CNET: ‘Lost’ Picasso nude re-created, with help from AI. “Before he became famous, Pablo Picasso didn’t always have money for art materials, so, like other struggling artists, he’d paint over existing canvases to create new works, thus concealing the earlier images. One such painting, cloaked under another for more than a century, has gotten new life, thanks to AI.”
Philadelphia Inquirer: Brandywine Workshop seeks to extend its reach online and settle in for its 50th anniversary in 2022
New-to-me, from Philadelphia Inquirer: Brandywine Workshop seeks to extend its reach online and settle in for its 50th anniversary in 2022. “As the Brandywine Workshop and Archives looks toward its 50th anniversary next year, founder and driving force Allan Edmunds is seeking to ensure that this unique Philadelphia institution maintains financial and artistic stability. On Wednesday, he announced that BWA, as it is known, has received a two-year $500,000 grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to continue development of a huge free database of art and artists from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.”
Google Blog: How machine learning revived long lost masterpieces by Klimt. “Few artists enjoy such worldwide fame as Gustav Klimt. The new Google Arts & Culture online retrospective ‘Klimt vs. Klimt – The Man of Contradictions’ puts the spotlight on the artist’s eclectic work and life. A Machine Learning experiment recolored photographs of lost Klimt paintings, while a “Pocket Gallery” brings some of his most iconic works into your living room in augmented reality and 3D.”
Getty: Introducing Becoming Artsy . “Take a dynamic ride through Getty’s collections, laboratories, gardens, and more with Becoming Artsy, a new YouTube series. Host Jessie Hendricks brings viewers along while she explores the world of art. ‘What is a museum?’ she asks, and, ‘how do I experience art?’ She brings her curiosity and enthusiasm as she meets the people who make Getty’s art accessible to everyone.”
Penn State News: What was really the secret behind Van Gogh’s success?. “By using artificial intelligence to mine big data related to artists, film directors and scientists, the researchers discovered this pattern is not uncommon but, instead, a magical formula. Hot streaks, they found, directly result from years of exploration (studying diverse styles or topics) immediately followed by years of exploitation (focusing on a narrow area to develop deep expertise).”
Richard Diebenkorn Foundation: The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation announces a new diebenkorn.org and a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of prints
Richard Diebenkorn Foundation: The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation announces a new diebenkorn.org and a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of prints. “The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, which expands knowledge and fosters appreciation of the singular and distinguished American painter, draftsman, and printmaker, today announced a new and greatly expanded diebenkorn.org and a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of prints. A nearly encyclopedic diebenkorn.org now features approximately 3,400 unique works and a sampling of the newly digitized artist’s prints, advanced search functionality, new and original scholarly content, videos, and more.”
The Hindu: New digital archive promotes South Indian visual artists and their works. “An artist and her efforts to create a space for her peers forms the foundation of A Moxie Tale, a digital archive that promotes visual artists from South India. Now, in its nascent stages, the platform attempts to train the spotlight on South Indian practices, more specifically from Tamil Nadu, and doubles up as a digital space for display, which connoisseurs can browse and opt to support.”
BloombergQuint: Danish Artist Takes Museum’s Money and Runs, Calls It Artwork. “Jens Haaning had agreed with Kunsten museum, in northern Denmark, that he would borrow the money to replicate earlier work which displayed the annual incomes of an Austrian and a Dane. But when the museum in Aalborg opened the box that Haaning had shipped, the cash was missing from the two glass frames and the artwork’s title had been changed.” The money he took equals about $84,000 USD.
Zion National Park: Zion National Park and Zion National Park Forever Project Announce Annual Art Show
Zion National Park: Zion National Park and Zion National Park Forever Project Announce Annual Art Show. “Now in its 13th year, Zion National Park Forever Project (Zion Forever) and Zion National Park, are hosting an annual art show running September 16 through November 6, 2021. The event honors the contributions and influence that original art has had on the National Park Service and shaping our Nation’s public lands. This year’s event titled Zion: A Legacy of Art will feature the works of 20 nationally acclaimed artists. Seventeen returning artists and four new artists join this year’s invitational list.” The art show will take place virtually.
New York Times: Very Personal Computing: In Artist’s New Work, A.I. Meets Fatherhood. “Ian Cheng was feeling adrift. It was the start of 2013; he was nearly 30, with an art degree from Berkeley and another from Columbia, but he needed an idea, something to build a career on. Pondering the question one wintry afternoon in the balcony cafe at the Whole Foods Market on Houston Street, a place that promises people-watching and ‘you time,’ he found himself gazing absently at the shoppers below. He grew increasingly transfixed.”
BBC: JMW Turner painting goes on display for first time since 1833. “A Turner painting of Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire has gone on public display for the first time in nearly 200 years. The watercolour is being shown at the town’s local museum, as part of a scheme to encourage people back to small museums and heritage sites. Other objects going on display around the UK include a 160-million-year-old crocodile, a rare Bronze Age sword and the original Jolly Fisherman painting.”