Diggit Magazine: How Google Arts & Culture is challenging and reproducing ‘The Museum’. “Google launched the Google Arts & Culture project — ‘GAC’ from now on — in 2011 in collaboration with 17 museums (Delacroix, 2018). Today, the project contains content from over two thousand museums and has expanded its activities towards archives, heritage sites and other cultural organizations.” To say that this is a deep dive is to describe Niagara Falls as a bit damp.
Google Blog: Mapping our emotions at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. “Artetik: From the Art, a new installation in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, invites you to explore how artworks from the museum’s collection make you feel. By contributing to the experience, you will be guided to new artworks in the collection through an ever-changing visualization representing the shared emotions evoked in museum visitors. The project is a collaboration between the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Google Arts & Culture, based on research about art and emotions by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Guardian: Uffizi Galleries sue Jean Paul Gaultier over use of Botticelli images. “The matter came to light earlier this year after the Uffizi in Florence was notified of the garments being advertised by Jean Paul Gaultier on its website and social media. The painting by Sandro Botticelli is the centrepiece of the Botticelli Rooms at the world-famous galleries and, according to Italian law, any use of the country’s publicly owned art to sell merchandise requires permission and payment of a fee.”
WLOS: You can now view the works inside Asheville Art Museum from anywhere online. “Asheville Art Museum announced during the first week of October that it is well into the process of getting the museum’s collection onto a digital platform, so that anyone in the world from anywhere in the world can view the museum’s art online. To date, the curatorial team has digitized about 20% of the museum’s collection and uploaded it to the online database, which includes a diverse array of 20th and 21st-century American art.”
Phys .org: Do art museums prioritize visitor well-being enough?. “By design, art museums are meant to showcase beautiful objects and their creators, offer insight into history, and elicit wonder and awe. A recent study by Penn’s Katherine Cotter and James Pawelski revealed that people who visit art museums experience a range of benefits from doing so. But when it comes to visitor well-being, how do art museum professionals think their institutions are faring?”
Artnet: Two Years Ago, Museums Across the U.S. Promised to Address Diversity and Equity. Here’s Exactly What They Have Done So Far
Artnet: Two Years Ago, Museums Across the U.S. Promised to Address Diversity and Equity. Here’s Exactly What They Have Done So Far. “Museums across the U.S. publicly stated their commitments to work towards dismantling systemic racism, frequently citing intentions to listen to communities, improve hiring practices, support BIPOC staff, re-evaluate workplace culture, offer anti-racism training, and acquire and exhibit work from a more diverse range of artists. Two years on from these calls for action, are museums feeling the same urgency? Or were these promises just platitudes?”
New York Times: Investigators, Citing Looting, Have Seized 27 Antiquities From the Met. “Investigators in New York have seized 27 ancient artifacts valued at more than $13 million from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, asserting that the objects, acquired to showcase the glories of ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, had all been looted.”
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Flurry of seizures intensify pressure on the Met over artifacts linked to accused traffickers
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Flurry of seizures intensify pressure on the Met over artifacts linked to accused traffickers . “The largest museum in the United States, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is facing increasing scrutiny from police and federal agents investigating international art smuggling. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has obtained nine warrants to seize ancient works from the Met since 2017, according to records reviewed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with reporting partner Finance Uncovered.”
The Islander: Art Museum of Kangaroo Island takes on historical art project. “Some of the first European art of Kangaroo Island is on its way back home – in digital form – thanks to an Art Museum of Kangaroo Island project. The project is called ‘Kangaroo Island Art: Explorers and Settlers’.”
‘Tate capitulated to my legal demand’: donor of disputed Francis Bacon archive responds to museum’s return of collection (The Art Newspaper)
The Art Newspaper: ‘Tate capitulated to my legal demand’: donor of disputed Francis Bacon archive responds to museum’s return of collection. “Barry Joule, who donated his Francis Bacon archive to the Tate, tells The Art Newspaper that its decision in June to return a thousand items was at his insistence. ‘Tate capitulated to my legal demand,’ he says.”