ARTstor releases images from Solomon R. Guggenheim collection

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ARTstor  has added more than 750 images of major artworks from the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The images document the Guggenheim Museum’s superb holdings in modern and contemporary art by such significant artists as Louise Bourgeois, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Paul Klee, Robert Mapplethorpe, Claes Oldenburg, Cindy Sherman, and Vincent van Gogh, among many others.

This is the first release of a projected 7,000 images of art, exhibition installation views, and architecture from the Foundation. Future releases will include 5,000 installation views spanning from the 1990s to the present from the Guggenheim Museum in New York, more than 1,000 installations views from the museums in Bilbao and Venice, and 200 historical and contemporary photographs documenting the architecture of these three museum buildings.

About ARTstor
ARTstor is a digital library of over 1.3 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Any UML user can create an account and save collections. Instructor privileges allow collections to be shared by a class or the entire UML community. Instructors can also add their own images to their collections.

ARTstor Digital Library update

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The President and Chairman of ARTstor included an update on the Digital Library’s progress in the Fall Newsletter.

As of August, the Newsletter states, “teachers, scholars, students, and staff at over 1,375 educational institutions are using ARTstor images for their academic and curatorial work. ARTstor Digital Library now includes over 1.3 million very large image files that are sought out in response to what scholars, educators, and students want to use.”

Other new features available to users include teaching and learning tools, such as the ability to easily make Powerpoint presentations or take “flashcard” quizzes on iPhones and iPads. In addition, “over 40 institutions now are able to use Shared Shelf—the web-based cataloging and image management system that will help institutions to manage their own local content.”

Besides the 1.3 million images now available in the U.S., ARTstor has another million images in production. “Collections continue to grow rapidly with some 160,000 new images released from 55 new and expanded collections in the past year. ARTstor also reached agreements for 26 new collections, including: Guggenheim Museum; the Courtauld Institute; Museum of the City of New York; Pre-Columbian Artifacts from the Kerr Archives; Columbia University: Architecture of Japan; ART on FILE: United Arab Emirates; Via Lucis: Medieval Christian churches in France and Spain; Julius Shulman (Getty Research Institute); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: University Library, and more.”

New members to ARTstor in the past year include 83 Institutions and 7 new countries. Subscribers now represent institutions in 46 countries.

The complete Fall Newsletter is available online or as a PDF download.

Visual Arts Journals free access from Routledge Publishing

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Taylor and Francis Group is offering free access to 19 Visual Arts journals from Routledge Publishing through the month of February, 2011.

The journals in this promotion cover art history, photography, art therapy, visual anthropology,
visual culture, landscape design, and more. The collection includes the following titles:

  • Arts & Health
  • CoDesign
  • Digital Creativity
  • Early Popular Visual Culture
  • History of Photography
  • International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape
  • Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Journal of Mathematics and the Arts
  • Konsthistorisk Tidskrift
  • Photographies
  • Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas
  • Third Text
  • Visual Culture in Britain
  • Visual Anthropology
  • Visual Resources
  • Visual Studies
  • Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
  • Wasafiri

Access to the collection is available through the link above or from the library’s  New Database Trials and Subscriptions web page.

Google releases its new Art Project web site

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In collaboration with some of the world’s most famous museums, Google recently launched its Art Project web site. Applying its Street-View technology within museums, the site allows visitors to virtually
explore galleries within seventeen major museums from around the world, such as MoMA, The Frick, Versailles, Uffizi, Tate, and Van Gogh. In addition, Artwork View enables incredable close-up zooming capablilities for selected paintings. Finally, additional educational information is provided for each of the selected works.

Another feature of the site allows users to create their own collections. The ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows users to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build their own personalized collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with others.

Current partners in the project include the following museums:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands

For more information about the project, view this FAQ page. Access to the site has been added to the Library website’s Art Databases page.

Oxford Art Online completes Grove Art Fall Update

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Oxford Art Online has completed their Fall update for Grove Art Online, the mast significant of the four components of Oxford Art Online, along with the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

The Science and Contemporary Art Update

The Fall update includes a variety of new and revised essays and biographies that examine the propensity of artists working in the late 20th and early 21st centuries to incorporate aspects of science in their work. Essays include Science and Contemporary Art and Science and Art. Twelve biographies have also been added or revised.

Samples of topics covered within these two essays include:

  • Artists as amateur scientists.
  • Artists adopt scientific tools and materials.
  • Critiquing the ideology of science.
  • The visual culture of science.
  • The nature of nature.
  • Marveling at the universe.
  • Ways in which scientific knowledge has affected art.
  • The study of science and art as related activities.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art

The new update also unveils the first access to new articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art, edited by Colum P. Hourihane, Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University.

Highlights from this group of new essays inlude:

  • Alchemy
  • Arthurian legends in medieval art
  • Astrology, medieval
  • Female monasticism
  • International Center of Medieval Art
  • Legends in medieval art
  • Sarajevo Haggadah
  • Spolia in medieval art and architecture

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

Since early 2010, Grove Art has added several groups of articles from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan Marter, Professor of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Editor of Woman’s Art Journal. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of ArtThe Grove Encyclopedia of American Art will deal with all aspects of American art from Native American architecture to contemporary installation art.

Updated Bibliographies: Italian Renaissance

The Fall update also adds newly revised bibliographies for more than 550 entries pertaining to the Italian Renaissance.

Grove Updating Program

In order to uphold the relevance and scholarly integrity of Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press is embarking on a major new program to update existing articles.  They have completed eleven updates since 2005, with all but two occurring within the past three years.

About Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online along with three other major Oxford art reference resources in one location. Users can choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images when searching or browsing. This functionality gives users access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as access to more than 5,000 entries and 500 images from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Thematic timelines and learning resources also provide users with powerful tools for navigating the content, and context-sensitive help pages are available throughout the site to guide users through the features and functionality.

HW Wilson Art Full Text trial, Nov. 2010

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H.W. Wilson is providing trial access to their Art Full Text database for an extended trial period.

Art Full Text offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.  Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included.  In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.

Coverage includes Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1994+, “select” Full Text 1997+

Art Full Text features:

  • Full text of articles from more than 270 periodicals as far back as 1997.
  • High-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals as far back as 1984, including 260 peer-reviewed journals.
  • Indexing and abstracting of over 18,000 art dissertations.
  • International coverage: periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch are covered in addition to English-language journals.
  • Substantial coverage of journals indexed by the Bibliographic History of Art
  • Indexing of art reproductions, enabling users to focus on a single artist or individual works.
  • A database-specific thesaurus to enable users to search with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Podcasts from leading museums on artists and individual works of art that can be enjoyed by art students and general listeners.
  • Biography icons to allow users to quickly locate biographical material within search results.
  • Unique subject-specific search fields, such as “Artist & Work”, which allow users to see the specific works reproduced or mentioned in an article before retrieving the actual article.

For information about more trials and new online resources, please visit the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page.

Please leave comments. They assist greatly in our decision-making process.

ARTstor Adds New Features and Updates

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ARTstor has recently released new features and made updates to the Digital Library.

All registered users can now export image groups as Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 files in just a few clicks. When viewing an image group, look for the Export to PowerPoint icon in the utility bar Export to PowerPoint icon or click Tools > Export to PowerPoint. The resulting PowerPoint file will include:

  • A title slide displaying the name of the image group
  • Individual slides for each image in the group, in the order in which they appear in the image group
  • ARTstor descriptive data for each image, appearing in the notes field of each slide
  • Embedded hyperlinks in each image that will launch the ARTstor Image Viewer when clicked in presentation mode (requires web access)

Learn more about Export to PowerPoint.

Export to PowerPoint icon
ARTstor has also enhanced the functionality of the notes feature. Registered users can now add Rich Text formatted notes to individual images. The notes field will now allow users to:

  • Insert hyperlinks to external websites
  • Format notes with bold, italics, or underlined text
  • Create lists with bullets or numbers

Learn more about notes.

Alongside these new features, ARTstor has also implemented the return of the full-screen functionality of QuickTime Virtual Reality files (QTVRs). This is a type of image file format supported by Apple’s QuickTime. It allows the creation and viewing of photographically captured panoramas and the exploration of objects through images taken at multiple viewing angles. It functions as a plugin for the standalone QuickTime Player, as well as working as a plugin for the QuickTime Web browser plugin. QuickTime VR will play on Windows computers as well as Apple Macintosh computers.

ARTstor has also addressed several requested changes to error messaging and the behavior in the Personal Collection management window. THey have also corrected the display of saved details after they are exported to PowerPoint.

Grove Art Online updates from Oxforn University Press

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Contemporary Art Update

The newest updates at Grove Art Online focus on globalization.

Newly added articles investigate themes of globalisation in respect to contemporary art, addressing such topics as biennials and art fairs, and Brazilian art after 1980. In addition, new and revised biographies offer a sampling of contemporary artists from around the globe working in various media and forms who are expanding the international reach of contemporary art.

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

This month Grove introduces content from the forthcoming Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, edited by Joan Marter, Professor of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Editor of Woman’s Art Journal. Drawing upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art will deal with all aspects of American art from Native American architecture to contemporary installation art.

More information about both of these additions is available at Grove’s What’s New page.

Tips for Oxford Art Online Users

Available now for Oxford Art users is a new printable, reader-friendly Oxford Art Online users’ guide containing tips about how to navigate Oxford Art Online and make the most of the content available.

About Oxford Art Online

 Oxford Art Online is an innovative gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location.

Oxford Art Online users can search or browse biographies, subject entries, or images, enabling access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images contained within Grove Art Online and over 5,000 entries from the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Dictionary of Art Terms, and Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Grove Art Online is today’s foremost scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes) – the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries.

Through partnerships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and numerous other international organizations, galleries, and artists, Grove Art Online now offers over 5,500 searchable images of works of art, maps, and line drawings. There are also over 40,000 editorially selected image links to museums and galleries around the world in order to help users find visual support for the scholarship in GAO.

ARTstor adds new architectural and Colby College collections

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ARTstor has added a new architectural collection covering the South Asia and added additional images from its architectural collection of the United Arab Emirates. In addition, a new collection agreement was established with Colby College to add images from their Museum of Art permanent collection.

New Collection Agreement: Colby College Museum of Art
The Colby College Museum of Art is sharing approximately 2,600 images in ARTstor from its permanent collection, which specializes in American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the 18th century to the present. Highlights from the collection include works by notable artists such as George Bellows, Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Chuck Close, John Singleton Copley, Dan Flavin, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Sol LeWitt, John Marin, Agnes Martin, Elizabeth Murray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Serra, Kara Walker, James McNeill Whistler, and Terry Winters. Included as well will be 760 works by the American artist Alex Katz (b. 1927). The museum’s holdings also include examples of American folk art, European prints and drawings, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Chinese art and ceramics.

Beyond the Taj: Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia
In collaboration with Cornell University Library, ARTstor has added more than 6,600 photographs of South Asian architecture from the Beyond the Taj collection. Included in these photographs are significant works of architecture, pilgrimage sites, cultural traditions,  monasteries, temples, and rituals. The core of the collection was created by UniversityRobert D. “Scotty” MacDougall (1940-1987), a former Professor of Architecture at Cornell , who was also an anthropologist and practicing architect . MacDougall specialized in domestic, devotional, and vernacular aspects of Asian architectural traditions. MacDougall’s photographs have been supplemented with images of domestic architecture in Sri Lanka and Aiyanar temples in southern India.

Additional images of contemorary architecture from the Arab Emirates
In partnership with ART on FILE, ARTstor has added 1,000 new direct-digital photographs of buildings, built-environment projects, and landscape architecture from the United Arab Emirates. The new photographs by Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson focus on Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

These new photographs will join the approximately 9,700 images by ART on FILE already in the ARTstor Digital Library.

Bibliography of the History of Art released as a free web site

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 A previous blog post  announced that after March 31, 2010, ProQuest would no longer offer access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). The Getty Research Institute, who  sponsored the site, was withdrawing the database from distribution due to significant budget constraints. However, instead of terminating access, the Getty turned around and made the BHA accessible for free and open access.

The data available on the Getty Web site comprises two databases: BHA and IBA. BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art/Bibliographie d’histoire de l’art) covers the years 1990-2007. The BHA, with articles from over 1,200 journals, is considered to be the world’s most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. The Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in French or English and all subject terms in French and English. IBA (International Bibliography of the History of Art) covers 2008 and part of 2009; the Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in English and all subject terms in French and English. A third database will be added to the Getty Web site during the coming months: RILA (Répertoire de la litterature de l’art), which covers 1975–1989. At present, the Getty has no plans to add RAA (Répertoire d’art et d’archéologie), which covers 1973–1989.