Legal Cheek: Museums legal threats to Pornhub are an ‘exhibition of hypocrisy’

Legal Cheek: Museums legal threats to Pornhub are an ‘exhibition of hypocrisy’. “As Burcu Günay points out, throughout history museums have progressed from merely exhibiting collections to being centres for observation, learning and questioning. Attempts to restrict access to these culturally important artworks goes against this trend. It also contravenes the values espoused by International Council of Museums (ICOM), where both France and Italy are influential. Although debate has recently become fraught over the extent to which museums should play an active role in society, the ICOM agrees that museums have a core social public function. Accessibility is therefore key to achieving these goals.”

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project: FinCEN Warns Art and Antiquities Traders of New AML Measures

Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project: FinCEN Warns Art and Antiquities Traders of New AML Measures. “The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a so-called Blue Box Notice on Tuesday to inform art and antiquities traders that they will be held to the same reporting standards as financial institutions are under the 1970 Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). This means that they will have to submit suspicious activity reports (SARs) for antiquities trade.”

Syracuse University: Community Folk Art Center Introduces Online Gallery

Syracuse University: Community Folk Art Center Introduces Online Gallery. “The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) has launched a new online gallery to enable visitors to learn more about artists from the African Diaspora and other underrepresented groups. The robust site also offers a virtual means by which former exhibiting artists, students, researchers and visitors across the country can continue to gather in the spirit of creative expression and dialogue.”

KCUR: All Of Missouri Painter George Caleb Bingham’s Work Will Soon Be Free To The World Online

KCUR: All Of Missouri Painter George Caleb Bingham’s Work Will Soon Be Free To The World Online. “Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham shaped the way the nation saw life on the frontier. His work spanned politics, civil war discord and rowdy riverboatmen, and his genre paintings of 19th century river life are in many major national art collections. Within the next three years, all of Bingham’s nearly 600 known paintings will be accessible online and freely available to the public.”

Deutsche Welle: The influence of social media in art

Deutsche Welle: The influence of social media in art. “Using social media has long become part of many artists’ everyday lives, says curator Anika Meier at the Leipzig Fine Arts Museum. Social media have actually been part of their working lives for quite some time now — as is proven by the approximately 50 video installations, sculptures, photographs and paintings by 35 predominantly young artists at the Leipzig exhibition ‘Link in Bio.’”

Boing Boing: Neural net-generated prompts for Inktober

Boing Boing: Neural net-generated prompts for Inktober. “It’s Inkotober, when ‘artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.’ In a fun experiment, Janelle Shane trained a neural net with prior Inktober prompts and picked out some promising concepts like ‘ornery beach sheep’ and ‘BUG IN HUMAN SHAPE.’”

Massachusetts Daily Collegian: UMass professor receives $245,000 to bring ancient art of Pompeii to the internet of today

Massachusetts Daily Collegian: UMass professor receives $245,000 to bring ancient art of Pompeii to the internet of today . “Associate Professor Eric Poehler of the University of Massachusetts classics department recently received a grant worth $245,000 from the Getty Foundation for the three-year long Pompeii Artistic Landscape Project. The project is meant to digitize and contextualize the ancient art of the Roman city of Pompeii in an online database and open source tool for all to use.”

Hongkiat: 7 Sites to Create Your Own Comics Online

Hongkiat: 7 Sites to Create Your Own Comics Online. “These days every one who wants to is able to create their own comic stories online. With just a few simple clicks, you too can create you own characters that bring a comic strip to life. If you want to, you can even draw your own original characters. Featured below is a collection of 10 awesome online tools to create your own comics.”

Fast Company: These portraits were painted to confuse facial recognition AI

Fast Company: These portraits were painted to confuse facial recognition AI. “How do you have to distort a face so that facial recognition algorithms no longer see a face–and evade the technology that has become so pervasive in our world? That was the question the Seoul-based artistic duo Shin Seung Back and Kim Yong Hun posed to a group of 10 different painters. The result is their series Nonfacial Portrait, a striking collection of painted portraits that evade the algorithms.”

The InTowner: More Murals Replacing Graffiti-Defaced Neighborhood Walls; DPW and Arts Commission Initiative Continues

The InTowner: More Murals Replacing Graffiti-Defaced Neighborhood Walls; DPW and Arts Commission Initiative Continues. “Since 2007, the District’s on-going initiative known as MuralsDC has been providing permanent graffiti abatement to building walls that have continually been defaced by graffiti or are located in places where the risk of this type of vandalism is prevalent…. Images of every mural painted since the program began in 2007 can be viewed on the project’s new website … which also features videos, artist information, and a map locator to show where to find the more than 50 murals throughout the District.”

Curbed Detroit: Detroiter creates resource to document murals across the city

Curbed Detroit: Detroiter creates resource to document murals across the city. “Driving around Detroit, it’s hard not to notice mural after mural gracing the sides of buildings. There are so many, it can be hard to know where to turn to find out who painted them and how to find more information. One Detroiter, Viranel Clerard, is determined to document all of the murals in Detroit. His website, the Detroit Mural Project, currently has 500, and he has another 500 already photographed and queued to go up on the site.”

Artsy: This New Website Is Offering Free Art Lessons from Professors and Artists

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.

DigitalArts: Thousands of Historical Watercolours to be Available Online in a Digital Archive

DigitalArts: Thousands of Historical Watercolours to be Available Online in a Digital Archive. “Before photographs existed, let alone massive online stock libraries designers have come to rely on, there were watercolour paintings, these brilliant historical artforms documented significant moments in history, such as immigration to new countries, and how society functioned. Now watercolours will be moving beyond the walls of museums and art galleries in a digital format. … The watercolours will be available for your use simply through an online catalogue, to be made available by March next year. Dubbed the Watercolour World, you’ll be able to choose from thousands of digitised documentary watercolours dating before 1900…”

Denverite: Denver just put most of its gorgeous Clyfford Still collection online for free

Denverite: Denver just put most of its gorgeous Clyfford Still collection online for free. “After he died in 1980, much of Clyfford Still’s artwork was sealed away from scholars and the public. The painter had wanted his enormous archive to remain complete, so he had ordered that it only be given to an American city that would create a permanent home for his work. Denver, of course, became that place when it opened the Clyfford Still Museum in 2011. And now it’s gone a step further: The museum has launched an expansive digital archive with high-resolution images of about 70 percent of the city’s Still collection.”