The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens Up with 400,000 Images Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art digital images

This is such a great way to lose an hour or two online! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has grown its image archive online by 400,000. The museum is allowing free access to the images and free non-commercial use. They’ll be Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) which means they’re freely available to use for scholarly and academic publication. My only question is what took you so long? It’s 2014!Continue Reading

Victor Rubin Exhibition to Close Eva Breuer Gallery in Sydney

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Another art gallery in Sydney will close at the end of this month. After twenty years the Eva Breuer gallery will close its doors for the last time with an exhibition of works by Victor Rubin. Nicky McWilliam, the daughter of the late gallery founder says she no longer has the time required to run the business the way it should be. Coincidentally, Queen’s “Another one bites the dust” song just started playing on my iTunes shuffle!Continue Reading

Autistic Art – Bee’s Knees

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It’s places like Bee’s Knees that make me think art is so freaking great.. the art and the people wash away all my misanthropic thoughts for the day. I’ll watch the news or see a politician later and all the old thoughts will come flooding back of course, but for now, I love people and art. Bee’s Knees is a small group of turned on people working with autistic artists to create original ‘masterpieces’ to sell online and at various markets and galleries. All the profits then go towards art supplies and some ‘totally rad adventures’ for the artists.Continue Reading

George Stubbs Dingo and Kangaroo

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Historically significant George Stubbs paintings to stay in the UK. A retarded rat looking thing on two legs that’s supposed to be a kangaroo and a fox looking animal that’s supposed to be a dingo will no longer make their way to Australian shores after a campaign backed by British documentary maker David Attenborough saw the artworks slapped with an export ban. Continue Reading

American Billionaire Art Addict

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I think the only good billionaire is an art collecting billionaire but I’m biased, I really like art. Forbes business magazine has declared the Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton to be the richest American art collector with a fortune of $33.5 billion. In the past few years the billionaire has gone from Sunday collector to all out museum collector!Continue Reading

Old Chinese Man Worked for Art Forger Glafira Rosales

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The whole New York art forgery saga where Glafira Rosales supplied forged Modernist paintings to art dealers and made millions continues. Seventy-three year old Pei-Shen Qian has been fingered as the painter of the forgeries. Chinese born Qian’s house in Queens is currently empty as he and his wife have recently returned to China, which was normal for the couple, but the NYTimes suggests it looks more permanent this time. Continue Reading

Are Art Galleries a Waste of Space?

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Here in Australia there have been plenty of art galleries closing their doors, downsizing or merging together in recent years. The financial crisis is playing a large part in the gallery clean out, but I think the Internet is more to blame. Artists and collectors have worked out that they don’t have to pay the middleman his cut and everyone is happier for it, except the gallery owner. Gallery owners are no longer the gatekeepers they once were and they’re struggling to adapt. Continue Reading

Artnear iPhone Application

I can’t honestly say how useful this application is as I don’t own an iPhone, but it sounds like a good idea. It’s a free application (I believe there is also a pro version for a small fee) available from iTunes which guides you to art museums, exhibitions and galleries around the world. If it does what it’s supposed to do it would be a must have for art travelers.Continue Reading

Gagosian Store

ARTINFO has reported on the new retail outlet of gallery mogul Larry Gagosian..
“The sleek, 2,500-square-foot, bi-level space, which opened to the public this past weekend, also inaugurates London import (and Gagosian artist) Damien Hirst’s publishing company and retail shop Other Criteria on the lower level, making for a kind of casual art emporium with a fancy ZIP code.”Continue Reading

Art Galleries and Artists

Artists and galleries seem to be further apart than I thought. The recent art galleries and Internet post created comments that were anti artist or art gallery. A comment by “anonymous” on Starting an Art Gallery (who usually has something controversial to say) said this..Continue Reading