Arts Media Contacts' list of Top 10 Art Blogs 2010

By Laura Davis on Jan 9, 11 08:10 AM in Links

vandblog.jpgART Media Contacts has released its Top Ten Art Blogs of 2010. Their criteria was as follows:

Number one in our judging criteria is that the blogger must have something to contribute to the debate on art. Secondly that they have carried out genuine and independent research on their subject. First-rate writing is not enough either, a good blog needs regular postings and an interactive community or readership too. We all love great design here at Arts Media Contacts, and good-looking blogs with interesting graphics and images score well in this pageant.

Here's the full list, with AMC's comments. I already follow quite a few of them and will be checking out the others over the next few weeks.

1. Vandablog: Top Art Blog of the Year

A perfect blog. Regular and interesting postings about street art across the world have created a genuine international community interested in this art form. To date there are just under 4,000 followers, who are active in debating and posting and it is all very nicely brought together by its editor, RJ Rushmore. If you are looking to set up a blog to promote a specialist art form, then use this one as a model.

2. Arts Journal: Art News Blog of the Year

With its daily digest of the art news, 17 highly qualified bloggers and a huge following, Arts Journal wins a top prize here. The sections are divided into clear sections such as: architecture, issues, art, music, culture, ideas, and the bloggers include leading figures in the academic and art world. The content is intelligent and the debate real. A guaranteed good read every day.

3. Jonathan Jones on Art: Art Blogger of the Year

Jonathan's short blogs fuel your brain and tell you exactly what you should go and see. We particularly liked his recent piece 'The streets have stolen a march on modern art'. Working for The Guardian, his brief must be to feature events of 'national interest', but he manages to weave into this an eclectic mix of shows across the country in all sorts of places and not just the big names and brands. Other journos on the nationals should follow suit. We had many votes for Jonathan sent in to us, and the number of daily comments on his site shows that he a serious community of followers.

4. The Art Newspaper - Fairs: Art Magazine Blog of the Year

If you did not received The Art Newspaper's Daily bulletins from this year's art fairs then you have missed out. The well-designed and up-to-the-minute newsletters drop into your inbox feeding you with news, opinion and gossip on the daily events at Frieze and Miami. For a moment in your morning you too are under canvas rubbing shoulders with oligarchs and celebrity collectors.

5. Cathedral of Shit: Art Polemic Blog of the Year

If you like a bitter rant against the art establishment with lots of expletives, then this blog is for you. It is very active, with plenty of anonymous researchers on the ground picking holes in government policy and exposing in-fighting, hypocrisy and nepotism in the art world. Examples are favourable reviews by national art critics of work by their personal friends . The design is pretty basic but the comment notable.

6. 1000 Wordsphotography: Photography Blog of the Year

This photography blogs highlights a sensational array of photographers, many of whom are relatively unknown. The blog, written mostly by Tim Clark, offers a mixture of well-written book and exhibition reviews, advice to photographers and news of fairs and competitions. The organisation also runs events in places such as Fez. Truly international.

7. Self Selector: New Art Blogger of the Year

Absolutely loads of people put forward Lorena Muñoz-Alonso for art blogger of the year. She clearly has a passionate group of followers. Lorena reviews exhibitions in such a way that you feel that you have been there. She asks enough questions about the art to challenge it, but she is not deliberately controversial or egotistical. She draws together exhibitions from public, commercial and alternative spaces, in a thematic way that makes you look at wider cultural issues.

8. Armaghoclock: Artist's Blog of the Year

There are so many good artists' blogs that this is very difficult to choose. We were very careful not to select any artist that we represent or know as we don't want to be outed in 'Cathedral of Shit'. We have a preference here for the artist blogs that simply bring you behind the scenes as we are not artists ourselves. This blog was put forward by a subscriber and is an excellent example of an artist writing a journal on the development of a project. It brings you into the making of the work over the course of a year with clever use of images and sound. Unpretentious, clearly written and interesting.

9. Art Rabbit: Art Listings Blog of the Year

So many listings sites let us down because the searches don't work or give you too much information o r the content is out-of-date. This one doesn't. It is beautifully designed and works perfectly - commendations to the graphic and software designers as well as the editors. The opinion pieces are nicely-written and the email blogs give you exactly the information you want on your selection of exhibitions opening or closing across the globe. A big thank you to Art Rabbit for bringing so many visitors into galleries and museums this year.

10. Art Fag City: Urban Art Blog of the Year

Curator, lecturer and journalist Paddy Johnson goes around New York's galleries and events and reports on art in the city with a fair amount of gossip and news too.


Art Info

There are excellent blogs on the Art Info site, in particular Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes (MAN) that provide an articulate guide to exhibitions and artists in the US and take on the establishment.

Artists Talking

Home to several hundred artists' blogs, this space on the A-N site is packed with discussion of ideas and reflections on artistic practice. It is also a valuable resource for art writing and a window into the work and lives of artists.

Arts Hub

The portal for the Australian arts community, Arts Hub is an amazing site. News and features are posted hourly on a weekday. They have reviews, career advice, jobs and all kinds of postings. Arts Hub also publish press releases in a really effective way, that somehow gets your events highly ranked in Google. Brilliant.


A lively and selective guide to going out London with a black focus. A good mix of reports, listings, reviews and some excellent interviews with artists.

Culture Kiosque

Culture Kiosque is one of the longest-standing online guides to the arts. Truly pan-European, it has an eclectic mix of discussi on on art, cuisine, archeology and jazz all in the same space, along with great images.

Culture Lab

News, reports, book and exhibition reviews on all things artistic that relate to science. A good blog with regular contributions and an interesting mix of content.

US Contemporary Illustration

The blog for the 3x3 magazine of contemporary illustration with well researched posts on facts and figures for illustrators, awards and other news.

Experience LA

Experience LA Blog with free public announcements on what is going on and regularly posted reviews on events. Just under 2000 followers.

FAD - Fast Art News

The twenty plus contributing writers to FAD are based all over - from LA to Dubai to London and representing all sectors of the art world. The content on the site is lively, well-informed and up to date. Bloggers attend all the fairs, have a daily newsletter and a whole range of news, debates, reviews and interviews. They also run competitions.

Federation of Cartoonists - Greece

This BlogSpot for European cartoonists is very lively indeed. The translation to English is not great, but the contributions are regular and good.

Miss Pearl Gray

The blogspot for illustration artist Kellie Bl ack, this has some very funny postings. We particularly liked 'Cat Aids with Simon Amstell'.

Simon Tait

Journalist Simon Tait, former art correspondent on The Times, takes on the art world and takes his readers on an art journey around the world in his independent blog.

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