Gone, baby, gone! Fine Arts

Ah, 2012, we hardly knew ye. It’s hard to believe, but it’s
indeed that time again when we take stock and reflect on a waning year that has
reached its expiration date. Looking back, there was a plentiful supply of
interesting shows, such as the idiosyncratic career retrospective for
Oakland-based graphic novelist and underground cartoonist Daniel Clowes, of Ghost
and Art School Confidential
fame, who went respectable and nearly mainstream
with a full-court press treatment at OMCA.

There were fewer blockbusters at area museums than in years
gone by, and while there were missteps, there was an absence of dramatic peaks
or howling failures. 2012 saw many notable small shows outside of or embedded
in major institutions. The latter didn’t get the press coverage their major
sister exhibitions received; one had to look a little harder, and there were
payoffs for those willing to invest the energy. The Legion

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