In the course of writing about “Go Brooklyn,” the Brooklyn Museum’s community-curated open studio project, The Observer was told by the museum’s curators that there would be many surprises when we saw the top 10 artists who were chosen by the public in the first part of the two-tiered art competition. Well, they just announced the top 10. And they did surprise us somewhat in that not all of them came from the neighborhoods that are most dense with artists. (Not a single artist was picked from artist-rich areas of Bushwick or Gowanus.) However, looking at the stats by neighborhood, all of the artists were in the top 20 neighborhoods with the highest number of visits during the open studios.
Here is the list:
Aleksander Betko, Cobble Hill
Prune Nourry, Boerum Hill
Naomi Safran-Hon, Prospect Heights
Adrian Coleman, Fort Greene
Eric Pesso, Ditmas Park
Oliver Jeffers, Boerum Hill
Jonathan Blum, Park Slope
Yeon Ji Yoo, Red Hook
Gabrielle Watson, Crown Heights
Kerry Law, Greenpoint
Update: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:00 p.m.: With all of the concern over whether or not artist-density in of the various neighborhoods would affect the voting, we thought it would be helpful to look at the top ten artists in light of the average number of check-ins for their respective neighborhoods.
Looking at the numbers a little more closely—the “Stats by Neighborhood” provided on the Go Brooklyn site—here’s what we found. Eight of the 10 finalists came from neighborhoods that were in the top 10 neighborhoods in terms of the average number of check-ins per studio. Fort Greene proved to have the most popular studios, with an average of 56.4 visits per location. Boerum Hill, which supplied two of the top 10 finalists, came in second, averaging 53 visits per studio. In the slide show above, we take a look that shows the neighborhood’s place with respect to average check-ins per studio, beginning with the highest.
In a follow-up post, we’ll take a closer look at the artists themselves.