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New Web Resources Everywhere, It Seems


Hard on the heels of the recent announcement by the Vatican, that its bounteous library had begun digitizing all 82,000 manuscripts in its 135 collections -- thanks to help from the Japanese Japanese technology group NTT Data -- the Tate has made available a rich artistic resource. It's called Audio Arts, and it consists of 245 hours of more than 1,640 interviews with artists, critics and other art world figures. This one is already available here. As the Tate's press release describes it: The list of interviewees ...includes some of the … [Read more...]

The New Stolen-Art Tracker Opens Its Doors


On Monday, Art Recovery Group PLC -- the brand-new competitor to Art Loss Register -- opened its offices in Kensington, London, and announced an impressive line-up of staff members. ARG, you'll recall, was founded last fall after ALR came under intensified scrutiny for its heavy-handed practices. The New York Times laid them all out in an article headlined Tracking Stolen Art, for Profit, and Blurring a Few Lines, published last Sept. 20. In it, Christopher A. Marinello, who was often ALR's spokeman, said he was quitting and would start his … [Read more...]

School Days At Crystal Bridges: Ring That Bell!


For those of you who questioned the decision of Alice Walton to plunk down an art museum in what to city-dwellers seemed the middle of nowhere -- which I never did, being from someplace that didn't have all that much art -- it's time to eat some crow. Not only has Crystal Bridges exceeded attendance expectations -- more than 1 million people have shown up since its opening on 11/11/11 -- but also the museum has now released results of a study that is an indication of its positive impact on schoolchildren. Researchers from the University … [Read more...]

Dallas Museum of Art Spreads Its “Free” Influence


Last week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced grant to museums worth nearly $30 million, and several of them have separately been announcing their grants. Today came news that the Dallas Museum of Art received "a National Leadership Grant" of more than $450,000 that will go towards taking its innovative "Museum’s Friends membership program"  to the Denver Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Congratulations to Max Anderson, the director of the DMA, and his team there, … [Read more...]

More On That MoMA-Universities Link


Last April here, I spilled the beans on a new research program between MoMA and several universities called the Museum Research Consortium. It's a four-year pilot program aimed at studying objects in MoMA’s collection.  Last Thursday, MoMA finally put out a press release with more details. The museum announced the personnel involved from Princeton, Columbia, Yale, NYU-IFA and the Graduate Center of the City of New York, all under the direction of MoMA curator Leah Dickerman. Here's the key component: The program will unite the Museum’s … [Read more...]

Knoedler Gallery Reveals Its Tales — At The Getty


By complete serendipity, I stopped in to look at the Getty's blog, called The Iris, today -- and here's what I found: a post from yesterday saying the part of the Knoedler & Co. Gallery archive is processed and "available for research." Some finding aids have been posted online already. The Getty purchased the Knoedler archive -- 1,300 linear feet -- just last October, and took possession in December. So this is speedy work. It covers the period from about 1850 to 1971, and included "letters, telegrams, albums, sales books, stock and … [Read more...]

Forecast For Culture Next Year: Optimism

The National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which I wrote about favorably here in February, is out with its first survey of the health of the "arts industry," and I must say I am a tad disappointed. For two reasons. But first, here are the results: After surveying arts leaders in all disciplines, the study found that they in general have a positive outlook for the future of their organizations in areas like attendance, earned revenue, donor support, program quality and so on. For example, although only … [Read more...]

Mellon And MoMA: A New Kind Of Research Team?


Museums conduct all kinds of research, if sometimes fitfully. Recently, I learned of a new effort, though, which might break some ground. It brings graduate students and faculty to a museum's collection. It's happening at the Museum of Modern Art and funded by the Mellon Foundation, though neither one of them has published a press release. The best information I found online was in the form of a job posting. It's for the role of "museum research project coordinator," and despite the low-end title and mostly administrative duties, it requires … [Read more...]

It Pays To Nag: SMU Creates An Arts Research/Data Center


Someone's listening. I've not been the only one who's called repeatedly for more and better information -- real data -- on the cultural world, but I've been in that camp for a long time. (For example, see here and here.) Tonight, Southern Methodist University in Dallas is announcing an answer to those pleas: the creation of a National Center for Arts Research there. It will, according to the announcement, "aggregate and analyze the largest database of arts research ever assembled in order to create the most complete picture of the health of … [Read more...]

Jim Cuno Takes On The Art History World


I'd never heard of an online publication called The Daily Dot until it was called to my attention yesterday because, of all things, the president of the Getty Trust -- Jim Cuno -- had written an op-ed piece for the site.  And in what seems strange to me, his piece has more Facebook likes (262 at this writing) than any other op-ed on the new opinion page -- weird considering the esoteric subject. But maybe, perhaps, not quite so weird because Cuno chastises art historians for being behind when it comes to digital technology, and the site is … [Read more...]

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