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    Most-Read ARTnews.com Posts in 2013–The Top 5

    Our final countdown of our most popular online stories

    Find numbers 10 through 6 of the year’s most-read stories here. Here are the top 5:

    5. Authenticating Picasso

    Forty years after Picasso’s death, while his paintings are among the most expensive ever sold, the problem of how to authenticate his work remains a challenge. To avoid mistakes, four of his five surviving heirs have clarified the process but have not included his elder daughter. Madrid correspondent George Stolz chased down a complicated story of art, inheritance, and family dynamics. Read the piece.

    The 33-volume catalogue of Picasso’s work by Christian Zervos. CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2012.

    The 33-volume catalogue of Picasso’s work by Christian Zervos.

    CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2012.

    4. The Golden Age of Abstraction: Right Now

    Riffing on the past as it comments on our own time, contemporary abstraction evokes landscapes, bodies, signs, buildings, and much more. Pepe Karmel identified the major trends. Read the piece.

    In Untitled, 2010, Wade Guyton updates abstraction, eliminating the artist’s hand by using digital printers instead of stencils. LAMAY PHOTO/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PETZEL, NEW YORK.

    In Untitled, 2010, Wade Guyton updates abstraction, eliminating the artist’s hand by using digital printers instead of stencils.

    LAMAY PHOTO/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND PETZEL, NEW YORK.

    3. Taking Cat Art Seriously

    From the Metropolitan’s provocative Balthus show to adoption-ready “purr-formers” at White Columns to the Walker’s Internet Cat Video Film Festival, Robin Cembalest rounded up ways that the art world is exploring the shock of the mew. Read the piece.

    Balthus, Thérèse Dreaming, 1938, oil on canvas. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, JACQUES AND NATASHA GELMAN COLLECTION 1998.

    Balthus, Thérèse Dreaming, 1938, oil on canvas.

    COURTESY THE ARTIST AND METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, JACQUES AND NATASHA GELMAN COLLECTION 1998.

    2. Why Can’t We Take Pictures in Art Museums?

    In an attempt to balance copyright restrictions and ever-present camera phones, some museums are loosening their ‘no photography’ policies. Carolina A. Miranda’s piece received worldwide attention and inspired at least one museum to change its policy. Read the piece.

    Museumgoers snapping photos of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, 1889, at MoMA. ©2013 REBECCA ROBERTSON.

    Museumgoers snapping photos of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, 1889, at MoMA.

    ©2013 REBECCA ROBERTSON.

    1. The 2013 ARTnews 200 Top Collectors

    Who are the world’s most active art buyers? Our annual list of the world’s top 200 collectors–along with editor and publisher Milton Esterow’s list of the Top Ten– is our most-read story of the year. Read the piece.

    Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz Jr. with Untitled, a 1983 monotype by Jasper Johns. RACHEL ELKIND.

    Catherine Woodard and Nelson Blitz Jr. with Untitled, a 1983 monotype by Jasper Johns.

    RACHEL ELKIND.

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