We are very happy at the ARTstor Blog, even if the cookies from the holiday party are all gone. As of this morning, we’ve logged more than 86,000 visits this year – nearly three times the amount we had in 2010!

Yas Hotel & Marina (Asymptote Architecture), Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Image and original data provided by ART on FILE

The top posting for the year was about the ARTstor-sponsored photography campaign in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by ART ON FILE. We’re very pleased to see that the announcement has received so much traffic, as the images are stunning. But we must admit we were surprised by the second most viewed entry this year: our Halloween/Day of the Dead post. Is it due to the popularity of the holiday, or are our readers a little ghoulish?

Katsukawa Shunsho | The actors Ichikawa Danjuro V as a skeleton, spirit of the renegade monk Seigen… , Edo period, 1783 | The Art Institute of Chicago | Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago

Female Figure, possibly Korewori, early to mid-20th century. Image and original data provided by Saint Louis Art Museum

The ARTstor Is…series has proven very popular, so you can expect more topics in 2011, including African and African-American Studies, Fashion and Costume, Languages and Literature, and Women’s Studies. What other subjects would you like to see? Let us know in the comments, we welcome your suggestions.

Also well received was Teaching with ARTstor, thanks to the great material provided by ARTstor users. We encourage you to share how you use the Digital Library to enhance your classes – we’d love to read them, and, hopefully, share them on the blog.

We’re grateful for your attention, if there’s anything you would like to see in the ARTStor Blog next year, please feel free to let us know.

Top Ten Posts of 2011:

  1. ARTstor Features Contemporary Architecture in the United Arab Emirates
  2. Day of the Dead, Halloween, and the scary side of ARTstor
  3. ARTstor Is… Asian Studies
  4. Now available: French museum collections from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux
  5. The “competition panels” of Brunelleschi and Ghiberti from the Bargello (Florence, Italy)
  6. ARTstor Is… American Studies
  7. ARTstor Is… Middle Eastern Studies
  8. Teaching with ARTstor: Re-historicizing Contemporary Pacific Island Art
  9. Teaching with ARTstor: Trajan’s Column
  10. Focus On the Great Depression