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This morning on Twitter, I asked my tweeps if they’d like to see another poll on MAN, specifically ‘America’s Favorite Old Master.’ Sure the polls are frivolous, but they’re also fun. They’re a way to help us all think about art we’ve seen and enjoyed, and to put the focus on museum collections. (Mind you, the fun doesn’t mean MAN doesn’t still do reporting, criticism and the like.) So here’s where you get to help program MAN: I ask you…

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  1. I don’t really understand the point of such a poll. Also, it would only reveal “MAN readers’ favorite old master.” And, finally, your last poll was demonstrated to have been gamed by at least one institution, lending a “why bother” air to the whole enterprise.

    On the other hand, I’ve frequently heard Monet referred to as an “Old Master,” so there’s that.

  2. Diane says:

    favorite American museum acquisition of the century!

  3. James says:

    Most egregious de-accessioning scheme?

  4. James says:

    Least appropriate exhibition/venue combo? A poll that has stories with each of the options, especially of journalistic value would be fun, and more enlightening than favorite stuff. I know what my favorite stuff is and could pretty much care less about popular opinion.

  5. Eleanor Harvey says:

    I’d like to see a poll where your readers decide which artist (from any time period) they would want to paint/sculpt/photograph their portrait, and why. The choice says a lot about how people want to see themselves, or how they would want to be portrayed

  6. Goliath Lover says:

    Poll or tournament? Since the idea of “favorite old master” is intentionally capricious, go with a tournament, which is a fittingly capricious format. (The real action would be the selection of the seeding committee–can you get Philippe?–and the seedings themselves.) I can see it now: No. 1 seed “Mona Lisa” goes up against No. 64, Bouguereau’s “Cupid and Psyche as Children”…and the Bouguereau wins in a blowout!

    Suggested tournament: Favorite art critic. (Probably a 16-entry tournament, 32 at most. Unless you seed all the “Coagula” writers.) Prediction: Jerry Saltz would ride his Facebook friends to victory.

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