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2010 Year End -- Art

December 18, 2010 |  6:00 am

Warhol dollar signs 2 Gagosian Art always tracks the larger social climate -- which, like the actual climate, is currently in dangerous flux. Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal generation gave way to Ronald Reagan's Supply Side generation, but what follows next is not at all clear.

This much we know: The economy is a shambles, the social contract is fraying at the seams and art seems caught in the middle. A few thoughts on why we are where we are can be found in my year-end overview.

And, for a bit of solace, a look at 10 first-rate art exhibitions at California museums during the past bumpy year.

-- Christopher Knight

Photo: Andy Warhol, "Dollar Sign;" Credit: Gagosian Gallery