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October 30, 2012

NOTICE: Issues after tropical storm Sandy

Fernand Léger | Après le déluge, pg. 61, in the book Les Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud | 1949 | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Digital Library (with primary servers in Colorado) is working normally, but like many others based in the Northeast, ARTstor’s operations are being affected by tropical storm Sandy. Our Shared Shelf service, hosted at an Internet service provider in Manhattan, is down until power returns, but all images and data are backed-up remotely. Our office email and phones are also down, but in the meanwhile you may contact us via Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for your patience.

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October 11, 2012

In the news: Roman mosaics help an endangered species

Marine Fauna | Roman copy of Hellenistic original | Museo nazionale di Napoli | Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.,, | (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence / ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

The dusky grouper (Epinephelus marginatus) is reputedly the best-tasting of all Mediterranean fish, so it comes as no surprise that they find themselves endangered. Efforts are underway throughout the Mediterranean to help the species recover, and, according to an article in this month’s Scientific American, ancient art is playing a part.

To determine just how far recovery efforts had to go, scientists wanted to get a sense of how the grouper has changed in the past thousands of years. University of Salento biologist Paolo Guidetti remembered having once seen an image of a Roman mosaic depicting an enormous grouper swallowing a man. Guidetti was struck by the image; while dusky groupers today can grow to be more than four feet long and a weigh around 100 pounds, most are much smaller, and generally live in waters too deep to be able to leap out and swallow a whole Roman fisherman, even a tiny one.

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July 18, 2012

In the news: Intense weather

Jacopo Bassano il Vecchio | Entry of the Animals into Noah’s Ark, 1563-1568 | Museo del Prado, Spain | Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

A record-breaking heat wave plaguing the Northeastern US ended with a cold front that moved in this afternoon, resulting in intense storms affecting areas in more than seven states.

The high winds, lightning, and periods of heavy rain have been wreaking havoc in New York City. The ARTstor office is considering rounding up the animals and finding an ark like the one depicted here by Jacopo Bassano il Vecchio. This image in the ARTstor Digital Library comes to us from the Art, Archaeology, and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives) collection.

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January 19, 2012

In the news: intellectual property rights update

According to the New York Times, the Supreme Court has upheld the law that permits restoration of copyright protection to works formerly in the public domain (we first mentioned the case last October). This means that possibly millions of foreign works that previously had been freely available, such as Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” the British films of Alfred Hitchcock, and the drawings of M. C. Escher, will once again be under copyright. What do you think? Does restoring copyright to these works make sense?

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October 7, 2011

In the news: intellectual property rights

Etienne Azambre, At the Louvre, Two Women Copying Botticelli's Fresco of Venus and the Graces (1894)

Etienne Azambre; after Sandro Botticelli, "At the Louvre, Two Women Copying Botticelli's Fresco of Venus and the Graces" (1894). Musée du Louvre. Image and original data provided by Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Art Resource, N.Y.

The Supreme Court is weighing arguments in a case challenging the copyright provision of the 1994 Uruguay Round Agreements Act, which restored the copyrights in the United States of many foreign works that previously had been freely available. In an editorial in the New York Times, Peter Decherney, an associate professor of film studies at the University of Pennsylvania, points out that artists have long depended on the public domain and argues that the legislation puts technical, artistic, and industrial innovation at risk. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case before the end of its current session in June 2012.

Opinions surrounding intellectual property rights are in flux as our culture tries to adapt to the rapid changes brought about by new technologies. We welcome comments from our readers.

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October 6, 2011

In the news: Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs in his commencement speech at Stanford University, June 12, 2005.

Steve Jobs and Jerry Manock, Apple Computer, Inc., Macintosh 128K Home Computer, Manufacture date: 1984. Gift of the manufacturer. Data and image from: The Museum of Modern Art

Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc., passed away this week at age 56 of pancreatic cancer. In the late 70s, Jobs and his team created the Apple II series, one of the first commercially successful lines of personal computers. In 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, which specialized in computers for the higher-education and business markets. He returned to Apple and served as its CEO from 1997 until August 24, 2011, revitalizing the company and introducing the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, a series of products that revolutionized personal computing, the music business, and the telephone. In addition to his work at Apple, in 1986 Jobs bought the company that would become Pixar Animation Studios and served as its CEO for two decades; it was purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 2006, making Jobs Disney’s largest single shareholder.

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September 13, 2011

In the news: Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art

On September 14th, Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art is holding an opening reception for This Is Not My Color / The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, its first exhibition at its new location at 18 Wooster Street (formerly Deitch Projects).

Photograph of 18 Wooster Street courtesy of Swiss Institute / Contemporary Art.

In the past two decades, SI has grown from a showcase of Swiss art and artists for a mostly Swiss audience into an innovative international venue for contemporary art and a significant forum for cultural dialogue between Switzerland, Europe, and the United States. Founded in 1986, SI originally occupied two living rooms at the Swiss Townhouse at 35 West 67th Street, and was run entirely by volunteers. Since then, each year has been marked by the growth. In 1994, SI moved to a large loft in SoHo; you can find images of exhibitions and installations in this space in ARTstor’s Contemporary Art (Larry Qualls Archive) collection, or by searching for the terms Swiss Institute Qualls in the ARTstor Digital Library.

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September 2, 2011

In the news: stolen Rubens recovered

Attributed to Peter Paul Rubens, The Calydonian Boar Hunt, about 1611 – 1612. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. Data From: J. Paul Getty Museum

A version of “The Calydonian Boar Hunt” attributed to Peter Paul Rubens has been recovered by police in Greece after having been stolen from the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2002. The painting depicts a group of heroic hunters chasing a boar sent by the irate goddess Artemis to ravage the Calydonian countryside.

View this version of the theme by Rubens from 1611-1612 in the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection in the ARTstor Digital Library to explore the details.

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August 25, 2011

In the news: Hurricane Irene

Hiroshige, Evening Rain at Atake on the Great Bridge(Ohashi atake no yudachi), 1857. Image and data from: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Hurricane Irene is approaching the North Carolina coast and is expected to bring hurricane-force winds over the East Coast this weekend. Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia have declared states of emergency. This image in the ARTstor Digital Library comes to us from the Italian and other European Art (Scala Archives) collection.

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August 9, 2011

In the news: London riots

Riot in the amphitheater between the people of Pompeii and Noceria, 1st century CE. Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli. Source Image and original data provided by Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives/ART RESOURCE, N.Y. Photo Credit: Erich Lessing/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.

The United Kingdom’s emergency committee has convened to consider measures as rioting spreads across London for the fourth day and violence flares in other major cities. This image in the ARTstor Digital Library comes to us from Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives).

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