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THE ARTISTS’ ARTISTS

THEIR FAVORITE EXHIBITIONS OF THE YEAR

To take stock of the past year, Artforum contacted an international group of artists to find out which exhibitions were, in their eyes, the very best of 2007. Contributions by ten of those artists have been reproduced below. For the rest, see the December issue of Artforum.

CATHERINE SULLIVAN

Daniel Mendel-Black, “The Paintings Are Alive” (Mandarin Gallery, Los Angeles) The eleven paintings in this show seemed to create a place for the palette of Play-Doh to oppress acrylic and oil into some perilous graphic universe of cynical optimism. Looking is like falling in these paintings; your eyes are asked to trust and mistrust hard and soft edges, cheap, edible color, and idiotic enunciations of “structure.” The paintings then play morbid by reiterating the same activity in black, white, and gray. The artist has also written a response to David Salle’s text “The Paintings Are Dead.” There is a

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