Art News Roundup: Year-End Thanks Edition

‘Tis the season for year-end retrospectives and year-ahead prognostications in media, and my humble offering of same is out in The Federalist is out this morning: what I consider to have been the Top 5 Art Stories of 2019.

There should be something here for everyone, from those among my readers who are deeply interested in the art world, to those with just a general curiosity about it. Wherever you may fall along that spectrum, gentle reader, I think we can all agree that if there was any doubt as to whether a dramatic actress like Cate Blanchett could pull off a slapstick comedy about art, there’s now no doubt whatsoever that she absolutely can. Go have a look while you’re between bouts of cookies and mulled wine, and as always, feel free to agree or disagree with me in the comments.

I’ll be leaving for Spain on vacation the day after Christmas, or I should say, on the 2nd day *OF* Christmas, because fortunately most people in the motherland don’t throw out their decorations after dinner on December 25th, and instead celebrate all 12 days of the commemoration of the Birth of Christ. Given my upcoming schedule then, this must be my final entry for the calendar year. Those of you who are curious to see what I’m up to once I’m across the pond can follow or bookmark me on Instagram or Twitter, where I’ll be posting periodically about my travels, including many of the requisite food images which seem to generate the most interested commentary.

Before I go however, if you’re in the DC area I want to heartily encourage you to please consider attending a special event tomorrow, Friday, December 20th at 6:30 pm, at my parish of St. Stephen Martyr in Foggy Bottom. Our magnificent choir’s annual Christmas concert will take place this year in the form of lessons and carols. I will be one of the participants, and fortunately for those in attendance I’ll be reading one of the lessons rather than singing one of the carols – which is just as well given my usual karaoke vocal stylings, since there isn’t really a belt-it-out-grunge version of “The Coventry Carol”, so far as I’m aware. Even if you can’t attend in person, please consider sharing information about this event with your friends and followers:


January of this year marked the shuttering of my old site, where I had scribbled online for a decade, and the launching of this one. In the process, I lost thousands of followers when I switched addresses and refocused my writing, which was a very humbling experience. What has proven to be even more humbling however, is the fact that not only have many of you chosen to stick around, but I’ve gained new readers as well. To all of you, I’m deeply grateful for your support, and hope to bring you more things that you may find worth reading and thinking about in 2020.

My very best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas, and for many blessings in the New Year ahead.


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