Sydney Morning Herald: Digitisation is putting the world’s greatest works within reach. “One of the greatest changes in the art world in recent years won’t be seen in galleries because it is happening online. Digitisation programs have accelerated in the past five years and most state art institutions now have more than half of their collections online, changing the way we approach art and rapidly turning the world into a virtual gallery.”
Estonian World: A database of Estonian artists launched in English. “The Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art has launched a database of Estonian artists, available both in Estonian and English, presenting a selection of artists, curators and critics currently active in the Estonian art scene.”
New to me, but it’s been in my queue for a few mindbending days and I can’t remember where I found it. But still: Posters for the People. From the front page: “Welcome to the most comprehensive record of posters created under the New Deal’s Federal Art Project. More than doubling the number of posters thought to exist, this online resource brings many posters to light that have not been seen by the public in more than 80 years.” There are over 2100 posters in this collection.
Boston Globe: 7 Massachusetts projects awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants. “New grant funding for seven Massachusetts-based projects will help protect historic works of art, create new editions of centuries-old books, and build a database that can reveal the history of South Asian paintings through paint pigments.”
The Art Newspaper: Why Africa’s future museums should forget Western models. “Museums on the African continent are still held hostage to an unequal push-me pull-you trade in culture and commodities that is underpinned by class-based neo-liberal politics. With Zeitz MOCAA, for example, European real estate entrepreneurs have transformed the historical harbour into a seamless merger between the lucrative experience of shopping and the fashionable consumption of art…. That is perhaps where the challenge lies for museums in both Africa and Europe. In an art world in which mercantilism and activism lock horns, the time is ripe for artists and not only curators to reconfigure what can actually be done within the walls of a museum.”
WGRZ: City of Buffalo calling for new ‘Instagram-worthy’ public art ideas. “Buffalo’s bright and colorful murals are a big hit on Instagram. Now, the city wants to add new photo-ops with a new piece of public art in the downtown entertainment district.”
Reddit: I’ve created The Poster Database – A movie and tv show poster website containing over 35,000 high-quality posters. “The Poster Database is a custom-built platform for all posters lovers worldwide! We’re currently focusing on media items like Collections, Movies, and Shows but we have some rich plans for the future to expand even further and maybe throw some other goodies along the way 😉 With the launch back in August 2019, we’ve had amazing support from various communities help contribute to the site and bring us to where we are today with over 35K uploaded posters growing!!”