The last post of the year, dear readers, and a summary of events:
Shane Cotton's long-overdue Laureate award, Elizabeth Caldwell's appointment to the DPAG director role, Emma Bugden's appointment to Artspace.
Best PR campaign
It's gotta be Te Papa and the colossal squid. Hats off to the comms team there - they've turned a pile of old seafood into a national phenomena.
Best new NZ blog (with best origin tale)
The Paint and Bake
Best philosophical stand-off in a public space
Wystan Curnow and Bronwyn Lloyd at the Rita Angus symposium
Best attempt at online engagement
The AAG blog. It's somewhat sporadic and has reached McCahonian levels of existential angst, but the AAG are the only people I'm aware of trying to foster community online.
Best international online engagement
The Commons on Flickr
Best photographs of a modern painter at work
Best art experience
All things being equal, this year I got the most out of the Rita Angus retrospective, mostly because I spent a heck of a lot of time with the works. However, 2008 lacked a stand-out magic moment with a individual work or collection of works.
Best place to hang out
Hamish McKay's wood-panelled art-den
Best discovery (and temptation to abandon blogging)
Best use of a single adjective in multiple reviews
Best art-related video
SFMOMA erasing a Sol LeWitt
Best interpretation of a Rita Angus painting
Best place to see art
In people's houses.
Best wishes for the holidays
Best of 3 will be back around 5 January 2009.