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How Would You Explore The Knoedler And Duveen Archives?

Just the other day, I learned that the National Endowment for the Humanities had made a $300,000 grant to the Getty Research Institute to help make available the Knoedler Gallery archive. I’ve written about this archive before — it’s an important one and it’s big. Some finding aids have already been posted online. The NEH […]

Insights: Cherry-picking Culture Track 2014

Culture Track, conducted by the arts advertising/marketing firm LaPlaca Cohen, came out with its 2014 Culture Track the other day, the first since 2011. As usual, the survey — said to be the largest national tracking study of the attitudes, motives and behaviors of culturally active audiences in the U.S. — answered questions, raised some more, […]

Art History For The 21st Century

In fall 2012, James Cuno, president of the Getty Trust, chastised art historians in an op-ed on the web for being behind the times in their use of digital tools. I agreed, and wrote a post about it. So I’ve watched to see what the Getty was going to do about it — and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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