Matthew Higgs

1 Stuart Sherman (80WSE, New York, and Participant Inc., New York) At 80WSE, video recordings of Sherman’s “spectacles”—as he called his idiosyncratic tabletop performances—were framed alongside his lesser-known theatrical productions, sculptural proposals, drawings, and poetry. Meanwhile, a group show at Participant that closed toward the end of 2009 (just making the chronological cut for this list) explored his legacy through a constellation of contemporary artists and performers—including Carol Bove, Matthew Brannon, and Vaginal Davis—who curator Jonathan Berger believes have been touched by Sherman’s genius. The ongoing rehabilitation of the late Sherman’s wayward art rightly continues apace.

2 Al Taylor (David Zwirner, New York) Al Taylor (1948–1999) remains something of a misfit in the history of postwar American art. His mid-’80s shift from painting to a hybrid

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