The Daily Iowan: UI collection of art graduate pieces finds a new physical and digital home

The Daily Iowan: UI collection of art graduate pieces finds a new physical and digital home. “With around 6,000 pieces of artwork created by UI art graduates in the collection, some dating back to the 1930s, the Thesis Rental Gallery tells the university’s art history. In May, the Thesis Rental Gallery moved to the Old Museum of Art on the west side of campus, a much more central location compared to their former space in Oakdale. Beginning fall semester, the gallery is being moved to an online database as well.”

An art gallery in your pocket: See Vermeer’s paintings in augmented reality (Google Blog)

Google Blog: An art gallery in your pocket: See Vermeer’s paintings in augmented reality. “…now, you can experience all of Vermeer’s known artworks in one place for the first time. Thanks to the Mauritshuis museum in the Netherlands and other cultural institutions guarding Vermeer’s legacy, they’re available in Pocket Gallery, a brand new feature on the Google Arts & Culture app. Pocket Gallery uses augmented reality, so you can pull out your phone and step into a virtual exhibition space to see all of his works, curated by experts from the Mauritshuis. All 36 of his paintings—including the missing masterpiece and the famous ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’—hang lifesize and perfectly lit. As you step closer, you’ll see each painting in stunning detail and can learn more about each piece.”

MIT Technology Review: Inside the world of AI that forges beautiful art and terrifying deepfakes

MIT Technology Review: Inside the world of AI that forges beautiful art and terrifying deepfakes. “Using one neural network is really great for learning patterns; using two is really great for creating them. Welcome to the magical, terrifying world of generative adversarial networks, or GANs.”

Ubergizmo: Researchers Use AI & 3D Printing To Reproduce Paintings

Ubergizmo: Researchers Use AI & 3D Printing To Reproduce Paintings. “There is a lot more that goes into a reproduction of a painting that goes beyond just copying how it looks and trying to recreate the colors, but it seems that researchers are getting closer to being able to successfully reproduce paintings through the use of AI and also 3D printing, the latter of which is used to help better recreate certain colors.”

Ars Technica: How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course

Ars Technica: How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course. “Few if any cities value local culture as much as New Orleans, but even the Crescent City has to navigate modern realities of change. And as new residents move in or new businesses replace old ones, some beloved bits of the city’s artistic fabric occasionally need intentional preservation. Case in point: the work of Lester Carey.”

Quartz: Thailand wants US museums to give its art back

Quartz: Thailand wants US museums to give its art back . ” In 2014, DHS returned 554 ancient artifacts taken from the World Heritage archaeological site Ban Chiang that had been displayed in a museum in Santa Ana, California. Since then, the Thai ministry of culture has stepped up recovery efforts, and on Nov. 6 Artnet News reported that Thailand is demanding the return of 23 antiquities housed in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other places.”

University of North Carolina: William Blake Archive Publishes Digital Edition of Blake’s Early Pencil Drawings

University of North Carolina: William Blake Archive Publishes Digital Edition of Blake’s Early Pencil Drawings. “The William Blake Archive, one of UNC’s flagship public and digital humanities initiatives, recently published a digital edition of Blake’s forty-three pencil drawings made during his early years as an artist, spanning from 1779-1790. The Blake Archive provides access to William Blake’s literary and visual works and is part of a larger effort within the digital humanities to provide more widespread access to his archives through digitization and other projects.”