While we’re on the subject, here’s what David Bonetti and Kenneth Baker have to say about the Bay Area’s “Top Ten,” 2001. They get a few things right, but could they have missed Irene Pijoan’s majestic cut paper works at the Bedford Art Center? Or Francesca Pastine’s sparkling abstractions at Rena Bransten Gallery? Or Adaline Kent’s stirring modernist works at 871 Fine Art? The Elmer Bischoff retrospective at the Oakland Museum of California will shape the understanding of this important artist’s work for decades; True Gritat the Mills Museum was a creative recasting of pre-feminist work, but the prize for an eye-opening show goes to the Berkeley Art Museum for the Teresa Hak Kyung Cha retrospective. Yes, Martin Puryear’s work was more fun to look at, and he deserves a spot on the list, but Cha’s work was a real discovery/recovery.

- Meredith Tromble [Monday, December 31st, 2001]


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