Science|Business: Two different phases of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Landscape” discovered thanks to a UniBo team. “One of the best-known drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, the ‘Landscape’, is the result of two different phases, as the artist appears to have added some details at a later stage. The discovery was possible thanks to a new high-resolution digital scan performed by a team of researchers of the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna.”
ArtNews: Whitney Museum Launches Online Platform for Past Biennials. “The Whitney Biennial began in 1932, when the show was split into two exhibitions—one for painting, the other for mediums including sculpture, watercolors, prints, and drawings. In 1937 the exhibition shifted to an annual timeline instead of every two years, and then it changed back in 1973.”
University of Delaware: UD students develop online gallery for Wilmington artists. “Many artists who use studio space at the nonprofit Creative Vision Factory (CVF) in Wilmington find both a creative outlet and a sense of community there, a way to help them deal with the struggles they’ve faced in life. Now, a project undertaken in partnership with the University of Delaware will ensure that sharing their art will no longer be one of those struggles. Students and faculty have developed a digital archive where the public can learn about some of the artists and view a selection of their work. Plans are to continue expanding the archive with additional artists and new works.”
All About IP: German Federal Court of Justice Confirms Copyright in Photographs of Public Domain Paintings. “On 20 December 2018, the German Federal Court of Justice confirmed that photographs of public domain paintings are, in principle, protected by a copyright-related right in section 72 of the German Copyright Act (Case No. I ZR 104/17). The case involved a request to take down several pictures hosted on Wikimedia Commons—an online database of works distributed under Creative Commons licenses—as public domain images. All pictures featured art on display at the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany.”
Source Weekly: Oregon’s Art Collection Gets Its Own Website . “Have you ever been out and about and wandered across a piece of art that made you wonder who created it or why it’s there? A new website from the Oregon Arts Commission has categorized and made accessible online all 2,400 works of art acquired and commissioned by the State of Oregon since 1975.
Pioneer: Pioneer Interview: Lenny Bogdonoff. “Lenny Bogdonoff, a New York-based software engineer and graffiti artist, is creating the world’s first digital genealogy of street art. He played and won a Pioneer tournament while developing a set of machine learning tools for his project, Public Art. By gathering photos from around the internet and using machine learning models to identify street art, Public Art aims to digitally preserve murals around the world. “
Engadget: NVIDIA AI turns crude doodles into photorealistic landscapes. “Imagine if you had the power to turn your old-school Microsoft Paint doodles into actual art. Well, NVIDIA’s latest AI-driven software can do just that. The GauGAN image creator, named after the French post-Impressionist painter, uses generative adversarial networks to transform even the crudest of sketches into a photorealistic landscape.” Doesn’t appear to be available online yet.