The Art World in the 2010s: Best of the Decade

Friday, 27 December 2019

Season’s greetings!

Thank you for reading Artwa News week after week. In our last email of the year, we round up articles reviewing events, exhibitions, movements, artists and curators that shaped this last decade (and this year) in the art world.

Looking forward to a wonderful 2020 with you!



THE MOST INFLUENTIAL CURATOR OF THE DECADE. “Okwui Enwezor was by far the most influential curator of the 2010s, according to our survey.” [Artnet]

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WORK OF THE DECADE. Artworks from this era that will stand the test of time include Issa Samb, La Cour (The Yard) (2013), Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama (2018) & Kehinde Wiley, President Barack Obama (2018), and Kehinde Wiley, Rumors of War (2019). [Artnet]

THE BEST ART SHOWS OF THE DECADE. Hyperallergic’s top picks for decade-defining art shows that shaped the past 10 years for their scope, impact, and talent are Okwui Enwezor’s Postwar at the Haus der Kunst and All the World’s Futures at the Venice Biennale. [Hyperallergic]

THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS OF THE 2010s. More people collected contemporary art this decade than at any other time in recent memory. One of the most impactful artists of the decade according to Artsy is the South African photographer, Zanele Muholi. [Artsy]

11 OF THE MOST GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERIES OF 2019 includes the discovery of Christine (1971), Ben Enwonwu’s portrait of Christine Davies. [Artnet]

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL EXHIBITIONS OF THE DECADE. This list includes the “Ghana Freedom” exhibition at Ghana’s Pavilion at the 58th Venice Art Pavilion 2019. [Artnet]

THE ART MOVEMENTS OF THE 2010s: Protests, the introduction of Instagram, and social revolution, including the growth of the market for African art internationally. [Artsy]

GOODBYE TO THE 2010s, OUR DECADE OF GUILT. The arts world enters the next era grappling with its conscience over the climate, #MeToo, diversity and philanthropy. [Financial Times]

THE MOST INFLUENTIAL ARTIST OF THE DECADE. Art world experts include Zanele Muholi, El Anatsui and Kehinde Wiley on list of artists who define the era. [Artnet]

11 BIGGEST CONTROVERSIES THAT ROCKED THE ART WORLD IN 2019. Depending on whom you talked to, rabble-rousing artist Christoph Büchel’s provocative work for the 2019 Venice Biennale—a rusting hulk of a barge that sank in the Mediterranean in 2015, killing 1,100 migrants fleeing North Africa—was “absolutely vile,” or “powerful.” [Artnet]

8 ARTWORKS THAT MADE US QUESTION THE VALUE OF ART. From Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” to South African artist Roelof Louw ‘s “Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges).” [CNN Style]

THE 10 MOMENTS THAT DEFINED ART IN THE 2010S. One of the most memorable moments that inspired, shaped, and shook the art world is the unveiling of the Obama portraits. [Artsy]