Union College: Library celebrates William Blake, poet and painter. “An exhibit showcasing student work with Union’s rare collection of works related to 19th century English author, artist and printmaker William Blake is on view in the Lally Reading Room of Schaffer Library…. Union has an extensive collection of print facsimiles of Blake’s illuminated books and commercial works. A research website dedicated to his oeuvre will be released at the end of this month. Like the exhibit, it will showcase past and present student engagement with Blake’s work at Union.”
Google Blog: Monet was here: Masterpieces and inspirations come to Google Arts & Culture. “Art lovers and historians know that sometimes to comprehend the magnitude of an artwork, you need to see the world through the eyes of the artist and understand what inspired them. This is especially true of an artist as talented and beloved as Claude Monet, whose work many of us know but may not have considered in depth. To reveal these insights, the National Gallery London is opening a new exhibition entitled The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet and Architecture…. to mark the opening of the physical exhibition in London, you can now explore a selection of these works from the National Gallery, and see a stirring retrospective of Monet’s paintings from 17 more museums around the world, online on Google Arts & Culture.”
New-to-me, from Artsy: This New Website Is Offering Free Art Lessons from Professors and Artists. “In 2017, [Clara] Lieu launched Art Prof, a website that offers a wide range of art classes, captured in videos. Taught by professional artists and university art teachers, courses range from the basics, like drawing, to more complex or niche mediums, like types of sculpture, printmaking, and animation. Professional development advice is available, too, in videos with titles like “Facing Artists Block” and “Selling Your Art.” What’s more, lessons are fun. One instructor, illustrator Casey Roonan, often starts lessons with an impression of actor Matthew McConaughey in the cult film Magic Mike. In other videos, a pet guinea pig makes cameos as a very cute, albeit silent, studio assistant.” The site and the videos are completely free.
Dagbladet: Hidden Munch treasures released: «The Scream» initially looked completely different. “…the Munch Museum is releasing previously unknown sketches and drawings by [Edvard] Munch. The museum has gathered pictures of all the artist’s drawings in a new database. Now they are being published for unrestricted use. Among the works being published are also previously unknown sketches for his world-famous «The Scream».”
Motherboard: Internet Artists Invaded the MoMA With a Guerrilla Augmented Reality Exhibit. “A collective of eight internet artists transformed the Jackson Pollock room in the New York City Museum of Modern Art into their own augmented reality gallery—without the museum’s permission.”
Los Angeles Times: Likes, comments and sometimes sales — how Instagram is shaping the art world. “As a member of a millennia-old profession, 28-year-old artist Laura Rokas can do her job — painting, sculpting, drawing, weaving — without the help of most modern technology. But the Bay Area artist makes one exception: Instagram.”
New York Times: In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over. “Bits of color were peeking out through cracks in the dark shades of ‘La Miséreuse accroupie,’ a 1902 painting by a young Pablo Picasso during his ‘Blue Period.’ That was not surprising. X-ray images taken a quarter- century ago had shown that Picasso had painted this work, known in English as ‘The Crouching Woman,’ over another artist’s landscape.”