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Sunday January 01, 2023
The Art Stories That Defined 2022
There was more to this year’s art news than tomato-souped Van Goghs — though that made our list, too.
My painting teacher in college used to say that you could tell the entire history of the world through art. Her words resonated with me as I compiled this list of Hyperallergic’s most important news stories of 2022. From the war in Ukraine to the fight for abortion rights in the United States and the scourge of climate change, any current event can be explored — and sometimes better understood — through the lens of art, visual culture, and the work of creative people. Below are highlights from our independent journalism of this past year, much of it illuminating the experiences of artists and cultural workers outside the market-obsessed mainstream.