Published August 20, 2014
Art news , Blogs & websites , Image searching , Image tools , Museum news , Pedagogy
Tags: education, image organization, image viewing, museums, open content, technology, tools
The Dallas Museum of Art has begun its digital database redesign for online access to the Museum’s entire collection of more than 22,000 objects. The DMA asserts this ongoing project will create “one of the world’s most sophisticated online art collections” that will offer not only high-resolution images, but “whenever permitted by existing agreements, the DMA will release all images, data, and software it creates to the public under Open Access licenses for free personal and educational use.”
Published August 19, 2014
Architecture news , Art news , Blogs & websites , Image searching , Pedagogy
Tags: architecture, archives, education, libraries, open content, photography
The Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) has published several new finding aids for collections in their online inventory of archival and photographic holdings, AtoM@DO. These holdings include a wide range of topics, including Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and architecture, prehistoric sites in eastern Turkey and gardens in the United Kingdom.
Statistics show that an ever increasing number of people are choosing to read books on a device rather than in print form. In that vein, you can now read these classic works of architectural literature for free online from sources like Internet Archive and Google Books.
Artist Damien Hirst has been given permission to construct his own city, to be called Damien-on-Sea, on the North Devon coast of England. The city will be built from the ground up, including 75 “affordable” homes to be built over the next 10-15 years. Given that this is the man who encrusted a human skull with diamonds and more recently gilded a Mammoth skeleton, it remains to be seen who his target buyers will be.
Published July 25, 2014
Tags: archives, photography
The Red Dot folk like “Then and Now” photographs, and the Guardian has a regular series we enjoy. They are primarily photos from World Wars I and II, such as these 0f WWI Western Front sites (this is the Vareddes Town Hall in France), but they have also done some pre- and post-hurricane photos, before and after Detroit, etc
Published July 21, 2014
Tags: museums, painting
There’s an interesting article in The Guardian about the growing number of paintings which no longer travel from their home repositories. The reasons are plenty, including fragility (Degas’ Danseuse), weight (The Winged Victory of Samothrace), size (Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana), or size AND fragility (Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa). Another recurring hindrance to loans comes in the form of restrictions imposed by the donor or collector – the Barnes Collection restriction being one of the most well-known in the US. Oddly, value is not mentioned as a reason.
Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, above, no longer travels from the Mauritshuis as, like the Mona Lisa, it has become such a visitor draw that the museum must keep it on permanent exhibition.
Published May 29, 2014
Blogs & websites , Image tools
Tags: fun, video
This artist, “Vamos”, and his YouTube channel, are a recent discovery. Vamos specializes in drawing and painting illusions, and he films the process in time-lapse. The one linked above showing the creation of anamorphosis using a Rubik’s Cube is especially clever. If you are intrigued and want to see more, visit his YouTube site