From protests at the Museum of Fine Arts to Taylor Swift to the Greenway’s floating sculpture, here are the most-viewed arts stories from 2015, starting with the most popular:
It’s nothing personal, says Ben Ewen-Campen, he just doesn’t think French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is much of a painter.
Ty Burr returned with something to say after a week of camping in Canada and pondering “What in the name of Rob Ford were the road signs trying to tell us?”
In his review of the film, Ty Burr writes, “’American Sniper’ may be the hardest, truest movie ever made about the experience of men in war. Why? Because there’s no glory in it.”
Over the summer, the Museum of Fine Arts playfully began “Kimono Wednesdays” to feature Claude Monet’s “La Japonaise.” Protesters were not amused, saying it was cultural appropriation. Counter-protesters wearing kimonos said they enjoyed the museum’s attempt to bring Japanese culture to the community.
It was 50 years ago, Thanksgiving in 1965, when an 18-year-old rising folk singer named Arlo Davy Guthrie drove up from Queens, N.Y., to Great Barrington to visit a friend named Alice Brock.
Brookline artist Janet Echelman’s light-as-air sculpture turned heads as it soared over the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway when it appeared in May. This is the story — and accompanying time-lapse video — about the art and the “crane ballet” it took to install it.
The six-hour BET series — based on the award-winning book of the same name by Lawrence Hill, who co-wrote the teleplay with director Clement Virgo — tells the story of Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis, “The Help”), a woman stolen from her village in Africa and sold into slavery as a child.
The movie “Spotlight” — featuring stars including Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams — tells the story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the systemic coverup of child abuse by the Catholic Church. This feature takes a look at the real-life Boston Globe reporters portrayed in the film.
In his concert review, critic James Reed writes that Swift is “no longer a doe-eyed ingénue,” and that she “commands an audience like none of her peers can after successfully transitioning from country-pop sweetheart to the world’s most influential pop star.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James should count her blessings as she counts her millions,” writes reviewer Meredith Goldstein. “Her best-selling book — which, despite its popularity, is pretty rough source material — was stripped of its worst parts and turned into a surprisingly warm screenplay by Kelly Marcel.”