strong Year for Sustainable Design


A photo of deployable emergency module homes made by architecture students in Peru

Design for a deployable emergecy module by students at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru


Design Boom’s list of the top 10 reader-submitted designs for social impact showcases industrial design work from individuals and groups across the globe. Each one of these designs is uniquely tailored to the needs and struggles of a particular area and installation, and seeing the diversity of solutions is quite a treat.


3) Art Gets Political

A soldier guarding the Eiffel tower in France


The Art Newspaper celebrates 25 years of publication with this look back at 2015 and how art became newly politicized and integrated with international issues. The month-by-month look back at the year features looks at the loss of heritage art pieces in Syria, Ai Weiwei’s ongoing struggle with the Chinese government and the effects of the Paris attacks on the art community in the French capital.


4) The Fight for Equality Continues


Carmen Herrera's 2013 painting untitledCarmen Herrera, Untitled, 2013

Finally, ArtNews offers this piece on the omnipresence of gender inequality in the art world, with words from several prominent critics and curators on the subject. We reported on several important steps forward for feminism in the arts throughout the year, but it’s clear we still have a long way to go in 2016.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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