PRINT December 2009

Daniel Birnbaum


1 “John Baldessari: Pure Beauty” (Tate Modern, London) No doubt the show of the year: visually overwhelming, wry, and, as always in Baldessari’s case, mildly subversive. The artist says, “I think there’s value in being under the radar, because you can develop better. And now I don’t care about the spotlight because I am who I am, so it doesn’t really matter.” He may not care, but the fact that after all these years he’s out there reaching a huge audience does matter.

2 Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil Nine ambitious new permanent projects by, among others, Chris Burden, Yayoi Kusama, and Rivane Neuenschwander convinced me that Inhotim must be the most significant art venue to emerge this century. The unique combination of botanical garden, ambitious educational program, purpose-built architecture, and novel sculpture garden puts paid to the old-European division of labor and makes

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