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A Library For the Future

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/t-magazine/future-library-books.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FLibraries%20and%20Librarians&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=collection Katie Paterson, a Scottish artist, has started a 100+ yearlong journey to build a library from scratch—quite literally. In a rather unconventional way to build a library, she is starting from the ground up: by planting trees that will

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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

This detail from an Andy Warhol contact sheet is among an archive of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images available through Stanford Libraries. Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin

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Posted in Archives, Libraries, Museums, Preservation, Research Projects, Uncategorized

Jack Delano’s Color Photos of Chicago’s Rail Yards in the 1940s

I wanted to share this article I found from The Atlantic, which contains a collection of 21 high resolution color photographs taken by Jack Delano (1914 – 1997), a photographer who traveled through America’s countryside in the early 1940s, hoping

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You Can Now Download a Collection of Ancient Japanese Wave Illustrations for Free

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Blockchain Is Growing In The Art World, But How’s That Catalog?

Clueless about blockchain? Give CryptoKitties a look! A press release that came out this week announced “first holistic blockchain-based system for cataloguing and securing fine art” from the Blockchain Art Collective. The unique bit here is that their process involves a

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Digitizing Everything: Online Archives and Digital Collections

While researching topics for tomorrows “dorkshorts”, I came across a generous blogpost that gives an easy-to-understand run-down of archive digitization and it’s various difficulties. Written by Samantha Thompson, an archivist at Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archive in Ontario, Canada,

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Zofia Rydet: Photo Documentarian

Last week, I believe some students in my class section mentioned an interest in photo-based archives, which reminded me of this article, which I had read not long before class.  The article focuses on Zofia Rydet’s multi-decade project called The

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Artifex Press and the Digital Catalogue Raisonné

The catalogue raisonné is a staple of the art world. Within galleries and museums, securing proof of provenance is integral in establishing a piece’s authenticity. These publications present a complete, cataloged collection of an artist’s verified output. For established, prolific

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Empty Apartments

EmptyApartments.net is a collaborative project between Angeles Cossio and Jeff Thompson, two practicing artists. The pair conceptualized the image collection when skimming Craigslist for apartments for rent. While browsing, both artists recognized interesting (often baffling) visual similarities in the photographs used

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Solving Sol Lewitt

Sol Lewitt was an artist active in the 60’s and 70’s. His work comprised mostly of mathematical wall drawings made of geometric shapes. However, The drawings themselves are not what is considered “the art”. The Sol Lewitt Foundation now handles

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