Open GLAM: The Great Wave: what Hokusai’s masterpiece tells us about museums, copyright and online collections today. “When museums digitise their collections and put them online, they take a range of approaches to copyright and licensing the digital surrogates they have created. While some museums adopt open access policies to encourage the reuse and sharing of material, most choose to use copyright to regulate and monetise their digital images. So how do museums holding an impression of [Katsushika] Hokusai’s iconic work make it available? To find out, let’s compare fourteen cultural institutions that have digitised and published their ‘Great Wave’ online.”
CNN: Smithsonian interested in obtaining migrant children’s drawings depicting their time in US custody. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has inquired about obtaining disturbing drawings by migrant children that depict figures with sad faces behind bars.”
Boing Boing: Applying AI filters to an 1830 painting leads to pleasing results. “Pyotr Basin (1793–1877) painted “The earthquake in Rocca di Papa, near Rome,” in 1830. According to Bruce Sterling, these images are the result of a ‘couple of guys screwing around attacking a 19th century Russian painting with deep-dreamers.’ I can’t find anything else about them but they’re fantastic.”
Business Wire: Wescover and Google Lens Change the Way We Discover Art & Designs (PRESS RELEASE). “Wescover has curated an initial map of art pieces throughout San Francisco that you can look up using Google Lens. When you spot a piece on the map, simply launch Lens, point your camera at it, and you’ll get an exact match of the original artwork––see a video of it being used here. Whether you’re curious about the colorful mural at Craftsman and Wolves coffee shop or you want to buy the same geometric wall hanging that’s at Mister Jiu’s restaurant, Wescover shows you who made what and how to connect with the creator of the piece.” More content will be added over time.
New York University: NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center’s Kress Program in Paintings Conservation Awarded $1.3M in Support of Teaching, Research, and Treatment of Old Master Paintings. “The Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center at NYU has been awarded a $1,375,000 grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to support the longstanding Kress Program in Paintings Conservation, inaugurated in 1989. The award sustains the unique partnership between the two organizations, which serves to educate the next generation of Old Master painting conservators and the conservation and research of invaluable artworks in the dispersed Kress Collection.”
Vice: This Artist Is Hacking Google to Create Surreal Street View Art. “As a Google contractor, [Jason] Isolini worked as an intermediary between businesses and Google. At the request of businesses, he would capture 360-images inside business establishments and upload them to Google Maps. Now, Isolini is using the same method to create art on Google Maps. But instead of capturing true-to-live panorama images, he is uploading surreal collages that subvert the purpose of Google Maps: to be a tool that brings users from their current location to a business.”
Google Blog: Art Zoom: Masterpieces up close through the eyes of famous musicians. “What if you could see art through an artist’s eyes? On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night,’ Google Arts & Culture is introducing Art Zoom, a new way to discover details of iconic works of art. Produced by musical experience creators La Blogothèque, the video series introduces you to visual masterpieces through the eyes of your favorite musicians.”