Digital Trends: The best free drawing software. “…Adobe’s popular titles aren’t your only options. The following solutions are highly competitive with Illustrator and Photoshop, but don’t break the bank. They are backed by a community of developers who believe you should have the best tools possible through an open-source platform.”
Artdaily: Kunsthalle Bratislava presents a new project ARTBASE: Database of contemporary Slovak art. “The idea of an online database is premised on the original definition of Kunsthalle Bratislava (KHB), as a Slovak centre of visual arts which also had the role of mapping and documentation of art, based on scholarly research. Having regard to the financial and operational difficulty of establishing and running a physical archive or library, KHB has come up with the new concept of a professional-standard online database. Uniquely to be found on the database are text profiles, and from 2019 also video profiles, of artists, which are specially produced for the purpose of their diffusion via ARTBASE.” The site is in Slovak, but works all right with Google Translate. Its artist listings are a bit sparse at the moment but more content is promised for 2019.
Smithsonian Magazine: New Digital Archive Provides Critical Record of Egon Schiele’s Body of Work. “New digital catalogue raisonné dedicated to Egon Schiele dives into the Austrian Expressionist’s extensive oeuvre, from the cluttered, crescent-shaped configurations of his 1915 ‘Krumau Town Crescent I (The Small City V)’ to the characteristic angularism of his 1912 ‘Self-Portrait with Lowered Head.'” If it’s not too early in the morning for an ignorance parade, let me admit that I didn’t know a catalogue raisonné was a descriptive, annotated catalog.
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.”
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.”
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.”
Hyperallergic: A New Illustrated Database for Women Artists Spans the 15th to 19th Centuries. “‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction,’ Virginia Woolf famously said from a college lecture podium in 1928, in what later evolved into a major feminist book. Surely, those two amenities would facilitate the career of many a woman visual artist, too. But even the privileged combination of financial independence and a studio (plus talent, of course) hasn’t been enough to secure many female creatives a place in the pantheon of art history.”