University of Tennessee Knoxville: UT Libraries Acquires Beauford Delaney Collection. “The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries has acquired the complete personal archive of internationally renowned modernist painter Beauford Delaney (1901–1979). Delaney, a member of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the leading modernist painters of his time, helped revolutionize art of the 20th century through abstract and expressionist painting—all despite battling poverty, prejudice, and mental illness.”
The Art Newspaper: This digital archive brings women art dealers back into the story of Modern art. “A popular hashtag every March during Women’s History Month challenges people to name #5womenartists. But can you name five women art dealers? A new project aims to prove there are many to choose from, they just have not been mined from the margins of art history with the same vigor devoted to artists.”
New York Times: Facing Deficit, Met Considers Selling Art to Help Pay the Bills. “Facing a potential shortfall of $150 million because of the pandemic, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has begun conversations with auction houses and its curators about selling some artworks to help pay for care of the collection.”
Artforum: Leonard A. Lauder Research Center For Modern Art Launches Digital Archives. “The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art has established a new initiative to make inaccessible or rare documents available online. The project, created in collaboration with the Met’s digital department, seeks to advance scholarship through digital access to primary-source materials.”
Google Blog: Brush up on Chinese modern art with Google Arts & Culture. “For the last century, the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing has been the preeminent school of art education in China. Some of the most renowned masters of Chinese modern art trained at this hallowed institution and many of their works are stored in the CAFA Art Museum. For CAFA’s 100th anniversary, Google Arts & Culture is taking the masterpieces in its museum to the world, for a new generation of art aficionados to enjoy.”
Harvard Art Museum has has released a new digital resource related to all things Bauhaus. “Conceived and edited by Robert Wiesenberger, the Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow at the Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Bauhaus Special Collection gives users direct access to records for the more than 32,000 Bauhaus-related objects in the museums’ collections and archives. These include photographs, textiles, paintings, periodicals, and more.”
Now available: an online database for artists in Iraq. “The Ruya Artist Database will work to fulfill two main purposes. Firstly, it will provide Iraqi artists with a platform to communicate their work to an international audience of curators, collectors and art enthusiasts, providing particular support for those who may be prevented from doing so due to physical, cultural, financial or digital isolation. Secondly, it will allow curators, galleries and museums to be introduced to the work of many Iraqi artists unknown outside of Iraq. The Database will be accessible to all, from general users to art specialists. “
Lithuania is getting a new modern art museum in 2019, but in the meantime it’s getting an online museum. “[Viktoras] Butkus has collected about 4,000 works of art, mostly over the past six years. They include paintings by surrealist Mikalojus Povilas Vilutis, by Augustinas Savickas — vaguely reminiscent of Chagall — as well as sculptures by Ruta Jusionyte…. Painter Patricija Jurksaityte said the museum would offer a complete map of Lithuanian art unlike the country’s National Gallery, which often displays just a single work from any artist.” The museum’s Web site has an English version (look for the EN link in the upper right corner) so I poked around for a while, and now I really, really want a print of Gintaras Znamierowski’s Victory Boogie Woogie.