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The VRC has just added images to MDID from the new catalogue, Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?, which features a comprehensive selection of artist Rosalyn Drexler's major paintings and early sculptures that hadn't been exhibited since 1960. The publication also includes various archival materials, documentation of her performances/ theatrical work, and photos recalling her role in the downtown New York scene.
Pick up the book on our New Books shelf if you like what you see!
All photos: Rosalyn Drexler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
The Nationalmuseum in Sweden has made available 3,000 high-res images of its most popular artworks for free download on Wikimedia Commons. Click the image below to peruse!
Now available on MDID: Nearly 90 images of works by the pioneering artist Ray Johnson (1927-1995), who was once dubbed "New York's most famous unknown artist" in the 60's by New York Times contributor, Grace Glueck. Studying under Robert Motherwell and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, Johnson became an early participant in the Fluxus and Pop movements, and is best known today for his complex, clever collages, correspondence, mail art as well as ephemera that combined image with text, history and pop culture.
Don't forget to check out all of the publications we have on Ray Johnson by going to the Library's Online Vision Catalog or by clicking the image below:
IMAGE: Audrey Hepburn and Alfred H. Barr, Jr. at the exhibition Picasso: 75th Anniversary, on view May 4, 1957 through August 25, 1957 (first floor and auditorium); May 22, 1957 through September 8, 1957 (third floor) at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
While these emojis are not yet real/functional, we think it should only be a matter of time...
What art history emoji would you design?
Above images taken from Hyperallergic; all images by and courtesy of Cantor Fine Art.
H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y , M A R C E L D U C H A M P ! ! !
From Cubism to Futurism, to Dada and Surrealism, Marcel Duchamp (July 28, 1887 - October 2, 1968) has been associated with many different artistic movements, even though he refused to be affiliated with any specific style and eventually renounced artmaking all together. Perhaps Willem de Kooning aptly categorized Duchamp best, describing him as a one-man movement. Whatever the case, it is clear that Duchamp's evolution as an artist was all about subverting traditional modes of artistic production and using ideas as the driving force for art, which is why many consider him to be the father of Conceptual art. His prolific work, full of playful ridicule and the questioning of status quo, paved the way for later styles such as Pop and Minimalism, undeniably changing the course of art history in a way that very few artists can claim to this day.
The Library has over 100 titles about Duchamp and MDID has over 100 images. Check them out today!
Over 25 images from the catalog Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk—An Introspective are now available on MDID.
Accompanying an exhibition of the same title at the Brooklyn Museum in 2011, this publication features a selection of 13 pieces by New York–based conceptual artist Sanford Biggers, whose diverse body of work addresses issues such as identity, race and spirituality.
In February of this year, Biggers was announced one of the new class members of TED2016 Fellows; as such, he gave the below talk not just sharing the motivation behind his art by detailing two of his compelling works, but also discussing how his interdisciplinary approach is meant to provoke challenging dialogues about the history and trauma of black America. Check it out:
Below excerpt taken from Carey Dunne's article, "Vatican Digitizes a 1,600-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript of the ‘Aeneid’" (Hyperallergic, July 13, 2016):
"In Rome, around the year 400, a scribe and three painters created an illuminated manuscript of Virgil’s Aeneid, illustrating the ancient hero Aeneas’ journey from Troy to Italy. 1,600 years later, the Vatican has digitized the surviving fragments of this manuscript. Known as the Vergilius Vaticanus, it’s one of the world’s oldest versions of the Latin epic poem, and you can browse it for free online."
Here is more about the Vatican Library's Digital Archiving Project:
Please drop off a cover letter and a resume at the VRC in the Visual Arts Library or email the materials to:
Lorraine Gerety firstname.lastname@example.org and Tessa Morefield email@example.com.
Note: It would speed up the application process if you go to Financial Aid and fill out the Federal Work Study form. You do not need to be eligible for work study to obtain the position, the form must be completed.
Many words have been used to describe the artwork of Egon Schiele: intense, grotesque, awkward, anguishing, pornographic, radical, honest, emotional, brilliant, ground-breaking, erotic and even [more recently] feminist. One of the leading figures behind Austrian Expressionism (and a student of the famous Symbolist artist, Gustav Klimt), Schiele is perhaps best known for his bold depictions of women along with his distorted self-portraiture, both of which were undoubtedly explorations of the psyche and sexuality. However, no matter how you view the artist's oeuvre, or even his what-was-then-deemed scandalous and licentious lifestyle, there is no denying that his work played a prominent role in the shaping of modern art and ultimately reflected both Viennese society at that time along with the questioning of gender politics at the beginning of the 20th century.
Although dying of influenza at the young age of twenty-eight (only three days after his pregnant wife had passed), Schiele was astoundingly prolific during his brief career and certainly left behind an extraordinary collection of works and a fascinating story of notoriety to be told.
Read "8 Things that Will Change the Way You Think About Egon Schiele" to learn more fascinating facts about Schiele's life.
Below is a quick snap of the selection of Egon Schiele books available at the Library. Click here for a full list.
Log in to MDID to check out more of his work, then visit the Sfeir-Semler Gallery website to see even more!
88 years ago today [in 1928], the influential French artist Yves Klein was born. Although he passed at the young age of 34, his artistic pursuits and work made a lasting mark in the art world. He might be best known for his use of and fixation with the color blue; so much so that in 1957, he developed and patented his own ultramarine blue, called International Klein Blue (IKB ). "Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions" he once claimed.
Not just a leading painter in the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme (founded by art critic Pierre Restany in 1960), he was also a forerunner of performance art, and certainly inspired Minimal art along with Pop art. In celebration of his birthday, we urge you to take a look at what we have available on the artist:
Our life is half natural and half technological. Half-and-half is good. You cannot deny that high-tech is progress. We need it for jobs. Yet if you make only high-tech, you make war. So we must have a strong human element to keep modesty and natural life.
- Nam June Paik
(from Douglas C. McGill, ART PEOPLE, New York Times, October 3, 1986)
SELECT ITEMS ON/BY NAM JUNE PAIK AT THE LIBRARY:
Nam June Paik
by Sook-Kyung Lee, Susanne Rennert
Harry N. Abrams, 2011
Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot
by Michelle Yun
Yale University Press, 2014
Nam June Paik: Lessons From the Video Master
by Skip Blumberg and 63 collaborators
New York: IMP; Chicago, IL: Distributed by Facets Video, c. 2007.
A Tribute to John Cage [by Nam June Paik]
A co-production of WGBH New Television Workshop and the TV Lab at WNET/13
Directed by David Atwood, Fred Barzyk
New York: Electronic Arts Intermix, 1973 (re-edited 1976)
...well, not exactly. However, a completely original portrait was created in the exact style of Rembrandt by computer data and algorithms designed based on the intensive analysis of every single known work by Rembrandt. This project, called The Next Rembrandt, took roughly 18 months to complete, involving a group of dedicated art historians, software developers, scientists, engineers and data analysts. They even had it 3D printed to mimic the brushstrokes, using 13 layers of paint-based UV ink! Watch below or visit the link above to find out more!
Just in time for the last day of Women's History Month, the VRC has finished cataloging + uploading over 35 images of works by conceptual artist Yoko Ono to MDID, which we realize is really not much considering her work spans over 60 years, ranging from sound pieces and texts, to works on paper, objects, "instructions", performances, videos...
...the list really could keep going.
These images were scanned from the volume Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wind Show – A Retrospective (Prestel, 2013), a catalog published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition of the same title organized on the occasion of Ono’s 80th birthday a few years ago.
It showcases the enormous diversity and influence of her work, particularly in the 60s and 70s as part of the avant-garde art movement, and also highlights her world-peace projects.
Want more Yoko? Check THIS out (maybe even literally at the Library)!
PHOTO: Works by Yoko Ono [The artist with her poster for the concert of "A Grapefruit in the World of Park," Carnegie Hall Recital, 1961; Photograph by George Maciunas], 1961.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has organized a social media campaign throughout March to help everyone answer the seemingly simple question:
"Can you name five women artists?"
Sadly, even in 2016, this is still a difficult question for most to answer, even though 51% of visual artists today are women! That's why the NMWA, along with hundreds of museums worldwide, are calling special attention to the gender imbalance in the art world by sharing stories, stats, images, quotes and more about both living and past women artists with the hashtag #5womenartists on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
We encourage you to take the challenge/participate, and remember: SVA Library and MDID are at your disposal!
Here are a few of the MANY female artists we thought of first that are among our favorites:
Lastly (for now), we'd like to leave you with this great artnet article by Christie Chu:
10 Powerful Women Artists Breaking Social Taboos - And Loving It
IMAGES (L to R): Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-76); Lorna Simpson, Jet #12, '63 (2012); Guerrilla Girls, Do women have to be naked to get into U.S. museums? (2007); Graciela Iturbide, Cholas, White Fence, East L.A. (negative, 1986; print, late 1990s); Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field (1963).
Artstor has updated its Digital Library and added the following new features:
Visit Artstor's support site for more information on these new changes and known issues!
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced it will be adopting a new fair use policy, making images of the Artist's work more accessible to the public. Being the first artist-endowed foundation to do this, it is urging other artists’ estates and foundations to rethink their image restrictions given the digital era we live in.
Check out the NY Times article about it here!
IMAGE: Untitled, 1954. Combine: oil, paper, fabric, newspaper, printed reproduction with novelty light bulb, 27.5 x 21 x 4.75 inches. Private Collection. Image from Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Copyright law can be a drag, especially when all you want to use that awesome image you found Online for is to perfectly accompany your blog post, or to make an informative yet visually pleasing PowerPoint presentation for your class...
Good thing for us there's a little something called Fair Use in the U.S. [and Fair Dealing in Canada], which is a legal exception to copyright that allows the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the holder under certain circumstances. For educational institutions, libraries and the public, the fair use doctrine is the most important limitation on the rights of the copyright owner. Its flexibility not only balances copyright law but also allows it to adapt to new technologies - not to mention it accommodates freedom of speech and expression!
Given we most likely utilize fair use on a daily basis as students, faculty, librarians, etc., SVA Library figured why not celebrate Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week by sharing more info about it! Visit fairuseweek.org to learn more!
Title: Raymond Pettibon: Here's Your Irony Back: Political Works 1975-2013
Author: B. H. D. Buchloh
Editor: Julia Joern
Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Incorporated, 2013
Title: Raymond Pettibon: To Wit
Authors: Raymond Pettibon, David Zwirner Gallery
Editor: Julia Joern
Publisher: David Zwirner, 2014
Title: Raymond Pettibon
Authors: Ralph Rugoff, Raymond Pettibon
Editor: Ralph Rugoff
Contributor: Byron Coley
Publisher: Random House Incorporated, 2013
Title: Raymond Pettibon: The, Books 1978-1998
Author: Raymond Pettibon
Editor: Roberto Ohrt
Publisher: D.A.P. Distributed Art Publishers, 2000
As The Times itself states, "...as we unveil this trove of rediscovered photographs, keep in mind how much we are missing..."
Click here to check it out and make sure to visit daily to see the truly remarkable, momentous photographs and stories rediscovered.
IMAGE: George Tames, "Untitled," 1957. Courtesy The New York Times.
As part of the VRC's goal to digitize a wide range of artforms by diverse artists, we try to find what's missing from MDID because more likely than not it reflects the very same artists that have been overlooked and underrepresented in the all-too-often exclusionary art historical canon, which unfortunately in many ways still perpetuates today as represented by the art market.
That said, below are just a few of the overdue additions to MDID of strong, awesome female artists:
Check out all of the Ellsworth Kelly titles at the SVA Library HERE.
This week the New York Public Library released digital versions of more than 180,000 photographs, postcards, maps and other public domain items from its special collections. That means no permission is required and there are no restrictions on the use of these downloadable images!
Explore for yourselves by clicking here and get inspired to reuse!