New York Times: Smithsonian Archives of American Art Gathers an Oral History of 2020

New York Times: Smithsonian Archives of American Art Gathers an Oral History of 2020. “As the pandemic set in this spring, the historians and curators at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art began doing what they do best: looking through relics of history. They found little information related to the 1918 flu pandemic in their archives, and decided to make sure that future historians would have a lot more material about this time of the coronavirus. So a team at the Archives of American Art, led by Liza Kirwin, its interim director, set out to create a thorough record for posterity.”

Museums Association: Online game enables users to curate Birmingham Museums collections

Museums Association: Online game enables users to curate Birmingham Museums collections. “The trust has formed a partnership with the recently launched online game and art platform, Occupy White Walls, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to enable players to collect and curate their own exhibitions in a virtual world. The collaboration means that users can access an initial 200 pieces from Birmingham Museum and Gallery’s art collection to curate, design and build digital art exhibitions. The available collection includes some of the city’s most famous artworks, such as The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown and Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.”

‘A crisis is always a good time to unite’: Russian art galleries form new alliance to boost industry (The Art Newspaper)

The Art Newspaper: ‘A crisis is always a good time to unite’: Russian art galleries form new alliance to boost industry. “A group of Russia’s contemporary art galleries have teamed up to form an association that aims to simplify the country’s notoriously tricky customs processes and boost the market with the help of some government funding.”

Phys .org: The microbiome of Da Vinci’s drawings

Phys .org: The microbiome of Da Vinci’s drawings. “The work of Leonardo Da Vinci is an invaluable heritage of the 15th century. From engineering to anatomy, the master paved the way for many scientific disciplines. But what else could the drawings of Da Vinci teach us? Could molecular studies reveal interesting data from the past? These questions led an interdisciplinary team of researchers, curators and bioinformaticians, from both the University of Natural Resources and Life Science and the University of Applied Science of Wien in Austria, as well as the Central Institute for the Pathology of Archives and Books (ICPAL) in Italy, to collaborate and study the microbiome of seven different drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.”

Marketing Magazine: Google Lens used to showcase Australian women artists

Marketing Magazine: Google Lens used to showcase Australian women artists. “Google Lens technology is being used by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in an initiative launched to showcase the work of Australian women artists in different locations across the country. The project is a the result of a partnership between the NGA, oOh!Media and Google, and highlights six artists showcased in high-profile out of home sites as part of the gallery’s Know My Name initiative.”

Baltimore Sun: John Waters bequeaths his art collection to Baltimore Museum of Art, whose bathrooms will be named in his honor

Baltimore Sun: John Waters bequeaths his art collection to Baltimore Museum of Art, whose bathrooms will be named in his honor. “John Waters, Baltimore’s self-proclaimed ‘Pope of Trash,’ announced Wednesday that he’s bequeathing some of the most precious things he owns — approximately 375 prints, paintings and photographs — to the Baltimore Museum of Art. In a show of appreciation, museum officials will rename two bathrooms in the East Lobby ‘The John Waters Restrooms’ in honor of the cult filmmaker and visual artist.”

The Art Newspaper: Unesco under fire for using Met objects in anti-trafficking campaign

The Art Newspaper: Unesco under fire for using Met objects in anti-trafficking campaign. “Unesco has pulled back images from an advertising campaign intended to highlight international trafficking in looted artefacts after receiving complaints that it misrepresented the provenance of the works pictured. Among the objects used in the campaign were three from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that were not stolen in recent years as the original ads indicated.”

EurekAlert: Drawing the line to answer art’s big questions

EurekAlert: Drawing the line to answer art’s big questions. “Algorithms have shown that the compositional structure of Western landscape paintings changed ‘suspiciously’ smoothly between 1500 and 2000 AD, potentially indicating a selection bias by art curators or in art historical literature, physicists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and colleagues report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).”

LIST: Virtual art museums and online exhibits you can visit during pandemic (Rappler)

Rappler: LIST: Virtual art museums and online exhibits you can visit during pandemic. “In the months we’ve been in lockdown due to the pandemic, a means of escape has been through art. Whether it be books, songs, films, or a newfound passion for painting, art has been our solace. To celebrate Go To An Art Museum Day on November 9, we’ve curated a list of museums you can visit in the comfort of your homes and at your own pace.”

Associated Press: Sculpture restoration work draws laughs, memories in Spain

Associated Press: Sculpture restoration work draws laughs, memories in Spain. “Restoration work on a sculpture in northern Spain has resurrected memories of a restored Christ fresco in another Spanish city eight years ago that drew ridicule as well as tourists. The latest incident concerns a relief sculpture on the exterior of an ornate office building in the city of Palencia. What was once the bust of a smiling woman now looks more like the head of a cartoon character.”

BBC: British Museum to help dig for Nigerian treasures

BBC: British Museum to help dig for Nigerian treasures. “The British Museum has announced plans to help ‘investigate the history of the Kingdom of Benin’, with a grand archaeology mission and new museum. The organisation will work with Nigerian teams on the creation of a new Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA) and accompanying archaeology project.”

To Hold Nature in the Hand: Revealing the Wonders of the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (Getty)

Getty: To Hold Nature in the Hand: Revealing the Wonders of the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta. “Small enough to hold in the hand, the allure of the Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (Wondrous Monuments of Calligraphy) in the Getty Museum’s collection of manuscripts is undeniable. Hold the book close enough, and the butterflies seem to quiver before your eyes and the fruit looks good enough to eat….Viewable in a newly published facsimile and online, readers can now appreciate the impossibly tiny spiraling micro-writing; observe the subtle differences between the green leaves of the crossed tulips; almost feel the rusting surface of the apple; and be delighted by the hair-fine web spun by the spider.”

Neos Kosmos: Greek-Australian artists called to register for first online directory

I’m not sure I’m spelling this right so let me apologize in advance. Neos Kosmos: Greek-Australian artists called to register for first online directory. “The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) is inviting artists to register for the first Greek-Australian Artists’ Directory (GAAD) that will be available online for the wider community.”

Pittsburgh City Paper: The Andy Warhol Museum showcases young voices with Gen-Z Time Capsule project

Pittsburgh City Paper: The Andy Warhol Museum showcases young voices with Gen-Z Time Capsule project. “Andy Warhol made collecting things part of his work, eventually turning the practice into Time Capsules, a project where he filled and taped up boxes with items from his daily life. Those boxes – containing an estimated 500,000 objects – are being opened and cataloged by The Andy Warhol Museum staff, giving insight to the Pittsburgh-born artist’s process and eccentricities. In honor of this project, The Warhol launched Gen-Z Time Capsule, an effort calling on young people born between 1997-2012 to submit photos of objects they believe best represent their generation’s experience.”

ARTNews: Comprehensive van Gogh Database Launched by Dutch Museums

ARTNews: Comprehensive van Gogh Database Launched by Dutch Museums. “A new database called Van Gogh Worldwide allows users to access provenances, technical information, archival materials, and more related to 1,000 works on paper and paintings by the famed Post-Impressionist. Launched on Thursday, the database is a collaboration between the Kröller-Müller Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the RKD–Netherlands Institute for Art History, along with the Cultural Heritage Laboratory of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.”