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  • Date: DECEMBER 21, 2017
  • Format: DIGITAL

Best of 2017:

Our Top 20 Exhibitions Across the United States

You won’t find too many blockbuster names on this year’s list, which is dominated by timely themes and under-recognized artists.

19. Eric N. Mack: Vogue Fabrics at Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Eric Mack, “Willow within the Form of Prose” (2016) (image by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

February 18–June 18 

Writing about my favorite work in this one-room exhibition, “Willow within the Form of Prose” (2016), I said it“distills the best of Mack’s abilities to make something look simultaneously digital and analog, while engaging with the poetry of the material and the limitations of representation.” That ability to transform quotidian materials is part of the magic of Mack’s art. He effortlessly (or at least it looks like that) breathes life into tattered, flimsy, and even wistful forms. —HV