CBC: Online database for Inuit art looking for Nunatsiavut artists

CBC: Online database for Inuit art looking for Nunatsiavut artists. “The Inuit Art Foundation is looking for Nunatsiavut artists to add to their growing online database, which highlights Inuit artists from across Canada. The IAF’s goal is to broaden the public’s awareness of the history of Inuit art and to connect artists with researchers or anyone who is interested in the art an artist creates.”

New York Times: Wondering Who Did That Painting? There’s an App (or Two) for That

New York Times: Wondering Who Did That Painting? There’s an App (or Two) for That. “At the Betty Cuningham gallery on the Lower East Side recently, I noticed an arresting painting: It showed a nude woman curled against a window, asleep, with the old New Yorker Hotel and Empire State Building in view and a fish above her, hanging or floating. I opened a smartphone app called Magnus, snapped a quick picture, and clicked ‘Use.’ Seconds later, I got that addictive, satisfying click. The app had found a match.”

Phys .org: Science puts historical claims to the test

Phys .org: Science puts historical claims to the test. “As any historian will tell you, we can rarely take the claims made by our ancestors at face value. The authenticity of many of the artefacts which shape our understanding of the past have been hotly debated for centuries, with little consensus amongst researchers. Now, many of these disputes are being resolved through scientific research, including two studies recently published in EPJ Plus.”

Artsy: The LAPD recovered more than 100 paintings and artifacts stolen in a 1993 burglary spree.

Artsy: The LAPD recovered more than 100 paintings and artifacts stolen in a 1993 burglary spree.. “The LAPD is working with experts from the J. Paul Getty Museum to create a catalogue of the works and appraise their value. While some of them have been valued at $60,000, others have to be reappraised because years of improper storage may have caused damage. In the meantime, the police department created a public online database in hopes that victims of the 1993 burglaries will come forward to claim stolen items they’re owed.”

The Chemistry Of Art: Scientists Explore Aged Paint In Microscopic Detail To Inform Preservation Efforts (ScienceBlog)

ScienceBlog: The Chemistry Of Art: Scientists Explore Aged Paint In Microscopic Detail To Inform Preservation Efforts. “Watching paint dry may seem like a boring hobby, but understanding what happens after the paint dries can be key in preserving precious works of art. The formation of metal soaps in artwork composed with oil paints can cause ‘art acne’ – including pimpling and more severe deterioration – which poses a pressing challenge for art conservation around the globe.”

Bahrain News Agency: Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears

Bahrain News Agency: Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears. “The [National Museum of Afghanistan]’s recovery began in earnest in 2004, during the period when the defeated Taliban quietly began to regroup. A few hundred objects have been restored in recent years. Now the museum and the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute are compiling as complete an inventory as possible in the hope of tracking down missing artifacts — and saving a digital record of the collection in case of further threat. That database is more than 99% complete, with more than 135,000 surviving pieces, the Oriental Institute says.”

New York Times: Art Disappears in Private Hands. Can Social Media Resurface It?

New York Times: Art Disappears in Private Hands. Can Social Media Resurface It . “Collecteurs, based out of the New Museum’s NEW INC., a cultural incubator, is a public benefit corporation with a stated mission to bring artwork into the light — at least, the light of the internet. Its founders are Jessica and Evrim Oralkan, married collectors who became overwhelmed by the size of their own trove of art. They were struggling to manage it, and share it with the public.”