Notebook, 1993-

DIRECTORIES - A Representative Listing with Periodic Corrections and Additions

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Global Art Guide - Search for events by city and click on listings for the preview (NYTimes / International Herald Tribune) . . . . . . . The Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (North America)

Art Takes to the Road - "I have ideals I want to follow . . . . Around the United States, art is on the roll. Inspired by the success of food trucks, gallery owners . . . . have been taking their show on the road. For the last year, they have traveled to populated spots like the meatpacking district of Manhattan, the Peekskill train station and Astoria Park in Queens. This Saturday, they are parking in the center of Bushwick Open Studios, a three-day festival in Brooklyn . . . . In interviews, mobile owners say they are trying to avoid the confines � and politics � of the gallery system; to help people think about art in different ways; or to reach more communities . . . . The overhead cost is a blip, and artists don't have to pay so much commission . . . . Artists are not committed to current tastes or the demands of clients . . . . " - (NYTimes 6/31/14) - For example: Rodi Gallery exhibits work by emerging artists in a retrofitted step van . . . . . . . .

** Henri Matisse the Cut-Outs (view the Menu) - A Walk Through (do scroll) - The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Inhotim - "For Inhotim, it is important to work with artists from different cultural contexts to create the only truly international collection of contemporary art accessible to the public in Brazil. One of the main strategies adopted by Inhotim for the enlargement of its collection is to offer the artists the opportunity to create new artworks especially for the collection, often realizing site-specific art projects in dialog with the place's natural and cultural characteristics. Inhotim also seeks to identify singular artworks to incorporate within its collection, then creating facilities to exhibit them on a permanent basis, and has intensely collected artists of the new generations, gathering significant sets of their works." . . . . . . . . Tibor de Nagy Gallery Painters & Poets - Celebrating 60 Years . . . . . . . . Daring to Look - Dorothea Lange's Photographs and Reports from the Field . . . . . . . . Reshaping Urban Airspace - (American artist Janet Echelman) . . . . . . . . Papercutting Multi-layered Stories - (Artist Beatrice Coron) . . . . . . . . Studio Visit - "P.S.1's new web initiative that offers virtual presentations of artists' studios. Studio Visit (serves) as an online artistic hub and provides viewers a look at the varied artistic practices located within one city" . . . . . . . . The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910 to 1918 - Explore Where and When were what Artist Groups, Exhibitions, Performing Arts, Publications, Artists, Works, The Times, Movements during this time period . . . . . . . . Sculpture in High Relief (NYTimes 5/2011)

Burma: Grace Under Pressure - "A revolution of the spirit . . . " 'Take your time', Olafur Eliasson - "I think it comes down to generosity, I think it comes down to an artist who wants to expose how wonder is made." - (PBS Newshour) . . . . . 'American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life' - At the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC). . . . . The Big Draw - "David Macaulay leads visitors in sketching exercises just for fun and as a new way of seeing and responding to their surroundings during the 2007 Big Draw event." [National Building Museum] . . . . 2009 Tate Triennial - "Will explore what 'modern' means now, in the globalised culture of the early 21st century . . . . The new concept: 'Altermodern' (is used) to describe art being made now that belongs to the global era and is a reaction against standardisation and commercialism. This art is characterised by artists' cross-border, cross-cultural negotiations; a new real and virtual mobility; the surfing of different disciplines; the use of fiction as an expression of autonomy; concern with sustainable development and the celebration of difference and singularity" . . . . Ingres - "Fusing realist and idealist styles . . . . " - (Louvre)

On Line - "Surface Tension - Line Extension - Confluence - An expanded history of drawing that moves off the page into space and time." - (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) . . . . . Mr. Greenaway's Exhibition (born of his desire to revive a visual literacy) - "The idea of seeing what advanced 21st-century movie technology ("The tools of cinema are now wasted on cinema," he said) could do if harnessed to a few thousand years of its two-dimensional forefather, Western painting . . . . with (clones) 'painted' by an inkjet printer that slowly covered panels of plaster, much like the kind Leonardo worked on, with paint that mimics the original but is designed to last much longer" - (NYTimes) . . . . . Over the course of eight years Henri Matisse worked on the painting "Bathers by a River." . . . . Cycles - Life Through Art - "We are born, we grow and mature, we become leaders, and at sometime we die, but the cycle goes on." - (African Art) . . . . . . . . . Both real and ideal - "An unprecedented delicacy of expression and tenderness of sentiment." (NGA) . . . . "People were Desiderio's true subject; with them his eye for detail turned laser sharp . . . . Light . . . . Modesty of scale . . . . It is all but impossible to know at a glance whether they are secular or religious, images of citizens, historical figures or saints . . . . . Although the panel is barely an inch thick, its planar recessions seem infinite . . . . The reliefs, some so finely cut as to be all but invisible from a distance . . . . " - (From the review of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC by Holland Cotter: 'Desiderio da Settignano' - Sonnets in Marble. Published: August 10, 2007. NYTimes.)

Spectacle for the Heart and Soul - The Bread and Puppet Theater (NYTimes slide show) . . . . . . . . Biennials and Fairs . . . . . . . . Color Chart - Reinventing Color 1950 to Today . . . . . . . Turner Prize Retrospective 1984-2006 - View the Exhibition Guide . . . . . . . . The Art of the American Snapshot 1888-1978 . . . . . . . American Art @ The Phillips Collection - (Washington, DC) . . . . . . . The Treasury of the World - Mughal jeweled arts: Hard stones - Emeralds, rubies & saphires - Metal work - Inlaid gemstones - Enamel - The 'Kundan' technique - (The Louvre, France)

Cézanne & Pissarro (1865-1885). . . . . . . . The Danville Project - (Collaborative Vision) . . . . . . . . Abstract America Today 2014 - Saatchi Gallery, London . . . . . . . . Young America, The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes

The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty - The Exhibition Special Online Feature - "The vitality and imagination found in all media during the Mongol Yuan dynasty (1271�1368) is due in large part to the creative synthesis of cultural and artistic traditions . . . . Daily Life, Religious Life, Painting & Calligraphy, Decorative Arts & Textiles, Making Connections . . . . including paintings, sculpture, gold and silver, textiles, ceramics, lacquer, and other decorative arts, religious and secular." - (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC) . . . . . . . . Treasured Painting and Calligraphy (1865-1885) - (National Palace Museum, Taiwan) . . . . . . . . Representations of the Literary Mind: The Theme of Poetry and Literature in Chinese Art - National Palace Museum, Taiwan - "The literary arts and the fine arts both represent products of the human spirit" . . . . . . . .

Cloth and Clay. . . . . . . . Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories (Whitney Museum) . . . . . . . . National Museum of the American Indian - Exhibitions . . . . . . . . Henri Cartier-Bresson . . . . . . . . Mexico - From Empire to Revolution [Getty Institute] . . . . . . . . Homage à André Malraux - Introduction aux 'Voix du Silence' . . . . . . . . The Whitney Biennial 2006 - The Whitney Biennial 2014. . . . . . . . David - Empire to Exile. . . . . . . . Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade . . . . . . . . . Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris. . . . . . . . The Triumph of Painting . . . . . . . . Van Gogh and Gauguin . . . . . . . . Modigliani & The Artists of Montparnasse . . . . . . . . Peter Doig Takes Us Around His Exhibition at Tate Britain. . . . . . . . HubbleSite - "For a decade and a half, the Hubble has made discoveries that have helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe. Its typical role is to pick up a hint from ground-based telescopes and then use its unparalleled vantage point above the atmosphere to probe deeply into some puzzling phenomenon. The Hubble has peered farther into space and farther back in time than any other instrument. It has discovered more than 500 proto-galaxies that emitted light when the universe was in its formative stages, confirmed the jaw-dropping discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, and helped establish the rate of expansion and the age of the universe." - (The Amazing Hubble Telescope - Editorial, NYTimes. Published: November 1, 2006) - Galaxies, the Solar System, Nebulae, Stars, The Universe. Go to the HubbleSite Gallery for a Picture Album, Wallpaper, Astronomy Printshop, Movie Theater, and Image Tours. "Browse our archive by date or subject and sign up to get Hubble news sent to your e-mail or PDA" . . . . The Beauty of Painting and Calligraphy in Album Leaves . . . . DALÍ: Painting and Film - "Artist, writer, critic, impresario, provocateur, Surrealist. In the 1920s, members of the Surrealist movement sought to undermine conscious thought and provoke and liberate desire, creating pictorial and textual equivalents of dreams and the unconscious." - (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) . . . . Gallery Guide - International listing of Museum and Gallery exhibitions Art in the Twenty-first Century - This PBS series documents artists at work and in their own words with access happening in over 20 countries and 50 US states. View the Series, The Artists, Education, Events, Discussion, Internships, Mini-Grants, Slideshows, Videos, the Blog, Newsletter, Learning Materials. Calendar and Map . . . . . . . Melendez - "Because of his masterful ability to capture subtle variations in texture and color, the marvelous effects of the play of light, and meticulously observed details, his still lifes are among the finest ever painted." - (National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC) . . . . . . . A Weekend in the Galleries (NYC) - New York City - Field report. Excellent opportunity to check out work in the galleries! Navigate the interactive Maps for The Lower East Side and The Village, SoHo and TriBeCa and Chelsea and The Upper East Side. Most of the sites on each map offer enlarged views of selected works with short captions and related NYTimes articles. Plus - Some attention is paid to the work / the galleries as existing somewhere . . . . . in neighborhoods and, with a stretch of imagination, in the space and light of the times and the weather. - (NYTimes) . . . . . . . 'Mystic Masque / Semblance and Reality in George Rouault (1871-1958)' (McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, MA)- "The exhibition of more than 180 of Rouaultâ��s finest paintings and works on paper is drawn largely from the rich holdings in Paris of the Fondation Rouault, the Centre Pompidou, and the Musée dâ��Art Moderne de la Ville. Many have never been displayed in North America. In addition, outstanding paintings are being lent by American Museums including the Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Currier Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Dumbarton Oaks, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Dayton Art Institute. Many of Rouaultâ��s prints and books come from the Boston Public Library." --- View the video: 'Rouault: Painting to Infinity' (RealPlayer) - "People and artists are frequently impassioned by what they are seeking. Sometimes it just has to be this way. You must neither resent it nor condemn them." (Georges Rouault) - ("This documentary was produced in 2006 by Écart Production for' Georges Rouault: Forme, couleur, harmonie', an exhibition mounted by the Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg.") . . . . . . . 'Alexander Calder performs his "Circus"' - Alexander Calder the Paris Years, 1926-1933 at the Whitney Museum, NYC (Video and get The Brochure) - "When Alexander "Sandy" Calder (1898-1976), arrived in Paris in 1926, he aspired to be a painter; when he left in 1933, he had evolved into the artist we know today: an international figure and defining force in twentieth-century sculpture. In these seven years Calder's fluid, animating drawn line transformed from two dimensions to three, from ink and paint to wire, and his radical innovations included openform wire caricature portraits, a bestiary of wire animals, his beloved and critically important miniature Circus (1926â��Ã�ì31), abstract and figurative sculptures, and his paradigm-shifting "mobiles." The Whitney has the largest body of work by Alexander Calder in any museum and is proud to be the exclusive American venue for this landmark exhibition, co-organized with the Centre Pompidou.

Old Europe - Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, even before the first cities of Mesopotamia or temples along the Nile, there lived in the Lower Danube Valley and the Balkan foothills people who were ahead of their time in art, technology and long-distance trade. For 1,500 years, starting earlier than 5000 B.C., they farmed and built sizable towns, a few with as many as 2,000 dwellings. They mastered large-scale copper smelting, the new technology of the age. Their graves held an impressive array of exquisite headdresses and necklaces and, in one cemetery, the earliest major assemblage of gold artifacts to be found anywhere in the world. The striking designs of their pottery speak of the refinement of the culture�s visual language." - 'The Lost World of Old Europe: the Danube Valley, 5000-3500 B.C.,' at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. More than 250 artifacts from museums in Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania are on display for the first time in the United States." - View the chairs, skepter, architectural models, amphoras and other objects in the Slide Show - (NYTimes 12/1/2009)

Mantegna - "An epic imagination . . . . "Between 1440 and 1460, Padua was one of the most brilliant artistic centers in Italy. This town, with its long university tradition, became a centre of experiment where, in a permanent coming and going, artists of all origins proposed resolutely innovatory figurative solutions: many were attracted by the presence of Donatello, the brilliant Florentine sculptor, who was in Padua from 1443 to 1454, working on Gattamelata's equestrian statue and the bronze altar of the Basilica of Sant'Antonio. Mantegna took an active part in this fever of renewal. In 1445, just an adolescent, he is already quoted as a painter and had already frequented for a few years the workshop of Francesco Squarcione, himself a painter and sculptor, . . . . In 1448, aged only seventeen, Mantegna chose independence and left Squarcione's workshop whose pupil and adopted son he had become around 1440. Straight away he was entrusted, together with other artists, with the realization of the frescoes of the Ovetari Chapel, in the church of the Eremitani in Padua . . . . Quickly praised by poets and men of letters who wanted to have their portraits painted by him, Mantegna immediately became a famous painter, sought after by important patrons . . . ." -- Then: "The fashion of 'studioli' --or private studies, small rooms reserved for intellectual activities --spread in the 15th century in the Italian courts, bathed in Humanist culture. . . . In 1490 the young Marchesa Isabella judged Mantegna's art out-ofdate and flaunted her partiality for a more pleasant and sentimental type of painting . . . . . . . Books of the Word - "Veneration for the inspired Word / Sacred to believers / Part of the heritage of humanity for all . . . . These texts recount the move to the written word, the evolution of form from the scroll to the codex and then the emergence of printing. . . . . They trace languages . . . These Books blend intimately accounts of reality and a symbolic approach. These texts therefore originate both from history and from faith, but also from art and from memory. . . . Containing so many primitive and founding scenes, they were often rewritten, copied and interpreted: on the stage, in painting and in sculpture. . . . Men have built synagogues, cathedrals and mosques around these books. . . . The open Books open up many possible kinds of reading and introduce the dialogue between man and the hereafter, whether that hereafter is sacred transcendence, or inwardness without any reference to the Divine." - (Bibliothèque nationale de France) . . . . . . . Johannes Vermeer, 'A Lady Writing' (ca. 1665) - "Above all, Vermeer was a painter of light. In his study of optics he undoubtedly used a camera obscura, or â��darkened chamber,â�� the ancestor of the modern photographic camera. This scientific device employed an adjustable lens and mirrors to capture reflected light and project the scene onto a viewing screen in its lid. Vermeer analyzed the resulting images carefully because they duplicate the selective focus of the human eye. Only objects at a certain distance from the camera or the eye are in sharp focus. . . . " - (National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC) . . . . . . . Looking at Chinese Paintings - National Palace Museum, Taiwan. View the Paintings, Glossary, Chronology, Bibliography (Parts of this site require time. If nothing happens, just wait! It is necessary to be patient) - (Learn the Functions) . . . . . . . Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night - ("It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day" - VG ) - Van Gogh admitted to being unable to work strictly from the imagination. But he was also an artist for whom the real was intertwined with the symbolic, and who set out to capture the spiritual qualities he sensed in the world around him. It was during the night hours that his experiments with imagination and memory went the farthest . . . In the open night skies Van Gogh perceived formidable forces of nature, capable of providing consolation amid life's daily adversities and of evoking eternity." - (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) --- In september 1888 he had written of "a tremendous need for, shall I say the word - religion - so I go outside to paint the stars" . . . . . . . Joan Miró: Painting and Anti-Painting 1927â��1937 - "The first major museum exhibition to identify the core practices and strategies Miró used to attack and reinvigorate painting between 1927 and 1937, a transformative decade within his long career." - (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) . . . . . . .

"It was a brilliantly sunny autumn day in East Yorkshire, and the artist David Hockney was taking me for a drive through the countryside." - Mr. Hockney is working toward a mammoth show of landscapes for the Royal Academy in London, to open in January 2012 - Read the (New York Times Article (10/15/2009) and view the images . . . . . . . Let The World In - "Beginning in the early 1960s, Robert Rauschenberg (American, born 1925) created painterly prints filled with images he clipped from newspapers and magazines. Nearly a decade earlier he had countered the introspective canvases of abstract expressionism with works he called "Combines," fusions of painting and sculpture that incorporate everyday items and embrace the cacophony of daily life." - (National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC) . . . . . . . Americans in Paris - (Special Feature at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC) -"In the decades following the Civil War, hundreds of Americans joined the throngs headed to Paris. Needing to compete with French artists, especially the academics whose works were being snatched up by wealthy American collectors, they enrolled in the prestigious government-sponsored École des Beaux-Arts and in thriving private academies and studios. They studied the masterpieces hanging in the Louvre and marveled at the modern works on display at the Paris Salons, world's fairs, and other exhibitions, including the Impressionists' eight shows. The Americans established their own professional credibility by presenting their paintings and sculpture in these forums." . . . . . . . . . . And of corresponding interest: La Fayette: Database of American Art - (The Louvre) . . . . . . . The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America - "Traditions are beautiful --but to create them --not to follow." - Franz Marc, motto of the Société Anonyme . . . . The Société Anonyme, Inc., was an organization founded in 1920 by the artists Katherine Dreier, Marcel Duchamp, and Man Ray as America's first "experimental museum" for modern art . . . . In the 1920s and 1930s (it) was the generative force for over eighty exhibitions of contemporary art, at least eighty-five public programs, and approximately thirty publications --an impressive campaign to bring modernism to America and to encourage international artistic exchange." - (Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery - View other Exhibitions at the Art Gallery) . . . . . . . Modernism - Designing a New World 1914-1939 . . . . . . .

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The Priority Boxes - "Artist Franck de Las Mercedes wonders what people would do if they received a box (for free) that contained such things. like happiness, love or peace. . . . . An art series that seeks to provoke thought, to make people reconsider their ability to influence change, to interrupt the daily grind and to question their own priorities . . . . Each box is the canvas for a unique abstract painting and is dedicated with a personal Fragile: . . . . message . . . . . The fact that the boxes are shipped for free and the art is on the outside, are critical to the experience of the work, says Franck. Normally, one doesn't look at the outside of boxes, but to the content. Here, the beauty and the "Fragile" message are on the outside for all to see and consider. Sending it by mail starts a ripple effect that spreads the message from the very first change of hands at the post office, and continues through all the other people the boxes come across, until it reaches the recipient. Likewise, the boxes must be free, in order to reinforce and reminds us that things like hope are free, says Franck, and that peace and change can be achieved or even given mutually or reciprocally . . . . The series is for non-profit, and anyone who offers to pay for the shipment is encouraged to donate that money to a charity of their choice, or one of Franck's."

Contemporary Chinese Art - 'Nontransparent Monument' by Cai Guo-Qiang at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
View some work at the 798 District, the epicenter of Beijing's lively contemporary art scene in China:

Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) is basically a show about light, which means it is about time and change, clarity and obscurity. And it is very beautiful. . . . " - (Art Review, "When Venice Shook the World" by Holland Cotter for the New York Times, July 7, 2006) --"If any city is the city of light, Venice is. It is also a place of obscurities. The sun bleaches Piazza San Marco flat white in summer and glints off the Grand Canal. In the fall recurrent rains --water meeting water --are like layers of kinetic glazing, breaking light up, so the city becomes incoherent scintillation. In winter mists move across the floors of churches; Titians glow like banked fires in the dark."

High Resolution Images of Italian Masterpieces go Online - "The images have a resolution of up to 28 billion pixels, said Vincenzo Mirarchi, CEO of the Haltadefinizione company that digitized the paintings. That's about 3,000 times stronger than the resolution of an average digital camera . . . . Haltadefinizione, based in Novara, northern Italy, also produces images of paintings for high-end publications, individual prints and multimedia setups for museum exhibits." - ('Italian masterpieces go online' - Associated Press, Fri Oct 1, 2010)

Howard Hodgkin - "The first exhibition to span the entire career of Howard Hodgkin. Hodgkin is widely regarded as one of the most important artists working in Britain today. Bringing together 60 of his evocative and vibrant paintings from the 1950s to the present day, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view new work in the context of earlier decades."(Tate)

Alberto Giacometti - "The first major New York City museum exhibition in almost three decades devoted to the work of the internationally renowned Swiss sculptor, painter, and draftsman." [Museum of Modern Art, NYC]

2008 Whitney Biennial - "In the Biennial's aesthetic background --and foreground, in concurrent installations and a program of performances at the Park Avenue Armory --is a burbling, flimsy abundance of collaborative and participatory activities. At the Armory, viewers may write on strips of red flannel that will be woven into Rapunzel-like braids of artificial golden hair, make music by touching electrical wires, knock back shots of homemade tequila (at set times), lie down on cots in a jungle-style "triage" tent, and sign up for closeted psychotherapy sessions with an artist who cheerfully admits to being wholly unqualified for the job. Such stunts give me a "you had to be there" feeling, even while I'm there. But they are harmless enough, and they do reinforce a Beckettian motive of, having nothing to do, doing something . . . . It was windy out there, and there was traffic on an apparently nearby road, when I dropped by. A tremendous sense of displacement and loss, in empty distances, grew on me. I found myself listening intently, as if for something revelatory --perhaps the vroom of Young Werther's motorcycle, questing past in the suddenly exact middle of nowhere ." (Peter Schjeldahl, "Lessness" for The Art World, 'New Yorker Magazine' March 17, 2008)

Edward Hopper - "Edward Hopper's classic works captured the realities of urban and rural American life with a poignancy and beauty that have placed them among the most enduring and popular images of the 20th century." - (Special Feature, National Gallery of Art)

DADA - Zurich, Berlin, Cologne, Hanover, New York, Paris - "Dada, one of the crucially significant movements of the historical avant-garde, was born in the heart of Europe in the midst of World War I. . . . . " - (National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC)

Ancient China (The British Museum)

Renaissance Drawings - "The sketch or outline drawing, (both these terms are used), constitutes, indeed is, the source and the body of painting, sculpture, architecture and all other plastic arts, and is the root of every science." Michelangelo - (Bibliotéque Nationale de France)

Cézanne in Provence - "Cézanne learned how to paint in Paris; however, he never adopted the city as his own. From the beginning he returned repeatedly in Provence, finding solace and inspiration in its familiar countryside. (Eventually, in the 1880s, he resettled in Provence for good, making only short trips outside of the region until his death in 1906.)"

George Seurat: The Drawings - "Once described as "the most beautiful painter's drawings in existence," Georges Seurat's mysterious and luminous works on paper played a crucial role in his career. Though Seurat is most often remembered as a Neo-Impressionist, the inventor of pointillism, and the creator of the painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, his incomparable drawings are among his --and modernism's --greatest achievements. Working primarily with conté crayon on paper, Seurat explored the Parisian metropolis and its environs, abstracted figures, spaces, and structures, and dramatized the relationship between light and shadow, creating a distinct body of work that is a touchstone for the art of the twentieth century and today." - (Museum of Modern Art, NYC)

Vermeer's Camera Obscura - Vermeer and The Camera Obscura

Celebrate the Silk Road - "Not a highway in the modern sense, the Silk Road was instead a loose network of trails connecting China, india, and the Mediterranean via the mountains and deserts of Central Asia. Traveled for millennia by merchants, monks, and adventurers, these routes and their scattered oasis settlements played a crucial role in both the dispsersal of goods and the spread and exchange of religious ideas and cultures across the continents." [Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC]

Cloth and Clay - "A window into more than 2,000 years of history in Mexico, Central and South America." [Textile Museum of Canada and Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art]

Boston Museum of Fine Arts new Interactive Tours - The museum has outstanding Collections. Exhibitions, and Popular Themes are also included, all with many images available for viewing. This is a great resource for research and exploration. The collections include superb examples of American Paintings, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Greek Art, European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, etc. Zoom in and out and pan full-screen views of all images. Send images as ecards.

DIA Exhibitions - Past, Current, Up-coming

Biennials - International events

Odette Drapeau Artiste du livre

Earth as Art - A Landsat Perspective. " The U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center in South Dakota is the primary receiving station for Landsat 7 data, and it distributes these data to researchers around the world." [Library of Congress]

Rivers, Edens, Empires - Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America. "On April 7, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left Fort Mandan for points west, beginning the process of "filling in the canvas" of America. This exhibition features the Library's rich collections of exploration material documenting the quest to connect the East and the West by means of a waterway passage." [Library of Congress]

Hunt of the Unicorn - "In the Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum, ropes and guards prevent visitors from getting too close to the Unicorn Tapestries and possibly damaging them. This new Web site provides a chance to jump the rope, disregard the guard, and get a really close look at these medieval masterpieces. Several sections of the site are primarily designed for close examination. A Closer Look allows viewers to magnify any section of any tapestry by selecting with the mouse, while Flowers, Plants, and Trees and The Birds and the Beasts provide both close-ups and extensive information about details of the tapestries. For example, find out that the lily woven into the Unicorn in Captivity is a Madonna lily, or Lilium candidum, symbolic of the Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages and able to predict if a pregnant woman would bear a boy or girl -- when presented with a lily and a rose, a woman who chose the lily would have a boy, and the one who chose the rose, a girl. Other sections of the site include audio and video of Metropolitan Museum director Phillipe de Montebello telling the story of the hunt of the Unicorn, and David Rockefeller relating how his father acquired the tapestries and donated them to the Met, as well as information on how tapestries are woven, the sport of hunting in medieval times, and the Cloisters." [Scout Report]

Raid on Deerfield - "In the pre-dawn hours of February 29, 1704, a force of about 300 French and Native allies launched a daring raid on the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, situated in the Pocumtuck homeland." - Artifacts, Maps, Timelines, Glossary, and other Resources.

Investigating Bellini's Feast of the Gods

Street to Studio - The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Museo Chillida-Leku - "To remember the accomplishments and honor Eduardo Chillida, the great Spanish artist, Scout Weblog readers may want to check out this museum site. It is full of sleek graphics, well done animations and biographical essays. The museum is housed in a renovated 16th century building and features the sculpture and life's work of this accomplished master sculpture, painter and printmaker. All the Website's contents are available in English and 2 other languages. Fun stuff." [Scout WebLog]

Martin Puryear - "I value the referential quality of art, the fact that a work can allude to things or states of being without in any way representing them. . . . ." (Puryear) - "Throughout Puryear's life, a passion for diverse cultures and histories has led him to travel, study, and work in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. These explorations have permitted him to observe the material culture of many societies around the globe . . . . " - (Museum of Modern Art, NYC)

Lucian Freud - The Painter's Etchings - "I could never put anything into a picture that wasn't actually there in front of me. That would be a pointless lie, a mere bit of artfulness." (Lucian Freud) - (Museum of Modern Art, NYC)

Cézanne's Astonishing Apples - (Metroplitan Museum of Art)

Peter Halley's Web Project: Exploding Cell - "In conjunction with the exhibition New Concepts in Printmaking 1: Peter Halley, artist Peter Halley has created this Web project. It has been programmed using nine digital images that the Museum acquired for the collection in 1996." (MOMA, NYC) (Requires Shockwave)

Splendors of China's Forbidden City

Science, Art, and Technology [QuickTime] - This fine exhibit and pedagogical tool was developed by the Art Institute of Chicago in order assist science teachers in their efforts to explore the relationship between science and art in a museum setting. Supported by a grant from the Polk Brothers Foundation, the various sections of the site reveal "how the scientific method is applied to the making, conserving, and exhibiting of art." The online exhibit is divided into six primary sections, including Perception, Light, and Color, Art and Astronomy, and Conservation: Light in the Making and Viewing of Art. Within each section, there are a number of lovely features, including self-contained units that include short video selections that illustrate the general themes of each module, along with providing a transcript of the lecture. Educators will also find the lesson plans section particularly useful, as it contains plans that deal with topics such as the connection between pigment and light colors and the effects of acid rain on stone sculpture. [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003.]

Henry Tanner - A Mystical Painter

Continuum 12 Artists [Flash] - "The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian is currently presenting a continuous 18-month exhibition featuring works by a changing selection of 12 contemporary Native American artists, accompanied by this Web site. The on-site show opened in April 2003 and runs until November 2004, and Web versions are being made available concurrently. Right now, 3 artists' work can be viewed in the galleries of the Web site. This includes, mixed-media drawings by Rick Bartow; paintings by Kay Walking Stick that often combine landscapes, human figures, and patterns reminiscent of weaving; and vessels by Joe Fedderson, primarily made of glass, but echoing shapes found in baskets. Other artists to come in the series include: Harry Fonseca, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, George Longfish, Judith Lowry, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Shelley Niro, Jaune Quick-to-See-Smith, Marie Watt, and Richard Ray Whitman. Biographies of the artists, essays about their work, and the complete schedule of the exhibition can also be found at the Web site." (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2003.

Draka, the Flaming Metal Dragon - "Lisa Nigro's "Dragon became a four vehicle Party Wagon Extraordinaire. Her impressive 25 foot bursting breath-of-fire was hard to miss. She was gothic in size and expression; everyone wanted to jump on an over-crowded compartment for fun and a tour of Black Rock City. At birth she measured 124' x 12' x 22' with a wing-span of 30 feet; her train-like appearance being attributed to the connection of 1 truck to 3 trailers."

Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories - (Whitney Museum)

Discover the Ottomans - "The Ottoman state rose to become a world empire, which lasted from the late 13th century to 1923. Like that of the Habsburgs, its eventual rival, the Ottoman Empire was dynastic; its territories and character owed little to national, ethnic or religious boundaries, and were determined by the military and administrative power of the dynasty at any particular time. The Ottomans attempted to bring as much territory as possible into the Islamic fold. The non-Muslims living in these areas were then absorbed into the Empire as protected subjects." - This site "aims to become the leading information portal regarding the history, military, culture and arts of the Ottoman Empire that has once dominated a large territory from Egypt to Russia, from India to Austria."

The Cave of Chauvet-pont-d'Arc - "Chauvet-Pont-d'arc Cave. Exceptional archeological discovery of a decorated cave. In 1995, fantastic Paleolithic Period cave paintings in the Ardèche gorges of France. Includes photos of several paintings and a discussion of the archaeological importance of the discovery. Also lists other significant French prehistoric finds."

Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre - (The Art Institute of Chicago)

Morning Star Gallery - "Morning Star Gallery continues its long tradition of providing important material from all major cultural regions of North America. We use accurate information to illuminate the stories present in the objects, by placing Native American history within the larger framework of North American history."

Scenes of American Life - Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

W.P.A. - New Deal Art During the Great Depression - "On May 6, 1935, the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) was created to help provide economic relief to the citizens of the United States who were suffering through the Great Depression. The artistic community had already become inspired during the 1920s and '30s by the revitalization of the Italian Renaissance fresco style by the inspired creations of Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueriros. Certain visionary U.S. politicians decided to combine the creativity of the new art movements with the values of the American people. The Federal Art Project was one of the divisions of the W.P.A. created under Federal Project One. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had made several attempts prior to the F.A.P. to provide employment for artists on relief, namely the Public Works of Art Project (P.W.A.P.) which operated from 1933 to 1934 and the Treasury Department Section of Painting and Sculpture which was created in 1934 after the demise of the P.W.A.P. However, it was the F.A.P. which provided the widest reach, creating over 5,000 jobs for artists and producing over 225,000 works of art for the American people. It is this legacy of the thousands of workers who labored at their craft for little money but great pride which we have to inspire us today. Although many of these works of art have been destroyed or stolen, those that remain must be preserved. They stand as a reminder of a time in our country's history when dreams were not allowed to be destroyed by economic disaster."

Iraq and China - Ceramics, Trade, and Innovation

La Catedral de Girona - "Beginning with the evocative sounds of cathedral bells and the clamor of footsteps, this site dedicated to the cathedral in the Spanish city of Girona is a well-done overview of the cathedral's many compelling facets. The cathedral was begun in the 11th century (although most of the building dates from the 14th to 17th centuries), and is considered of one the finest Gothic cathedrals in Spain. The cathedral contains the world's widest Gothic nave and is surpassed in total size only by St. Peter's in Rome. Within the site, visitors are able to take a close look at the cathedral's nave, cloister, and bell tower. Additionally, various treasures of the cathedral are here for viewing, including the bible of Charles V and the detailed tapestry of the Creation. The site is rounded out by a history of the cathedral, information about the archives held on the premises, and information about visiting in person. Appropriately enough, the site is available for browsing in Spanish, Catalan, and French (along with English)." [Scout Report]

Yin Yu Tang - "A late Qing dynasty merchant's home originally located in southestern China. Explore the House to discover this rare example of the region's renowned arcitecture and to learn about the daily life of the Huang family, who lived in Yin Yu Tang for over 200 years." [Peabody Essex Museum]

Contemporary Folk Art - Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Art of the American Snapshot 1888-1978 - "For more than a hundred years snapshots --that is, photographs usually made by amateurs and intended to document personal history --have had a profound impact on American art and life. Their casual loose style has influenced fine art photographers as well as other artists. They have also affected the ways in which we represent ourselves and mark life events, preserving and even creating memories." - (National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC)

Tempus Fugit: Time Flies - "Take a few moments to explore this beautiful exhibit from the Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, and you'll be rewarded with a in-depth view of the interconnectedness of time and art. Browse the illustrated 20th-century timeline, featuring the work of noted artists such as Pierre Dumont, Edward Hopper, and Mark Rothko, or just travel the seven continents investigating different cultural views of time. Either way, the art is both beautiful and beautifully presented, and the curators' notes are detailed and thought-provoking. Make sure you catch this collection before time runs out." [Quoted from Yahoo Directory]

Earth Observatory - Browse by Topic: Image of the Day, Natural Hazards, World of Change, Atmosphere, Heat, Land, Life, Water, Snow and Ice, Human Presence, Remote Sensing

Earth from the Air - The exhibition has taken 10 years of research and fieldwork to produce, in which time Arthus-Bertrand has taken over 100,000 shots and clocked up more than 3,000 flying hours, travelling across 100 countries. The images, all aerial photographs, capture the characteristics and patterns of the natural world which can only be seen from a bird's-eye view. Photograher: Yan Arthus-Bertrand - Understanding the Earth. Multiple Photographs in a Collection of the 'View of the Day'

Printmakers A to Z [Georgetown University]

artport - "A portal to net art and digital arts and an online gallery space for commissioned net and digital art. [Whitney Museum, NYC]

National Building Museum Online Exhibitions - "Building America explores the broad scope of U.S. achievement in architecture, design, engineering, construction, planning, and landscape architecture. Hundreds of images showcase highpoints in American building, from the U.S. Capitol to the Empire State Building, as well as places like shopping centers, offices, and suburban homes where many live their daily lives." [National Building Museum]

Island Thresholds - "Island Thresholds, Contemporary Art from the Caribbean, considers the sea's profound impact on Caribbean cultures through the work of four contemporary artists. Marc Latamie, formerly from Martinique, examines the significance of tropical exports. David Boxer from Jamaica invokes the slave trade and other consequences of colonization in his work. Tony Capellan, from the Dominican Republic, and Kcho, from Cuba, present more personal points of view about Caribbean life; they invite viewers to consider social justice, isolation, and memory through the use of everyday objects in their installations."

On Time - "Marking time, Mechanizing time, Synchronizing time, Saving Time, Expanding Time - Explore the changing ways American have measured, used, and thought about time." [Smithsonian]

Our Earth as Art and Visible Earth [NASA] - "Scenes from above - Through the eyes of the Landsat-7 satellite"

The Legacy of Genghis Khan - "Genghis Kahn, the 13th century ruler who unified the Mongol people, created an invincible army that swept across Asia and established an empire extending from Korea to Hungary. This exhibition from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents the other legacy of Genghis Kahn, the "manuscript illustrations, opulent decorative arts, and splendid architectural elements" that document the cultural cross-fertilization that occurred when western and eastern Asia were united as the Mongol Empire. The Web version of the exhibition allows visitors to closely examine six artifacts, Shah Zav Enthroned, a page from the Great Mongol Shahnama (Book of Kings); a white marble Dragon Protome, from a building at Xanadu; a stone grave marker carved with peonies, clouds, and scrolls; a brush painting showing six horses; a gold and blue textile fragment; and a blue and white porcelain wine jar. The two-dimensional items are almost more fun to explore than the sculptures, because the site is programmed with a DetailZoom, a tool that allows users can hone in on particular sections of each piece, view explanatory captions, and then back up and see the whole artifact." ['Scout Report']

The Metropolitan Museum of Art [NYC] - Special Exhibitions, including: 'Glass of the Sultans' -- 'The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art' -- 'A Century of Design' - and many other exhibitions each with numerous images.

Classics Unveiled - "Classics Unveiled was developed by Neil Jenkins, Sumair Mirza and Jason Tang as a way to teach the web-browsing public about the various aspects of the ancient world, ranging from the massive world of Greek and Roman mythology, Roman history, Roman culture, and the Latin language and its pervasive influence on English. The site is divided into four primary areas, and visitors may opt to browse through any of them and their accompanying features, which include primary extended essays and informative games and quizzes. In Rome Exposed for example, users will learn about Roman residences, entertainment, attire, cuisine, and several other aspects of Roman culture and mores. In MythNET visitors can learn about the twelve Olympian gods, read about the Trojan War, and explore genealogical charts that trace the various relationships between the pantheon of Rome and Greece. - [From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003]

Photographers for the Emperor - "Napoleon III's reign (1852-1870) coincided with the spectacular development of photography."- (Bibliotéque Nationale de France)

Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo Exposiçõs - Brasil

Air de Paris

Fouquet - Painter and Illuminator of the XVth century. "Rediscovered in the XXth century by the Surrealists and the Cubists, Fouquet was appreciated for his geometrical constructions at the limit of abstraction, as well as for the way in which he transfigured reality."

Open Ends: 11 Exhibitions of Contemporary Art from 1960 to now - And other online exhibitoins at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC]

Symmetry and Pattern - The Art of Oriental Carpets - "The study of symmetry offers one approach to analyzing patterns in Oriental carpets. Through symmetry analysis we may identify areas of pattern that exhibit expected repetitions, and areas that vary from that expectation." [Textile Museum, Washington, DC]

Over View [Marilyn Bridges] - "I use dramatic lighting, sharp contrasts between light and shadow, which adds a multi-dimensional quality to the work, allowing the viewer to be drawn into the photograph--as if going beyond the real to the more real. By consciously maneuvering the aircraft in such a way as to place light and shadow in relationship to material forms, I control the shapes and patterns within the frame. By maintaining the relationship between tone, shape and texture, the gesture evoked by the symbolic nature of the subject is reinforced. The work then is alive and meaningful and not merely a record of the charted landscape."

Arctic Studies Center - [Featuring Ainu, Vikings, Crossroads of Continents]

Les métiers d'art - "Les métiers d'art sont un des laboratoires du futur. Dans leurs ateliers les quelque trente mille artisans d'art français s'ingénient --restaurer, reproduire, réparer et créer les objets de l'art."

LACE - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports, exhibits and advocates innovations in art-making.

American Kaleidoscope: Themes and Perspectives in Recent Art [Nat. Gallery of American Art]

The Un-Private House [Museum of Modern Art, July - October, 1999] "This subsite offers a virtual tour of the houses on view in the exhibition "The Un-Private House." In the subsite's Feedback section you can enter comments which will be displayed within the exhibition, on the Interactive Table. The Table was developed for the exhibition as part of a collaboration between the The Museum of Modern Art and the MIT Media Lab. For more information on this collaboration see the press release at

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century - How many of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements will you use today? A car? Computer? Telephone? Explore our list of the top 20 achievements, and learn how engineering shaped a century and changed the world . . . . The goal of the Greatest Achievements project is to celebrate a remarkable century of technological achievement. Initiated by the National Academy of Engineering, this project is a collaboration with the American Association of Engineering Societies, National Engineers Week, and 27 other professional engineering societies.

Gallery Guide - International listing of Museum and Gallery exhibitions.

Brazil: Body & Soul - "A major exhibition showcasing the arts of Brazil from two key phases of their development, the Baroque (17th to early-19th centuries) and the Modern (1920s to the present). Brazil is a nation characterized by its diversity, and the exhibition presents a broad definition of the country's artistic culture, with emphasis on traditional religious and secular arts, arts of indigenous peoples, Afro-Brazilian contributions, as well as many Modern and contemporary visual forms of expression." [Guggenheim Museum]

Global Change Master Directory [A NASA Directory of Earth Science Data] - Including Terra Satellite Images and Visualization Gallery - "Terra is the first satellite to monitor daily -- and on a global scale-- how the Earth's atmosphere, lands, oceans, solar radiation and life influence each other. Extraordinary images, movies, and animations are presented in a variety of formats - .jpeg, .tiff, QuickTime, and .mpeg.

Impressed by Light - "The first exhibition to highlight British photographs made from paper negatives . . . In this Web feature, viewers may browse through a gallery of images, enlarge them to fill the screen, and reverse virtual paper negatives into positives." - (National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC)

Jackson Pollock [1912-1956] [National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC]

African Voices - "African Voices is a permanent exhibition that examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment. African Voices is a permanent exhibition that examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of Africa's peoples and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, and the natural environment. Included are historical and contemporary objects from the Museum's collections, as well as commissioned sculptures, textiles, and pottery." [Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History]

Instrument of Change: Jim Schoppert Retrospective Exhibition, 1947 to 1992 "This exhibition features the works of German-Tlingit artist Robert James Schoppert (1947 to 1992), one of the most prodigious and influential Alaskan artists of the 20th century. Organized by the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and the Anchorage Museum Association, the show includes more than fifty examples of the many styles in which he worked. As a visual artist, poet, and essayist, Schoppert was an eloquent spokesperson for Alaskan Native artists, and indeed, for artists everywhere." [National Museum of American Indian in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum of Art and History]

Christo & Jeanne-Claude

DunHuang [Tun-Huang] - Frescoes along the Silk Road

Exploring Ancient World Cultures

The Cave of Lascaux

Flowers of Silk and Gold [Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery] - "The Ottoman Empire spanned seven centuries and preceded modern Turkey. At its height the Empire extended over three continents . . . . " [Textile Museum, Washington, DC]

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