When the weather starts getting unbearable New Yorkers—Artstor staff included—flock to the boardwalks of Brooklyn’s Coney Island or Rockaway Beach in Queens.
This ritual is nothing new and was, in fact, one of the pet subjects of Reginald Marsh (1898 –1954), an American artist famous for his paintings of New York City in the ’20s and ’30s. His city scenes are remarkable for their palpable sense of movement—bodies walk or loiter on street corners, crowds swell as New York’s lights pulsate and glow in the background.
That Marsh’s canvases seem to vibrate is due not only to his staccato brush strokes and bright, reflective colors, but also to his choice of subject matter. Rather than portray New York City’s elite, Marsh turned to everyday people and entertainments. Favorite subjects included burlesque and Vaudeville performers, pedestrians and, yes, public beaches. Continue Reading »
Ray De Lucia and Matt Kalmenoff working on Killer Whale Group, Hall of Ocean Life, 1967, American Museum of Natural History, Photographer: Alex J. Rota. Image and original data provided by Library, American Museum of Natural History
Artstor Digital Library and the American Museum of Natural History have released 1,700 images of objects from the Museum’s Division of Anthropology and historical photographs from the Research Library’s Photo Archive.
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its foundation in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. Continue Reading »
Women have long been used as inspiration for art. They have served as muses to both eastern and western culture, and our bodies have been used to represent the power and beauty of nature.
Yet the images of the female body that we see on a daily basis are often passive and hyper-sexualized. Women’s bodies are the go-to sales tactic in popular media and advertising. Yes, you might say, sex sells, but nothings sells as much as our sex sells. Women’s bodies sell beer, cars, perfume, burgers, chewing gum, and even animals rights (yes, you read that correctly – look up PETA’s campaigns) — and of course, the object that all of the women in these advertisements are ultimately selling is themselves.
More than 1,500 images of art from Russian museums have been released in the Artstor Digital Library in collaboration with the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives and Scala Archives.
Among the museums included in this release are the Hermitage, the Academy of Science, the Russian State Museum, the Russian National Library, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Open Air Museum, and the Tretyakov Gallery. Continue Reading
We invited Lee T. Pearcy of Bryn Mawr College’sDepartment of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, to discuss the Classicizing Philadelphia project.
One way to think about America’s relationship with ancient Greece and Rome is to imagine a dialogue. Listen carefully as you wander around Philadelphia. You may be able to hear the conversation. Girard College emulates the Parthenon. The Art Museum, with its Corinthian porticoes and classical pediments, talks to Rome, and the Doric Waterworks below it talks to Greece. At the Arch Street Theater in 1858, Ernst Legouvé’s Medea talked to Euripides, and in the 2006 Mummers’ Parade, the Aqua String Band consulted Rome before it went “Roman Up Broad.” For three hundred years, Philadelphia has generated part of its own special look and feel, its culture, through a conversation with ancient Greece and Rome.
Artstor and the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (CCC) are now sharing more than 450 images in the Digital Library that explore the rich cultural nexus between tradition and innovation.
This collaboration celebrates the achievement of nine artists: Beili Liu, Lam Tung-pang (recipient of the 2012 Asian Cultural Council award and of the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Best Visual Artist of the Year award), Chongbin Zheng, Fei Cui, Imin Yeh, Mu Xi, Stella Zhang, and Summer Lee. CCCArts, the Foundation’s visual arts program, calls their work “among the most innovative artistic expressions today.”
Founded in 1965, the Chinese Culture Foundation’s goal is to “promote and influence the course of art and culture, contributing to the global discourse with crucial impact.” CCCArts challenges perceptions and encourages risk-taking by bringing critical visibility through open dialogue.
Deir Mar Musa; exterior | 11th -13th century | Damascus | Photographer: James J. O’Donnell
Artstor and Georgetown University’s James J. O’Donnell are collaborating to share 21 images of Deir Mar Musa, a monastic compound north of Damascus, in the Digital Library.
Deir Mar Musa began as a Byzantine watchtower, served as a medieval hermitage and modern monastery, fell into disrepair and neglect, and was then brought back to life a few years ago as a monastic community and place for Christian and Muslim Syrians to meet in mutual respect. O’Donnell’s photographs document the site and its murals, which date ca. 11th-13th centuries.
Artstor and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) have released approximately 250 images from the permanent collection of the Museum at FIT.
The Museum at FIT is the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to the art of fashion. Best known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, the museum has a collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating from the 18th century to the present. The museum is part of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a State University of New York (SUNY) college of art, design, business, and technology that has been at the crossroads of commerce and creativity for nearly 70 years.