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In 2015 as in the past decade or so, art became increasingly synonymous with big money, as the latest auction results and art fair sales make front page news. Lost behind the talk of asset management and who bought what painting for a record-shattering amount, however, is the fact that art itself is still doing the job it’s done for millennia: Inspiring people to look at and rethink their world in a different light. Plenty of shows did just that in 2015 across a spectrum of venues that included museums, galleries and public spaces. Artist Teresita Fernández transformed Madison Square Park into a midtown mirage, MoMA revealed the sculptural side Picasso and the Whitney opened a brand new building with the largest presentation of its collection ever. Coney Island became a festival of street and Tom of Finland, the Norse king of homo-erotica, was accorded a showcase for his drawing skills, which rival those of the greatest draughtsmen in art history. Together these art shows and others proved that while art may be commanding the highest prices of all time, it’s value lies in more than just money.
RECOMMENDED: See the best of 2015