WRAL: Augmented reality: Have you seen the invisible statues appearing around downtown Cary?

WRAL: Augmented reality: Have you seen the invisible statues appearing around downtown Cary?. “If you see people gathering around to look at something, but you don’t see anything there, it might be part of the new augmented reality art project happening around downtown. Once again, the town has hidden secret art pieces around town to surprise and delight – and give you another reason to get outside.”

Techdirt: Imminent Win For The Public Domain: Court Likely To Compel Musée Rodin To Release Its 3D Scans Of Sculptor’s Works For Free

Techdirt: Imminent Win For The Public Domain: Court Likely To Compel Musée Rodin To Release Its 3D Scans Of Sculptor’s Works For Free. “Back in 2019, Techdirt wrote about a fascinating case involving a bogus CC license on a 3D scan of a 3000-year-old bust of Nefertiti. The person at the heart of the saga was the artist and open access activist Cosmo Wenman…. Following his success in liberating the 3D scan of Nefertiti, Wenman is now trying to do the same with 3D scans of the works of the great French sculptor Auguste Rodin.”

Smithsonian Magazine: Explore the Newly Digitized Archive of Alexander Calder, Famed ‘Sculptor of Air’

Smithsonian Magazine: Explore the Newly Digitized Archive of Alexander Calder, Famed ‘Sculptor of Air’. “During his lifetime, Alexander Calder’s whimsical ‘mobiles,’ or moving abstract sculptures that balance on thin wires and appear to float in the air, ensured his status as one of America’s most beloved sculptors. Forty-five years after the artist’s death in 1976 at age 78, admirers can explore materials linked to his life and work through a newly debuted digital archive from the Calder Foundation. Per a statement, the regularly updated site currently features 1,377 works of art, 1,000 historical photographs and archival documents, and 48 historic and contemporary scholarly texts.”

The Guardian: UK public urged to find statues of women for gender gap database

The Guardian: UK public urged to find statues of women for gender gap database. “People are being urged to find female statues in their local areas as part of a campaign to record the sculptures and busts of ‘real-life women’ and redress the gender imbalance in civic monuments. The campaign group Public Sculpture and Statues Association (PSSA) has so far recorded 100 sculptures in the UK as part of its new public database. Its co-chair Joanna Barnes said the list was not comprehensive and new submissions were being made.”

USA Today: Do Lincoln, Washington deserve statues? Chicago flags 41 controversial monuments for scrutiny

USA Today: Do Lincoln, Washington deserve statues? Chicago flags 41 controversial monuments for scrutiny. “City leaders on Wednesday flagged 41 controversial monuments, plaques and artworks for public discussion, months after the mayor formed a committee to review the city’s collection in the wake of a series of protests related to monuments last summer.”

Architectural Digest: So This Is What the Noguchi Museum Got Up to During Quarantine

Architectural Digest: So This Is What the Noguchi Museum Got Up to During Quarantine. “With limited social interaction comes more opportunities for reflection, meditation, and contemplation. The last five months have offered that opportunity, though people and institutions have taken to it with varying degrees of enthusiasm. The Noguchi Museum in Queens, New York, has chosen to lean even further into the culture of stillness that their founder Isamu Noguchi engaged with during his lifetime. During one week in May, Dakin Hart, the senior curator of the museum, and artist Nick Knight collaborated on a special project celebrating the ideals of Noguchi. Distance Noguchi is a series of twenty-two films of roughly four hours each (edited down from 80 hours of raw footage) that have now been made available through the museum website.”

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online

Apartment Therapy: Lucy Liu is Also an Artist—and Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition Can be Toured Online. “While known for her movie and TV roles, actor Lucy Liu’s resume goes well beyond Hollywood. She’s also a painter and sculptor—and Liu’s first U.S. museum exhibition is now available to tour online. Entitled ‘Lucy Liu: One of These Things is Not Like the Other,’ Liu’s exhibition of wood sculptures and paintings is available to tour on the Napa Valley Museum’s website from now until August 2. To access the tour, museum attendees are asked to make a donation of any amount to provide support for the museum amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Crafts Magazine: Free access to Crafts Magazine’s 50 year archive

Crafts Magazine: Free access to Crafts Magazine’s 50 year archive. “At Crafts magazine, their thoughts are with all readers and contributors at this challenging time. To help brighten up isolation, they’re offering you all free access to our digital edition for a month. You can dig into every issue from the magazine’s history – from the shiny latest editions to forgotten hits from the 1970s, 80s and 90s – to while away the hours and be inspired.” This is like museum-level crafts. Sculpture, textiles — I even saw some really impressive umbrellas in one of the 1970s issues.

Reason: A German Museum Tried To Hide This Stunning 3D Scan of an Iconic Egyptian Artifact. Today You Can See It for the First Time

Reason: A German Museum Tried To Hide This Stunning 3D Scan of an Iconic Egyptian Artifact. Today You Can See It for the First Time. “In Berlin, the state-funded Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection has a high-quality, full-color 3D scan of the most iconic portrait sculpture ever produced, the 3,364-year-old Bust of Nefertiti. It has held this artifact since 1920, just a few years after its discovery in Amarna, Egypt; Egypt has been demanding its repatriation ever since it first went on display. The bust is one of the most copied works of ancient Egyptian art, and has become a cultural symbol of Berlin. For reasons the museum has difficulty explaining, this scan too is off-limits to the public. Rather, it was off-limits. I was able to obtain it after a 3-year-long freedom of information effort directed at the organization that oversees the museum.”

Art Forum: Noguchi Museum Launches Digital Archive

Art Forum: Noguchi Museum Launches Digital Archive. “The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum (the Noguchi Museum) in Long Island City, New York, has announced the launch of its Isamu Noguchi Archive. The digitization initiative was part of a multiyear project to make the sculptor’s works more accessible to the public. More than sixty thousand objects including project records, press clippings, correspondence, and other archival materials as well as twenty-eight thousand images of Noguchi’s artworks, exhibitions and studios, and international travels are now available online.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Up your selfie game at Cantor Arts Center’s new Instagram-ready sculpture garden

San Francisco Chronicle: Up your selfie game at Cantor Arts Center’s new Instagram-ready sculpture garden. “The life-size bronze sculpture of St. Katharina painted Stanford Cardinal red stands ready to go viral on Instagram, and that’s the point. ‘We are trying to make this a 21st century museum so that we can connect with our 21st century audiences,’ says Susan Dackerman, who was hired in 2017 as director of the Cantor Arts Center.”

Engadget: Thanks to AR, the Statue of Liberty is more accessible than ever

Engadget: Thanks to AR, the Statue of Liberty is more accessible than ever. “Rather than build the Statue of Liberty in such a way that its 200,000-lb copper shell stood upright on its own, Gustave Eiffel — the man behind the eponymous tower — designed it around a massive inner framework. You might have already known this, but it’s the kind of detail that doesn’t often spring to mind unless you’re 1) a French/American history buff or 2) someone who has already been inside the thing. Thankfully, to coincide with the opening of the official Statue of Liberty museum this week, there’s a new AR-focused iOS app to give visitors and the far-flung curious an up-close look at France’s majestic gift to the US.”

Independent (Ireland): Rodin statue outside Nando’s among first to feature in new database

Independent (Ireland): Rodin statue outside Nando’s among first to feature in new database. “A statue of Eve by Auguste Rodin that sits outside a Nando’s restaurant in Harlow is one of the first to be included in a new database of publicly owned sculptures in the UK. Charitable organisation Art UK is working on what they say is the largest sculpture cataloguing project ever undertaken in the UK. They endeavour to have listed an estimated 150,000 pieces online by 2020.”

Unblocking naked Venus: Facebook OKs museum nudes after all (Phys .org)

Phys .org: Unblocking naked Venus: Facebook OKs museum nudes after all. “It seems Facebook can be friends with a topless Venus after all. The social media giant said Tuesday it mistakenly blocked a museum in Switzerland from using images of two statues—a marble Venus and a bronze of a nude, kneeling man—to promote an upcoming exhibit.” Facebook is really excellent at making mistakes like this, isn’t it?

Fuller Craft Museum: Fuller Craft Museum Launches New Digital Archive of Permanent Collection

Fuller Craft Museum: Fuller Craft Museum Launches New Digital Archive of Permanent Collection. “The Permanent Collection at Fuller Craft Museum spans the major craft media of wood, metal, glass, ceramic, and fiber, and includes a diverse range of object classifications, from baskets and jewelry to furniture and outdoor sculpture. The Museum began collecting craft objects in the early 1980s with new works grants from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and ramped up in 2003 when the Museum’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to shift the focus of the institution to contemporary craft. Now, with nearly 800 objects in our collection and close to 500 emerging, mid-career, and established artists and creators, Fuller Craft represents a wide range of talent and style in contemporary craft.” The archive will be updated over time.