“Bibliography of the History of Art” soon to end access

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After March 31, 2010, ProQuest will no longer offer access to Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). All access to the database including retrospective years and future updates via the Illumina platform will be terminated effective April 1, 2010. 

According to ProQuest, the Getty Research Institute, who has been sponsoring the site, is no longer able to support the database and has not yet been able to reach an agreement with a new publisher. They have elected to withdraw the database from distribution.

The Getty web site explains that in response to current economic conditions, the J. Paul Getty Trust is significantly reducing its 2010 fiscal year budget. This has had an impact on all of the Getty’s operations, including the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The GRI has been trying to manage the BHA database on its own since 2008, and will now discontinue its support due to budget constraints.  

The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) is the world’s most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. The BHA was originally produced jointly by the Getty Research Institute and the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST) in France.

For more information about this situation, please refer to the Getty website announcement.

ARTstor adds Cook Voyage illustrations and more Lichtenstein

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Images from the Natural History Museum of London added to ARTstor

ARTstor has collaborated with the Natural History Museum, London to share 1,647 images of botanical and zoological illustrations associated with Captain James Cook’s expeditions to the South Pacific from 1768 – 1779. With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the museum has digitized watercolors and drawings and made them available for scholarship and education in the ARTstor Digital Library.

James Cook (1728 – 1779) commanded three epic voyages of exploration, charting the largely unexplored Pacific Ocean and twice circumnavigating the globe. Cook’s expeditions contributed significantly to contemporary geographic, oceanographic, and astronomic knowledge.

ARTstor previously released approximately 960 images of plant and animal specimens collected by naturalists Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820) and Daniel Solander (1733 – 1782) during Cook’s first expedition aboard the HMS Endeavour (1768 – 1771). The current release includes more than 680 images associated with Cook’s second (1772 – 1775) and third (1776 – 1779) voyages. Executed by resident artists Johann Georg Adam Forster (1754 – 1794) and William Wade Ellis (c. 1756 – 1785), these drawings and watercolors depict animals and plants collected throughout both journeys.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Cook’s Voyages to the South Seas (Natural History Museum, London) collection page.

Additional images of works by Roy Lichtenstein

ARTstor has made available an additional 395 images of Lichtenstein’s works in the ARTstor Digital Library.  This third release from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and Estate to ARTstor includes high-quality images of Lichtenstein’s paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture from the 1970s along with the associated cataloging records, bringing the total number of images in the Roy Lichtenstein collection to 1,172 images.

To view the Roy Lichtenstein collection, go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click on “Roy Lichtenstein.” Or search the keywords: lichtenstein estate.

ARTstor adds collections of O’Keefe and Rivera

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Approximately 830 images from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum are now available in ARTstor. This first release of images to the collection includes paintings, drawings, and sculpture dating from 1901 to 1984. The complete collection in ARTstor will include all of the museum’s works by O’Keeffe, representing the entire range of O’Keeffe’s oeuvre, from her early experiments with abstraction to mature works.

ARTstor is also collaborating with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to add approximately 1,380 images of works by the Mexican artist Diego Rivera (1886-1957) to the Digital Library. The images will be digitized from a rare collection of photographs that was created in conjunction with the seminal 1986 exhibition “Diego Rivera: A Retrospective” at the DIA to mark the 100th anniversary of Rivera’s birth. The DIA is the home of Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle (1932-1933), the most important work by the artist in the United States. The photographs for the retrospective provide comprehensive documentation of Rivera’s works, including frescos, paintings, and works on paper. Of particular note are images of preparatory cartoons, drawings, and notebooks that have never been published and have since been dispersed and acquired by private collections.

ARTstor announces new content

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Saint Louis Art Museum

ARTstor is collaborating with the Saint Louis Art Museum to share approximately 1,700 images of works from its permanent collection of more than 30,000 objects. The museum’s holdings are particularly strong in Oceanic art, Pre-Columbian art, ancient Chinese bronzes, and European and American art from the late 19th and 20th centuries, particularly 20th century German art.

Social documentary photographs by Milton Rogovin
ARTstor is collaborating with The Rogovin Collection to share approximately 300 images of Milton Rogovin’s social documentary photography. Milton Rogovin (b. 1909) is best known for his portraits of the poor and working class, and his depictions of their lives, communities, and working conditions.

For over thirty years Rogovin photographed the working people and ethnic communities in the Buffalo area. He later explored the plight of workers, particularly miners, in Appalachia. In 1983, Rogovin expanded his “Family of Miners” series to include workers in Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Mexico, China, and Zimbabwe.

For more information, visit the Milton Rogovin collection page.

Photographs of American architecture by Dov Friedman
Approximately 560 new photographs depicting historic and contemporary architecture in the United States are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library. This first group of images from Dov Friedman focuses on architecture in the United States, particularly in New York City, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. Future releases will include photography from sites in Central and Eastern Europe, including architecture in cities such as Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary.

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ARTstor to host Museum of Modern Art images

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ARTstor will share more than 1,400 images of works from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) permanent collection. The works, selected from the Department of Painting and Sculpture, represent a comprehensive overview of major artists and artistic movements from the late 19th century to the present, including masterworks by Umberto Boccioni, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, Natalia Goncharova, Frida Kahlo, Vasily Kandinsky, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Fernand Léger, Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Auguste Rodin, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Vincent van Gogh, and Andy Warhol, among others. These selections will join two other collections that MoMA has shared through ARTstor for scholarly and educational use: the Architecture and Design and the Exhibition Installation Photograph Collection from The Museum of Modern Art Archives.

ARTstor adds 3 new functionalities

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ARTstor has released three new features in an effort to improve the tools and functionalities available in the Digital Library.  
 
1) Save detail to image group
You will now see an icon (  ) in the ARTstor Image Viewer that allows you to zoom in and save a particular detail of an image to an image group. With this new feature, full views and multiple details of an image may appear together in any given group, as well as be exported for use in the Offline Image Viewer (OIV) or PowerPoint. This ability to save and share multiple views of the same image helps to meet the many teaching, research, and presentation needs of the ARTstor community. Learn more.(http://help.artstor.org/wiki/index.php/Viewing_Image_Viewer#Print_or_save_an_image_or_image_detail)
 
2) Nested folders
ARTstor has also enhanced the functionality of folders in the Digital Library. Instructor-level users can now create nested sub-folders that can be moved easily from one folder to another by dragging and dropping. For example, you may build draft versions of your image groups in a private folder and simply drag them to a public folder when they are ready to be shared. The addition of nested folders allows you to organize ARTstor content in ways that are meaningful and intuitive to you. Learn more.  (http://help.artstor.org/wiki/index.php/Sharing
 
3) Export image group to PowerPoint
ARTstor has released a new feature to Instructor-level users that streamlines the process of exporting images and descriptive data from ARTstor. You may now export image groups to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 in just a few clicks. When viewing an image group, look for the Export to PowerPoint icon (  ) in the utility bar 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).

ARTstore updates

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ARTstor is collaborating with the World Monument Fund (WMF) to share approximately 2,000 images of architecture and monuments from the around the world. The World Monuments Watch calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world that is threatened by neglect, vandalism, conflict, or disaster. The collection in ARTstor will consist of images documenting various Watch List sites and monuments, with a particular focus on art and architecture.

Now Available: More than 1,000 additional images from the Metropolitan Museum of ArtThis latest release brings the total number of images from the Metropolitan to more than 8,700 in the ARTstor Digital Library. Hundreds of these new images are also being made available through Images for Academic Publishing (IAP), now totaling 6,462 images in the Digital Library.

Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) seeks to facilitate scholarship in the arts by reducing the costs associated with publishing images in academic journals and similar publications. Image providers participating in IAP have supplied publication-quality images and agreed to make them available free-of-charge for use in scholarly publications. As a service to the community, ARTstor has developed the software to deliver these publication-quality images to users.

ARTstor users can download IAP images by providing some basic information and agreeing to the IAP Terms & Conditions of Use. To find an image that is available through IAP, simply add “IAP” to your search criteria. IAP images will have an icon reading “IAP” located directly beneath their thumbnail image.

In addition to AIP images offered by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ARTstor also offers 3,900 images from the Mellink Archive (Bryn Mawr College).

 

H.W. Wilson databases cancelled

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UML Libraries decided to not renew our three H.W. Wilson databases this fiscal year. The three titles were Art Full Text, Education Full Text, and Biography Index. As substitutes for two of these titles we have added two Ebsco databases: Art & Architecture and Education Research Complete. Biography Index was not receiving enough interest to warrent its renewal.

Our decisions were based in large part on budget constraints. The Ebsco resources were purchased in a package that also included Political Science Complete. PSC is intended to replace the CSA database Worldwide Political Science Abstacts, which won’t be renewed after it expires at the end of the year. PSC has the advantage of offering extensive coverage in full text.

We carefully compared the two Ebsco databases that covered the same subject areas as two of the Wilson databases and determined that differences in content were slight while the differences in cost were substantial.

In addition, since all of the Ebsco databases pull full text articles from each other to supplement indexed articles that aren’t provided in full text in some databases, the larger pool of full text articles increases coverage in all of the Ebsco databases.