Freer and Sackler Galleries to Release Complete Digitized Collection Jan. 1, 2015

Freer and Sackler Galleries to Release Complete Digitized Collection Jan. 1, 2015On January 1, 2015 The Freer and Sackler Galleries will offer free digital access to their entire collection of over 40,000 works, most of which have never been on view to the public. More than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use and this massive effort, also known as Digital Zero, comes from the first Smithsonian and the only Asian art museums to digitize and release their entire collections. Visit their website for more information on the upcoming release as well as other digital projects such as the Rapid Capture Pilot Project and Podcasts.

h/t Marlene Gordon

Stolen LA paintings recovered

stolen-gorkyNine paintings stolen from a private collection in Encino in 2008 were recovered by the LAPD this week.  They were valued at over $10 million, and included paintings by Emil Nolde, Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, as well as Arshile Gorky’s Cubist Still Life, at left.  Three other paintings stolen at the same time are still being sought.

The cold case got warm when a middleman in Europe named “Darko” tried to sell the paintings.  When police recovered the loot they also uncovered a stash of forgeries.  Red Dot can’t wait for the movie version!

Read the LA Times story on the cracked case, and the original LAPD details of the theft and announcement of the reward.

College Art Association advocates for Fair Use of images in education

CAA_Advocacy_LogoThe College Art Association’s Advocacy blog posted news items relating to their continuing advocacy for image fair use in educational settings:

Comments sought for proposed UC Policy on Open Access draft

UC_OpenAccessThe Provosts Task Force on Open Access is looking for comments on the Proposed New Draft UC Policy on Open Access: Additional Information and Frequently Asked Questions. The proposed new policy extends open access rights and responsibilities to all non-Senate members of the UC community who are authors of scholarly articles, non-Senate faculty, other academic personnel, students, administrators, and staff. The policy allows non-Senate authors of scholarly articles to maintain legal control over their research articles while making their work freely available to the public. The comments period closes January 15, 2015.

For more information on Open Access and eScholarship at UCSB, visit UCSB Library Services: Scholarly Communication, including a section specifically tailored to graduate students. For UC Open Access Policy, visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communication.

via UCSB Library

Webinar: Getting the most from LOC.gov

Benjamin Henry Latrobe, The White House ("President's House") Washington, D.C. Site plan and principal story plan, 1807, watercolor and ink on paper [Benjamin Henry Latrobe Archive (Library of Congress), LC-DIG-ppmsca-23759]The Library of Congress regularly offers webinars providing an interactive orientation to their vast online resources and services. For example, many records in their Prints and Photographs catalog include information on known publication restrictions and digital images that can be downloaded as large, high-resolution tiffs. The next offering of “Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies” will be Wednesday, December 10, 3 pm – 4 pm EST and registration is required.

Propose an exhibiton for UCSB Library

Conjuring India Exhibition Reception, August 4, 2013If you’ve ever come across items in UCSB’s Libraries that are visually arresting or would encourage engaging discussions, the UCSB Library Exhibitions Committee urges you to propose an exhibition. The Committee reviews submissions from UCSB students, faculty, employees, and affiliated organizations, especially proposals that support UCSB’s teaching and research mission or highlights the University’s curriculum, research, organizations and events, and/or current events.

Kunstmuseum Bern lists Gurlitt hoarded art acquisition

Kunstmuseum Bern, FacadeLast week the Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland agreed to accept the Cornelius Gurlitt “Collection” of hoarded works of art that German police discovered in Gurlitt’s Munich apartment and house in Salzburg back in late winter 2012 (and made public only in November 2013). In the interest of transparency, the museum has now posted lists of works found at each location. These lists include thumbnails of almost every work (note: missing from both lists are objects previously identified as those confiscated by Nazis and will be processed separately).


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