A “most-viewed” list does not do much justice to the kind of year that the Art21 Blog had in 2012. With over 500 posts and six new columns added throughout the past year, the below list reflects only a fraction of the writing published on the Art21 Blog in 2012. In many cases, a mere double-digit view count separated the posts in the rankings. All this to say, be sure to explore more posts from all of our columnists and contributors via the ‘columns’ category list in the right sidebar, includng the year’s worth of guest blog posts.
Before we move forward, all of us at Art21 and the Art21 Blog offer our most sincere gratitude to out-going blog editor, Claudine Isé, whose last day as editor was on December 21, 2012. While she still remains part of the Art21 Blog family, please join us in thanking Claudine for her leadership via the comments below or via a Twitter shout at @claudineise.
And with that, let’s close the book on 2012 with the top 10 most-viewed posts on the Art21 Blog from the past year.
10. Ink | Seriously Printeresting: An Interview with the Founders
Posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Sarah Kirk Hanley
9. Detroit’s Artistic Opportunities
Posted on July 27th, 2012 by Colin Darke
Guest blogger Colin Darke explores some of the ways that artists have helped create positive buzz around the city of Detroit, including establishing new museums, taking over buildings, and painting major city blocks.
8. Creating A Visual Language: The Art of Michael Alan
Posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Emily Colucci
Guest blogger Emily Colucci looks at the drawings, paintings, and performances of Michael Alan, whose unique sense of line joins his multitude of works together.
7. On View Now | The Ungovernables: The New Museum’s Triennial Exhibition
Posted on March 1st, 2012 by Max Weintraub
‘On View Now‘ columnist Max Weintraub looks at highlights from the New Museum’s 2012 Triennial exhibition “The Ungovernables.”
6. Ink | The State of the Art is Elsewhere: “Print/Out” at The Museum of Modern Art
Posted on March 2nd, 2012 by Sarah Kirk Hanley
‘Ink‘ columnist Sarah Kirk Hanley reviews a new MoMA exhibition surveying the state of the contemporary print medium.
5. Becoming Colossal with Blogger Christopher Jobson
Posted on March 8th, 2012 by Jacquelyn Gleisner
What can blogging do for the arts? ‘Praxis Makes Perfect‘ columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner profiles Colossal, an art and design blog run by Christopher Jobson that shows the vast potential of this medium.
4. Yayoi Kusama at the Whitney: Accumulation, Infinity and the Multiverse
Posted on August 27th, 2012 by Nettrice Gaskins
Regular contributor and ‘Weekly Roundup‘ columnist Nettrice Gaskins reviews the Yayoi Kusama retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and considers Kusama’s work in light of immersive 3D worlds and “Augmented Spaces.”
3. Ink | The Unabashedly Beautiful Prints of Helen Frankenthaler
Posted on January 13th, 2012 by Sarah Kirk Hanley
The late Helen Frankenthaler’s contributions as a painter are renowned; ‘Ink‘ columnist Sarah Kirk Hanley argues that her achievements as a printmaker are equally important.
2. On View Now | Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings and the “Joy of Color”
Posted on February 2nd, 2012 by Max Weintraub
‘On View Now‘ columnist Max Weintraub argues that Gagosian Gallery’s exhibition provides convincing evidence that Damien Hirst is indeed an extraordinary colorist.
1. Kara Walker: The Art of War
Posted on August 14th, 2012 by Nettrice Gaskins
Nettrice Gaskins reports on Kara Walker’s recent lecture “The Art of War” at the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum.