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.”
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. “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.
Indiana University: Indiana University and Uffizi Gallery unveil website featuring first set of 3D, digitized artifacts. “As a result of a collaboration between Indiana University and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, it’s now possible to view some of the world’s most admired ancient artifacts and sculptures in 3D without traveling overseas.”
Arab News: ‘Guardian of Nineveh’: Iraqi statue destroyed by Daesh recreated, showcased in the heart of London. “Daesh militants smashed the original to pieces in 2015, but it has now been recreated by Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz, using recycled cans that contained another treasure from Iraq — date syrup…. The sculpture was chosen from a shortlist of six and is part of a larger project by Rakowitz. The Chicago-based artist is gradually reconstructing the entire database of 7,000 works looted from the National Museum of Iraq in 2003 or destroyed at archaeological sites in the aftermath of the Iraq war.”
Agenda: Artist Tamara Kvesitadze’s work showcased on Google Arts and Culture. “The extensive online database of Google Arts and Culture now features contemporary art from Georgia, after the online platform launched a display of works by artist Tamara Kvesitadze. Tamara Kvesitadze or the Triumph of Ambivalence is a collection of over 20 works by the creative who has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and major venues in Europe and beyond.”
Northwestern: Unprecedented study of Picasso’s bronzes uncovers new details. “The international research team of scientists, art conservators and curators used the portable instruments and a robust database of alloy ‘fingerprints’ to non-invasively analyze a priceless group of 39 bronzes (cast between 1905 and 1959) and 11 painted sheet metal sculptures (from the 1960s) in the Musée national Picasso-Paris’ collection.”