Brooklyn Museum Announces Top 10 Artists From ‘Go Brooklyn,’ Its Crowd-Sourced Competition [Updated With the Winners’ Artworks]

With analysis of those artists based on neighborhood stats

  • 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.

    >> Click to read The Observer‘s report on how Go Brooklyn came together.

    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.

  • Fort Greene was 17th in terms of total checkins, with 846 checkins and an average of 56.4 checkins per studio. There were 15 studios. Fort Greene was the highest on the list in terms of number of checkins per studio.

  • Boerum Hill had the seventh-highest number of checkins with a total of 2,225, and 53 checkins per studio. There were 42 studios. Boerum Hill is the only neighborhood with two artists selected in Go's top 10. This neighborhood was the second on the list in terms of average numbers of checkins per studio.

  • Boerum Hill had the seventh-highest number of checkins with a total of 2,225, and 53 checkins per studio. There were 42 studios. Boerum Hill is the only neighborhood with two artists selected in Go's top 10. This neighborhood was the second on the list in terms of average numbers of checkins per studio.

  • Ditmas Park had the 15th-highest number of raw checkins with 896 and an average of 52.7 checkins per studio. There were 17 studios participating, and it was the third highest on the list in terms of average checkins per studio.

  • Prospect Heights had the 10th-highest number of checkins at 1,920, and 44.7 checkins per studio. It had 43 participating studios. Prospect Heights was the fourth highest on the list in terms of average numbers of checkins per studio.

  • Yeon Ji Yoo (Courtesy the artist and Brooklyn Museum)

    Red Hook was the second on the list in terms of studio checkins with 5,800 checkins, and an average of 39.2 checkins per studio. There were 148 studios participating. Red Hook was the 6th highest on the list in terms of average checkins per studio.

  • Greenpoint had the fifth-highest number of checkins with 3,959 and an average of 19.3 checkins per studio. With 205 studios, Greenpoint was 20th in terms of average checkins per studio.

  • Park Slope was sixth on the list in terms of checkins, with 2,652, and an average of 34.9 per studio. There were 76 participating studios. The neighborhood was ninth in terms of the number of checkins per studio.

  • Crown Heights was 13th on the list in terms of raw checkins with 1,139, and an average of 22.78 checkins per studio. There were 50 participating studios. It was the 16th highest in terms of the average number of checkins per studio.

  • Cobble Hill was 19th on the list with 468 checkins and an average of 39 checkins per studio. Cobble Hill had 12 studios participating. It was seventh on the list in terms of average checkins per studio.