Thursday, February 4, 2016

All 118 issues of Folk Art, the magazine of the American Folk Art Museum, online

The American Folk Art Museum has digitized all of the issues of its journal Folk Art  (formerly The Clarion) and made them available online! Each issue is in full color and the text is searchable.
The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.

Friday, January 22, 2016

VIRCONA Catalog of Native American Artists!

An exciting project was recently announced to the Visual Resources Association and the arts community at large!  VIRCONA is a project initiated by the Bunting Visual Resources Library at University of New Mexico.
Example of a search result in VIRCONA
"VIRCONA is a database of Native North American visual artists. It is a web-accessible subset of the Native American entries in the electronic catalog to the collections of over 300,000 35mm slides in the Bainbridge Bunting Memorial Slide Library (now Bunting Visual Resources Library, BVRL) at the University of New Mexico (UNM). VIRCONA was created to be a shared resource on the Internet for the nonprofit use of educational, research, scholarly, and cultural institutions.

Example of an individual record in VIRCONA
"VIRCONA is an acronym of Visual Resources Catalog Of Native American Artists. It was established in 2000 as part of a two-year project funded by the Educational Foundation of America (EFA) for the Regents of the University of New Mexico. The project was a collaboration of the BVRL with the Arts of Americas Institute (a former program of the UNM College of Fine Arts) to share the Native American portion of the slide library's artist authority and cataloging data with other educational visual resources collections."

Friday, November 20, 2015

Theo Jansen's Strandbeests

Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who, in 1990, began creating kinetic sculptures out of recycled materials (PVC, plastic bottles, etc.). These animated sculptures take on the form of beach creatures in his series of "Strandbeests," which will be exhibited in the United States at the Peabody Essex Museum.

"In 2015, the Peabody Essex Museum kicks off the first U.S. tour featuring Theo Jansen's famed kinetic sculptures. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen's Strandbeests (beach animals) blur the lines between art and science, sculpture and performance. The exhibition will celebrate the thrill of the Strandbeests' unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolutionary development on the Dutch seacoast. The exhibition will premiere at PEM in Fall 2015, then travel to Chicago and San Francisco."

Monday, October 12, 2015

Free Online Art Books from The Art Canada Institute

The Art Canada Institute has made their collection of books about artists available online. Their collection includes nineteenth-century artists like the photographer William Nottman and painter Paul Kane and twentieth-century artists Emily Carr and Kathleen Munn.  Indigenous artist Pitseolak Ashoona is represented as well. The books can be read online or downloaded as ebooks. 
Emily Carr, Totem Walk at Sitka, 1907
Watercolour on paper, 38.5 x 38.5 cm
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Each book includes the artist's life history, key works (which can be downloaded as presentation-level quality images), critical significance, and which museums hold examples of their work.

Pitseolak Ashoona, Legend of the Woman Who Turned into a Narwhal, c. 1974
Coloured felt-tip pen on paper, 66 x 50.7 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
The Art Canada Institute is "a non-profit research organization based at Massey College, University of Toronto. Founded in 2012, the ACI is the only national institution whose mandate is to promote the study of an inclusive multi-vocal Canadian art history to as broad an audience as possible, in both English and French, within Canada and internationally. The ACI works with more than 50 of Canada’s leading art historians, curators, and visual culture experts who are dedicated to the creation of authoritative original content on the people, themes, and topics that have defined Canadian art history."