I think 2009 was PORT's most in-depth year to date and though traffic isn't
our primary concern our most detailed and critical articles tended to be our most popular...
it is why PORT is less like a typical blog or newspaper (which favor; money, scandal and generally ingratiating oneself to the scene) and more like a critical journal
or ongoing symposia. In other words, we are primarily interested in comparing ideas, execution and history.
By far, Amy's April interview
with Okwui Enwezor
was the most popular piece on PORT in 2009. Even now
it gets over 1000 readers a day.
Other consistently high traffic posts from 2009 were (in no particular order):
Arcy's excellent research into Mark
Rothko's crucial Portland years
was an important post, gathering scholarly
interest at the very highest levels.
In April, I posed a piquant question regarding which discipline is working with
the most interesting spatial ideas, installation
art or architecture
interview with the V&A's Glen Adamason
even featured some nice iphone
images of Adamson's personal collection.
Ziba gave us an early
tour of their new HQ
, and we gave the world their first look at the Holst
designed space. You saw it on PORT first.
Arcy's fine essay on Art
explored the boundaries of an artist's intention and execution,
relating them as a working part of the universe as a system.
My review of Joshua
Orion Kermiet and Midori Hirosi at Fontanelle
was definitely popular with
readers. Hirosi deserves a solo show.
Guth's guest interview with Laura Fritz in February
and analysis of the CAN townhall
last April, which definitely got RACC's
Also from April, my interview
with Mickalene Thomas
continues to draw a lot of eyeballs.
My mildly proscriptive review of Stephen
Slappe's Shelter in Place
caused an amusing firestorm (Stephen's one of
the best liked artists in Portland and a prof at PNCA). Sure, it had lots of
eye candy but even Doug Aitken's efforts (he's a master of multi-channel video)
don't always gel and it is my job to review a show comparing an artist's latest
piece against their best work up to that point. Seven months later, people seem to
have come around to the fact that Slappe had done better at previous exhibitions
in 2009. Still, it was an important show because it was a difficult new direction
with a steep leaning/technological curve and hardly a wasted effort. The great
thing about Portland's scene is artists are allowed to develop like Slappe has
and maybe some of the under 30 scene learned a thing or two about criticism as well.
I thought it was a somewhat funny post, but PORT's readers have made Art
consistently one of our most trafficked photoblog entries.
Though it didn't get that many readers initially my review of Rose
McCormick's Grand Ronde
has drawn more and more attention. Now it gets more
traffic every week than it did the 1st week of the review, which is unusual but well deserved.