Artstor and Larry Qualls have released approximately 32,000 images of contemporary art exhibited in the New York area in the past three decades. This release joins the more than 100,000 images already available in the Larry Qualls Archive, including images of all the major figures equated with contemporary art from the 1980s to the present. This release completes the collection in the Digital Library and is now Artstor’s largest survey of contemporary art.
Because of copyright considerations, only images of works by artists represented by artists’ rights groups with which Artstor has existing agreements — the Artists Rights Society (ARS) and the Société des auteurs dans les arts graphiques et plastiques (ADAGP) — or with individual artists with whom Artstor has reached agreements, may be made available internationally.
From The Artstor Blog archive:
If you read a review or article about an interesting museum exhibition you missed you can usually find images of the featured artworks. But have you ever wondered how the works were presented, where they were placed? Which pieces were shown together, and in what order?
Exhibition design is central in museology, also known as museum studies, which asks how to present exhibitions that engage and enlighten the viewer. It’s also of interest to curators, art historians, and even artists, who often want to see what effect context has on artworks. That’s why the Artstor Digital Library offers tens of thousands of exhibition documentation images ranging from the late 19th century to the present.
Artstor just announced that with the latest system update users can now download individual images as JPGs – they are no longer zip files, which means you save a step.
The second bit of good news is that the embedded metadata function is now working, so that information travels with the downloaded image. You can view the metadata in a number of ways, e.g. Photoshop (File Info), the Photo Viewers built into Windows or Apple operating systems, or Windows Explorer.
Read more on the Artstor blog.
Artstor just announced the unveiling of a valuable new addition to their collection: 10,000 architectural photos, plans, sections, and other drawings. And this is just phase I – the collection will be doubling in size. This new content comes via a collaboration with the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. The collection focuses on 20th century modernism and includes both built works and unbuilt projects. Read more here.
Published October 18, 2013
ARTstor , Image tools
Individual ARTstor image downloads have become a nuisance due to the zip filing and extra steps. But they’ve now made it possible to download a whole image group as a zip file, which eliminates a lot of those steps. There’s a quick video here that explains how to do it.
Have a look at the ARTstor blog when you have a chance – there are lots of new content announcements and great ideas for optimally using the collections and features.
With the beginning of the academic year fast approaching, ARTstor offers this refresher on navigating through their ever-growing library of images. This post covers browsing the four categories of Geography, Classification (i.e. media), Collection, and Featured Groups. Another helpful browsing tool is the Associated Images icon () at the bottom of some thumbnails: clicking on this icon returns similar images other users have saved into image groups with the image you’re viewing.
As always, if you’d like additional assistance with ARTstor stop by the IRC or contact us to set up an appointment.
Published April 23, 2013
Each year ARTstor sponsors travel awards that provide $1,500 in funds for recipients to visit and photograph a site. All UCSB instructors, students, and librarians are eligible, as UCSB is an ARTstor-subscribing institution. Read the application rules here – deadline for entries is May 17. Good luck!