Featured photo: One of many dazzling sights from “Chihuly in the Garden,” glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly, at the Desert Botanical Garden. Photo by Deborah Ross.
I bid farewell to 2013, but not without a backward glance at the rich bounty of art in Phoenix, Scottsdale and the Valley over the last few months.
Not every wonderful show received a writeup here at the ol’ blog or at visualartsource.com, so I hope the photographs above can somewhat recompense, even though I lack images for all the exhibitions I visited. (Please note that the images here cannot be reproduced without express permission from me or from the institution that kindly offered them.)
Probably my personal highlight was Fall for the Arts and Canal Convergence in downtown Scottsdale in November. Here’s hoping for continued success for those two endeavors as they enter their third year in 2014. See Spotlight: Scottsdale in Art Ltd. magazine for details.
And may I mention a few shows that are still up, especially for those of you who have resolved to see more art in 2014? (Good for you!)
— At the ASU Art Museum, Tempe, through January 18, 2014: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Art Biennial Faculty Exhibitions, including work by Forrest Solis, Mark Klett, Susan Beiner and Binh Danh.
— At the Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, through April 20, 2014: “Read My Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection,” which is not only a glittery showcase of jewelry making, but also a survey of how this esteemed stateswoman gets her message across through wearable art, such as the mini-missile brooch she wore during Mideast summits.
— At the Heard Museum, Phoenix, through March 3, 2014: “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land.” A refreshing survey of O’Keeffe that is on a limited U.S. tour.
— At the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, through May 18, 2014: “Chihuly in the Garden,” for breathtaking installations by Dale Chihuly, the Studio Glass movement’s preeminent artist.