Skip to Main Content

Blog Category: Highlights

September 9, 2011

Remembering 9/11

It’s been several years since the attacks on 9/11, but the events refuse to be confined to history. They continue to shape life and discourse in New York City, the United States, and the world, and the subject touches on disciplines as varied as social studies, journalism, political science, international relations, religious studies, economics, and civics. The Artstor Digital Library offers extraordinary images that provide many angles through which this complex episode can be considered.

A dazed man picks up a paper that was blown out of the towers after the attack of the World Trade Center, and begins to read it. ©Larry Towell / Magnum Photos. Image and original data provided by Magnum Photos

Dozens of images of the attack on the World Trade Center are available in the Magnum Photos collection, which also includes photographs of New York City in the following days and subsequent commemorations such as the Tribute of Light at Ground Zero on the second anniversary of the attacks. The collection also features magnificent views of the World Trade Center from the 1970s to the 1990s.

The event and its ensuing developments brought forth a wide range of reactions; these are represented in the Digital Library with works by contemporary artists, from the elegiac National Tribute Quilt in the American Folk Art Museum to searingly critical pieces by renowned political artist Hans Haacke in Contemporary Art (Larry Qualls Archive).

There are also glimmers of wonder among the many solemn images. A particularly touching piece is a Mexican retablo commissioned in gratitude for the survival of a loved one who was working in the Twin Towers during the attack.

Continue Reading »

March 16, 2011

Artstor Features Contemporary Architecture in the United Arab Emirates

A rallying economy led the United Arab Emirates cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai through a six-year building boom that transformed sand dunes into futuristic cityscapes boasting the world’s tallest building, biggest shopping mall, and The World, a man-made archipelago in the shape of the seven continents. While the building frenzy has largely been tamed by the international economic crisis, the projects it engendered have significantly expanded the vocabulary of contemporary architecture.

Sheik Zayed Road (view of the traffic and metro station exterior), Dubai. Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Sheik Zayed Road (view of the traffic and metro station exterior), Dubai. Image and original data provided by Art on File.

In their most recent Artstor-sponsored campaign, Art on File photographers Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson documented state-of-the-art projects in Dubai such as Burj Khalifa (Skidmore, Owings and Merrell), the world’s tallest building;  the Meydan Racecourse (TAK architects), the longest building in the world; the Burj al-Arab (Tom Wright of Atkins), a hotel constructed on an artificial island; the Dubai Marina (Emaar Properties), a man-made marina district; and the Rose Tower (Khatib & Alami Group), the world’s tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. In Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Chartier and Wilkinson photographed the new Sheikh Zayed Mosque (Yousef Abdelki, architect, and Halcrow Group, engineers), an enormous project that can accommodate up to 44,000 people for prayer sessions, and the Yas Hotel (Asymptote Architects), which features a Formula One racetrack that passes through the hotel, and a net-like roof consisting of thousands of light panels that change colors. Other buildings in the new campaign include Capital Gate (RMJM Architects), the largest leaning tower in the world, Al Jazira Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, and the new Ferrari World (Benoy Architects), a low undulating design with a roof surface of 200,000 sq. meters still under construction. See the Art on File collection in the Digital Library: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/artonfile

Capital Gate (RMJM Architects), Abu Dhabi. Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Capital Gate (RMJM Architects), Abu Dhabi. Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Art on File’s UAE collection joins more than 300,000 images of architecture and the built environment in the Digital Library. Explore everything from archaeological sites such as Rome’s Colosseum in the Italian and other European Art (Scala Archives) collection or the Parthenon on the Acropolis in the Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives), to modern masterpieces such as Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia in Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design and Public Art (Art on File Collection) or architectural models by Le Corbusier in The Museum of Modern Art, Architecture and Design Collection.

Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (Godwin Austen Johnson, architects). Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (Godwin Austen Johnson, architects). Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Browse more than 50 collections focused on architecture,  including Sites and Photos: archaeological and architectural sites in the Middle East and Europe (30,037 images); Mellon International Dunhuang Archive: Buddhist cave shrines in Dunhuang, China (72,00 images and 24 QTVR files); American Institute of Indian Studies: Indian art and architecture (60,000 images); Columbia University’s QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture (1,280 files); MoMA Architecture and Design: 20th century architectural drawings and models (6,949 images);  Ezra Stoller Archive (Esto): Modern architecture (14,548 images); Canyonlights World Art Image Bank: Archaeological and architectural sites in the United States and Europe (4,500 images); and SAHARA: Society of Architectural Historians Architecture Resources Archive (8,991 images).

Dubai Metro (Aedas, architects). Image provided by Art on File.

Dubai Metro (Aedas, architects). Image provided by Art on File.

In addition, search “QTVR” to discover nearly 1,300 QTVR Panoramas of World Architecture from Columbia University, including sites such as the Doge’s Palace in Venice or temples and shrines in Kyoto.

Yas Hotel & Marina (Asymptote Architecture), Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Yas Hotel & Marina (Asymptote Architecture), Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Learn more about the Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design and Public Art (Art on File Collection) and download Artstor’s Subject Guide on Architecture and the Built Environment (PDF: 300 KB).

Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club (Godwin Austen Johnson, architects). Image and original data provided by Art on File.

Continue Reading »

Posted in