Seven predictions for 2012.
1. Arts funding will increase, although artists will be required to consider how an art project can contribute to the economic well being of the community. In grant proposals, artists should start writing about their art practices as “small businesses" that will help increase local economic prospects. In 2012, grant funders will reward communitarianism over personal vision.
2. Sculptural objects, as opposed to installations and ready-mades, will make a comeback. Look for a new generation of David Smiths and Mark di Suveros. But female.
3. Due to the continuing decline in teaching opportunities for artists and the research indicating that students studying art will have few job prospects, enrollment in MFA programs will decline. But the good news is that as the art market makes a comeback in 2012, new jobs will be created in the art service areas—art handlers, gallerinas, art writing, social media.
4. Innovative organizations like the VIP Art Fair,which just got a fresh influx of investor cash, and Art.sy will begin to convince skittish collectors that it’s OK to buy art online.
6. Increasing numbers of artists will travel from Bushwick to Washington, DC, to present interesting, idiosyncratic projects...or maybe, now that I'm in DC for the next few months, this is just my own personal fantasy? No. Austin Thomas is having an exhibition and organizing a program of events at Heiner Contemporary this month. The opening is January 20!
7. Time will continue to fly at an accelerated rate due to the fast-paced nature of social networking media, Web 2.0, and our addiction to them. Artists will consider dropping out, shutting down their Facebook pages and closing their Twitter accounts, but they won't be able to because the art world is too hooked into it. If you’re reading this, you undoubtedly know what I’m talking about.
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