Hyperallergic: Collaging with the Rijksmuseum’s Entire Collection at Your Fingertips. “When museums open the archives, some artists go to work.” Can I say that this is a large cartoon / comic strip without it being pejorative?
Museums of the City of Paris: The “Second Canvas” app: discover the works from Paris Musées in very high resolution!. “You can see the artist’s brush strokes, wonder at the technical mastery of a work or have a closer look at a specific item in the corner of a painting that no one else seems to have noticed. With the ‘Second Canvas’ app, you can now contemplate the works of the City of Paris museums in very high resolution!” Over fifty works are now available, with more being added over time.
With a tip o’ the nib to Laughing Squid, from the Salvador Dali Museum: dali lives: museum brings artist back to life with ai. “Visitors to the Museum will soon have the opportunity to learn more about Dali’s life and work from the person who knew him best: the artist himself. Using an artificial intelligence (AI)-based cutting edge technique, the new ‘Dali Lives’ experience employs machine learning to create a version of Dali’s likeness, resulting in an uncanny resurrection of the mustached master. When the experience opens, visitors will for the first time be able to interact with an engaging lifelike Salvador Dali on a series of screens throughout the Museum.”
Yale News: New mobile apps guide visitors through Yale’s art museums. “Visitors to the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery have a new tool to guide them through the museums’ galleries and to consult when a painting by Turner or Van Gogh, among others, sparks their curiosity. The museums have launched mobile apps that provide audio commentary by curators, conservators, scholars, and students on selected works and architectural features.”
Creative Commons: CC0 at the Cleveland Museum of Art: 30,000 high quality digital images now available . “The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the most visited art museums in the world, and soon it will become one of the most important online collections as well. Today, we are announcing a release of 30,000 high quality, free and open digital images from the museum’s collection under CC0 and available via their API. CC0 allows anyone to use, re-use, and remix a work without restriction.”
The Guardian: Memes, technology and sci-fi: what to expect from art in the US in 2019. “With our dependency on smartphones, our Netflix addictions and with almost half the country on dating apps, our devices are becoming dangerously inseparable from our everyday lives. From surveillance to selfie vanity and memes, a series of technology-themed exhibits are coming to the US next year, which trace the evolution of photography, show the roots of social media and share how technology can actually be a force for good.”
MIT Technology Review: More than 75% of artists in US museums are white men, data mining reveals. “How do the collections in art museums reflect the societies that they’re from? A good starting point is to investigate the demographic diversity of the artists in these collections. But this work has never been done. Until now. Today, Chad Topaz at Williams College in Massachusetts and a few colleagues use data mining and crowdsourced research to build the first picture of demographic diversity in art collections across the US. And the results make for sobering reading.”