First Look: The Thing BBS (Rhizome)

Rhizome: First Look: The Thing BBS. “Founded by artist Wolfgang Staehle, The Thing made up just a few of the tens of thousands of BBSs that flourished in the years preceding the popularization of the public web, and it fostered a community that sought to experiment with cultural practices via telecommunications networks: writing and publishing, interacting with a community, performing an identity, and distributing art. Immediately preceding the rise of the public web, The Thing was an important forum where early ideas of online art were rehearsed. Despite its historical significance, much of its content has been inaccessible for years. Now, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Museum’s digital art affiliate Rhizome has created a contextual archive of messages that were posted to The Thing.”

‘Archives tell us different stories about how things were’: Inside the journey to document Modern Arab art (The Nation)

The Nation: ‘Archives tell us different stories about how things were’: Inside the journey to document Modern Arab art. “On a most basic level, archives help establish what happened, when. For Arab art history, the problems facing a precise or exhaustive chronicle are double: existing archives are often incomplete, damaged or inaccessible, because of conflict in the region. And the analysis made by canonical art history of what was happening in the Middle East and Turkey – written primarily by US academics – views art of the region through the prism of its engagement with western art.”

Art Zoom: Masterpieces up close through the eyes of famous musicians (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Art Zoom: Masterpieces up close through the eyes of famous musicians. “What if you could see art through an artist’s eyes? On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night,’ Google Arts & Culture is introducing Art Zoom, a new way to discover details of iconic works of art. Produced by musical experience creators La Blogothèque, the video series introduces you to visual masterpieces through the eyes of your favorite musicians.”

Hongkiat: Get Free Art and Design Critiques With Critiquer

Hongkiat: Get Free Art and Design Critiques With Critiquer. “Perhaps the toughest part of improving your design skills is learning what you’re doing wrong. It helps if you have great taste and objectively compare your work to the works of others. But this is easier when you can have someone to critique your work with fresh eyes. Critiquer is a site designed exclusively for this purpose. It’s a free community of artists and digital designers who share their work, critique others, and hope to grow in the process.”