The Barnes Foundation has joined a growing list of museums and other institutions that are designating their public domain images as Open Access. As always, this applies only to artworks not still protected by copyright, so most 20th-century artists (most notably Matisse, in the case of the Barnes) are excluded. But images of works by many earlier artists (such as Renoir and Cézanne) in the Barnes’ collection are now free for unrestricted use.
The Museum of Modern Art has launched an online resource documenting its complete exhibition history. Here you can find installation views, catalogues, checklists, and press releases for over 3500 exhibitions at MoMA from 1929 to the present. Needless to say, MoMA has played a central role in the history of modern and contemporary art, so this comprehensive resource should prove extremely valuable to scholars and students. You can read more in MoMA’s press release and an article in The New York Times.
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has taken the unprecedented and very promising step of relaxing its copyright restrictions and endorsing the fair use of its images. This means that for most educational or academic purposes, like teaching or publishing, reproduction of the Foundation’s images of artworks by Robert Rauschenberg is free, legal, and actually encouraged.
One of the most important postwar American artists, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) emerged in the 1950s to challenge the prevailing current of Abstract Expressionism in the US. His works revived some of the ideas Dada had introduced earlier in the 20th century, and set the stage for the Pop art of the 1960s. It seems fitting that an artist like Rauschenberg–who unabashedly appropriated and incorporated “found objects” made by someone else into his own work–should lead the way towards the free and legal use of copyrighted images.
Just in time for the holidays, Artstor has released a number of new and expanded collections in the Artstor Digital Library:
- Modern and contemporary art in the National Gallery of Art, Washington
- Additional images of works in French museums from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux
- Additional fashion photography and New Yorker cartoons from Condé Nast
- The permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum, particularly its Northwest Coast and other Native American art
- Works by modern Indian artist Francis Newton Souza
Several new collections have been added to the Artstor Digital Library this semester, and a number of existing collections have also been enlarged. These new additions include:
- Over 700 images of works in the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida
- Nearly 1,000 images of works from the collection of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens in Washington, DC
- The art of Mexico–and especially of the Mexican muralists–in over 2,000 photographs by Bob Schalkwijk
- 20 images of works by contemporary artist Howardena Pindell
- Additional images of contemporary Asian art from the Asia Art Archive
- Contemporary architecture in Mexico City: additional images from Art on File
- Additional images of modern and contemporary art in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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
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.
New images have recently been added to some existing collections in the Artstor Digital Library:
Here is a year-end roundup of some of the notable recent additions to the ARTstor Digital Library:
- Works in the Berlin State Museums, which together form one of the world’s greatest art collections (also see ARTstor’s January 2014 update here)
- The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum in New York
- Works by contemporary artist Rebecca Hackemann
- Works by modern and contemporary artists of the African Diaspora from the Mott-Warsh Collection
- Paintings, drawings, and sculpture in the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
- Works in the Trout Gallery at Dickinson College
Also, images from the University of Delaware Library are now featured in the Digital Public Library of America (DLPA).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received a major gift in the form of Leonard Lauder’s collection of Cubist art, considered one of the greatest of its kind still in private hands. The 78 works in the Lauder Collection include 33 paintings by Pablo Picasso, 17 by Georges Braque, and 14 each by Juan Gris and Fernand Léger.