The College Art Association has published its Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts. This follows and builds upon CAA’s 2014 publication of Copyright, Permissions, and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report.
The Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums of Asian art, released their entire digitized collections online on January 1, 2015. With the new Open F|S, you can now download high-resolution images of more than 40,000 works in the two museums, and you are permitted to use them for any non-commercial purpose.
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington are among the nation’s most important collections of Asian art, with a particular strength in the arts of China. In addition, they are home to works from ancient Egypt, the Islamic world, and the United States, including James McNeill Whistler’s famous Peacock Room at the Freer.
You can read the press release about Open F|S here.
This month, new images have been added to the following collections in the Artstor Digital Library:
- Perhaps most significantly, more than 24,000 additional images of works in the world-class collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington (note that you may also download larger versions of these images directly from the NGA’s own website)
- 600 additional images of works in the Dallas Museum of Art as part of the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program
- 3,000 additional images of Tibetan, Chinese, and Indian art and architecture by Rob Linrothe
- Nearly 7,000 additional images from Franklin Furnace
- 1,000 additional images from Panos Pictures
The University of Delaware Library’s own William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection is the subject of a recent post in the Artstor Blog. The story highlights the Library’s collection of well over 12,000 bookplates dating from the 18th through 20th centuries, all of which can be viewed in Artstor.
The Brewer bookplates represent just one of many image collections from the UD Library that are available in Artstor. And even for non-Artstor subscribers, the Library’s collections are made freely available to anyone through the open-access Shared Shelf Commons.
Here is a roundup of some recent stories from the museum world:
- A “grand bargain” appears to have saved the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, which was in danger of being sold off to help pay the massive debts of the bankrupt city of Detroit.
- A Renaissance statue of Adam by the Venetian sculptor Tullio Lombardo has been put back on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after more than a decade of conservation. The marble statue had shattered in 2002 when its pedestal buckled beneath its weight.
- The Harvard Art Museums have reopened after a six-year expansion. The new complex, designed by architect Renzo Piano, unites the three museums (Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum) under a single roof.
- Billionaire Jerry Perenchio is donating his collection of 19th- and 20th-century art to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
- After the controversial deaccessioning of several works from its collection, the Delaware Art Museum has retired its debt and announced that it has received a number of new gifts.
Artstor has released a new version of its Offline Image Viewer (OIV). For Mac users, OIV 4.0 is compatible with OSX Mavericks (version 10.9), but it is not yet compatible with Apple’s newest operating system, OSX Yosemite (version 10.10). So if you use OIV, I would recommend waiting to upgrade your system to Yosemite until Artstor has addressed this known issue.
You can find more information about new features in OIV 4.0, along with detailed instructions for installing it, in the Artstor Blog.
- Works in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- Works in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth
- Works in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
- Prints and photographs of Parisian interior design from the New York School of Interior Design
- Architecture photographed by the scholars William L. MacDonald and John Pinto
- New images have been also added to the collection of the American Institute of Indian Studies
A new collection in Flickr assembles millions of images from copyright-free (pre-1923) books that had previously been digitized and placed online. The story of the technology behind this project is maybe even more interesting than the images themselves, as you can read about here.
You can also explore the Internet Archive Book Images photostream in Flickr.
New images have recently been added to the Artstor Digital Library:
- More than 5,000 additional images of works in the J. Paul Getty Museum
- More than 800 additional images of works in the Saint Louis Art Museum
- Nearly 3,000 more images of Cyprus and the Mediterranean world from Allan Langdale
- More than 60 images of community murals and public art from San Anto Cultural Arts in San Antonio, Texas
- Also, there are now more than 100,000 images in Shared Shelf Commons, including thousands from the University of Delaware Library
Here are a few recent stories of interest from the museum world:
- The Morgan Library and Museum in New York has digitized its entire collection of Rembrandt etchings. A new online collection of about 500 images lets you explore nearly all of the prints made by Rembrandt during his lifetime. These are not Open Access images, so you cannot do whatever you want with them, but you are permitted to download them for personal, educational, or noncommercial use.
- The late Richard Mellon Scaife, who died earlier this month, has left roughly half of his art collection to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The rest of his collection will go to the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh). There are few details about the nature of the collection itself, but it is said to consist mainly of American works.