My #ArtThing of 2015 was:
Personally, it looks a little crazy in retrospect to have curated six substantial shows in 2015.
That aside, it was the first full year in which the biggest American galleries – Gagosian, Marian Goodman, Pace and David Zwirner – all had London programmes, and very impressive they were – Robert Therrien, William Kentridge, Michal Rovner and Michaël Borremans stood out, to name one from each.
Contrasting that international presence, comparatively unfashionable British painting of the last century also had a good year. Eric Ravilious (Dulwich), Peter Lanyon (Courtauld), Bryan Wynter (Jonathan Clark), John Armstrong (Piano Nobile), William Gear (Towner, Eastbourne), Eric Gadsby (Austin Desmond), Neil Stokoe (Redfern / Megan Piper), John Hoyland (Damien Hirst’s new gallery) and Bert Irvin (Gimpel Fils) all showed well. Yet they were just the supporting cast for Frank Auerbach at the Tate…