Tag Archives: Art

One library’s unused card catalog becomes art

“Earlier in the summer (and recently noted at The Rumpus), the Recorder of Greenfield, Massachusetts wrote about a community college librarian who saved her library’s card catalog by transforming it. After lives in dark drawers, 128 of the cards—now marked by their corresponding authors—have been preserved as a permanent installation on the library’s walls.” (via MobyLives)

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See Some Art While You Can — Google Will Eventually Replace Museums

“The prints in the series Anonymous Paintings are enlarged reproductions of museum artworks that have been imaged by Google Street View technology and later blurred by Google on its Art Project website. They are inkjet prints stretched on cotton panels, but they are also emblematic of the fascination that has built around Google’s Street View glitches and blurrings. Initially launched in 2011, Google Art Project was redesigned in April 2012 expanding the number of museums with the “walk-through” feature from 17 to 51. Now, you can saunter through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA and The Frick Collection from your living room.” (via Wired.com)

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Greenfield librarian turns catalog cards into art

“Once central to any quest to locate books within a library, the fate of card catalogs was sealed with the rise of the Internet and computer searches, relegating many of those index cards to the country’s basements, storage cabinets and trash bins. But on a wall in the corner of Greenfield Community College’s Nahman-Watson Library, 128 artifacts from the library’s card catalog hang preserved in a glass case – signed by the authors who penned the very books to which the cards once led.” (via AP)

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Check out that art: Henderson libraries go beyond books

“The library isn’t just a place to find a book, use a computer or check out a DVD. It also serves as a community space that allows people to find volunteer opportunities, grab coupons or even get a piece of art. “Libraries have always tried to be relevant to the community,” said Tom Fay, the executive director of the Henderson District Public Libraries. “I think most (library) systems try to address the flavor of the community.”

via ReviewJournal.com

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Getty launches full text web site for art history research

LA Times.

“When UC Santa Barbara professor Ann Jensen Adams, known for her work on 17th century Dutch painting, was given the chance to try a new research website from the Getty last week, she first typed in the name of a major artist and author in the search field: Karel van Mander. She was surprised to find online a full-text version of Van Mander’s 1604 masterpiece, “Het Schilder-Boeck” (Book of Painters), which attempted to introduce Dutch and German painters like Vasari’s classic “Lives of the Artists” did for so many Italians. “Up came the work on the first hit,” she said. “When I looked at who scanned the text, I realized it had been [online] for a while. But without this portal as a consolidator of information, I never would have found it.”

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Mystery surrounds loss of records, art on 9/11

AP – “Letters written by Helen Keller. Forty-thousand photographic negatives of John F. Kennedy taken by the president’s personal cameraman. Sculptures by Alexander Calder and Auguste Rodin. The 1921 agreement that created the agency that built the World Trade Center. Besides ending nearly 3,000 lives, destroying planes and reducing buildings to tons of rubble and ash, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks destroyed tens of thousands of records, irreplaceable historical documents and art.”

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Archive Dispute Derails Russian Art Loans to U.S.

NYT – “Several paintings from Gaugin’s Tahitian period will probably be missing from a major exhibition of his work at the National Gallery of Art in Washington when it opens this month, as will a canvas in that museum’s coming show on the Venetian painter Canaletto and his rivals. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art a small but important exhibition of Cézanne’s famous card player paintings, opening next week, will almost surely be short one. These and other probable absences from blockbuster shows this year stem from an obscure legal dispute that has turned into a full-scale diplomatic feud between the United States and Russia.”

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Wiki Project Aims to Document the World’s Public Art

Chronicle – “If every episode of every television show deserves to be on Wikipedia, so does every piece of public art. Or at least Jennifer Geigel Mikulay thinks so, which is why she helped start a project to promote the documentation of public art around the world on Wikipedia.”

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Artist’s mural explores the world of libraries

Idaho Statesman – “Libraries are wonderful places of civic consciousness. I wanted to make everyone feel part of that shared cultural heritage, to acknowledge the treasures a library holds,”

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More on Bush/Cheney Art

Laura Dolce – “In what has been deemed a victory over censorship, the Kennebunk Free Library Board of Trustees voted late last week to leave artist G. Bud Swenson’s collages hanging in its gallery — and to replace two collages that had been removed. Further, on Friday, the library will host a public forum on Swenson’s work.”

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