The Toronto Star has named Michael Govan the person to watch in the visual arts — not just in 2010 but throughout the upcoming decade. It's good to hear that Canadians are taking note of the Left Coast, but you'll need to read the whole article (by Murray Whyte) to understand why Govan may not be appending this particular honor to his résumé.
I'd keep an eye on what Michael Govan is doing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deftly managing an omnibus institution whose collection spans natural history – it features a large-scale interpretive park of the La Brea Tar Pits – ethnographic craft, a millennium of art history, as well as contemporary practice, Govan, the former director of the devoutly contemporary Dia Center in New York, understands that the compact with an audience is simply to provide them with affecting wonder. To that end, the museum is responsible for major new works by Jeff Koons, Michael Heizer, Chris Burden, and almost too many others to count. By 2020, LACMA will be a model for all such museums – if it isn't already.
(Just for the record, LACMA has not annexed the tar pits and Page Museum; it's got three+ millennia of art history; the Jeff Koons Train is still hypothetical, absent a $20 million-generous patron; and Govan's major new commissions, while impressive, are countable on one hand.)
Another fearless Whyte prediction: The pendulum will swing away from the "gruesome" Damien Hirst excess of the past decade, and then swing right back again, so that "by 2020, we should be doing stupid, elaborate things for millions of dollars once again. Probably with diamonds. And hovercrafts made of gold."