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Looking Back 2018

Standout performances and site-specific installations studded a year characterised by turbulent politics

By Ruby Brunton
'Open Plan: Cecil Taylor', 2016, installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Courtesy: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; photograph: Bill Orcutt

We said goodbye to Cecil Taylor, Sam Miller, Takehisa Kosugi and many others. New York also welcomed the return of two prominent non-profit institutions

By Jay Sanders

Latin American artists respond to nationalism, climate change, and other urgent crises

By Fernanda Brenner

Is 2018 the year that we abandon an outdated form of stand-up comedy?

By Olivia Rodrigues

The curator, author and director of Dortmunder Kunstverein reflects on a year of shows dealing in magic and mythologies

By Oriane Durand

The Berlin-based artist Veit Laurent Kurz shares his favourite shows of the year

By Veit Laurent Kurz

2018 gave glimmers of hope for those hoping to defy tech giants – but now is the time to remain vigilant

By Hili Perlson

This year saw the publication of a rich vein of books about motherhood and women’s work

By Carmen Winant

The glitter of Shanghai’s international art week masks darker changes in the cultural sphere of the People’s Republic 

By Carol Yinghua Lu

At Studio Voltaire, London, the artists have transformed the former chapel into a wild Wilde Gesamtkunstwerk

By Hettie Judah

A private show in Stuttgart to neo-Nazi demos in Berlin, queer lessons in times of change

By Kristian Vistrup Madsen

In a year marked by anger and powerlessness, artists set their sights on empowering counter-narratives

By Ellen Mara De Wachter