Artsy – contemporary art online

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment


Artsy is a new online site for discovering (and purchasing) contemporary art. It is useful for exploring art based on style and other visual criteria, and as an introduction to art recently on show at international galleries and select museums. Artsy is powered by innovative technology, which it calls the “Art Genome Project.” From their blog: “Artsy creates new pathways for discovering art through 1211+ characteristics (we call them “genes”). Users can discover works through connections between art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities, creating infinite serendipitous opportunities for discovery and learning.” Developers and backers are experienced professionals from the art and technology worlds.

Artsy does not offer images for download through the site, but the browse feature and online access to contemporary art are a notable resource for anyone interested in contemporary art. Sign up to follow artists and customize the browsing experience. More about Artsy in the New York Times.

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New images: Baroque paintings, theater designs, and celebrations

November 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Image: Maximilien Pauwels (attr), Proclamation of the Peace of Munster on the Grote Markt, Antwerp, 1648, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium. UW Image Bank.

European Baroque paintings and prints of celebrations, palaces, chateaux, opera houses, set designs, and more.

databases: UW Image Bank, MDID

keywords: baroque style

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New images: Kathe Kollwitz prints

October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Image: Kathe Kollwitz, A Weavers’ Revolt – The Prisoners, 1908, British Museum, London, England. Wikipaintings,

Prints by German artist Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945).

databases: UW Image Bank, MDID

keywords: kollwitz

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New images: Archivision Module Three

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Image: Daniel Libeskind, Denver Art Museum – Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Denver, Colorado, 2003-2006. Archivision.

Architecture & public art from image vendor Archivision. Module three includes contemporary architecture, ancient mosaics and Roman monuments, French chateaux and gardens, Byzantine architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, buildings in Oxford, Diego Rivera murals, and more.

databases: UW Image Bank, MDID

keywords: archivision three; rivera; wright; millennium park; gehry; pelli; calatrava; libeskind; piazza armerina; ephesus; mystras; venice; oxford; racine; milwaukee; arizona; toronto; mackintosh; memorial washington

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Pew research on online image sharing

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a new research report about internet users’ online image sharing, “Photos and Videos as Social Currency Online” by Lee Rainie, Joanna Brenner, Kristen Purcell.


  • 46% of internet users post original photos and videos online they have created themselves
  • 41% curate photos and videos they find on the internet and post to image-sharing sites

Among 18-29 year-olds:

  • 67% post photos they have taken themselves to any kind of website
  • 52% take images they have found online and share or repost them on sites designed for sharing images with many people
  • 27% use Instagram, 16% use Pinterest (more women than men), 11% use Tumblr

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Big Art Mob – site documenting world’s public art

Big Art Mob is a new site developed to survey and map the world’s public art. Contributors upload photos of public art (graffiti, outdoor sculpture, murals, architecture, etc), which the site overlays on google maps. Explore by location or tags.  Project of Art Public in the UK.  Sign up to contribute and share.

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New images: graffiti

Image: Graffiti near Rue Mouffetard, Latin Quarter, Paris, July 2012. photo Denise Hattwig.

Graffiti in Europe, the US, and Canada.

Databases: UW Image Bank, MDID

Keywords: graffiti

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