From Jeff Koons to Damien Hirst. From art auction houses to Art Basel Miami Beach. From the new MoMA to collector’s vanity museums. From the fall of Thomas Krens to the rise of contemporary Chinese art... the last ten years were a fun filled, roller coaster ride of a decade for the visual arts.
For a little detail of the highlights, see ArtInfo's review of the decade. Here's their beginning:
Say what you will, purists: the story of the aughts was the art market. When it wasn't all we could talk about, we were talking about why it was all we could talk about. After the Russian and Asian markets took a dive in the late '90s and tech stocks plummeted, and in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, the art market sagged a bit, breaking the stride it had slipped into in the mid-'90s, when it began to recover from the last recession. But that was a short dip, and by 2003 it was moving into uncharted territory. Soon we were looking at tens of millions of dollars for works of contemporary art; new buyers from Russia, Asia, and Latin America; and the rise of our robber barons, the vaunted "hedge fund guys." In 2008, the crash of the global economy brought the art market back to earth, but that was quite a run.
Go here for the rest of the article.
And a happy new year to all.