Artnet: Italy Is Launching an Expansive New Caravaggio Research Institute Thanks to a Surprise Supporter

Artnet: Italy Is Launching an Expansive New Caravaggio Research Institute Thanks to a Surprise Supporter. “Rome’s Galleria Borghese, with support form Italian luxury brand Fendi, is launching a new institute dedicated to preserving and disseminating the legacy and works of Italian master painter Caravaggio. The institute, slated to open in three years’ time, will consist of a center for studies, diagnostics, and art-historical research. It will also launch a complete online database with information about the artist and his works, as well as an international exhibition program.”

The Art Newspaper: Germany launches internet portal to fight art trafficking

The Art Newspaper: Germany launches internet portal to fight art trafficking. “The German government has launched a new internet portal providing information relevant to the Cultural Property Protection Law that came into force last year, and aims to tackle illegal trafficking in looted antiquities and to protect German national heritage. The new site offers information on the German cultural property regulations for collectors, artists, museums and archives, as well as on national regulations in 60 further countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Egypt. It also includes a database of German cultural property that is banned from sale abroad.”

Denverite: Denver just put most of its gorgeous Clyfford Still collection online for free

Denverite: Denver just put most of its gorgeous Clyfford Still collection online for free. “After he died in 1980, much of Clyfford Still’s artwork was sealed away from scholars and the public. The painter had wanted his enormous archive to remain complete, so he had ordered that it only be given to an American city that would create a permanent home for his work. Denver, of course, became that place when it opened the Clyfford Still Museum in 2011. And now it’s gone a step further: The museum has launched an expansive digital archive with high-resolution images of about 70 percent of the city’s Still collection.”

CNET: Inside Facebook’s plan to turn the world into the MoMA

CNET: Inside Facebook’s plan to turn the world into the MoMA . “All over Facebook’s offices worldwide, the walls are decorated by art from artists commissioned by the company to liven up the environs for its more than 20,000 workers. Plaques with the artists’ names and short biographies sit beside their creations. At Building 20, a huge Frank Gehry-designed office structure where all of Facebook’s top brass works, the artwork includes a mural of polka dot flowers and a painting of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Then there’s that big blank white wall.”

New to Me: Archive of “Hughcards” (Really Great Cartoons Drawn on the Back of Business Cards)

New to me: an archive of Hughcards. Now this is one person’s archive, put together by him, but I’m covering it here because a) it spans a long time period (20 years), b) there are lots and lots of entries and c) the guy’s a great cartoonist. “When I first got to Manhattan in December, 1997 I started to obsessively draw ‘Hughcards’ [cartoons drawn on the back of business cards], just to give me something to do while sitting at the bar. Two decades later, I’m still at it.”

KQED: Meet Me in the Google Doc For, Uh… a Performance?

KQED: Meet Me in the Google Doc For, Uh… a Performance?. “Even for those who believe wholeheartedly in the software’s claim to ‘bring documents to life,’ Google Docs remains for the most part a working space, a place for orderly rows of facts and figures on a white piece of digital paper. But artists are here to challenge that conventional use — and, let’s be honest, all conventions — with a knowing nod to the document’s inherent power. Documents of the Future: Invitation to Edit, a one-night-only event on Sept. 9 at Oakland’s CTRL+SHFT Collective, presents individual performances (some on-site, some live streaming) and one collaborative performance all addressing the ‘unstable and transformative nature of documents.'”

Artsy: Why a Young Chicana Artist Is Posting Images of Her Community to LACMA’s Instagram

Artsy: Why a Young Chicana Artist Is Posting Images of Her Community to LACMA’s Instagram. “Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan first came across the work of Guadalupe Rosales, the museum’s first Instagram artist-in-residence, last year at a Vincent Price Art Museum exhibition. A monitor had been playing a silent loop of screenshots from her Instagram account Veteranas and Rucas, a collection of painstakingly crowdsourced photographs of Southern California Latina youth culture: images from the ’90s and earlier that depict young women posing at proms and raves and in their childhood bedrooms; sorting through their vinyl collections; or leaning, bikini-clad, against lowrider cars.”