Artstor Releases new Website

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Artstor releases a new design and navigation to its web site that is far better organized and arranged. Rather than a scattering of sections and drop-down menus dispersed around the home page that made it difficult for the user to focus and find where exactly to go and how to proceed, the new design centers the user’s attention and offers easily discernible direction without the confusion of overwhelming options:















Of particular interest is the new “Resources for Librarians” section, which is somewhat misleadingly labelled since it offers downloadable brochures and help guides beneficial for many different types of users, for the novice student (“Introduction to Artstor”) to the professor (“Introduction to Shared Shelf”) to teachers (“Common Core Support for Teaching”) to donors of images (“How to Contribute”). It could be better differentiated from the general Resources link that leads primarily to introductory guides and webinars. But that’s a small complaint compared to the overall vast improvement in the look and navigation of this new design:










About Artstor

Founded with a mission to enhance scholarship and teaching through the use of digital images and media, Artstor is a nonprofit organization committed to digital collection solutions for universities, museums, schools, and libraries worldwide. Today, the Artstor Digital Library shares 1.8 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists.

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.

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.

ARTstor service interruption Saturday, May 1 @ 9 p.m.

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Please be advised, ARTstor will be performing temporary maintenance on Saturday evening, May 1, 2010 between the hours of 9:00 PM and 2:00 AM EDT. At this time, service will be termporarily suspended.

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.

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.