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A black woman poses in a chair against a vivid red backdrop while a woman adjusts her head and a man gets dressed behind the backdrop. The painted portrait in progress is shown on an easel at left, next to a table strewn with paints and paintbrushes, a skull, and vase with flowers. A yellow dog rests on the floor below the table. A nude figure stands in the background.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Studio), 2014. Acrylic on PVC panel; 83 ½ x 118 7/8 in.
(212.1 x 301.9 cm). Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Gift, Acquisitions Fund and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Multicultrual Audience Development Initiative Gift, 2015

Photo courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, London

Top 10 Art Events of 2016

Manilow Senior Curator Omar Kholeif surveys his top ten art events of 2016.


Mona Hatoum, Tate Modern, London

Mona Hatoum is, for me, one of the most important artists who has ever lived; her first US museum exhibition took place at the MCA in the 1990s and was one of the major draws for me to the museum. I am excited to see this comprehensive survey of her work.

Global Megamuseums

There are so many remarkable museums reopening in 2016, and I can't wait to see what these institutions have for us all: from the new SFMOMA in San Francisco and the Met Breuer in New York to the revamped Tate Modern in London and the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.

Nasreen Mohamedi, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Nasreen Mohamedi was one of the most important artists to emerge in post-independence India. Her body of work has become an important part of the modernist discourse, and I am glad to see that the Met is giving her biggest show to date in their takeover of the Breuer building.

Dhaka Art Summit

South Asia has long been underrepresented on the global art map. I am very happy to see this international exhibition in the bustling heart of the Asian subcontinent.

Art Dubai

This is my annual go-to event; I can’t imagine not going. The fair’s director, Antonia Carver, has shaped this into the landmark event that it is today.

Anri Sala: Answer Me, New Museum, New York

I adore this Albanian-French artist and I am looking forward to seeing what Massimiliano Gioni will do with this survey.

Kerry James Marshall, MCA Chicago

I think Kerry James Marshall’s work has long been misunderstood. Seeing this major survey at the MCA is a major highlight of the global art calendar.

Rodney McMillian

Rodney McMillian's broad artistic practice offers us a deep, physical meditation on the United States. Living in the UK, I haven't seen nearly as much work as I would have liked, and I am excited to see these exhibitions.