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2015 Year in Review: Unframed

Our resident art expert David hit the grounds of New York City to check out every gallery show that was going on throughout the year. He sought out the best exhibitions that left our minds blown. We take a look back at a year of unbelievable exhibitions that we featured in our Unframed column.

12.18.15 | By
2015 Year in Review: Unframed
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Painting with Drones: The Art of KATSU
Controversial artist KATSU unveils his latest: a remote-controlling a FLYING ROBOT that sprays paint. Is it art? What do you think?

On Reflection, Material E23 (After J Bruegel the Elder)

On Reflection, Material E23 (After J Bruegel the Elder)

Exploding Mirrors: The Photography of Ori Gersht
Photographs of mirrors that are reflecting flowers, caught at an extremely high shutter speed while they are being electrocuted to the point of explosion!

Minding My Own Business (The New York Times, December 28, 2011) (detail)

Minding My Own Business (The New York Times, December 28, 2011)
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Cutting Paper Into Trees: The Art of Yuken Teruya
Each ordinary object is transformed using only an X-Acto knife, a few folds, and an extraordinary vision for what paper can do.

Hybrid semi-social solitary musical instrument Arp87: built by a couple of Cyrtophora citricola - one month - one Agelena labirintica - two months - one Cyrtophora moluccensis - two weeks - and one Tegenria domestica - 4 months- (turned 4 times 180 degrees on Z axis), 2015

Hybrid semi-social solitary musical instrument Arp87: built by a couple of Cyrtophora citricola – one month – one Agelena labirintica – two months – one Cyrtophora moluccensis – two weeks – and one Tegenria domestica – 4 months- (turned 4 times 180 degrees on Z axis), 2015

Working With Spiders: Tomás Saraceno
An exhibition where every sculpture was constructed by a variety of spiders, each occupying an open box for a period of time creating their own silky webs.

Edifice Rex, 2015

Edifice Rex, 2015

Flattening Reality: The Art of Michael Zelehoski
Michael Zelehoski finds discarded wood objects, deconstructs them, and puts them back together as 2D representations of themselves… that look 3D.

Penguins Mirror, 2015

Penguins Mirror, 2015

Fuzzy Pixels: New Robotic “Mirrors” by Daniel Rozin
Daniel Rozin uses objects as physical pixels, each moving on an individual motor to “reflect” whatever stands in front of them in his robotic “mirrors”.

Installation view, De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, 2015.

Installation view, De Wain Valentine: Works from the 1960s and 1970s, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, 2015.

Stealing the Sky: The Sculpture of De Wain Valentine
Amazing and huge sculptures from De Wain Valentine that you’ve almost got to see to believe. Check out how they’re made.

Marina Abramovic

Marina Abramovic

3 Artworks That Changed My World
Months after these gallery exhibitions have closed, we shared three artworks that couldn’t be forgotten and continue to alter perception of the world around.

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The Ambient Light of Dan Flavin
A different look at the breathtaking exhibition of Dan Flavin’s fluorescent light sculptures from the 60s and 70s at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City.

A Fall of Corners, 2015,  Installation View at CANADA, New York

A Fall of Corners, 2015, Installation View at CANADA, New York

When Walls Become Floors: The Art of Samara Golden
Samara Golden’s dizzying installation shows how she glued 4 different “rooms” vertically to the walls of the gallery, shifting gravity 90 degrees.

Uncle Stevie (detail)

Uncle Stevie (detail)

Painting With Thread: New Work by Cayce Zavaglia
An exploration of Cayce Zavaglia’s painstaking, detailed embroidery portraits from the front—and the back.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.