This is the art that was all-but-inescapable in 2014.
Art Basel Miami offered $3 billion worth of work, Peter Lik sold the most expensive photograph ever ($6.5 million), and a second Mona Lisa was discovered, making 2014 a monumental year for art. Whether it was Kara Walker's sugar sculpture, Miley Cyrus' solo show, or even Shia LaBeouf's #IAMSORRY performance, this year was filled with works we couldn't stop seeing, sharing, or talking about.
This is the Year in Viral Art:
+ Takeshi Murata created an alienesque sphere that could melt into itself.
+ In February, a random painter picked up one of Ai Weiwei's colored vases, and smashed it into pieces at the Perez Art Museum in Miami.
+ Jeff Koons showed off what looked like a big pile of Play-Doh and an inflatable Hulk at the Whitney Museum as part of his first New York retrospective, and later sold other peoples handbags as readymades.
+ Shia LaBeouf sat in a room with a paper bag over his head in the name of performance art for his #IAMSORRY exhibition in Los Angeles.
+ Artist Vik Muniz and artist/researcher Marcelo Coelho etched intricate castles onto grains of sand. Also in 2014, Muniz, alongside MIT postdoctoral fellow, Tal Danino, biogenerated artworks using cancer cells, cheek cells, and bacteria.
+ Shaquille O’Neil curated his own portrait exhibition. Enough said.
+ Back in February, Beijing-based sculptor Li Hongbo crafted paper sculptures that stretched like slinkys.
+ Studio Roosegaarde's glowing bike path inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night lit up the Dutch province where the artist was born.
+ We watched a model’s face transform with projection-mapped makeup.
+ Disney heroines got a rude awakening in the real world.
+ We questioned, along with the rest of the world, who owned the monkey selfie.
+ And last but definitely not least, Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon filled the Park Avenue Armory with pools of water for ten nights of performances by renowned pianist Hélène Grimaud.
This is part eight of our end-of-the-year series. Be sure to check out the year in brains, sound, and sculpture. Stay tuned as we continue to look back on 2014 and collect all of our favorite examples of modern creativity, fantastic innovations, and important trends.