February 23, 2012
"STASH" (video review)
Stash Media Inc.
What do whales, pigs, undercover agents and carousals have in common? Easy, they’re all part of the latest from STASH. With DVD volumes 49 through 67 (subsequent issues are available online), our STASH collection features a wide range of projects including short films, advertisements, and video game graphics. Ranging from humorous to sorrowful, each clip features the best in animation techniques and a variety of styles. So stop by Imageworks to check out what we have featuring the latest in animation, motion graphics and VFX.
February 21, 2012
"Endangered Library Negatives of Works of Art in Private Collections"
William Barraud, A Piebald Hackney, 1838
Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches
Source: Frick Photoarchive, digital image 52282
Searching in vain for a painting by a now-obscure artist? One new place to check is the Frick Collection's digital image archive:
"Early in its history, The Frick Art Reference Library sponsored photographic expeditions throughout the United States as well as in Europe to document works of art not previously photographed, gaining entry to collections few researchers had any hope of seeing. The 57,000 large-format negatives that comprise this collection are, for the most part, unique visual records of lesser-known and previously unpublished works of art. The most substantial section of the collection is composed of negatives from the American campaigns. Between 1922 and 1967, Frick staff photographers conducted field trips to document works of art, primarily early American portraits, in American collections."
The current location of the painting shown above is unknown. But go to the Frick's site, and you may study the high-resolution copy of the library's negative. A "magnifying glass" feature allows you to see details of the image. And, clicking on "go to full library record" provides more information about the painting, including provenance and other bibliographic sources. Kudos to the Frick and its supporters, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Henry Luce Foundation, for providing this resource.
February 16, 2012
"Eames" (video review)
Charles Eames, Lounge Chair and Ottoman, 1956
Photo: Davis Digital Images
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection
Eames: The Architect and The Painter
Narrated by James Franco
The works, lives, and abundant creativity of Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic couple whose work became the pinnacle of mid-20th century design, are examined in this film. Charles and Ray met while working at the Cranbrook Academy of Art here in Michigan. Subsequently they moved to L.A. with the dream of creating quality furniture for everyone, starting with their mass-producible plywood chair. They set up their studio in Venice, CA, and the rest is history. Their studio became known as the “Eamery” where creative artists and designers worked around the clock. Not limiting themselves to furniture, Charles and Ray explored a wide range of media including painting, architecture, film, and photography. Their amazing lives and the many accomplishments they achieved to re-create the very idea of design are still highly influential in the design world today.
February 14, 2012
Hailed as the “Facebook for the Art World” by ReadWriteWeb, my-artmap is the latest in resources to connect with art professionals worldwide. The site is available in Dutch, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Russian, and Spanish with the goal of allowing members to share, show, and discuss art with others. Take the artmap tour to check out the numerous opportunities the site offers. There is something for every art enthusiast from its Dashboard featuring the latest art news, to the ability to create your own gallery to share your pictures with others, and finally to its Newscafé where you can check out and discuss the latest sales and developments on the art market. Take a look and join today to become a part of the vast resources my-artmap has to offer!
February 08, 2012
Sacred Hands: An Exhibit of Manuscripts with Texts of the Three Abrahamic Faiths
From the Special Collections and Papyrology Libraries
Through March 4, 2012
Sacred Hands, the latest exhibition at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, features the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, donated to the university by Carlos and Clara Quintanilla. Commissioned by the Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota, Welsh artist Donald Jackson was able to achieve his childhood dream of creating an illuminated Bible in 2007. For this project he designed his own alphabet and worked with other Welsh artists to create exquisite illustrations that artfully combine the traditions of illumination throughout history with the developments in contemporary art. The Heritage Edition, a high quality, print facsimile, was then created so that this manuscript can be shared worldwide. For more information on the project check out The Saint John's Bible website.
This exhibition places the Heritage Edition of this contemporary illuminated manuscript within the tradition of manuscript illumination and holy texts from the Abrahamic faiths, drawing a most comprehensive connection between the past and present. Papyri from Egypt featuring Gospels written in Greek from the 4th century are featured alongside medieval illuminated Bibles. The exhibit also features examples of Torah scrolls and manuscripts as well as Islamic manuscripts of the Qur’ān. Finally, the first pages of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition are on display, featuring the most profound vision of creation I have ever seen.
February 01, 2012
"Vermeer" (video review)
Vermeer: Light, Love, and Silence
Directed by Michael Gill
He is one of the most famous Dutch painters of all time, a master of capturing light and quiet, reflective moments, yet so little is known about Vermeer himself. Almost no documentation of his career or life remains and only 35 paintings survive him. However, through analysis of the artist's techniques this film pieces together what can be inferred about him from his paintings. Vermeer's interest in science is superficially evident in his paintings such as The Astronomer and The Geographer, as well as his friendship with the scientist Anthony van Leyden. This interest in science is clearly deeper when it is seen how Vermeer applied the use of inventions such as the camera obscura to help him create his masterpieces. The film also reveals more about Vermeer through the history of the Netherlands and the contemporary events of his time, proposing how that context along with the work of other artists may have been influential to his work. Discover more about this Dutch master today by checking out Vermeer: Light, Love, and Silence.