If the best-of list in art seems a little light on gallery shows this year, it could be because the contemporary art scene has reached a kind of plateau or point of equilibrium after five to ten years of frenetic expansion. So overall, the energy in 2013 seemed to have belonged more to the city's museums
, with strongly focused surveys of familiar names (Magritte, Claes Oldenbrug), not so familiar names (Isa Genzken) and some mostly forgotten names (Jack Goldstein). There were terrific shows of artists from Japan ("Gutai: Splendid Playground" and Africa (“Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui”), offering two different globalist perspectives, and one exhibit of an artist who critiqued globalism (Cyprien Gaillard, “The Crystal World”). And finally, there was MoMA PS1
's remembrance of the great Mike Kelley
, who tragically took his own life in 2012. While it remains to be seen where New York's art world is heading as it approaches the midpoint of the decade, one thing is clear: Nothing stays the same in New York for very long.