Edugraph: Jadavpur University and University of Exeter join hands for digital archive of famine tales

Edugraph: Jadavpur University and University of Exeter join hands for digital archive of famine tales. “It’s a digital tale of two famines, told through art, connecting two continents with a shared history. Jadavpur University and University of Exeter, England, are collaborating on a project to document and also artistically depict the history of famines in India and Britain. The project, Famine Tales: Famine and Dearth in India and Britain 1550-1800, is being funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK.”

The Guardian: Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show

The Guardian: Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show. “Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed next to the pyramid in thousands of years. But because of ‘security issues’ that may include concerns that she is part of a wider espionage plot, both Ai-Da and her sculpture were held in Egyptian customs for 10 days before being released on Wednesday, sparking a diplomatic fracas.”

Mashable: Nude art is getting censored on social media for a tourism board. So they went to OnlyFans.

Mashable: Nude art is getting censored on social media for a tourism board. So they went to OnlyFans.. “Vienna, Austria’s capital city, is known amongst other things for a rich history of art, measured by its many museums and infamous artistic revolt. But the tourist board found obstacles in its path to promote the city’s art, particularly the works that feature nudity. Turning to OnlyFans as a solution, Vienna has featured its ’18+ content’ on the site from artists known for ‘provocative’ portraits, some nude, like Egon Schiele, Richard Gerstl, and Amedeo Modigliani, saying it is providing ‘these artworks the freedom they deserve’.”

British Library: Antoine de Lonhy and the Saluces Hours

British Library: Antoine de Lonhy and the Saluces Hours . “The Saluces Hours is a manuscript with a complicated genesis. It was produced in Savoy, which in the 15th century was in independent duchy, and today comprises an area of southeast France and northwest Italy. The manuscript was originally begun around the 1440s, several decades before Lonhy’s involvement in the project. In this first stage, the text was probably completed and the process of illuminating the book begun.” Breathtaking! I probably say that half the time for illuminated manuscripts, but it’s always true.

Google Blog: Explore impossible exhibitions in 3D

Google Blog: Explore impossible exhibitions in 3D. “Since we launched our first Pocket Gallery in 2018, the culturally curious from all across the globe have used augmented reality to step inside our ever-growing collection of virtual galleries created with the help of our partners from around the world. From the original Pocket Gallery that united all of Vermeer’s artworks for the first time in history, to the virtual construction of lost Bauhaus buildings, Pocket Gallery has brought numerous previously-impossible exhibitions to your AR-enabled smartphone. Today, we are making the entire series of Pocket Galleries available to anyone on the web, meaning they can now be explored on desktop and on mobiles with or without AR capabilities.”

The Star (Malaysia): Malaysian gallery preserves art collection for 1,000 years in an Arctic vault

The Star (Malaysia): Malaysian gallery preserves art collection for 1,000 years in an Arctic vault. “It might be hard to imagine what the world will be like in a thousand years, but here’s something we do know now: a number of artworks from the private collection of Artemis Art’s co-founders S. Jamal Al-Idrus and U.C. Loh will be safe and sound in a repository in Svalbard, Norway. Artemis Art has signed up to be a part of the Arctic World Archive (AWA), a safe repository for world memory and collections.”

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.”

BNN Bloomberg: A New Database Could Make It Easier to Successfully Invest in Art

BNN Bloomberg: A New Database Could Make It Easier to Successfully Invest in Art. “On the face of it, the database is inside baseball for an already inside crowd. How many people could possibly care who the underbidder was for Balthus’s 1939 Etude pour Portrait de Thérèse in 2005? (That would be the Geneva dealer Marc Blondeau, for anyone counting.) But in digitizing a quarter-century of records, [Josh] Baer has built a powerful tool for sifting data that was once the exclusive purview of dealers, advisers, and auction houses.” As you might imagine, access to this database is not free.

EuroNews: British Museum accepts Nigerian artist’s gift – but keeps looted bronzes

EuroNews: British Museum accepts Nigerian artist’s gift – but keeps looted bronzes. “A Nigerian artist who gifted his own work to the British Museum with the hopes of receiving looted colonial art back from them has had his offer declined. The British Museum accepted a bronze plaque made by an artist Osarobo Zeickner-Okoro, from Benin City in Nigeria, who entered negotiations for the museum to return priceless Benin Bronzes that were looted by British troops in 1897. He offered his creation to encourage the museum to give back the sculptures but also to demand acknowledgement of Benin City’s modern-day culture.”

Google Blog: How machine learning revived long lost masterpieces by Klimt

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

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.”

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.”

How to Make Comics: Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Learning and Making (Museum of Modern Art)

Museum of Modern Art: How to Make Comics: Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Learning and Making. “Over the course of three articles, writer and comics scholar Chris Gavaler helped us understand what comics are, the potential of the art form, and some of the many approaches to making comics. Still, for many of us, starting with a blank sheet of paper can be daunting—even when we know the basic ideas for filling in the page. To conclude the How to Make Comics series, we wanted to offer a step-by-step approach you can follow in order to transform that blank sheet into a visual story that’s all your own.”