Art Daily: Michener Art Museum launches revamped Bucks County artists database. “The Michener Art Museum presents the newly refreshed Bucks County Artists Database, a free online resource celebrating the rich artistic traditions, past and present, of Bucks County. With over 400 artists represented in the database, BCAD is an ever-growing project that strives to represent the regional art scene. It currently contains thousands of pages of information and images, continuing the Michener’s initiative to provide research and educational tools for the community.”
Atlas Obscura: See 500 Years of Artful Nature Illustrations. “Now, the collaborative Biodiversity Heritage Library—a digital archive compiled by a consortium of natural-history libraries—has released over 150,000 artworks of the natural world, allowing public access to one of the largest illustrated compendiums of life on Earth. Years before wildlife photographers began to catalogue the world’s egrets, cephalopods, and rafflesia corpse flowers, artists like Elizabeth Gould were portraying species with illustrations, often reprinted as lithographs for the public.”
FBI: FBI Art Crime Team Announces the Repatriation of Over 450 Cultural and Historical Artifacts to the Republic of Haiti. “The 479 Haitian artifacts were discovered in 2014, when the FBI Art Crime Team seized more than 7,000 items from the private collection of an amateur archeologist, Donald Miller, who had likely acquired the items in contravention of state and federal law and international treaties. This was the largest single recovery of culture property in FBI history.”
GW Today: Collections Website Offers Research Opportunities. “The George Washington University has launched its pilot collections website, a work in progress presenting high-resolution photographs of and information on more than 4,000 artifacts and works of art. The site is a collaboration between the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.”
Smithsonian Magazine: China’s Art, From Museum Exhibits to Rock Concerts, Moves Online During Coronavirus Outbreak. “In January, the Chinese government issued a letter directing museums to ‘enrich the people’s spiritual and cultural life during the epidemic [with] cloud exhibitions’ that display previously planned gallery programming, reports Caroline Goldstein for artnet News. At that point, two museum openings in China had been postponed, and Hong Kong had closed all public institutions. Now, sites including the Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, the Chongqing Natural History Museum and the National Museum in Beijing have all opted to increase their digital offerings.”
WRAL: Beauty in grief: Durham woman creates 100 days of art from her mother’s funeral flowers. “When Janet Willis’ mom passed away from small cell lung cancer in her 70s, Willis said she felt like she lost more than a mother; she lost a piece of herself. The loss launched her on a 100 day journey, creating art with the dried flower petals saved from her mother’s funeral and sharing her grief experience with her followers.” If the grief wasn’t so overt, you could call her illustrations whimsical. Instead they’re almost unbearably tender. Reminds me a little of Leo Lionni. She’s created an Instagram to share her work.
StreetInsider: Artland Announces U.S. General Availability, Bringing the Art World Closer and Making it More Accessible than Ever (PRESS RELEASE). ” Artland, the world’s leading community platform dedicated to connecting art lovers and galleries worldwide, today announced the general availability of its platform for art buyers and galleries in the United States. Available in the Apple App Store and on the web, Artland curates a unique digital community for both galleries and art collectors. Artland enables on-demand viewing and purchasing of artwork from anywhere in the world through the most comprehensive 3D archive of current and past art experiences, with over 1,000 exhibitions from more than 500 galleries.”