Our Writers Name Their Top 5 Exhibitions of 2017

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry. Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker.

Our Writers Name Their Top 5 Exhibitions of 2017


From Kerry James Marshall to Kim Abeles, Shoshana Wayne to MOAH, women, immigrants and the resistance, Art and Cake asked our art critics to name their favorite 5 shows of 2017. Here is what they had to say:

Lorraine Heitzman

  • Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, MOCA
  • Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage, LACMA
  • Martin Ramirez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation, ICA,LA
  • Signifying Form, The Landing
  • Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999-2011, Hauser & Wirth
‘Mike Kelley: Kandors 1999 – 2011’
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Gary Brewer

  • Belkis Ayón; NKAME A retrospective of the Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón, UCLA, Fowler Museum
  • Simphiwe Ndzube; Bhabharosi, Nicodim /Gallery
  • Jeremy Anderson, Taking the World Apart is Easy, it is Getting it Back Together in an Acceptable From that is Difficult , the Landing
  • Signifying Form, the Landing
  • Paul McCarthy; WS Spinoffs-Wood Statues-Brown Rothkos, Hauser and Wirth
Simphiwe Ndzube. Nicodim. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker

Anna Garner

  • Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960 – 1985, Hammer Museum
  • We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965 – 1985, California African American Museum
  • Takesada Matsutani, Hauser & Wirth
  • Yoshie Sakai, Koko’s Love, Groundspace Project
  • Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities, Fellows of Contemporary Art
Yoshie Sakai. Koko’s Love. Groundspace Project. Photo courtesy Groundspace Project

Mario Vasquez

  • Kerry James Marshall Mastry at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Women of Abstract Expressionism at Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
  • Analia Saban Folds and Faults at Spruth Magers, Los Angeles, California
  • Genevieve Gaignard: The Powder Room at Shulamit Nazarian
  • Theaster Gates at Regen Projects
Analia Saban: Faults and Folds. Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles. Photo Courtesy of the Gallery.


Jody Zellen

  • Joseph Dumbacher and John Dumbacher, Line-of-site, Santa Monica College Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery
  • Fran Siegel, Lineage Through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil, Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • Zadok Ben-David, People I Saw but Never Met, Shoshana Wayne Gallery
  • Gary Simmons, Fade To Black, California African American Museum
  • Ken Gonzales-Day Surface Tension: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA, Skirball Cultural Center
Zadok Ben-David: People I Saw but Never Met. Shoshana Wayne Gallery. Photo Credit Jody Zellen.

Shana Nys Dambrot

  • Jeffrey Gibson at Roberts & Tilton
  • Ellen Gallagher at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
  • Cathy Ward at The Good Luck Gallery
  • Amir H. Fallah at Shulamit Nazarian
  • Kimberly Brooks at Zevitas Marcus
Amir H. Fallah “A Stranger In Your Home”
Shulamit Nazarian

Jennifer Susan Jones

  • Afterfear Dani Dodge at H.B. Punto Experimental, San Diego
  • Article 16: Selected works by Lisa Schulte at Porch Gallery, Ojai
  • Birds of America: Explorations of Audubon: The Paintings of Larry Rivers and others, at 101/Exhibit, Los Angeles
  • Terry Arena: Not Just Bees Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery
  • WALLS: A Quest for Immersive Space. Produce Haus
Terry Arena. Not Just Bees. Carnegie Art Museum Studio Gallery. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker.

Nancy Kaye Turner

  • Marc Chagall at LACMA
  • Carlos Almaraz at LACMA
  • Betye Saar at CAFAM
  • Mike Kelly at Hauser Wirth
  • Belkis Ayón at Fowler Museum
Betye Saar: Keeping it Clean. Craft and Folk Art Museum. Photo Credit Shana Nys Dambrot.

Genie Davis

  • Made in the Mojave at MOAH
  • Reality of Nature at Launch Gallery
  • Going Native, Durden and Ray
  • Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Vida, pasión y muerte – Life, Passion, and Death at CB1
  • Dani Dodge, Personal Territories at MOAH
Dani Dodge. Personal Territories. MOAH. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker

Betty Brown

  • Carlos Almaraz at LACMA
  • Lezley Saar, Salon des Refuses, California African American Museum
  • Judithe Hernandez & Patssi Valdez at the Millard Sheets Art Center
  • ONE YEAR: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles at the Brand Library
  • Art Moura at Good Luck Gallery
Art Moura. Good Luck Gallery. Photo Credit: Betty Brown

Kristine Schomaker

  • Kim Abeles, terə f3:mə at Orange Coast College
  • Simphiwe Ndzube; Bhabharosi, Nicodim /Gallery
  • Conceptual Craft at DENK
  • Ruth Root at 356 Mission
  • Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 at UCLA Hammer
Kim Abeles: “ˌterəˈf3:mə.” Orange Coast College. Photo Credit Kristine Schomaker

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