A countdown of our most popular online stories (part 1)
9. Girl with a Hoop Earring: Fun with VermeerOn the occasion of the traveling show of treasures from the Mauritshuis, the Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague (the exhibition is now in its final stop, at the Frick), Robin Cembalest surveyed the modern-day descendants of Vermeer’s mysterious protagonists. Read the piece.
8. How to Speak Artspeak (Properly)Robin Cembalest on a new guide by Robert Atkins that decodes 146 essential buzzwords, movements, and trends of the postwar art world. How many do you know? Read the piece.
7. Disaster Photography: When is Documentary Exploitation?Photographers who produce spectacular images of Detroit, Chernobyl, and other ravaged areas have sparked disagreements over whether they are exploiting others’ misfortune—or just covering the bad news. Richard B. Woodward reports. Read the piece.
6. Ten Tough Women Artists Who Stand Up to the Bad BoysIn a male-dominated art season, Robin Cembalest pointed out where to find female artists who cut, change the rules, explore new horizons, and do it gangsta-style. Read the piece.
Stay tuned for the top five ARTnews posts of the year next Monday.