It’s been a banner year on the blog, with a wide range of posts and some great comments as well. Here are the top 5 posts, for your end-of-year enjoyment:
- Capturing the Essence: Barbara Wiedemann introduces the Museum’s new visual identity with a provocative and playful post.
- Cleaning Sargent: An unplanned visit to the Conservation Lab + a casual chat with a conservator + a couple snaps + a video = a really popular post. (This was a bit of an experiment in how quickly a post can come together, and it worked. I’m thinking we might need more of these in 2010.)
- Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009: Personal stories make art and artists come alive in new ways. John’s remembrance of Andrew Wyeth did just that.
- The Thing in the Window: Curators have long-term relationships with objects in the permanent collection. Some works of art take you through mazes of hidden stories, enigmatic histories, shifting interpretation and attribution–mysteries abound. In this post, John points out a curious detail in a painting that continues to haunt him.
- The Bain Project: In this post, I spoke with two artists on staff about their involvement in an innovative art installation/exhibition in Raleigh. We discuss the profound effect that architecture and artists’ spaces can have on the perception of art–a hot topic around here with the opening of our new building this spring.